Mission: To serve the unique needs of every student in order that they maximize their full human potential and become productive citizens.
Since 1970, La Amistad Behavioral Health Services in Central Florida, has been meeting the needs of children, adolescents, young adults and their families seeking a supportive, structured, psycho-educational environment in which to deal with academic, emotional and behavioral difficulties. La Amistad Learning Academy, accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), is an on-site school dedicated to the provision of quality individualized education in elementary, middle and high school, and transitional career planning.
The Learning Academy provides modified curriculums, small-group instruction and one-to-one attention. We work closely with each student’s home school to prevent interruption in goal attainment. Our students engage in active learning through our extended curriculum, including SAT Prep, GED Prep, vocational counseling and online courses through Florida Virtual School. We provide individualized instruction in regular, honors, vocational and exceptional education courses.
Subjects offered for Upper School (Grades 6 – 12):
Middle School: Math, English, Science (Earth, Life, Physical), Social Studies, World Geography, American History and a variety of electives.
High School: English I-IV, Integrated Math I-II, Liberal Arts Math, Algebra I, Geometry, Earth/Space Science, Biology, Marine Science, Integrated Science I-III, World History, American History, Government, Economics, Life Management Skills, Physical Education and a variety of electives (i.e. Holocaust Studies, Speech, Computer Applications and Humanities).
School preparation includes attending high school; working toward GED; attending or considering a vocational school, community college or a four-year university; and IEP development/coordination and ESE guidance.
Test preparation includes GED, SAT, ACT, Civil Service Exams and GRE.
Career preparation includes the design of effective resumes, job applications, interview skills, career interest inventory, career opportunities, exploration and planning, and educational/training opportunities.
The Learning Academy Director has a Master’s Degree in Emotional Disturbance with certification in Educational Leadership. Of the eighteen-plus years in education, she has spent the last several overseeing district level programming for students with disabilities, grades K-12. One hundred percent of our staff is highly-qualified and certified by the State of Florida. Our para-educators are trained to assist in classroom instruction and ensure the climate of the school provides an optimum learning environment. Classes are small and focus on building appropriate social skills while facilitating progress toward academic and therapeutic goals.
2015 – 2016 Year – School Themes
Middle School: Grades 6-8
Academic subjects include: M/J Math I, II, & III, M/J Language Arts I, II, & III, M/J World History, M/J Civics, M/J American History. M/J Comprehensive Science I, II, & III. Electives include M/J Intensive Reading, M/J Intensive Math, M/J Personal, Career Decision Making.
Secondary School: Grades 9-12
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalc, Advanced Topics in Algebra, Algebra with Financial Applications,
Statistics, Trigonometry, Physics. English I, II, III, IV and Honors English I, II, III, IV. World History, World Geography, US History, Economics, American Government. Science: Biology, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Earth Science. Electives include Personal, Career Decision Making, Sociology Studies, Intensive Reading, Intensive Math
“Taking the First Step” Character Trait: Commitment
Week of August 24 Discovering Ourselves
Week of August 31 Setting and Reaching Goals
“Look on the Bright Side” Character Trait: Optimism
Week of September 7 Looking Back
Week of September 14 Staying Focused
Week of September 21 Holding your position
Week of September 28 Going Forward
“It Takes Time” Character Trait: Patience
Week of October 5 Time to Heal
Week of October 12 Time to Learn
Week of October 19 Time to Grow
Week of October 26 Time to Love Ourselves
“Attitude of Gratitude” Character Trait: Gratitude
Week of November 2 Thankful Hearts
Week of November 9 Thankful Hands
Week of November 16 Thanksgiving Theme
Week of November 23 Thankful Minds
“Transforming through Giving” Character Trait: Kindness
Week of December 1 Deck the Halls-Making Decorations
Week of December 7 Santa is Coming-Making Treat Bags
Week of December 14 Joy to the World-Community Svc
Week of December 21 Prepare for the New Year
“Having Resolve” Character Trait: Consistency
Week of January 4 New Resolutions
Week of January 11 Old Habits Die Hard
Week of January 18 Putting a Plan in Place
Week of January 25 Consistency Over Time
“Working Together” Character Trait: Cooperation
Week of February 1 Communication
Week of February 8 Being a Positive Leader
Week of February 15 Being a Positive Follower
Week of February 22 Getting Along
“Taking Charge” Character Trait: Self-Control
Week of March 1 …of Emotions
Week of March 7 …of Actions
Week of March 14 …of Reactions
Week of March 21 …Of Our Lives
“Honesty is the Best Policy” Character Trait: Honesty
Week of April 4 Being Honest with Ourselves
Week of April 11 Being Honest with our Families
Week of April 18 Being Honest with our Peers
Week of April 25 A Life of Honesty
“Being Responsible” Character Trait: Responsibility
Week of May 2 ….for our Thoughts
Week of May 9 …for our words
Week of May 16 …for our deeds
Week of May 23 …for what we listen to
Week of May 30 …for what we watch
“Standing up for What is Right” Character Trait: Courage
Week of June 6 Courage for our Thoughts
Week of June 12 Courage for our Words
Week of June 20 Courage for our Deeds
Week of June 27 Being Courageous