At American Collegiate Academy, we believe that an effective education doesn’t just come from memorizing or lecturing.
Active participation in the learning process entails analyzing, discussing and collaborating – in order to comprehend and retain. All of our courses are designed to encourage deep mental processing and student engagement with the class material.
Our commitment to our academic community is rooted in our mission – Assisting our students in achieving their fullest potential by utilizing a student – centered, learning approach that prepares students for college and beyond. We foster success by a commitment to quality and cooperative efforts among our school, students, parents, and surrounding communities.
These days parents are challenged to spend their financial resources wisely, when seeking a private education program for their children, as well as providing them with the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, real-world skills, a strong sense of ethics, and a broad range of abilities to successfully launch them into higher education, a career and a positive quality of life itself.
Everyone has experienced education as a student. These experiences have shaped how we view and value education and how we think it should develop in the future. At American Collegiate Academy, we critically examine a range of ideas around education, learning styles, and instructional methods. Our aim has always been to think unconventionally and to be able to provide innovative methods of effectively delivering instructions to our students.
Currently, our traditional method of education, as we know it lies at a crossroads in our society. We have long endured a systems approach to teaching, learning, testing and above all administrative oversight. The inability to offer student-centered school cultures has impaired our ability to form long-lasting genuine relationships. Unfortunately, this is due in part to school size, inflexibility, and excessive bureaucracy or adherence to rules and formalities that promotes the “institutionalization” of our children’s education. Therefore, the traditional method of education has never changed. Students continue to follow a rigid schedule moving around and about through vast hallways, staircases, and elevators trying to reach each destination with a frantic pace.
We understand how our dynamic global, digital and knowledge-rich societies of the 21st century are transforming learning and calling for relevant innovations in educational practice, “NOT” educational logistics. Our educators are responsive to changes in our communities. Transforming the lives of young people around the world is our primary goal. Globalization, the digital revolution, and advancements in our understanding of students’ unique learning styles, all present new opportunities.
Elementary School includes students in kindergarten to fifth grade where the goal is to create a learning
environment where every student is guided and encouraged to be intellectually curious while progressing along
individual lines of academic growth. With the support of our highly qualified faculty, students become part of a
community where they learn from others, have opportunities to lead, and benefit from a supportive and affirming
place from which to take healthy and appropriate risks in their learning. Diversity of both population and thought are
vital to our mission. All members of our community–students, families, and faculty–are encouraged and expected
to bring their full identities to school with them every day. Differences are not merely tolerated and accepted–they
are celebrated. Students learn early the importance of thinking critically and developing the necessary skills to
become responsible, productive citizens and to observe the world through a globally conscious lens. In addition to
its tenets of diversity and inclusion, our mission compels us to hold all of our students to expectations of academic
excellence. Small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratios, and highly individualized instruction enable teachers to
engage students in ways that promote intellectual growth and independence.
Middle School is a time of transition, and students experience significant physical, social, emotional and intellectual
growth during these years. Nurturing student-teacher relationships foster the unique talents and skills of each
individual and inspire students to achieve in and out of the classroom. Each day begins and closes with students
meeting in small groups led by teachers who act as students’ in-school advocates and support their academic and
social growth. Throughout the day, subject-area teachers and learning specialists partner within and across
disciplines to plan and differentiate curriculum and to ensure that each and every student is inspired, nurtured, and
High School is a uniquely student-driven, inclusive program. In seminar-style classes, our dedicated and
knowledgeable faculty cultivate the voice, skills, and confidence of each student. Our flexible program supports
students seeking a more individualized environment and personalized options than a traditional high school offers,
while still emphasizing the nurturing student-faculty relationships, integration of the arts, and emphasis on
community that are the hallmarks of an independent school education. Students advance at their own pace in a
challenging, supportive, and diverse environment. Students at all readiness levels expand and build upon their own
interests and explore multiple perspectives throughout the core curriculum and electives. Life and leadership skills,
multiculturalism, and social justice are embedded into all aspects of the High School program. Our talented faculty
includes general educators, advisors, and a college and postsecondary counselor.
American Collegiate Academy’s Dual Diploma Program, accredited by COGNIA, offers international students the opportunity to earn dual diplomas worldwide. With programs in China, Vietnam, and Azerbaijan, we boast exclusive Western staff delivering our American curriculum. Our Clearwater, Florida campus, soon to be joined by Brooksville, and Escondido, California campus with a focus on blended learning, reflect our commitment to global education.