Whitney M. Young Academy

Whitney M. Young Academy has reinvented the way education is perceived and reinvigorate how it is delivered to the youth of Central Florida. Awaiting each child is safe and welcoming environment accompanied by a personalized learning approach which tailored to the needs and interests of each student. 

What is the WMY approach?

  • Small class sizes, mixed age groups, a flexible schedule and most importantly a nurturing environment.
  • Each class will be comprised of 8 to 10 students
  • At WMYA, we utilize Learning Coaches who build meaningful relationships with students and help them master academic content, learn vital social skills, and tap into their creative powers.

What does a day at WMY look like? Children on computers

Morning

Students participate in community circle and goal setting facilitated by the Learning Coach. This is an intentional time for students to engage with each other. Following the morning activity, students will have the opportunity to individually custom their goals for the day based on their individualized curriculum.

Mid-Morning Break

Students will have free recreational time outdoors

Late Morning

Students will begin leveraging technology to learn their core subjects, such as language arts and mathematics, studying a curriculum customized to them. While working at their own pace, students will grasp these core competencies with the support of their Learning Coach.

Lunch Break

Students will eat their pre-packed lunches and will have free recreational time

Early Afternoon

Students will enter into student-led collaboration, together they will engage in various project-based activities, focusing on a variety of subjects.

Mid-Afternoon Break

Students will have free recreational time outdoors

Afternoon

Students will wrap up the day with creative time, which is completely dedicated to allowing them to use their natural abilities and talents to create whatever they like. At the end of the day, the whole class will join to celebrate the day’s successes and discuss any of the day’s struggles.

WMYA’s Six Core Competencies

Critical Thinking:

Students learn to independently problem solve until they find the best solution.

Project-Based Learning:

We encourage collaboration to help students crystallize their strengths and force them to articulate and refine their competencies in a team environment.

Confidence:

At WMYA, your child’s self-confidence will be built naturally, he or she will learn their strengths and weaknesses through unique educational opportunities.

Enrichment Opportunities:

WMYA allows your child to gain new perspectives, meet experts and understand their role in a constantly evolving world. Yet, at WMYA, we do not forget our past. Embedded in our curriculum is a focus on the unique heritage and culture inherent to the African American and Hispanic communities.

Character Development:

WMYA will foster the development of ethical and responsible individuals by teaching them values and respect. This also aids in their academic progress, as diligence and responsibility are core elements of character development.

Technology:

Technology is a cornerstone of WMYA and is used for inquiry, research and innovation.