Centner Academy’s Entrepreneurship Program provides all students with the experience of launching and growing their own business. As they move through product development, students pitch their business plans in a real world “shark tank” to obtain seed capital. They practice sales and marketing as they prepare for our series of Bee Happy Marketplaces. As students create and deliver their goods and services, they explore finance and management aspects of business ownership. Along the way, students develop creativity, resilience, and confidence while applying lessons from across the curriculum. Centner Academy’s Entrepreneurship Program allows students to experience the transformative power of mutually beneficial, free market exchange and challenges students to use these skills to meet society’s needs.
Centner Academy’s Speech & Debate Program aims to become a nationally recognized speech and debate powerhouse. By supporting students as early as sixth grade, Centner Academy high school students will be far more prepared than their peers for competitive success. This year, Centner Academy Students will attend the National Speech and Debate Association Middle School Nationals, Middle School Tournament of Champions, and Florida’s Novice States. Centner Academy’s debate team pairs world class resources with talented students for competitive and educational success.
Wayne Selogy is our Speech & Debate Coach. Wayne has been competing, coaching, and teaching debate since 2010. During his high school career, he competed on the national circuit and was ranked in the top 10 for congressional debate his senior year. After graduating college, Wayne became Head Speech and Debate coach at Oxbridge Academy, an independent school in West Palm Beach, Florida. As both an assistant and head coach at Oxbridge, Wayne guided students to elimination rounds and championships in both speech and debate activities. Wayne left Oxbridge Academy in the Spring of 2021 to pursue his J.D. at the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, Wayne continues his passion for speech and debate through his educational consulting firm, The Wayne Institute.
We are excited to share that we have two School Counselors this year, Nicole Abelson and Samantha Cichocki. Our School Counseling Program provides support to students to excel emotionally, behaviorally and academically.
Centner Academy’s Mindfulness Program includes all teachers taking the Mindful Schools certification program. Our Mindfulness Team is composed of Ms. Gabriela, Ms. Zeinette, Coach Omeed and Ms. Fernanda, all of whom have extensive experiences, retreats and practices in Mindfulness. The Mindfulness Team supports teachers in implementing a brief meditation during Morning Meeting as well as implementing the Zen Zones which utilize all of the Conscious Discipline Safe Place. The Zen Zones are designed to help children learn to self-regulate.
As an International School, Centner Academy is proud to provide five foreign language choices for its Elementary and Middle School students: French, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. German will be offered as a Friday Elective. Preschool students experience Mandarin and Spanish languages in an immersive style format. Our Foreign Language Program is unique in that it is focused on true language acquisition. All o four Foreign Language Teachers are trained in the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) method.
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