ABOUT MILESTONES COMMUNITY SCHOOL
"Formed in the spirit of dynamic growth, social justice and intellectual pursuits."
The Mission of Milestones Community School is to help students develop basic academic skills, to educate them to the greatest extent possible so that they become active learners, and to teach them to be responsible citizens.
While most educators are familiar with the terms auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners, our learning styles model expands the concept to include how children think, what motivates them to learn, their interests, talents, and even the environment in which they learn best. This is a system based upon the belief that each style of learning is valid, unique, and important. Our teachers work as a team with students and parents, emphasizing strengths rather than weaknesses. Milestones is dedicated to ensuring that the curriculum matches the child, rather than the child matching the curriculum.
/ CORE VALUES
Milestones Community School inspires hope and success in bright, creative students who have struggled to realize their potential.
We are UNIQUE
We celebrate diversity, including a mix of students who learn in different ways and at different paces.
We recognize that students have strengths, understanding and passion in particular areas.
We understand students find some academic skills very challenging but may be advanced in others.
We are DEDICATED
We respect that the student is the central actor in his or her own education.
We believe in our students and foster self-confidence.
We encourage students to persevere, building persistence and resilience.
We help to unlock student motivation and potential.
We identify the needs and appropriate expectations of each student.
We hold reasonable expectations that, despite learning differences, each student can and will grow academically, socially, emotionally and ethically and have a chance to attend college if offered a flexible approach.
/ OUR ROOTS
Milestones started as a charter school in Sorrento, Florida in 2001. In 2005, the school moved to Leesburg, Florida and blossomed into a school of over 200 children.
In 2015, the school decided not to renew its public charter, and instead reopen as a private school. The vision of Milestones is to not only work with children who have learning challenges, but to work with all children who are looking to regain interest in their education so that their future can be bright and successful.
/ School Motto
“Never, never, never give up.”
– Winston Churchill
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
/ THE FUTURE
TRADITION OF DIVERSITY
It is essential that the education program follow the basic structure of the local public/private school systems to model the educational environment of these systems. This modeling is most apparent in graduation requirements, credits, course title, school calendars and the grading system.
Because the educational program serves a broad spectrum of ability levels, it was found necessary to modify the standardized grading system. The current grading system integrates instructional levels to reflect more accurately the exceptional, average, and low ability student's ability to earn an "A" if he/she puts forth his/her best effort.
Failure grades are removed from a student’s transcript for courses retaken and passed at Milestones.
Florida's school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided over 28,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2013-14 school year. The McKay and Step Up for Students Scholarships Program also offers parents school choice.