Madelaine Halmos Academy (MHA) is a private elementary school, serving Kindergarten through 5th grade. Educators, staff and volunteers work together to create a safe, academically challenging and socially supportive environment for all learners. MHA’s unique program nurtures the whole child by combining academic, social-emotional, and wellness elements to ensure a highly-effective educational experience.
At the heart of MHA programming is a desire to see students thrive. The small class sizes, exceptional teachers and staff, and an innovative approach to education are the pillars of the competitive educational experience our students receive. Our curriculum includes:
- Innovative approaches to education and learning
- Project-based curriculum in all subjects including science, art, mathematics, literacy, and music
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities
- Seamless integration of technology within our classrooms
- On-site counseling and therapeutic services
- Wellness activities that include social-emotional, assessment, learning and play
- Access to our Family Program for all members of a student’s family
- Engaging extracurricular activities including: soccer, basketball, piano, ballet, computer science and art
- Educational field trips around South Florida that have included: Museum of Discovery and Science, Zoo Miami, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Knaus Berry Farm and Butterfly World
MHA’s robust programming is supported by a dedicated network of volunteers from diverse business and service industries, who give their time and talent to facilitate real-world connections and learning for all students. MHA develops lifelong learners and establishes a strong educational foundation for them to build upon. We are preparing our children for successful and enriching futures!
Our School & Classrooms
In May 2021, we will open the doors of the brand-new Madelaine Halmos Academy on the same campus as Jack & Jill’s Early Education Center at 1315 West Broward Boulevard. The new school will feature 12 classrooms, an arts and science lab, a music and media lab, a rooftop play area and outdoor learning space, a wellness room, a dining hall with a restaurant-grade kitchen, and state-of-the-art security and technology. The Madelaine Halmos Academy is temporarily located at the Salvation Army Community Center at 100 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
Our comprehensive Family Program is designed to strengthen families by providing intensive parent education, case management and referrals, a food and clothing pantry, and an emergency assistance fund. Through this program, families increase financial stability, maintain employment, achieve job achievement and foster their child’s healthy growth and development. As a result of addressing the needs of whole families, parents gain knowledge and confidence while children perform and behave better at home and in the classroom.
We have extensive experience working with children with special needs. The Family Program works closely with teachers and school administrators to help identify and provide referrals for children in need of special services. We partner with other agencies to provide onsite therapeutic services. These agencies include Kids Spot, whose therapists provide Speech, Occupational and Physical therapies, and Kids in Distress (KIDS) which provides Infant Mental Health Counseling.
Led by our Director of Health Initiatives, the HEALTH (Helping Everyone Achieve Long Term Health) Program provides comprehensive and integrated health services in collaboration with community resources for the children, families, and faculty of MHA. This program follows the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model designed by the Centers for Disease Control. Through comprehensive health assessments, provision of health services, preventative healthcare, and community partnerships, this program has a significant positive impact on the health and wellness of our children, families and community.
When the new building opens, students at the Madelaine Halmos Academy will receive two hot and healthy meals, and one snack, prepared by our in-house Chef and Food Service Support Staff. It is our goal that hunger never slows or stops a child’s ability to learn in our classrooms. With the help of our Family Program, food and nutrition classes are also offered to families so they may learn how to prepare healthy, nutritious and inexpensive meals at home.
Jack & Jill collaborates with several community organizations to provide services for families. Collaborations are important to our model because these partnerships allow us to expand and extend services to families at low or no additional cost.
Welcome to our school!
To learn whether Madelaine Halmos Academy is right for your child, to arrange for a tour or to learn about our eligibility requirements, please contact our office at (954) 712-2472.