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What Our Parents Are Saying About Us

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Great school with a great program, Director and Staff!

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I highly recommend Centeracademy. Mr.Jones is a super principal and he has a great understanding for the students.The teachers are phenomenal,they genuinely care about their education.If you have a child that may be struggling to fit in the public school environment or just needs a little extra attention Centeracademy is the school for you!

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Very caring staff, the way they work with the kids. I really appreciate the curriculum, how more understanding it is to the students. Great computer programs to do the school work with. Overall everyone is great, such a happy environment.

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You offer a top-notch education in a nurturing environment. Having had experience with several private schools during my years of raising three grandchildren, I must say Center Academy is the best equipped and the most dedicated to helping students succeed.
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Simply, a happy teen with good grades.
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I felt like I was losing my daughter when I came to your school. The staff and programs made a difference in our world.
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Peace and quiet in our home for the first time in years.
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My son and I love this school. It is the best thing that has ever happened to us.
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Thank you for providing a safe and caring environment for my son. He is finally learning that he can be successful.
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Center Academy has provided a wonderful educational environment for our son.
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We have a better relationship with our child because of Center Academy.

❛ As prospective parents we imagine that our child will be perfect. Ten fingers, ten toes, beautiful, and very smart, but sometimes our child’s perfections lie within their imperfections. My daughter Danielle was born 4 weeks premature and stopped breathing three times at birth. Modern medicine saved my daughter’s life, but Center Academy opened the world up to her.

With a severe case of Centralized Auditory Processing Disorder and Dyslexia, Danielle was drowning in the public school system. She had been held back in the second grade, and continued to fall behind the other students. Keeping up with her classmates was impossible, and she began to give up. Originally I planned to home school my daughter, but while researching online I found Center Academy.

The staff at Center Academy tested Danielle extensively, found her strengths and weaknesses, and put together a learning program just for her. All the students at Center Academy work at their individual level for each subject, and at their own pace. Something you can’t get in the cookie cutter public school system. The teachers at Center Academy really care about their student’s success. If they see a student struggling they pull them aside and work with them one on one until the student fully understands the work and can continue on their own. And the small class size and individual cubbies make it easy for them to concentrate. In fact only two years after entering the school my daughter was able to make up the grade level she had lost and is now an honors student.

With the encouragement of our new principal Mr. Collins, my daughter has taken on more responsibilities than ever before, and with a confidence I have not seen. He has a genuine love for the work that he does and it shows. He is very approachable, and available to assist the students and parents at a moment’s notice. His support and the support of the faculty and staff at Center Academy makes the school seem more like an extended family.

What’s even more amazing is that Danielle’s learning disabilities fall under reading and language, something she has come to excel at. Since attending Center Academy she now loves to read and devours books one after another. Next year she will be a senior, and with only four credits left needed to graduate she plans to take dual enrollment with Seminole State College. After graduation she is planning to attend Stetson University and major in digital arts with a minor in journalism.

I truly believe that none of this would be possible without Center Academy. Our imperfect perfect children deserve the best education we can give them. With all the preparation Center Academy has given my daughter, I know she will succeed at anything she sets out to do. Thank you Center Academy for everything you have done for my child. ❜

Sincerely,
Michelle Scherrer

What the Professionals Are Saying About Us

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They are self-esteem experts.
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They know the neuropsych research and how it applies to learning.
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Cutting-edge program for kids with attention problems.
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Sophistication and support.
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Their graduates are college bound.

How Our Students Feel About Center Academy

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I am learning how to study.
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We all get along – everyone is nice.
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My teacher listens and has time for me.
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It’s quiet and I can think better.

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I am learning hard stuff and getting good grades.
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I’m getting along better at home.
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I am earning college credits.

