Keystone Launches Two New Schools

Since its opening in 2013, Keystone Child Development Center has grown rapidly. The school was founded based on the inclusion model that provides opportunities for students with disabilities to learn alongside their non-disabled peers. The center’s leaders have spent the past four years developing and perfecting an educational approach that is thoughtful and balanced. They have successfully prepared hundreds of preschool children for success in primary school and beyond.

“Our goal was to produce an educational program that is developmentally appropriate for all young children and based on the best practices in the education field,” Katie Falwell, CEO and founder, said. “We are inspired by a variety of philosophies and approaches, which we have blended together into a program that reflects our commitment to helping children lay the best possible social, emotional, physical and cognitive foundations.”

As a result of rapid growth and what has been learned from the success of Keystone Child Development Center, Dr. Falwell is retiring KCDC and launching two new schools. Collage Day School and Mosaic Day School will open with the 2017-18 school year.

Collage Day School opens in Palm Valley with the first day of school on Aug. 10.

Collage Day School

Collage Day School, an academically challenging, independent day school that will open in Palm Valley this coming August, is currently accepting applications for students from 3 months old through 5th grade. The school focuses on providing a rich, integrative curriculum that encourages creative thinking and that is personalized for each student.

Students will start classes on Thursday, Aug. 10, and the school will follow the St. Johns County Public School Calendar. Collage Day School is located at 171 Canal Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. The 8-acre campus is nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean in the heart of the Ponte Vedra Beach area of St. Johns County, which offers students hands-on experiences with nature and outdoor learning and additional layers of education, history and ecology.

The faculty of the School is made up of a combination of certified lead teachers and assistant teachers. Each teacher is tasked with bringing subject matter to each student in a way that is engaging and appropriate for the developmental stage of the student, rather than following a scripted lesson plan developed by someone else.

Our approach is thoughtful and balanced. It is also developmentally appropriate and based on the best practices in the education field. We are inspired by a variety of philosophies and approaches, which we blend together into a program that reflects our commitment to helping children lay the best possible social, emotional, physical and cognitive foundations.

Collage staff is challenged with uncovering the unique learning profile of each individual student and matching that knowledge with instruction to help their students develop the tools to be problem solvers, innovators, creators and change makers.

The grounds around Collage Day School will be put to good use as a “living classroom” where children can develop cognitive, social and emotional skills. The school is dedicated to promoting students’ health. Students do not spend their day sitting in front of computers under artificial lights, but have the opportunities to move and use their bodies in healthy ways and to spend time outdoors with a myriad of natural features such as woods and pathways, garden, play equipment and an inner courtyard that provides a common area for the Collage family to gather and socialize.

Collage is completing the process for full membership and accreditation by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The school’s VPK program is endorsed by the Florida Department of Children & Families.

How important is preschool?

As reported in Parents.com, “There’s increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says Parents advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize — get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time.”

Mosaic Day School

 Mosaic Day School offers education for children with special needs, ages 1-7. Mosaic has classes designated for early intervention for students who are not appropriate for Collage Day School. Students attending Mosaic will receive services from Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics, as needed, and attend either a half-day program (morning or afternoon) or a school day program (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.). Before- and after-care will also be available. Mosaic also offers a day treatment program for older students that are not able to successfully participate in a classroom setting.

The school primarily serves children with behavioral/developmental issues who have experienced failure in the continuum of available public or private special education environments and require a high degree of individualized attention and intervention. The program includes intensive one-to-one sessions and small group sessions, when appropriate, which teach students to relate to their peers and participate cooperatively in group activities. The goal is for each student to reintegrate or matriculate to a less restrictive academic setting with traditional classrooms.

Mosaic Day School is located at 6867 Southpoint Rd. N, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

To learn more about Collage Day School, visit @Collage Day School on Facebook and contact Rebecca Bowersox, director of admissions, rbowersox@keystonebehavioral.com, 904.900.1439.

To learn more about Mosaic Day School, contact info@keystonebehavioral.com, 904.619.6071.

Mainspring Academy opens new class this fall to provide individualized instruction and minimal behavior therapy services

 

Mainspring Academy will open a new class starting this fall for students aged 10-14 who are currently on Florida State Standards but would benefit from a slower pace to learn or need some remediation to maintain grade level academics.

Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD) class to serve children 10-14 years old

Mainspring’s class is specially designed for children 10-14 years old who are close to grade level and have little to no behavior support needs, possess strong communication abilities and are able to function independently, but struggle in academics. Individualized instruction and minimal behavior therapy services may be all they need to be successful and prepare them for high school academics.

Faculty to student ratio will be 12:2 to ensure individualized attention to each student. The teacher and a clinical assistant will focus on each student’s unique style of learning. Mainspring strives to bring out each student’s best effort and build confidence that the student will be successful going forward.

As is true of allmainspring_academy_tagline_logo Mainspring Academy classes, the CLDD class will provide standards-based instruction in all academic areas. Students will be exposed to Florida State Standards. A Florida-certified general education teacher who is well versed in implementing prescriptive programs will focus on individual learning needs.

Mainspring’s website gives detailed information about the Mainspring Matrix, which closely aligns with the Florida Department of Education’s Matrix of Services. Children scoring at Level 1 in each of the four domains – curriculum and learning, independent functioning, communication and behavior – are most appropriate for the CLDD class.

Tuition is $12,500 plus a yearly enrollment fee of $300 and an event fee of $200 to cover parents’ admission to Mainspring’s annual fundraising events. You may complete an information request online that will be sent directly to Mainspring’s school coordinator, who will call you to get some preliminary information about your child and schedule a tour. You may also call 904.503.0344 to request information and get answers to questions.

Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics  is the primary provider of behavioral services to students attending Mainspring Academy. The special needs school located in the same facility as Keystone is a private, nonprofit school on Jacksonville’s Southside. Previously known as Keystone Academy, Mainspring Academy has operated since 2010 as a premier academic center for students with learning challenges and special needs.