Meet the Female Founder Behind Miami’s Centner Academy

Meet Leila Centner, Co-Founder and CEO of Centner Academy, who has taken a unique approach to education by building the first U.S. happiness school. Centner founded her school in Miami near the city’s Design District in 2019 after not finding the right school for her daughters anywhere in the country.

Centner Academy takes a holistic approach to education by focusing on children’s happiness, emotional well-being and language mastery. Serving preschool through 8th grade, the school’s curriculum explores leadership, mindfulness, artistic development, life skills, globally-focused academics, language mastery in English and Mandarin among other languages, physical education based on neuroscience, and a healthy organic diet.

The curriculum also aims to impart emotional intelligence through daily meditation and various educational approaches, in which the focus is on students’ academic achievement and social-emotional development. The school also offers meditation sessions for adults, giving parents and teachers the opportunity to release some of their fears and stress around parenting and teaching, respectively.

Centner Academy’s happiness model, based with guidance from positive psychology teacher Tal Ben-Shahar, proves happiness leads to success. Earlier this year, Centner Academy students took The MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Assessment, which is administered to millions of students in thousands of schools and districts across the U.S. and in more than 145 countries around the world. Test results showed that 86% of Centner Academy students are at or above nationwide benchmarks for academic performance in Reading and 74% in Math. Some of their students also learned almost double what students across the country learned in the same time period.


Our preschool program at Centner Academy is designed to provide young learners with a strong foundation for future academic success.

Our highly trained and experienced teachers work closely with each child to ensure that they receive individualized attention and support as they grow and develop.

At Centner Academy, our elementary school program provides a challenging and engaging academic curriculum that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity in our students.

We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and resources to support the growth and development of our students, including technology and hands-on experiences.

Our middle school program at Centner Academy provides a challenging and dynamic academic curriculum that prepares our students for success in high school and beyond.

We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and resources to support the growth and development of our students, including advanced technology, collaborative projects, and opportunities for leadership and community service.

High School

The development of our high school program at Centner Academy is currently underway, and we are excited to offer our students an exceptional academic experience that prepares them for success in college and beyond. Our program will provide opportunities for students to travel globally to participate in community service, pursue their passions, and engage in a global sports development program for student-athletes.

The High School program development is underway, giving students opportunities to travel globally for community service, pursue and create their passions, and participate in a global sports development program for student-athletes.

Our application process begins with a private tour with a member of the friendly Centner Academy admissions team. We can’t wait to meet your family and learn more about your learners.

Prospective students and families will be invited for interviews to make sure our school community is a great fit.


After you fill out our inquiry form, we will provide you with access to our Online Admissions Portal.


The Admissions Team sends decisions by email. If your family is accepted, you will have two weeks to accept or decline our admission offer and complete the enrollment contract

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