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Fantastic learning environment. Promotes confidence and academics. Wonderful organization. This school has been transformative for ...
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Fantastic learning environment. Promotes confidence and academics. Wonderful organization. This school has been transformative for my son who always struggled with his learning difference. He loves school now is eager to learn and has self esteem. It is a wonderful, small learning environment with staff that cares for our kids. I am beyond satisfied with Center Academy Prep.
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My daughter came from public school and is now a completely different student. I was ...
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My daughter came from public school and is now a completely different student. I was highly worried about middle school since its a highly difficult transition from elementary in the public school system. Since enrolled at Center Academy, her confidence level has tremendously increased as well as her self esteem and academic grades. She is highly focused and improving like never before. She loves her school and is very happy we made the change. The class sizes are small with their own cubicle. I am so happy we made the decision in enrolling her. The director, teachers and staff are prompt and attentive to the student's needs. I highly recommend Center
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Erin Oxley
“I came to Center Academy as a very difficult point in my life. With small ...
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Erin Oxley
“I came to Center Academy as a very difficult point in my life. With small class sizes and support from the staff, I am enrolled in an honors program at my university.
Erin Oxley
Erin Oxley
Michael Irvin
“I didn’t realize it at the time, but Center Academy was one of the ...
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Michael Irvin, President
M. I. Productions
“I didn’t realize it at the time, but Center Academy was one of the best choices my parents made for me. Center Academy taught me the skills I needed in school, business, and life. Thanks mom!”
Michael Irvin
Michael Irvin, President
M. I. Productions
Michaela Keats
“When I first came to Center Academy, I was a mixed up fifteen-year-old girl who ...
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Michaela Keats
“When I first came to Center Academy, I was a mixed up fifteen-year-old girl who was ready to drop out of high school. Back then, learning disabilities were not well known and I was one of those kids who fell through the cracks. I had very little self-esteem and. as a result, had a very rocky relationship with my parents. Thank God my folks discovered Center Academy through a newspaper ad and brought me there to be tested! To this day, they still call Center Academy a Godsend. Over the next few years Center Academy helped me grow and change in ways I never thought possible. My relationship with my parents improved tremendously and my grades went from D’s and F’s to A’s and B’s. The environment your school provided was one of love and support. Center Academy was truly a lifesaver for me. Center Academy also inspired me to do more with my life beyond high school. I went on to college and graduated from USF with honors, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I then landed a position teaching learning disabled students in the public school system. I won an award for “Best New Teacher of the Year” my first year!”
Michaela Keats
Michaela Keats
Kristin Wall Gibson
“In June 1984, my parents decided to send me to The Center Academy for my dyslexia. ...
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Kristin Wall Gibson
“In June 1984, my parents decided to send me to The Center Academy for my dyslexia. I had seen many tutors before and attended special classes at various public schools, but no one seemed to be able to help me. At The Center Academy I found a safe and positive environment that allowed me to thrive. I had teachers that understood how to help me AND that used positive reinforcement. I attended The Center Academy for a full calendar year. At that point I was reading at or above my grade reading level and had acquired the skills that I needed to be successful at school. I always had to work harder than my classmates, but with hard work I was able to succeed. I went on to attend the University of Florida where I obtained my BA in Psychology. I am now a program manager for a Fortune 500 technology company. Today, I love to read and am passing on my love for books to my children and our community. I can honestly say that I do not think I would be where I am today without help from The Center Academy.”
Kristin Wall Gibson
Kristin Wall Gibson

Pomegranate

If your school was a fruit – what kind would it be?

I picked a pomegranate because on the outside of a pomegranate the the skin’s oils make it so that bugs and certain animals don’t eat it. Those bugs and animals are metaphors for different things such as drugs, violence, guns, etc..

But, when you open a pomegranate, you see different sections with all seeds neatly placed. The walls dividing the seeds connected to the center core are the teachers keeping the seeds (aka…the students) in line where they are supposed to be. The core is the principal. Without the core, the structure of the pomegranate would collapse.

Now the seeds are the students. Some are sour. Some are sweet. The sweet ones are the students who feel like doing the “right things”. The sour ones are the kids who maybe woke up and said “today is just NOT my day!”. But, if you look at the core of the seed – they are all the same trying to help one another succeed and rise to our potential. That is our school.

— Elvis O.

CA

It all began with a little man without a plan
Dreamin’ of the day where before you he’d stand,
With a cap, and a gown, and a diploma in his hand

He started in the public system where couldn’t pay attention of listen
In and outta detention, constant misapprehension
Stressin’ and feelin’ like I got hypertension,
What do I do? I don’t have a clue
Feels like I’m gonna be stuck here forever like Elmer’s Glue
Elmer’s who?
Now allow me to, continue to, subdue you, into, a lyrical a coma
The room room is filled with the aroma
of FAILURE
I almost gave up, could no longer endure the feelin’ of going no where no more,

Then it all changed, things rearranged,
At a new school that’s lookin’ kinda strange
Why would my parents put me here, are they deranged?

The I discovered,
To never judge a book by its cover
Because this school uncovered
My true potential
And now I’m quintessential
The real thing
Don’t believe me? Check the credentials,

New School, New opportunities, New me.

I’d never gotten this far without my teachers
I’d like you to meet ’em
May I have the honor to introduce Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Murdono.

—Adam B.

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