Diamond Minds Transformational Leadership Academy is a year-round, private Pre-K through 8 school designed to ensure that each child receives a holistic education which nurtures their physical, emotional, intellectual, social, aesthetic and spiritual needs. We educate students from a range of communities around the greater Miami area including, Miramar, Little Haiti, Liberty City, Miami Gardens and Aventura. Despite its private status, the school is populated primarily by students who traditionally receive free and reduced lunch. This is possible because of scholarship programs such as Step Up for Students and McKay, as well as internal scholarships supported by donations and fundraising efforts.
We have created a culturally responsive and compassionate community designed to inspire creative thinking, promote a love of learning, advance self-awareness, and impart the knowledge and intuition necessary to prepare children for success as global citizens. To ensure that students receive the highest quality education, the curriculum is student centered, culturally relevant and completely integrated. The students are encouraged to draw connections across content deepening their understanding of educational material. They learn in small, multi-age classrooms, contributing to the development of leadership skills, acceptance of diversity, and independent learning.
Academic achievement is an essential element in the school design. Students develop a strong sense of self through activities which encourage balance through mind, body, and spirit. The school facilitates the development of rigorous analytical thinking through tasks which introduce and enrich the core subjects (math, science, humanities, literacy and language arts) through experiential learning that embraces multiple intelligences and promote a love of life-long learning.
Private School Program Structure
Early Learning Academy
The Early Learning Academy is open to children ages 3 - 5 years olds. All children attending the program must be fully potty trained. The program offers children a highly stimulating environment in which they can develop social, emotionally, and physically. Additionally, our children also gain a strong foundation on which to build as they progress throughout their educational endeavors.
The primary curriculum used in the preschool is High Scope, which emphasizes
Our Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program provides children wieht a more in-depth preparation for their Kindergarten year. Most of our graduating VPK students enter Kindergarten reading well beyond Kindergarten expectations.
Early Elementary Structure
The Early Elementary program at Diamond Minds is a learning program where students integrate their core foundational learning skills with newly acquired higher level critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to develop study and practice skills that will prepare them for the transition into Upper Elementary programs by learning the fundamental tools and skills through a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum. The core curriculum for the Lower Elementary program includes Foundations of Reading, Foundations of Writing, Foundations of Spelling, Foundations of Math, Foundations of Science, and Humanities.
All curriculum is presented in a hands-on, interactive method which encourages student-centered practices. The programs at Diamond Minds are designed to develop the needs of the "whole child" knowing each child is equipped with a set of skills and talents that make them successful individuals. The entire program integrates subjects, study skills, and social skills development. In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in enrichment courses which include, Dance, Vee Jit-Su, Yoga, and Tai Chi. Students are encouraged to explore their talents and discover activities in which they can be passionately involved.
Upper Elementary Structure
The Upper Elementary program at Diamond Minds is a transformational learning program where students become responsible for their own learning and passionately involved in activities that inspire their growth. It is our goal to for our students cultivate a sense of self and their place in the world gaining the confidence to resist the temptation to define themselves through others.
The curriculum in Upper Elementary is designed to prepare students for developing positive life skills, both academic and social that adequately prepare them for middle and high school. The goal of the core classes is to improve student achievement by providing challenges that promote intellectual, social, emotional and creative excellence. Each students comes to Diamond Minds with a set of individual skills and gifts; the purpose of the curriculum is to help students find and enrich their strengths. Students take five academic courses: Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies and Study Skills.
The entire program integrates subjects, study skills, and social skills development. In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in enrichment courses which include, Music, Dance, Vee Jit-Su, Yoga, Art, Tai Chi, and Cross-Country running. In Upper Elementary students are encouraged to explore their talents and discover activities in which they can be passionately involved.
Middle School Structure
The Middle School is designed to meet the varied needs of students while offering a challenging and enriching experience, preparing students for high school. The emphasis is on cross-curricular lesson planning to assist students in making connections across subjects and facilitating transfer of knowledge from the school setting to life. All courses are designed to stimulate and challenge students academically. Students take five academic classes a day: English, Mathematics, Humanities, Science and Study Skills.
The entire program integrates subjects, study skills, and social skills development. In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in enrichment courses which include, Music, Dance, Vee Jit-Su, Yoga, Art, Tai Chi, and Cross-Country running. In Middle School students are encouraged to explore their talents and discover activities in which they can be passionately involved.