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Westham Academy

Westham Academy | Specific Needs School- Davie, FLorida

Catering to students (ages 10 to 22) who need life, social, and cognitive skills with targeted academics

Westham Academy

Westham Academy is a specialized small group educational program catering to students in grades 4 to 12, offering highly individualized instruction in various essential domains. With class sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students and a maximum enrollment of 55 students, Westham Academy is dedicated to providing focused and tailored support to students who require specialized attention to develop classroom, self-regulatory, and life skills.

Program Focus Areas:

  1. Mathematics: Westham Academy offers comprehensive mathematics instruction tailored to each student’s level and needs. The curriculum is designed to remediate math skills and promote mathematical literacy.
  2. Reading Comprehension: Our program emphasizes reading comprehension, targeting strategies to improve understanding, fluency, and critical thinking in reading.
  3. Life Skills: Westham Academy recognizes the importance of practical life skills. Students receive training in essential life skills such as time management, organization, budgeting, and personal responsibility.
  4. Social Skills: The program places a strong emphasis on social skills development. Students learn effective communication, conflict resolution, empathy, and appropriate social interaction through structured lessons and real-life scenarios.
  5. Cognitive Skills: Cognitive skills development is integral to our program. Students engage in activities that enhance memory, problem-solving, attention, and executive functioning skills.
  6. Independent Living Skills: Westham Academy prepares students for independent living by teaching skills such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and basic home maintenance.

Placement and Duration:

Students are placed in Westham Academy for an indefinite time period, determined by their individual progress and readiness to transition. The goal of the program is to remediate academic skills and equip students with essential life skills to prepare them for success in their chosen paths. This may include transitioning back to AEF Schools (lower or upper campus), vocational schools, technical schools, the workforce, or independent living.

Individualized Learning:

Every student at Westham Academy receives an individualized education plan (IEP) tailored to their specific needs, goals, and abilities. Our dedicated team of educators, special education professionals, and support staff work collaboratively to ensure each student’s educational journey is personalized and responsive.

Transition Support:

The program includes a comprehensive transition plan to facilitate a smooth return to AEF Schools or the move to vocational or technical education, employment, or independent living. This plan includes career exploration, vocational training, job readiness, and guidance on higher education options.

Comprehensive Care:

Westham Academy provides a nurturing and structured environment that encourages students to thrive academically, socially, and personally. Positive behavior management, supportive counseling, and a caring community atmosphere are integral components of our program.

At Westham Academy, our mission is to empower students to reach their full potential, regain academic confidence, and acquire essential life skills. We believe that every student can succeed, and we are dedicated to guiding them toward a bright and fulfilling future.

Westham  provides a unique academic and social skill support environment for students whose immediate needs are not just academic.  Westham Academy students receive intensive social and cognitive skill remediation along with individualized academic instruction.

Many students who enroll in Westham find themselves overwhelmed socially and/or academicals in traditional schools, have been bullied, or have slipped through the cracks and are several years behind their peers academically.

The majority of students who attend Westham are transitioned back into one of AEF’s Preparatory Campuses. However, college and university is not the goal for everyone.  For some students, the goal is to make sure the child is happy, independent, and successful at the next stage.  This can mean preparing the child for placement in the work force, transition to an independent living facility, or targeted instruction for trade/technical school.