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AEF Preparatory Schools, South Florida:
Catering to students in the Fort Lauderdale / South Florida area, AEF Schools is a multiple-campus, co-educational private school program for students in Grades 1-12. Our four separate schools provide Elementary, Middle and High School Preparatory programs, as well as a therapeutic and social program for children with learning difficulties. AEF schools offer a traditional curriculum which is supplemented by social, cognitive, and life skills, specifically designed to teach both the English language and culture. AEF caters to students who, for one reason or another, are not being successful or as successful as they should be academically, socially, and/or at home.

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Who We Are:

Alternative Education Foundation (AEF) operates a variety of schools, camps, tutoring services, and parent support groups for children and families whose needs are not being met by traditional public schools or mainstream services.

Our Students:
Many of AEF School’s students have been diagnosed with ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, and related disorders. Some students do not have a diagnosis; they simply perform better in a smaller, safer, and more structured environment. Our children have some or all of the following characteristics:

- Are high functioning (potentially average to above average IQ)
- May not test well (IQ score may not be indicative of their intelligence)
- Are not being successful at home or in school despite their intelligence
- Do not, cannot or will not respond effectively
- Cannot stay focused or work independently
- Jump from subject to subject
- May come across as rude or oppositional
- Keep repeating the same behaviors

Multiple Campuses:

Instead of combining all of our programs and students on one large campus, AEF has opened multiple campuses in order to better accommodate the individual needs of our students. Each campus focuses on specific goals and caters only to students whose needs can be met.
About Us Location Courses / Programs

Co-educational Private School Programs for Students in Grades 1-12:

- Elementary Preparatory (Grades 1-5)

- Middle Preparatory (Grades 6-8)

- High School Preparatory (Grades 9-12)

- Westham Academy (unique therapeutic social environment for students have been diagnosed with Aspergers, PDD, and other Autistic spectrum disorders)

Homestay Programs for International Students:

AEF offers private housing cottages and well as private stays with other AEF families. International students stay with a local American family for the school year. Students of our international program come from a wide range of areas including South American, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and more.  AEF has well established contacts with quality Colleges and Universities in Florida and the south east region.

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Address: 4650 SW 61st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida 33314, USA
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Crossroads Schools
Courses / Programs
Crossroads School is a Christian-based private school conveniently located in Lakeland in Polk County, approximately halfway between Tampa and Orlando along Interstate 4, FL. Crossroads School offers a moral-based education to students with varying backgrounds, needs, and goals in grades K-12th.

We aim to equip our students with the skills they need to be successful in society, and encourage our them to view their school and other students with respect, honor, and integrity. We assist parents in developing the character of their children by nurturing and teaching respect and responsibility through our unique education program.

Our academic programs are taught with a moral foundation and perspective so that our students develop into productive citizens and learn to apply values of character and integrity to all aspects of their lives. Transcripts and grades are accepted by public and private schools, and also by colleges for transfer and graduation.

Crossroads School has membership with the Coalition of McKay Scholarship Schools.
Education programs for grades K-12th:

- We provide a hands-on, active learning approach that is easily adapted to each individual's learning requirements.

- We use curriculum and supplements from State of Florida-recognized textbooks.

- Each student takes 7 academic subjects every year.

- Our objective is for student to gain the skills necessary to graduate and go on to college or work.

- Specific courses parallel the State of Florida’s requirement for graduation.

- Summer school and tutoring.
Early Scholars Learning Academy, Tampa
Courses / Programs
Conveniently located in central Tampa FL, Early Scholars Learning Academy is a private, non-denominational preschool, catering to young learners (boys and girls) ages 3-4. Our interactive curriculum provides the stepping stones for our children to develop a self-motivated thirst for knowledge, and the skills necessary to become confident and independent, life-long learners. We also offer comprehensive after-school care, and a Summer Camp program.

Our mission is to recognize and develop each child’s unique approach to learning. We strive to address the needs of the whole child by cultivating a love of learning through academics, promoting physical and social development, and encouraging spiritual values.

We create a safe, structured, and nurturing environment where learning is exciting, fun, and stimulating. Through a broad range of age appropriate experiences, our children learn to observe, analyze, and explore in order to discover the world around them.
Co-educational Preschool Curriculum for Children Ages 3-4:

- Curriculum is based on themed topics that include lessons in math, language, art, social studies, and computer science.

