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Simmons Achievement Center

107 E. Clay Ave.
Brandon, FL 33510

(813) 689-3453


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • painting such as patterns
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We have different time when the teacher demonstrates/models lesson and is leading the activity., Then the students try it on their own through play and/or small groups.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because we have a low teacher/student avg ratio we are able to work in small groups with children and in some cases one on one. This allows for the various teaching techniques to be used that suit the individual child.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We send home a monthly newsletter about happenings in the school and then also in each classroom. We keep our website updated with events and the newsletter is easy to view on the site. The director is available at all times to provide parent to school connection. We also send home age targeted benchmark assessments.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is extremely common. We encourage the parents/guardians to keep their departure brief, but very confident and supportive.
We feel that a whole lot of love, kisses, and positive reinforcement goes a long way. Let the child know you love them, kiss them, hug them, and tell them you will be back right after work. Our faculty uses support with reassurance that the parent will return after work. We use distraction such as toys and activities to keep the child engaged until they feel comfortable.