Throughout elementary, students benefit from individual and small group instruction. Each teacher is assisted by a full-time aide in all classes. Teachers are experienced and state certified in teaching students with learning disabilities. Our caring teachers are proven motivators with a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the work they do. Our teachers are constantly seeking out new opportunities to learn and attend professional development workshops to ensure they design and deliver the best curriculum and technology available along with the most effective teaching methods. The classroom curriculum consists of reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science. Teachers and reading specialists also place a strong focus on developing each student’s execution functioning skills through providing opportunities to sharpen 21st Century Skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.
American Academy offers a complete enrichment and extracurricular program comparable to the largest public and private schools in the country. Students receive instruction in art, music, PE, research skills, and computers. Students learn hands-on in both our indoor science lab and outside Educational Environment Center. Enrichment classes take place in special purpose rooms designed and equipped for the subject area. Fifth and sixth graders have additional enrichment course choices such as piano, chorus, drama, musical theatre, 2-D and 3-D art, dance, band, orchestra and alternatives to PE with swimming, tennis, and soccer. Students participating our distinguished Fine Arts program will have the opportunity to explore, enhance, and apply their talents through music and drama productions, art exhibits and competitions. We believe that helping students with learning disabilities develop passions outside the classroom helps build confidence and self-esteem in the classroom.
The Reading Specialist and classroom teacher work together to support the students’ growth and remediation of struggles on a regular basis. Both the classroom teacher and reading specialist are certified in Exceptional Student Education (ESE).
At American Academy, we believe frequent and effective communication is necessary. We offer a variety of ways to stay up-to-date on a student’s progress. A weekly progress report is posted on a secure, password protected portal. Lower School students will also receive a hard copy of their progress report in their Monday or Friday correspondence folder. Reading Specialists provide a bi-weekly progress report.
Parents/guardians are always welcome to call and leave a message or email their student’s teachers. Teachers will respond within 24 hours. Typically, teachers respond on the same day of the communication. If a child’s progress report shows a grade below a C-, teachers and/or guidance counselors will reach out to the family to ensure awareness of the grade(s) and discuss strategies for improvement.
Reports are issued at nine-week intervals with a Parent-Teacher Conference Day scheduled at the end of each quarter. Midway through the nine-week quarter, interim reports are issued to students struggling in any of their classes.
Teachers post important information, such as lesson plans, in-class and homework assignments, test dates, and project deadlines on their individual secure portals.
American Academy offers a multitude of after-school enrichment opportunities. Recent offerings have included the following: chess, robotics, musical theater, art, cooking, yoga, karate, dance, and physical fitness. Classes begin each quarter and usually meet once a week giving students the opportunity and flexibility to explore and discover their talents and passions.
- Before- school care is available beginning * 6:30 A.M.(Plantation) * 7:00 A.M.(Boca/Delray)
- After-school care is also available until 6:00 P.M. on both campuses