Our School


 

Our Mission


The Mission of KLA Schools is to provide a safe, innovative environment and high quality education for the students of our communities inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to education.

 

Vision & Values


Individuality
All children are honored as individuals who are intrinsically motivated and are active participants in their learning.

Collaboration
Families, educators and children are partners in learning and research.

Intentionality
Environments are safe, nurturing, and designed to promote experiences that invite children and adults to enter into meaningful dialogues that foster children’s innate curiosity, creativity, and thinking.

Relationships
Relationships are at the core of our educational approach and are built with our surroundings: people, materials, and environments.

Process
Through documentation, the learning process of teachers and children is made visible for furthering understanding, expanding on concepts, and celebrating ideas.

Our Leadership Team

 
Candelaria Ortega

Director

 

A Letter from the Director

Dear Families,
I would like to give you a warm welcome to KLA Schools of Brickell.

My name is Cadelaria Ortega and I am the Pedagogical Director of KLA Schools. Together with a strong team of educators, we have built a place where children are respected, valued, given the opportunity to discover and are at the center of this school. We are committed to maintaining a center strongly based on the aspect of quality in education. When you tour our school, we hope you feel compelled to have your child be part of this experience, and to join a place of passion for children. Here at KLA Schools, we have the opportunity to offer an education with strong values.

Our mission reflects the importance of co-existing peacefully within great diversity. We promote different ways of thinking and a community that respects everyone’s process and opinion.

In today’s world, because we believe in the importance of finding innovation in education, a strong investment is made in professional development. This is essential to the goals of our school and to the research of quality in early childhood education. Our mission makes wider all the learning possibilities to create a rich context of experiences for children in our school.

We see our environment at KLA Schools as a source of inspiration for the children to freely express their creativity. Indoor and outdoor experiences, along with a wide variety of materials such as natural, manmade, and recycled among others are offered in the daily life of every child.

Social and emotional growth is fostered as an essential component of children’s development, giving them the opportunity to be the best citizens of our community and of the world!

We hope our first impression will highly impact your decision to offer your child a remarkable early childhood education.

Warm Regards,

Candelaria Ortega
Director

“A school has to be a place of passion-not for the children to learn it, but to express it, school has to cultivate the passion of learning.” Carlina Rinaldi

Our Educators


KLA Schools are staffed with caring, fun, and dedicated professionals. Participating regularly in professional development experiences, our teachers are constantly looking for ways to learn more about the best ways to teach our students. Observations of each child are taken throughout the day in addition to notes reflecting on weekly projections. Our educators are continually analyzing which ways children learn best as well as which teaching styles are most effective.

Facilitators in their interactions with children, our educators work to align children interests with the learning domains in loving, nurturing, and positive ways which support students in feeling safe, loved, and valued. Our curriculum addresses the whole child including academic, physical, social and emotional domains.

We encourage them to think deeper and ask questions as they research different theories. It is of utmost importance that teachers and children alike invest in researching and collaborating together in order to be a part of each other’s learning process.


Parents as Our Partners


Parents are a crucial factor in our program. In fact, parents are our partners. Our teachers understand and respect that parents are their children’s first teacher. Their involvement in the school gives their children a sense of security and is deeply appreciated. We recognize that stable, quality relationships during the early years are fundamental for later developmental outcomes. Collaboration between teachers, parents and the children is an integral part of the educational experience at KLA Schools. Our goal is not simply to build a strong, warm and nurturing connection with each child, but to extend that connection to our community of parents. By working in a collaborative group setting, children learn critical life skills such as compromise, reasoning, respect for others’ opinions and enhancement of their sense of community. Through these partnerships, children benefit from experiencing many of the same principles at home that they do in school and thrive with this consistency. Teachers also offer frequent support our families and our communities through transparency and by being a source of information about educating a whole child and the various aspects of development.

Photo Tour

We would like to welcome you to your digital tour of KLA Schools. From the moment you walk into any of our locations, you will know that you are in a KLA School. Each one of our schools has a modern feel and design unlike any other. Features such as wood floors and furniture, large picture windows for all classrooms and offices, large corridors and classroom sizes, soft tone colors, and play soft furniture brought in from Italy are some of the visual components that makes KLA stand out from all the rest.

Click the photo to launch the tour.

Safety and Security

KLA Schools are safe and secure by design. We work diligently to maintain the cleanliness of our facility as well as the safety of our furnishings and overall health of our children and their environment.

Parents log their children in at the reception area, where no outsiders are allowed. All doors leading outside of the KLA Schools grounds are kept locked and only able to be opened through sophisticated technology. Our schools include an outdoor play area designed with age appropriate materials, protective fences, and well-maintained grounds to insure the children’s safety.

The entire school is continually monitored utilizing closed-circuit cameras in all classrooms as well as hallways and outdoor spaces.

Staff members qualified to respond to life-threatening emergencies are always in attendance. Trained in pediatric first aid and CPR, staff members are always available to respond to a variety of emergency medical situations. In addition to our regularly instituted health and safety plan, emergency care producers are also put in place for both minor and major incidents.

Whatever the situation, our staff is confident and qualified to keep your most prized possession safe at all times.



Community Service


As part of our philosophy and educational approach, we believe it is essential to make visible that fact that each child knows and understands that we are all different and can co-exist peacefully. We have different ways of thinking, a fact we embrace. In fulfilling this vision, KLA Schools has formed relationships with charitable organizations within each of the communities it exists. Read more about our involvement with the following foundations:


His House

His House Children’s Home is a private, faith-based non-profit organization dedication to restoring joy to the lives of children from newborn to 18 years of age. Since it was established in 1989, His House has been offering safe, caring homes to abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Florida. Children and families of KLA Schools of Brickell organize a variety of ways to support this cause throughout the year.


Camillus’ House

Each year KLA Schools of Brickell participates in fundraising through the Camillus House Organization. Serving the South Florida community since 1960, this is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless. We ask our families to help us by providing basic non-perishable necessities to these people in our community.


Pajama Project

The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Some of the children this organization serves are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. Each year around the winter holidays, KLA Schools of Brickell collects books and pajamas for children from infants to six years old.

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