KLA Elementary School

Basic Information

Address: 625 SW 1st Ave, Miami FL 33130
County: Miami-Dade County
School District: Private School
Phone Number: 305-603-9012
President: Roberto Ortega
Principal: Candelaria Ortega
School Type: Reggio Emilia inspired Private School

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Additional Information

Founded: 2017
Ages/Grades: Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
School Setting:

KLA Elementary School is an innovative and progressive institution inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. After ten years of providing children with a renowned early childhood education in our KLA preschool program, we are extending this enriching experience to give continuity to our meaningful and quality educational practices. Our state of the art facility provides spaces where children’s abilities and natural aptitudes are nurtured in ways that develop new and inherent talents.

Our educators believe in the child’s competency and potential while embracing the children’s ideas, points of view, and participation in their learning experience. They appreciate professional development as a way of further understanding the child’s thinking and learning processes.

At KLA Elementary School, we offer children a place to become aware of their love for learning. Their thoughts and ideas are honored and acknowledged as they become protagonists of their learning process while having access to rich, innovative materials, ateliers, laboratories (Kitchen lab, Science lab, Technology lab, Library/Resource Center, Gym, Theater, Music), and other resources in the community.

School Schedule: 8:00am-6:00pm
School days in Calendar Year: 180
Curriculum:

Our extensive research and understanding of the role of the child in their learning process support our intention of offering children a holistic environment where all fields of knowledge should be integrated. This will provide each child with the opportunity to apply their learning experiences to their daily lives. This is why our curriculum is based on a flexible, differentiated education that provokes inquiry, active learning, collaborative work, and problem-solving skills. Children will be exposed to hands-on experiences that promote critical thinking and the elaboration of theories, which will lead to authentic research and investigation.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Uniform Guidelines:

Our uniform is inspired by our school’s progressive approach to education. Children that are in constant movement and exploration need comfortable clothes. This is why we chose styles and fabrics that will encourage them to move through their environment with freedom and confidence.
The KLA Elementary School uniform code is as follows:
KLA Elementary blue or white active t-shirts, KLA Elementary School white polo shirt for special events, KLA Elementary active shorts, pants, or skorts, KLA Elementary active jacket, closed-toe shoes or sneakers. Outerwear, tops, or bottoms outside of KLA Elementary uniform are NOT be allowed.
Students must wear their complete uniform and labeled face masks every day (Monday through Friday). Sneakers are mandatory. Every child needs to own at least one of the white KLA Elementary “special event” polo shirts.

Mission Statement:

Every day, we actively seek to uncover. recover, and discover the unique gifts and talents that each child possesses, in order to develop young children into the compassionate, curious, conscientious adults the world needs more of.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: To support the learning and growth of each student, we believe school must be: Challenging: when we find the possibility of discovering something new about ourselves, one another, and the wider world. Engaging: when a new idea comes alive through our participation and our active search for meaning. Relevant: when learning helps us understand ourselves and our place in the world, increasing knowledge, building skills, and instilling a mindset of life-long learning. Supportive: when learning supports our ability to change and expands our willingness to try new things. Experiential: when our learning experiences affect the world we inhabit as much as much as they affect us as individuals.
School History: We investigated many great philosophers and were most influenced by Jean Piaget’s Constructivist Theory and Lev Vygotsky’s Socio-Constructivist Theory, as well as the works of John Dewey on the importance of bringing students’ past experiences into the classroom. The works of Jerome Bruner and Paulo Freire also amazed us. We share the belief that each person constructs his or her own intelligence through direct interaction with the environment and social groups. We were then introduced to the theories of Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the infant-toddler centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He developed an approach to childhood education that is today inspiring educators and children throughout the world. As a result, we traveled to Italy to visit these wonderful schools. We returned truly inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and passionate about spreading its wonders in our schools. After offering a quality early childhood education for several years, we decided to give continuity to our renowned, innovative program by opening our elementary with the purpose of providing our children with not only a quality educational experience but also a meaningful life experience that nurtures and respects the whole child immersed in a safe and inspiring environment where authentic learning can truly take place.
Programs and Services:

Our enrichment programs have been thoughtfully developed to challenge our elementary-aged children while enhancing and encouraging critical thinking through differentiated instruction. Some of our enrichment programs are:
Physical Education (from two to four times a week)
Martial Arts (once a week)
Technology and engineering (twice a week)
Music (twice a week)
Spanish (from two to three times a week)
Soccer, Basketball, and other sports programs!
Our Atelier (art studio), offers the children endless opportunities to experiment and explore with different materials that invite them to express their thoughts and ideas using a variety of languages with confidence and creativity.

Notes/School Information:
  • Brand new, open, and innovative spaces where children are able to be protagonists of their own learning process. Our elementary program offers not only a quality educational experience but also a meaningful life experience that nurtures and respects the child as a whole.
  • Our enrichment programs have been thoughtfully developed to challenge our elementary-aged children while enhancing and encouraging critical thinking through differentiated instruction. Some of our enrichment programs are:
    • Physical Education (from two to four times a week)
    • Martial Arts (once a week)
    • Technology and engineering (twice a week)
    • Music (twice a week)
    • Spanish (from two to three times a week)
    • Soccer, Basketball, and other sports programs!
  • Our Atelier (art studio), offers the children endless opportunities to experiment and explore with different materials that invite them to express their thoughts and ideas using a variety of languages with confidence and creativity.
  • Our After-School Program offers cooking, martial arts, awesome science, mandarin, dance, chess, piano, and many more!
  • Our Kitchen and Science Laboratories offer the children endless opportunities to experiment and explore with different materials that foster inquiry and investigation. The children use computers, iPads, laptops, and smartboards to support and complement their research process.
  • Learning is not limited to the classroom, children are exposed to areas outside of the school and they use those surroundings to make connections to their classroom projects. We have our own school buses, which facilitate our relationships with our city and environment through field trips and excursions. We are not bound to a single theory. Our curriculum is based on our research on the multiple intelligences that children possess, and the importance of offering children a holistic environment that provokes active learning, collaborative work, and problem-solving skills that children will apply to their daily lives.
  • In our Sound and Movement Studio, the children create stories using their bodies and encounter different layers of corporal expression.
  • Collaboration between teachers and parents is an integral part of the educational experience at KLA Elementary School.
  • Our staff is composed of certified, trained, and professional educators and counselors that will support your child's transition, growth, and development in every aspect.
  • Professional development is an essential part of the daily life of our school and teachers. Other than receiving the ongoing support of pedagogical coordinators and directors, the entire staff meets every week to share ideas and discuss the projects and experiences that are taking place in their classrooms. Our teachers are also provided with 7.5 hours a week to work on their projections, their classroom logistics, and organization, and to meet with parents. We know how important it is to provide our educators with the necessary tools to further enhance their research and investigation on children's development and progressive and innovative educational practices. As a Reggio Emilia inspired school, we maintain a close relationship with Reggio Children and The Loris Malaguzzi Centre, as well as with educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy who now come visit our school every year!