Integrated themes include:
- My Family / All About Me
- The Seasons
- Ocean Life
- Outer Space
- The Forest
- Restaurant / Groceries
- Insects
- Holidays
- Health
Villa Madonna School
Courses / Programs
Villa Madonna School in Tampa, Hillsborough County FL, is a private co-educational Catholic elementary and middle school offering grades PreK - 8. Under the direction of the Sisters of St. John Bosco, we have been serving the Tampa Bay area for more than 60 years using a doctrine of reason, religion and loving kindness.

The Salesian Sisters are the religious family born of the heart of St. Don Bosco and the fidelity of St. Mary Mazzarello. Their work began with a simple catechism lesson that Don Bosco gave to a 16-year-old bricklayer’s apprentice. From that time on, the Salesians have worked to bring the good news of God’s love to the young, especially the poorest and those most in need.
Pre-K - Grade 8 programs include:

- Daily prayers, liturgies and sacraments.
- VPK-approved program.
- Classroom ratios of 1:25
- Advanced Reading (AR) program
- Technology integration
- Choir, drums, guitar, chess, dance and organized sports.
- Extended day services morning and afternoon...
St. Agatha Catholic School
Courses / Programs
St. Agatha Catholic School in Miami in Miami-Dade County, is a co-educational Roman Catholic affiliated school, offering grades Pre-K through to Grade 8. At our school, your child will be given the opportunity to develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically. We strive to help each child develop the trust and confidence needed to assure a positive self-image throughout their entire life.

St. Agatha Catholic School is fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference. The purpose of our school is to provide our students a Catholic philosophy of life in Jesus Christ. The school assists, not only the parents, but also the Church, in providing their children with opportunities to deepen and strengthen academic achievement in accordance with the Christian principles of wisdom, justice, brotherhood and morality.
Pre-K through to Grade 8 education programs include the following:

- Spanish
- Art
- Physical Education
- Library
- Music
- Computer
- Sport
- Athletics
- Clubs & Organizations
- Programs for above average students
- Programs for developmentally delayed
& more ...
Keswick Christian School, St. Petersburg
Courses / Programs
Located in St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Keswick Christian School is a private Pre-school, Elementary and Upper School offering PK - Grade 12 programs. Keswick Christian School offers students a place to be engaged in a community rich with opportunities. Our programs, facilities, curriculum, and services are designed to encourage the growth of our students and minister to our families as a whole.

Keswick Christian School is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Keswick Christian School provides a Christ-centered education that instills and reinforces Christian thought, belief and practice in all areas of life.
Preschool program (Ages 2 - 4 years):
- Before / After Care
- PK3 - K5 Summer Camp

Elementary School program (K5 - 5th Grade):
- Before / After Care
- Summer Camp (1st - 5th)

Upper School program (6th - 12th Grade):
- Junior High School program
- High School program
Paladin Academy, Pembroke Pines
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of Pembroke Pines FL, just 20 minutes west of Fort Lauderdale, Paladin Academy is a private, co-ed, non-sectarian school that focuses exclusively on students with mild learning differences.

For over 30 years, we’ve provided a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum for talented K-12 students who hold average to above average intelligence.

Paladin's mission is to provide a unique and nurturing environment for students with learning challenges. Many of our students have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia or simply require a smaller classroom environment to be successful. 

Our curriculum utilizes multi-sensory strategies and specifically chosen support materials to teach, remediate and facilitate each student’s individual learning needs. Our multi-sensory and individualized educational program builds a foundation for life-long success.

Accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS CASI), the school campus includes two technology labs, science labs, basketball courts, soccer field, swimming facilities and more. Paladin Academy is located near I-75 and Sheridan Street.

The Paladin Academy is a participant of the McKay Scholarship Program.

“Paladin has helped me with my work ethic. I have made many friends and teachers actually show they care by taking the time to help.”
- Paladin Student
K-12 Curriculum featuring Individualized College Prep Education:

- Elementary School: Kindergarten – 4th Grade
- Middle School: 5th – 8th Grade
- High School: 9th – 12th Grade

Our unique approach enables Paladin Academy to cater to students who require a smaller class size, a more individualized structured environment and, if needed, a slower academic pace.