Our school program runs 40 weeks and follows the Broward County School schedule, except that we do not have early release days. We offer small class sizes so that the individualized needs of each student can be met and where they can be challenged in a structured and safe environment. We offer both a regular- diploma track and a special-diploma track depending upon the needs of the child.
Each student is given an IEP (Individualized Educational Program) based on their individual needs in which objectives and goals are written for the year. In addition to our academic program, students receive instruction in life skills and social skills, such as handling money, taking public transportation, and engaging in appropriate conversations. If a child is in need of therapy, they can receive speech, occupational, and physical therapies from our in-house therapists.
Students are academically challenged starting at their functioning level in a self-contained classroom with a lower student-teacher ratio. Academic instruction includes core subjects with a focus on improving comprehension skills and following directions.
Students are given the opportunity to process information while speaking in complete sentences and are taught how to initiate conversation, stay on topic, and create friendships.
This part of our program encourages students to learn how to be self-sufficient and live as independently as possible. Students are taught money management, how to cook, do laundry, and other skills that prepare them for independent living.
Students participate in enriching after-school extracurricular activities such as Music, Art,
P.E., Spanish, and Jazzercise.
Students are assisted with learning key skills that will allow for job placement within the community. Students travel to job sites in order to have hands-on experience in addition to personal instruction.
Divine Academy provides in-house, one-on-one speech and occupational therapy to those students in need.