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Primary K-8 School

Arbor School of Central Florida's K-8 School uses a sensory-based classroom approach to work with children facing learning challenges such as autism, sensory processing disorder, down syndrome, and other diagnoses. Your child will receive an individualized curriculum that gives them the ability to progress and learn. In addition to highly personalized academics, students receive (as needed):

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Greenspan Floortime & Sensory Integration

Arbor School relies on the Greenspan Floortime model coupled with Sensory Integration to help our students gain the communication and social skills needed to be successful in life. These models combined rely on trust, strong relationships, and meeting each child at their developmental level.

Meeting the child at his or her developmental level assures that demands are not above their ability which reduces the stress and anxiety of the child which decreases stressed induced behaviors. Higher level demands are placed on the child as they are able to attain them.

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STEAM

Arbor School recognizes that technology is the future of our students and that they will be pursuing careers that are STEAM related, many of which have not been developed yet. With that, each child’s individualized learning plan includes a blend of direct instruction, hands-on learning, and STEAM. Our students have the opportunities to learn programming through robotics and game development, CAD and digital drawing through the use of 3-D printers and laser etching.

Project Based Learning

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Universal Design Learning

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Universal Design Learning is a tremendous tool that allows all students to learn and share what they know in ways that make sense for them. Ideally UDL would be used in all classes with all students as it allows all students to be successful.

UDL is based on three domains: (CAST. http://udlguidelines.cast.org)
Affect Networks which is the why are we learning this. Student engagement in the learning process is crucial with many different ways to engage students and keep them engaged. Some students work best in groups with lessons that are flashy while others prefer a quiet routine. Providing many different ways to engage the students will keep them engaged and learning. For our students, engagement is extremely important. School –wide we recognize that this is vitally important for our students. As a result, Arbor School uses Project Based Learning (Buck Institute for Education. https://www.pblworks.org/ ) as our primary tool for engagement.

Representation Networks is the what of learning. Students all learn differently either auditory, visually, or hands on. Some students will learn a concept fast while others will take longer and need multiple ways of learning before mastering the skill. Lessons that are presented using many different methods will assure students will be given the opportunity to learn. A vast majority of our students are visual, hands-on learners. As a direct result nearly everything we do with the students is taught using one of these methods through the use of multimedia, activities that incorporate movement (sight words on scooters), building atoms from Styrofoam, or learning math facts through music are just some of the ways we help meet the learning styles of our students.

Action and Expression is the how of learning and focuses on how a student organizes and expresses their ideas and requires a great deal of practice and organization. Students should be given multiple ways to express what they know whether it is with essays, speeches, presentations, or video. One of main components to Project Based Learning is that there are multiple ways for students to share what they know. Students who do not test well can show their knowledge through posters, skits, videos or any other method.

The use of UDL in the classroom allows all of the students to learn, grow, and be successful.

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Schedule Snapshot

The school day begins with a PE class to get the students ready for the start of the day during homeroom. After the warm up, the learning starts with first period classes in the scheduled subject. The primary program stays within one classroom throughout the day, while the middle school rotates into the classes for each subject. During the day, the children will attend varying subjects from the basics such as math, science, and reading but will also learn through therapeutic activities and social interaction.

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Individually-Tailored Learning Experience

These components are utilized in combination to help your child with their learning abilities, social skills, and language skills. A typical learning experience at our school also includes:

  • Small Classroom Size
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Sensory Sessions

Arbor School At A Glance

  • WHAT WE DO

    • Support the Central Florida K-12 Special Needs Community since 2002
    • Foster a teaching philosophy that's leading-edge, academically sound and therapeutically-based
    • Create a comfortable, natural setting with small classrooms & outdoor spaces that encourage kids to walk, jump, or sit quietly during instruction
    • Allow our students the opportunity to experience growth and progress in a way not seen in other programs through a culture of patience, caring, understanding and specialized training

  • BECOMING A STUDENT

    At Arbor, we want to make sure your child and Arbor are a perfect match. Over the course of several meetings, we get to know each other, review your child's IEP and evaluations, and give your child the chance to spend some time at Arbor to see how they like it. John McKay and Gardner Scholarship money is available via online applications.

  • OUR STAFF

    The Arbor School of Central Florida's employs nearly 30 staff, including administrators, therapists, teachers, and teaching assistants. We provide instruction for students from middle and primary school up to high school and transition. Therapies include Occupational, Speech & Language, Music Therapy and Art.

    For staff contact info, please choose a category:

    Administration
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    Primary Teachers & Assistants
    High School & Transition Teachers & Assistants

  • FIND US

      The Arbor School of Central Florida
    1010 Spring Villas Pt.
    Winter Springs, FL 32708-5242

      Phone: (407)388-1808
      Fax: (407)636-6915

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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS

Sept-Oct, 2019

September 2 Labor Day – School Closed

September 27th - SALT Day- Day of Service with the Geneva School

October 16 - End of 1st Quarter

October 18 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday

October 21 - Progress Reports Go Home

October 31st - Halloween- 3rd Annual Trunk-O-Treat-1:45-2:15

Nov-Dec, 2019

November 25 – 29 - Thanksgiving Break

December 2-6 - Holiday House- Wednesday December 4th –Parent Shopping Day-2:00-5:30 pm

December 13 - Winter Music Program 9:30-11:30 - Tuskawilla Methodist Church

December 16-19- Holiday Spirit Week

December 19 End of 2nd quarter & 1st semester

December 20 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday

December 23 – January 3 Winter Break

Jan-Feb, 2020

January 6 - Classes Resume  

January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – School Closed

February 17 - President’s Day - School Closed

March-April, 2020

March 12 - End of 3rd Quarter

March 13 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday

March 16 - 20 Spring Break - School Closed

March 23 - Progress Reports Go Home

April 3rd- Prom - 7-9 pm - Tuskawilla Methodist Church

May, 2020

May 15th – Spring Music Program 9:30-11:30 - Tuskawilla Methodist Church

May 16th – Graduation-1pm - Tuskawilla Methodist Church

May 18-22nd – Spirit Week

May 20 - End of 4th Quarter  

May 22nd - Last Day of School Half Day - Pick up is at 12 pm

May 26 – 29 - Teacher Workdays

View the Full Arbor School of Central Florida Calendar.
Please check back. We will be adding new events throughout the school year!

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