ANNOUNCEMENTS and NEWS
City of Coral Gables, EMBRACING AUTISM
Coral Gables has been an amazing partner with Crystal Academy in serving the Autism community. Please watch the video."
Ocaquatics Grant
Crystal Academy students get lessons in water safety, and lots of fun, through a generous grant from Ocaquatics Swim School."
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities
  An amazing show of support
         for the children served.
Gables Foundation
Mary Snow presented Crystal Academy with two Promethean ActivBoards through a grant by the Coral Gables Community Foundation."
Government Day
Mayor Jim Cason welcomed the middle schooler's for an amazing day at City Hall. All learned and had fun as "Mayor and Council for a day."
Remote Observation
Remote Observation
Crystal Academy offers parents secure access to observe their child from any internet connection. Recorded sessions are available.
Promethean ActivBoard
Interactive Board
The new interactive board is a fun way to learn and share. All the kids love to be at the front of the class showing off for their friends.
Scientific Learning's Fast Forward and Reading ssistant
Fast Forward
Improve reading two grades in as little as three months, boost performance across all areas of study. Fast Forward and Reading Assistant.
Dan Marino WEalkAbout
Dan Marino WalkAbout
Dan Marino honors Crystal Academy for being top fund raiser for the WalkAbout for Autism for the second year in a row.
In the news!
"Coral Gables Now" interviews Crystal Academy CEO David Pike on Autism Intervention and the first ASD center in Coral Gables.
Mary and David Pike host UM-NSU CARD Tropical Nights
Tropical Nights
Mary and David Pike were honored to be asked to host the 2014 Tropical Nights benefiting the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.
"Taco" the Guinea pig
Crystal Academy welcomes "Taco" the Guinea pig to the cllassroom. We voted on the name Taco but the vote for funniest picture is still open.
Social Play Day
Social Fun Day!
Everyone has a great time on Social Fun Day, especially the staff! With art, recreation, fun learning games, and many more playful, social activities.
Admissions
Students applying for Crystal Academy admission are required to have either a full psycho-educational evaluation or a neuro-psychological evaluation completed in the past two years. We ask that you provide us with any additional evaluations, progress reports, individualized education plans or learning plans (ex. IEP), and school records completed in the past year. A comprehensive application packet must be completed. Each student will be evaluated by our Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE) and our certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) prior to admission. Your admissions fee includes the application processing, formal and informal evaluation, and a comprehensive report. Our admissions procedure ensures that your child will be placed in the best environment, whether at Crystal Academy or not, to develop their fullest learning potential.
Admissions Checklist
[  ]     Completed Application Packet
[  ]     Admissions Fee
[  ]     Psycho-Educational Evaluation or Neuro-Psychological Evaluation within the past two years
[  ]     Progress Reports, Additional Evaluations, IEP and School Records within the past year
[  ]     Health Forms
[  ]     Copy of Birth Certificate

Evaluation Procedure
Prior to your evaluation date, we invite the parents to come and receive a free welcome tour of our school. At this time, the parents will meet with the Director of the school and other staff members while viewing our wonderful campus in sunny Coral Gables. Parents will be given an application packet, which should be filled out and returned prior to your child's evaluation. Each student will be evaluated with formal assessments and informal observations by our Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE) and our certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) prior to admission. After your child is evaluated, a comprehensive report will be provide and discussed during a placement meeting with the Director, SLP and ESE teacher.

Evaluation Schedule
Visit 1 Welcome Tour
Visit 2 Informal Observation of your child (Optional)
Visit 3 Formal Evaluation and Informal Observation of your child
Visit 4 Placement meeting with Parent and Staff
Placement Options
All Students must be evaluated, at least informally. After the evaluation you will be informed of your childs placement options and best placement recomendation.                                                                    There are four Placement Options:

Focused: One to one, teacher/provider to child ratio. The "Focused" curriculum is for children whose development does not yet allow for large group shared attention, children who require or would materially benefit from constant direct attention. All Academic and Behavioral services are designed specifically to the child's developmental needs and are provided on a one to one basis. Ancillary services, art, PE, speech, are provided in a small group setting.

Paired: One to two, teacher/provider to child ratio. The "Paired" curriculum is for children whose development does not yet allow for large group shared attention however, they are able to thrive developmentally and benefit from the interaction sharing attention with one other child during primary services. All Academic and Behavioral services are provided on a one to two basis and children are paired based on developmental need. Ancillary services, art, PE, speech, are provided in a small group setting.

