Arbor School of Central Florida's K-8 School uses a sensory-based classroom approach to work with children facing learning challenges such as autism, sensory processing disorder, down syndrome, and other diagnoses. Your child will receive an individualized curriculum that gives them the ability to progress and learn. In addition to highly personalized academics, students receive (as needed):
Cognitive learning is used at The Arbor School to help our students to understand and fit into different social situations. Many people with autism lack the social awareness to read social situations. By setting up rules, the child or adult can then be more successful in different settings such as work, school, or other public places. Reducing the stress and anxiety can help the child or adult function more effectively in social situations and prevent an ongoing cycle of anxiety and awkwardness.
Arbor School embraces the use of technology in our classrooms. Each student’s individualize learning plan includes a blend of technology, hands-on learning and direct instruction. This blend of learning allows all of our students to be engaged, active learners.
Using the Socratic method of learning, the students are encouraged through conversation to explain their reasoning behind answers with questions such as "how did you come to that answer?" and they are praised if the answer is reasonable and logical. The back and forth discussions allow for the students to create thoughts and opinions, defend their answers using logic, and develop problem solving skills. Through the use of multi-sensory, Socratic methods, our students are able to experience their learning and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught.
The school day begins with a PE class to get the students ready for the start of the day during homeroom. After the warm up, the learning starts with first period classes in the scheduled subject. The primary program stays within one classroom throughout the day, while the middle school rotates into the classes for each subject. During the day, the children will attend varying subjects from the basics such as math, science, and reading but will also learn through therapeutic activities and social interaction.
These components are utilized in combination to help your child with their learning abilities, social skills, and language skills. A typical learning experience at our school also includes:
At Arbor, we want to make sure your child and Arbor are a perfect match. Over the course of several meetings, we get to know each other, review your child's IEP and evaluations, and give your child the chance to spend some time at Arbor to see how they like it. John McKay and Gardner Scholarship money is available via online applications.
The Arbor School of Central Florida's employs nearly 30 staff, including administrators, therapists, teachers, and teaching assistants. We provide instruction for students from middle and primary school up to high school and transition. Therapies include Occupational, Speech & Language, Music Therapy and Art.
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December 19 - End of 2nd quarter & 1st semester
December 21 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday
December 24 – January 4 - Winter Break
January 7 - Classes Resume
January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – School Closed
February 18 - President’s Day - School Closed
March 14 - End of 3rd Quarter
March 15 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday
March 18 - 22 - Spring Break - School Closed
March 26 - Progress Reports Go Home
No Scheduled Events
May 18 - Graduation
May 22 - End of 4th Quarter
May 24 - Last Day of Student Attendance
May 28 – 29 - Teacher Workdays
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