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Center Academy-St. Johns Bluff

Private | 5-12 | 65 students

We are best known for individual learning programs.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $97,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 9, 2014

I could not be more disappointed & quite frankly disgusted. We shopped for the right school for over a year. Center Academy won! That is until the first day we started school. NOTHING they promised on their website or Mission Statement happened. We were to have 2 Full Time Teachers, there was only 1. We were to have the scientifically proven online curriculum & programs to help learning / ADD, etc. Turns out the computers were not ABLE to go online. A little Tech problem? My child was given kindergarten work, at 4th grade. She was to sit for hours in a cubicle & do ab10 workbooks on her own. It is the most deceitful thing I have seen in a school. I am sorely disappointed by this epic "FAILURE" Many of the other 15 children in the class had very CLEAR problems that went WAY beyond ADD or Dyslexia. . Lastly, the building had a horrible smell. Health dept. went there & told them a sewer gas problem. The kids were smelling this odor all day. My child became sick, could not eat food there, & came home in an awful state of mind. We withdrew from the "place" as it was causing serious issues & headaches. This has caused a horrific problem for us. No school to go to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Center Academy does a fabulous job working with ADHD children. My daughter and her friends have attended many schools in the Jacksonville area but none can compare to the level of education, the motivation provided, and the dedication of the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

We transferred our son to this private school for another local provate school that he was not doing to well in. We were a bit skeptical, as he has had some issues at his last two schools with the curriculum and with teachers and fellow students. Specifically with his Indivualized Education Plan for special educational needs. To our delight, he has exceed our expectations. He is currently carrying a individualized course load above most students and has about a 3.6 GPA. What he likes most is the smaller setting, not moving around from class to class and the individualized work plan. Apparently our son strives off self study and individualized work. Thank you Center Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

My son loves his school! He makes friends easily and the teachers are a hug help. Every one at Center Academy gets along with each other. That's a sign of a great school! Center Academy is an extraordinary place where proper education. I will recommend this school to anyone. The teachers are very compassionate and worked one on one with each student to ensure the students needs first and foremost. Safety and discipline and regularly revised and supervision on the school rules were always enforced allowing things to run smoothly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

Center Academy continues to be the best fit for my child. I am still in awe of the accomodations made and the one-on-one attention given to each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

The school is very supportive to my son's needs. They listen to our concerns and make adjustments where he is academically. The individualized approach caters to his specific needs. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

My daughter has a processing deficit which makes it hard for her to stay as focused as she could be. After much frustration over the early years and doing our best to be a strong advocate for our daughter while in the public school we were disappointed to find that they would rather her fail and put her with behavioral children who would scare her. After searching for a school that would meet her needs we found Center Academy. Our daughter is excelling and gaining confidence each day and making great strides and we know she will have a bright future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

Our son is in his 3rd year at Center Academy and I couldn't be happier. The small class size, family atmosphere, individualized learning, and friendships with kids that often struggle with the same things he does, are shaping him into a fine young man. The teachers care, encourage and communicate. He is absolutely thriving here and I am grateful for the Center family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

Center Academy has changed our son's life. For years he failed to achieve even the lowest standards in a system geared only to those who learn one way. After looking at private schools I was discouraged to learn they were all geared to only address "honors" students with little thought to those who needed a curriculum designed to stimulate learning and address the different learning styles of my AD/HD child with dyslexia. Having lost all confidence in himself, our son had become a poor performer in school, was withdrawing socially, & was becoming more and more depressed. His appearance, attitude, & demeanor all showed that he felt like a failure. Center Academy's team of talented professional educators focuses on HOW my child learns, how to get him to think differently, and they have the tools to drive higher performance while inspiring my son to be a better person. Since enrolling he has gained a new sense of confidence, is engaging socially and recently brought home a report card with all A s and one B! His appearance shows that he cares, and he is more confident when speaking with peers and adults. We taught him how to respect others at home; CA has helped him respect himself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2012

