We believe and expect that every student can learn and be successful with the appropriate supports, and our goal is to help students become as independent as possible.
Atlantis Academy students have autism, emotional/behavioral disabilities, intellectual disabilities and other learning disabilities that require academic, behavioral, social and emotional support. We use evidence-based practices in curriculum, instruction and positive behavior supports to help students succeed. We conduct ongoing assessments so we can monitor students’ progress and establish the best learning environment for them. Our teachers adjust instruction based on assessment and ongoing progress monitoring to meet the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of each student.
Atlantis Academy provides a comprehensive educational program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade (up through age 22), tailored to meet the unique learning needs of each individual.
Students participate in a comprehensive assessment and monitoring plan designed to identify the appropriate levels of instruction and intervention to help them acquire increased skills.
Each student follows a personalized academic program that is aligned to the Florida Standards or the Florida Standards Access Points. Upon enrollment, students complete a reading and math assessment that is used to plan and deliver instruction and to determine intervention needs. These assessments are given two to three times during the school year to measure progress and to guide decisions about what’s best for each student. The instructional program provides the academic supports each student needs to progress on grade-level learning standards to his or her maximum extent.
We also provide behavioral support to reduce behaviors that may inhibit learning and we develop replacement behaviors to help students be successful. Atlantis Academy is committed to using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to design school, classroom and individual behavior support systems.
Atlantis Academy’s primary academic goal is to teach core curriculum within a balanced framework that encourages critical thinking, creative reflection and both basic and college-level skills. We strive to challenge each student in ways unavailable in a traditional and public-school education.
Our students receive individualized instruction designed to employ each student’s educational strengths in every class. Our staff is trained in diverse teaching methods. For example, great attention is paid to whether a student learns by doing (kinesthetic learning), by seeing (visual learning) or by hearing (auditory learning) and instruction and assessments are offered to fit that learning style.
The instructional approach implemented by teachers is multi-faceted and utilizes a combination of instructional delivery and assessment models to ensure students master the skills and content being taught. The models and strategies used by our teachers are research-based and effective in ensuring student success.
Additionally, the unique and proven instructional approach we employ at Atlantis can help your child feel confident about their learning ability and learn the skills necessary for life after high school.
The courses offered at Atlantis Academies are designed to facilitate educational excellence for every student. Our personalized academic approach ensures that students work on materials at the level at which they can be appropriately challenged and experience success. We offer a variety of courses constructed within a self-paced curriculum and implemented by a staff highly trained in diverse teaching methods.
Atlantis Academy teachers adapt course materials and instructional techniques based on each student’s needs. Courses focus on specific content related to the Florida Sunshine State Standards and on skills necessary for academic and career success.
Our graduation requirements identify the credits that all students must earn in order to receive their high school diploma.
Atlantis Academy is committed to providing evidence-based curriculum and instruction to our students. Our curriculum and instructional practices are designed to prepare our students for post-secondary options, including college and careers, and the curriculum aligns with the Florida Standards or Florida Standards Access Points.
This outlines the components of our instructional process:
- Define. Teachers use a variety of tools to measure student progress, define specific academic and behavioral skill deficits, and inform instruction.
- Analyze. Based upon the data, teachers determine which instructional strategies and interventions will have the greatest effect on academic growth and achievement.
- Instruct. Scientific research shows the evidence-based instruction provided in Atlantis Academy classrooms has been demonstrated to be effective. These instructional practices and interventions are designed to increase the rigor and relevance of the student’s educational program and to accelerate learning.
- Monitor. We monitor the classroom performance of each student every day. This allows teachers to identify learners who need more complex assignments or who either aren’t meeting benchmarks or responding to interventions – and to adjust their instruction. Student data is analyzed by a group of teachers who meet regularly to share expertise and work to improve both teaching and student performance.
Our research-based curriculum is aligned with Florida Standards to provide a common set of expectations for what students will know and be able to do in each subject area. Florida Standards are rooted in the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in their postsecondary studies and/or careers.
Some students may require intensive intervention in reading, writing and math, so we provide direct instruction in Corrective Reading, Expressive Writing, Essentials for Writing, and Corrective Math. Direct instruction gives students the opportunity to respond both as a group and individually. It’s fast-paced and gives students constant interaction with their teachers. Accelerated instruction is proven to help students learn more in a shorter time period.
Atlantis Academy also provides a technology-rich environment to enhance teacher-led instruction and, based on student need, utilizes several research-based curriculum platforms to supplement instruction.
Atlantis Academy utilizes the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework for delivering school-wide, classroom and individual behavior supports.
The primary components of PBIS at Atlantis Academy include:
- A continuum of procedures intended for all students, staff and settings in all school environments
- A common approach to behavior intervention
- A clear set of positive behavior expectations
- Procedures for teaching expected, alternative and replacement behaviors
- Implementation of reinforcement systems
- School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports (SWPBS)
- Procedures for using mild consequences for challenging behavior
- Effective procedures for promoting student engagement
- Procedures for ongoing analysis of student behavior
Atlantis Academy is committed to helping students manage their own behavior. Our highly structured classroom management system emphasizes social skills instruction, social reinforcement, rewarding the entire class for appropriate classroom behavior, and individual behavior plans as needed.
PBIS is a hallmark of Atlantis Academies, and shapes the motto we use every day to highlight and reinforce our expectations: “In our School Family, we are kind, safe, respectful and responsible.” We believe every student has the capacity to meet or exceed behavioral expectations, using the PBIS program. Learn more at www.pbis.org
Social skills are the foundation of acceptable and appropriate behaviors in school and in society. To be prepared for post-secondary options, it’s vital that students with disabilities acquire these skills in addition to learning content. Evidence-based social skills instruction is incorporated into all aspects of the school day, including small group discussion, role-playing activities, and social skills training that’s built into academic instruction. We place additional focus on teaching students problem-solving skills and strategies to prevent and respond to bullying.
Atlantis Academy students participate in a comprehensive assessment plan that includes multiple facets. Assessments are conducted throughout the school year in order to screen, benchmark, measure student growth, monitor progress and plan instruction. Based on the assessment plan, students receive a course of study that matches them with the appropriate course content and addresses their behavioral needs.
Atlantis Academy uses progress monitoring systems to:
- Guide instructional decisions
- Determine a student’s current level of educational and behavior performance
- Measure and report student progress toward goals
- Communicate progress to parents and other stakeholders
Progress monitoring allows Atlantis Academy teachers to make necessary changes to instruction to meet the goals set for each student. Depending on the skill level of the student, assessments will vary.