Primary: One to many, teacher/provider to child ratio. The "Primary" curriculum is designed to mirror a neuro-typical classroom environment as much as is practical, never exceeding a teacher/provider to 8 child ratio. All Academic and Behavioral services are provided on a one to 5-8 child basis. Ancillary services, art, PE, speech, are provided in a small group setting.

Scaffolded: One to many, teacher/provider to child ratio with scaffolding. The "Scaffolded" curriculum is designed to mirror a neuro-typical classroom environment as much as is practical, never exceeding a primary teacher/provider to 8 child ratio however, direct support (scaffolding) is provided to the child as needed by an additional teacher/provider during class. All Academic and Behavioral services are provided on a one to 5-8 child basis with scaffolding that never exceeds a one to three ratio. Ancillary services, art, PE, speech, are provided in a small group setting.
Crystal Academy offers two different classroom models to meet every child's individual needs. The first model is the Primary School which is a small group instructional environment. The second model is the Focused Academy which provides an individualized, one-to-one or two-to-one learning environment, with some small group activities.

Focused Academy

• Student to Staff ratio 1:1 (Paired ratio 2:1)
• Group Speech Therapy
• Group Physical Education
• Group Music Therapy
• Individualized Skill Development
• Research Based Individualized Academics
• Group Social Activities
The Primary School

• Class size between 3-8 students
• Student to Staff ratio 3-5:1
• Group Speech Therapy
• Group Physical Education
• Group Music Therapy
• Research Based Small Group Academics
• Individualized Academic Enrichment
• Group Social Activities
Curriculum
Description
Activity
The children will begin each morning with a group activity in which they engage in social skills, conversation building, problem solving, sensory integration, and body awareness activities. This time also includes creating their daily schedule and academic activities such as calendar and weather.  Morning circle provides a time for listening, developing attention, promoting communication, and learning new concepts and skills.

Morning Group


The Handwriting Without Tears program uses music, movement, building, coloring, and other hands-on exercises to help children of different abilities develop color and shape awareness, fine and gross motor control, letter and number recognition, counting skills, and social skills. The activities are research based and assist in the development of good handwriting habits and strong writers.

Handwriting


We follow the Florida state common core standards, ABLLS, and VB-Mapp to develop the goals specific to your child’s needs.  The ABLLS and VB-Mapp break down the goals by each step to ensure that all components are learned before achieving mastery.

The Edmark Reading Program uses a whole-word approach, with short instructional steps and consistent repetition across multiple modalities.  It incorporates positive reinforcement and graphics that can be catered to each individual child.

Fast forward is a computer based reading program that targets phonemic awareness and strengthening the skills of memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing for children.




Reading





In conjunction with the common core standard, ABLLS, and VB-Mapp, components of the Every Day Counts math curriculum are used.  This curriculum emphasizes discussion and communication while promoting classroom routines. Students develop computational fluency with numbers while recognizing patterns to develop mathematical thinking. Activities are designed to strengthen problem solving strategies and thinking.

Math


The science and social studies sections of the Starfall curriculum are research based activities that allow teachers to deliver instruction in whole or small group settings, while meeting each individual childs needs. Supplementary hands-on experiences are used to ensure each child’s learning style is addressed through exploration.

Science and Social Studies


Group speech will focus on engaging the children in social skills activities, during snack time or based on different themes related to academic learning.  A Certified Speech-Language Pathologist will encourage the children to communicate through conversation, social play, and body awareness.  Group speech integrates language based services in a group atmosphere while incorporating social skill learning and development.

Group Speech


Group Physical Education, designed and supervised an Occupational Therapist and performed by Behavior Therapists, will provide the students with necessary physical activity and sensory integration and will supply the vital sensory input and experiences that our students need to develop and learn. The activities will include gross motor skills and body awareness.

Group PE/OT


Our certified music therapist uses music to engage in turn-taking skills, attention skills, and problem solving skills that assist children in social awareness, language development, and sensory integration. Group music will also use different themes that will relate to the current academic skills.

Group Music

Art education is designed to enhance the school day curriculum through hands on exploration using visual and tangible activities. Drawing, painting, and creating will enhance motor development, sensory skills, and motivation.

Group Art

We are proud to offer personalized tutoring in any of our academic programs, including all standard disciplines as well as Fast Forward. These services are available to any of our students as well as any in the community requiring special support.

Tutoring