Open the mind. Unlock the world.

From day one, students are treated as young leaders poised to make a positive,
transformative impact on a world without borders.

Centner Academy is a progressive independent school that offers foreign language immersion and a values-based education for children ages two-and-a-half to six years old, with grades 1-12 coming soon. Through a unique blend of diverse academic paradigms, the Centner education engages students from the very beginning in an innovative environment supported by five Key Pillars: language mastery, leadership, values-based character development, mindfulness, and life skills.


Centner’s curriculum philosophy was developed by a team of seasoned educators to meet the needs and expectations of globally minded families. Our intention is to shape future adults who are not only confident and poised to succeed, but who also have the character and skills needed to make the world a better, kinder and more loving place for all.

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The Five Pillars of Centner

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Language Mastery

Language Mastery

Established scientific research routinely concludes that students raised in a multilingual community perform better academically and tend to be more creative, empathetic and curious about other cultures.

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Leadership

Leadership

Character forms from the earliest stages of child development. Though many characteristics are genetic, every child has potential to learn leadership, which is truly the highest form of citizenship and participation in society.

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3

Character

Character

Values of kindness, compassion, acceptance, excellence, perseverance and respect are infused into the curriculum to help produce balanced, high-functioning students prepared to become versatile, talented leaders in a changing world.

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4

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

When a child’s mind is unencumbered by worry about the future, or concern about the past, they are able to experience a fuller, more emotionally balanced life that releases their imagination and opens up endless possibilities for lifelong learning and achievement.

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Life Skills

Life Skills

Even in their earliest years, students are capable of responsible, productive behavior that benefits themselves and those around them. These habits of learning from those around them, while identifying and solving problems...

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Educational Programs

In it’s opening year, Centner Academy will offer Preschool (PS), Pre-Kindergarten (PK-3), Junior Kindergarten (JK-4) and Senior Kindergarten (K-5). In 2020, we will add an additional grade per year until we reach 12th grade.

[PS]Preschool
[PK-3]Pre-Kindergarten
[JK-4]Junior Kindergarten
[SK]Senior Kindergarten
[1-12]Grades 1-12 Coming Soon

Our Innovative New Learning Facility

Centner Academy’s brand-new, 12,000-square-foot building near Miami’s Design District is custom-built to complement and facilitate the assimilation of our Five Pillars. The facility provides an optimal learning environment for young children via flexible room sizes, colorful décor, plenty of natural light and health-conscious materials. A 3,000 square foot outdoor playland offers a kid-sized soccer field plus quiet reflection areas. Together, they allow children to exercise their bodies and rest their minds when not in class.

The Benefits of Multilingual Education

Centner Academy starts children on the road to being fully prepared for life in a world with fewer economic borders through daily immersion in Mandarin, Spanish and English, the world’s three most widely spoken languages. This emphasis on multilingualism is at the core of our unique combination of progressive academics and cultural inclusion, which comes to life in many ways:

Rigorous academic instruction in small classes
A research-based curriculum that fosters mindfulness
An engaging and motivating physical space
Before and after school programs
Culturally enriching field trips
Special events for students and families
Continuing education for parents

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Centner’s Curriculum Philosophy

When David and Leila Centner began researching schools for their own children, they found pros and cons in each of them. So rather than settle, they assembled a team to develop a new educational model that draws on learning concepts from several leading paradigms, including inquiry based learning, multidisciplinary approach, project-based learning, self-directed learning and highly personalized instruction.

Our founding pillars were developed to help children reach their full potential as smart, caring, global citizens. In fact, the Naja Ferjan Ramirez and Patricia Kuhl article cited above found that “2- and 3-year-olds who are bilingual are more flexible learners.” Adaptability is critical in today’s world. Centner students not only learn new languages, but also develop diverse relationships and critical life skills such as leadership, positive citizenship and resiliency of character.

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