Center academy has been a wonderful choice for our son who was struggling in a public school. The wonderful teachers and staff have helped him turn his grades around and even more importantly his self esteem. His attitude towards school has become more positive and he no longer considers himself a failure. Instead, with the help of his teachers I see him setting goals and meeting them, so important in building the confidence that he needs to succeed in the future. Our family life has improved too as school work is done at school and we are no longer needing to reteach the days work, and scrambling to find lost papers in the morning. The director, staff, and teachers are always approachable and welcome communication on behalf of coordinating the best individual teaching environment for each student. We feel very fortunate to have found Center Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

I have a son who has been attending Center Academy for about a year and a half. My son has ADHD and he ran into real problems about half way through his Private Catholic school experience. My son is very intelligent, but he struggles with homework and maturity. These are textbook issues for kids with ADHD. We transitioned to Center Academy and my son has thrived and is already accepted to two Florida Universities. My son has thrived in Dual enrollment and he has also gained confidence in the classrooms of Center, Dual enrollment gives him the freedom and a early experience in a College setting. While the Center classroom experience helps with traditional classroom skills and socail skills while providing him guidance and feedback. The teachers and the Administration of Center, understand what my son's needs are and they are encouraging and challenging him to be ready for College. I could not ask for a better partnership than my wife and I have with Center. I frankly was searching for the right school and enviornment for my son 18 months ago. I feel Blessed that we found Center.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

The principal, teachers and staff have bee very responsive to tthe individual needs of my son. We can communicate easily as any problem arises and they have been very accommodating. We are very happy that we moved our son from public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

Center Academy is the best thing that ever happened to my son and I. My son was making all "F"s in the previous private school he attended, because he had given up. He felt dumb and hopeless and that the teachers were mean. My heart was breaking and I did not know what we were going to do. Center Academy helped my son get back on track, both academically and emotionally . He now makes A's and B's and his self esteem is great! He actually likes going to school now, because he feels smart and successful and liked. The teachers at Center Academy are extremely patient and really care about the kids. I call them "Angels from Heaven". Center Academy has changed our lives. No more tears over homework and no more worry about my son's future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

My daughter switched to Center Academy this year and went from getting C's and D's to being a straight A Dual Enrolled student at FSCJ. It has been a great experience for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Center Academy is the Best thing that has happened to our family. The whole staff is supportive and communicates everything to us on a weekly basis. My son was making straight F's when he started and now his grades are continuing to come up and his attitude has made a complete turn around. He feels better about going to school now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

This location is geared towards children who have ADHD. Very little visual stimulants are used in the classroom, as this is to keep the children less stimulated. Turn over with all faculty is a very large problem, (no consistency). I would strongly take time and evaluate if this is the proper environment your child needs to been in.
—Submitted by a staff


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 42%
Black 38% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hispanic 2% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public Schools in the area or from out of state
other private schools in the area
other private schools out of the area
Colleges most students attend after graduation Florida State College of Jacksonville
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Highest Customer Satisfaction Award for all of the Center Academies (2010)
  • Most improved Center Academy (2008)
  • Highest Parent Satisfaction Award Center Academy (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jodi Shea, M.S.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NIPSA
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (904) 645-5186

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
More from this school
  • Happy. Secure. Inspired. Center Academy students appreciate the individualized attention and support they receive from teachers who understand them. Parents appreciate their children’s opportunities for success. Founded in 1968, Center Academy is accredited by NIPSA and SACS, accepts McKay and Step Up Scholarships, and provides a college prep environment for students with different learning styles. We work with grades 5-12 and offer dual enrollment, summer programs and a small, safe setting.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Public Schools in the area or from out of state
other private schools in the area
other private schools out of the area

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Florida State College of Jacksonville
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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2804 St. Johns Bluff Road
Suite 103
Jacksonville, FL 32246
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Phone: (904) 645-5366

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