PLAID Academy

  • P.L.A.I.D. (Positive Learning in an Atmosphere of Individual Development) Academy's goal is to welcome each child into the realm of the successful independent learner.
  • The learning experience designed to achieve this goal places equal emphasis on knowledge, comprehension, application and creativity.
  • While basic elements may be traditional, the learning experience is often unique. Multi-sensory teaching techniques and integrated curriculum encourage synergy for the learner between classroom experiences and real world expectations.
  • Community resources are used to enrich the curriculum. Our small class size allows for individual attention and the interaction between students.
  • The right of each child to realize his or her learning potential is recognized side by side with the belief that self-confidence and the ability to work well with others help the student realize the full benefits of education.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Alternative School Network
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, language-based, mild learning differences
Year Founded1994

Student Body

Total Students31 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade PLAID Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,000
Tuition Notessee
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJean Altman

School Notes

  • P.L.A.I.D. Academy opened its doors in 1994. A state recognized private school, the learning experience places equal emphasis on knowledge, comprehension, application and creativity. PLAID graduates are self-confident, independent learners who successfully transition into the high school of their choice. Through a traditional, yet innovative curriculum, PLAID students continually assess skills, set goals and evaluate progress. Multi-sensory teaching techniques and an integrated curriculum encourage synergy for the learner between classroom experiences and real world expectations. Frequent field trips are utilized to enrich the curriculum. Small class size allows for individual attention and the interaction between students. Enhanced Curriculum includes Chinese, Hip-Hop, yoga, swim, and President's Physical Fitness Program, Extracurricular and Intramural activities and an Extended Day Program. P.L.A.I.D. also offers ELS, Essential Learning System, which is an individualized program that addresses learning differences and accelerates student progression. Mulit-sensory exercises enhance linguistic acquistion, coding and transfer learning. Sensory Integration Training develops reflexive learning and links visual, auditory, and motor development.
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