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Dreams Are Free Catholic School At Bishop Nevins Academy

Private | K-8 | 47 students

We educate children with special learning needs, or who struggle academically.
 
 

 

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 7, 2014

We are sorry to hear you are not fully satisfied with the opportunities our school has to offer students on the spectrum. Our certified and ESE endorsed teachers are keenly aware of each child s mannerisms and special needs, including stimming, and do not penalize them for it. We strive to have constant communication with our families as we know that each child benefits from open and continuous contact from school and home. Fortunately, we have an open communication policy where families may call or email any teacher or the principal at any time, or request a conference. In addition, we always have communication through our daily agendas, Friday Email Messages and Friday Folders. Unfortunately, we have not heard of a complaint from a family, so we are unable to resolve your worry directly. I encourage you to reach out to our principal, Rebecca Shields, at (941) 366-4010 or rshields@dreamsarefree.org so we may alleviate your concern. We look forward to speaking with you.

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Posted February 6, 2014

This school does not understand stim behaviors whatsoever of the children on the Spectrum and assume the worst despite an otherwise happy child. No communication whatsoever. I am removing my child ASAP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

I am very disappointed with DAF. It is NOT a good school for children with special needs. Who has ears, let him hear.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

My son has been going to Dreams for eight years, and I can't say enough what a wonderful school this has been for all these years. Ms. Shields, the principal, is excellent and she has a wonderful way of attracting the best staff for our special kids. Small class sizes and a calm, relaxed, and nurturing atmosphere make it enjoyable for my son to go to school each day. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

Great staff. I love getting the Friday email every week with pictures and events. It's very well done. All the staff are dry professional and genuinely care. My daughter loves school now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

We are very happy with Dreams Are Free for our daughter with special learning needs. We like the focus on academics and the structured environment. Our daughter is making friends and feels fully supported by her teachers and peers. As a family, we feel informed and part of the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

My daughter was in the public school system which is fine for those who do not have any reading issues, however, after getting my daughter evaluated. The therapist suggested sending my daughter to a smaller school with specialized help. This school provides that and much more. I have seen a great improvement both socially and educationally. I like the small classrooms and over all feel of the school. I just wish that the school didn't stop at 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Our school is an exceptional platform for a student, with any level of "special needs", to attain an excellent education that will help them to exceed throughout their life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

We LOVE Dreams!!! Our son has improved so much since he started school there. He loves going to school each and every day. The staff is super.
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Posted October 12, 2013

We just switched our daughter from public school, where we felt her needs were being passed over and she was left behind to fail. She is blossoming in the caring environment and we couldn't be happier to have her at Dreams Are Free. We're glad that she has the opportunity to succeed, and she loves going to school again. She's made lots of new friends and we love the teachers and principal. They care enough to communicate with us on a regular basis concerning her progress. A weight has also been lifted from our shoulders!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

Finding a school to help my child who was struggling in public school was a huge concern for us. My son is very happy with his teachers at Dreams are Free and has made lots of friends. We love the small classroom size and the teachers are ESE certified and wonderful. A weight has been lifted from our shoulders! We definitely recommend Dreams Are Free!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 42%
Hispanic 27% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Reader's Choice Award from Florida Family Living Magazine (2013)

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
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Therapeutic
Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Rebecca Shields
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCPSA
Fax number
  • (941) 366-3819

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Therapeutic
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • Spanish
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
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lego Club
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Yoga

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Lego Club
  • Mind Lab
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Home & School Association
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • We work with children who are struggling academically, and children with special learning needs. Our students are average to above-average in intelligence and may have: Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Speech and Language Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), Anxiety, high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), or others. Students learn in classrooms of 12 students or fewer and are taught by certified teachers. We have on-site occupational, physical and speech therapies.
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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
15
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
45

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
McKay Scholarship
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4380 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34232
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Phone: (941) 366-4010

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