Our Difference


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

Emotional Intelligence

Intellectual capacity, knowledge and technical skills are not enough to succeed in work and life

— we also need emotional intelligence.


“More than two decades of research across a range of disciplines — psychology, social science, brain science—demonstrate that the social, emotional and cognitive dimensions of learning are deeply linked.”
The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development


Mindfulness, the basis for emotional intelligence, has been shown to:

  • Significantly increase grey matter in the brain
  • Improve self-regulation
  • Improve ability to resist distractions
  • Improve ability to learn from past experience
  • Support optimal decision-making

Academic Excellence

Centner Academy has integrated the best components from world-class educational models, using Project-Based Learning guided by best-in-class faculty.

Integrated Curriculum:
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio
  • Orton Gillingham
  • Reading A-Z
  • Learning Without Tears
  • Brick Math
  • Singapore Math 

Integrated Strategies Improve Learning: 

  • Language Immersion
  • Emotional Intelligence & Mindfulness
  • Movement
  • Nutrition 
  • Physical Environment

Language Immersion

Today, more of the world’s population is bilingual or multilingual. In addition to speaking another language and accessing other cultural worlds, being bilingual or multilingual also improves cognitive abilities. 


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


Bilingual people are shown to have better:

  • Memory, visual-spatial skills and creativity
  • Attention and task-switching capacities 
  • Adjustment to environmental changes
  • Experience less cognitive decline as they age
  • Conflict management 
  • Cognitive control when spontaneously changing strategies


A happy child’s brain is able and ready to learn more easily and quickly!

When we feel happy and calm, we learn better. A calm, nurturing environment that promotes happiness is essential for learning.

Centner Academy students learn:


  • Tools and skills for lifelong happiness
  • How to access their inner source of well-being
  • How happiness creates life success


Dr. Tal Ben Shahar’s Happiness curriculum has been shown to “increase well-being, reduce anxiety, depression, and it also improves grades.”

Culture + Community

Coaching, Lifelong Learning and Giving Back


Coaching + Training


  • For parents, teachers and students
  • Optimize personal, professional and academic growth
  • Create lifelong learners


Coaching and training for parents, teachers and students spans a wide variety of topics including Personal Development, Conscious Parenting, Nutrition, Recreational Therapy, Limiting Belief Breakthrough Workshops, Yoga, Meditation and more.


Culture + Community

  • Focus on helping others and giving back
  • Monthly educational events for lifelong learning
  • Global emphasis encourages cross-cultural engagement


Centner Academy seeks to bring joy to kids who need it most through our “All in for Smiles” campaign by David and Leila Centner Family Foundation.

Project-Based Learning

Centner Academy’s new educational model draws on the best learning concepts from leading educational models with an emphasis on highly personalized, project-based learning.


Studies show that the traditional models of teaching, with an emphasis on worksheets and rote memorization, are no longer sufficient. Our children need to get curious, think for themselves, problem solve and innovate. Project-based learning supports children in all of these areas by allowing them to identify, describe and research a problem and then to iterate and develop their own solution.

Seeing is Believing.
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