Pepin Academies are full-time ESE day schools in the State of Florida that offers a standard diploma option for children with learning and learning related disabilities; approximately 80% of our students graduate with a standard high school diploma, with 20% on track for a special diploma.
At the Pepin Academies, the approach is not only all about the child, but the whole child – mind, body and soul. The Pepin Academies is an example of how a well-designed educational program, dedicated and innovative teachers, committed parents and our civic and business communities can work together to provide for the individual needs and opportunity of a child, regardless of the special challenges he/she may face.We offer a nurturing “whole” child atmosphere that focuses on improving academics and social achievement. For students who qualify, therapy is provided, at no cost, with access to social workers, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, sensory integration, and Speech Language Programs. We embrace the Brain Targeted Teaching Model. The Brain-Targeted Teaching® Model for 21st Century Schools improves the outcome in the classroom through practical applications of neuro- and cognitive science research. We provide individualized instruction for each student, and utilize continuous and authentic assessments. Curriculum is diversified and driven by the needs of the students. All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, such as sports, music, culinary arts, student government, and dance. These are opportunities that they may not otherwise have at a traditional school setting. Our goal is to make sure your child doesn’t fall through the cracks. We ensure readiness for post-secondary education or entering the workforce.
Some of the disabilities we serve include, but are not limited to:
- ADD/ADHD – attention deficit disorder (without hyperactivity) and attention deficit Hyperactivity disorder- these students have a difficult time with most executive functioning skills (attention, planning ahead, sequencing, organization, sense of time, and controlling impulsivity)
- OCD – obsessive compulsive disorder – people with obsessive – compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life. The frequent upsetting thoughts are called obsessions. People with OCD can’t control these obsessions and compulsions. Most of the time, the rituals end up controlling them.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder – Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts; Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities;Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
- Tourette’s Syndrome – is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.
- Syndromes – including but not limited to Turner, William Prader, Rhett, Landau Klefner, Fragile X and more
- Chronic Health Impairments – Seizure disorders, diabetes, asthmatic, rheumatoid arthritis
- Traumatic Brain Injury – a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
- Dyslexia – is the name for specific learning disabilities in reading, often characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling, may cause problems with reading comprehension and slow down vocabulary growth, may result in poor reading fluency and reading out loud, is neurological and often genetic.
- Dyscalculia – is the name for a specific learning disability involving math. They may have trouble learning math facts, developing problem solving skills, difficulty with math vocabulary, difficulty measuring, estimating etc.
- Dysgraphia – is the name of a specific learning disability involving writing. This disability makes the act of writing difficult. It can lead to problems with spelling, putting thoughts on paper, and poor handwriting. People with dysgraphia can have trouble organizing letters, numbers and words on a line or page.