Since 2003, AEF Schools caters to average to bright children (K-12) who are not being as successful as they should be academically, socially, and/or at home. Our co-educational days schools offer an accredited traditional curriculum supplemented with instruction in cognitive, social, and life skills. AEF Offers 2 programs that meet the needs of different students: 1. AEF Preparatory Programd - is a accredited diploma track program catering to average to high functioning students whose goal is to attend college, university, or vocational school 2. AEF Westham Academy - non diploma track program caters to low to high functioing students whose goals are independent living, life skills, on the job training, or vocational school. Both Programs Offer: Small Class Sizes
Fully Accredited  McKay / Gardiner / Step-Up / AAA Approved
Standardized testing not used for promotion  No Homework  Transport Available  PreCare/ Aftercare

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AEF Schools ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, language-based or mild learning differences are supported through differentiated instruction.
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Per week 200 per week for summer school or mixed program
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
177 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade
AEF Schools Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition is based on a sliding scale and determined by each families income and expenses, space, and availability of scholarships
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%


Total Sports Offered
4 sports

School Notes

AEF (Alternative Education Foundation) AEF was founded in 2003 by a group of parents who wanted a better education for their children. These parents had tried a variety of public and private schools, but could not find a school that catered to their child`s specific needs; academics, social skills, cognitive skills and life skills. The one-size-fits-all approach of traditional schools was not working and their children, despite their intelligence, were not experiencing success. They did not want to place their children in special programs that serviced more severe social, emotional and behavioral problems. Their solution was to start a non-profit foundation, whose primary goal was to fund school programs catering to average to above-average intelligence children and adolescents who were not excelling academically, socially, and/or at home. These students do not require a restrictive environment but rather a structured, nurturing environment focusing on academic, social, and cognitive skills.AEF provides our students the opportunity to build their life, social, cognitive, and academic skills in order to further their education or assimilate into the work force. Many of the children we serve have failed at previous schools, been subjected to tragic events, are victims, or have slipped through the cracks of a rigid educational system. Giving these students and their families hope for the future and ensuring success one student at a time is our goal and mission. Without programs like ours, many of these students would drop out of school, become products of the system, or just another statistic. Our graduates are productive members of society whether practicing law or stocking shelves. They are taught to take pride in their work, respect others, and help those who need it. Our philosophy of teaching life, social skills, manners, and ethics along with academics helps create better citizens and role models for the future.

You have taken the first step to ensuring the future success of your child. If you are reading this, you or someone you know are not satisfied with your child`s current school and know there must be a better alternative. Or maybe your school is not being supportive in helping you raise a well-mannered, successful, and confident child or teenager. Either way, you have found the right place.

AEF Schools determines the placement of the student through an admissions process. Admission begins with individual appointments and a chance for our admissions team to meet with prospective students and families. Based on the outcome of the screening process, the admissions team will make recommendations as to which school or program best meets your child`s needs.
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Profile last updated: 07/20/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
Our first son, (22) was a student at AEF for 4 years and his experience from the first day trained him in an extraordinary way. He had an excellent academic performance during his stay at AEF and as well as today's college journey. He also participated in some summer camps during those years and that helped him in several areas of his life. Also, today our son has a part-time job being an outstanding employee.
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It is our pleasure to report that the teaching team at AEF/Westham has allowed our son to flourish academically and socially. We are looking forward to next year at Westham and all the good work that our son will accomplish. Westham is a gem and the students are encouraged to shine !
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AEF is an amazing school for kids that can't function in public or private schools or have special needs like ADHD, dyslexia, autism, etc.
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I enrolled my son 2017-2018 school year because I was concerned that he wasn`t getting the education he deserved at public school. Public school burdened us with homework, overcrowding classrooms and way too much standardized testing. Thankfully, I found AEF. AEF not only focuses on book work. They focus on social skills, emotional skills and life skills. They have core values that support family. With public school we had hours of homework and that would leave my son discouraged, tired and frustrated. The curriculum at AEF is tailored for the child because every child is different. The communication between teachers and parents is amazing. They keep you informed and have great relationships with the students. Therefore, the students are very reapectful(you have to see it to believe it). They follow directives the first time given. All of the teachers/administrative staff care about the students. AEF has very small classrooms, they offer healthy ORGANIC lunches and have the best extracurricular programs/fundraisers. I was so happy with my son`s increased confidence and academic progress, that I decided to withdraw my daughter`s from public school and enroll them at AEF. They love it!!!! I will say they have zero tolerance for bullying, disrespectful and possibly aggressive students. Therefore, they are very selective in what students they accept. Considering the state of public schools across the nation, you can`t blame them. They take school safety very serious. I know this is a long review but I am extremely grateful for the environment. My son had very low self esteem when at public school. The teachers didn`t care and only worried about testing. He was getting lost. He couldn`t do his homework alone and he would cry when I had to take him to public school. Upon enrolling him at AEF in a few months I noticed his confidence increasing and he was able to work independently. His handwriting greatly improved and so did his focus. He even likes to read books now lol! Anyway, I would strongly recommend AEF if you have been considering it. Small class sizes, quality curriculum, safe environment, organic lunches, loving staff and respectful students.
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