Cranium Academy Preparatory School (CAPS) is a completely unique private elementary school designed for advanced and talented students, offering state-of-the-art, technology-based learning skillfully balanced with hands-on exploration in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, art, foreign languages, and more.
As a Cranium Academy elementary student, your child will benefit from:
Gifted level academics made tangible and fun.
K-5 reading and math curriculum measured one full grade year ahead of the highest national common core standards (example: kindergarten receives first grade reading lessons).
A revolutionary approach towards critical thinking.
A custom learning path based on frequent skill assessment and analysis to reach his/her ultimate learning potential.
The latest technology including smartboards in every room, laptops, and tablets combined with multisensory exploration to prepare for success in the 21st century.
Advanced science curriculum which goes beyond the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS ), encouraging students to employ the scientific method in daily life. Units include: Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science, and Space & Technology.
Comprehensive language arts program, incorporating writing and spelling components to our core reading curriculum.
Accelerated social studies/history program which employs project-based learning to help students understand social studies through stories. Children learn American history, geography, economics, governments, and more.
Innovative programs designed to build cognitive, critical thinking, gross and fine motor skills, while fostering social, emotional, speech/language and character development.
Unforgettable, educational field trips offering hands-on learning adventures and exposure to new environments.
Structured athletic gym program developing gross motor skills, strength, and coordination.
Large indoor and outdoor play areas featuring the latest gym and playground equipment.
Revolutionary teaching techniques delivered by caring teachers focused on positive reinforcement and praise to build confidence and a lifetime love of learning.
Ongoing communication and collaboration between teachers and parents with progress reports, teacher conferences, and continuous updates.
Access to a homework website loaded with interactive activities to help parents reinforce learning at home.
Engaging instructors with low student-teacher ratios.
Cranium Academy Preparatory School Advantages
Advanced Reading & Math – Custom Learning Paths
Traditional school curriculum is centered around teaching all children in a class the same skills. Cranium Academy was founded to solve this problem. We test and monitor students throughout the year while providing a custom learning path for each child that is integrated into their reading and math curriculum throughout each day.
Critical Thinking – Explorers
In addition to gifted level reading and math, CAPS offers our exclusive Cranium Explorers program featuring Montessori type critical thinking lesson plans that cover the four scientific domains: life, earth, physical and process science. Through Cranium Explorers, children build creativity, focus, communication, confidence, critical thinking and cognitive skills while exploring topics such as:
Utilizing revolutionary teaching techniques, our students not only learn about the weather, they become junior meteorologists who can predict the climate based off of their critical thinking skills. They don’t just learn about dinosaurs, they become young paleontologists embarking on journeys through time to explore what life was like when they existed. At Cranium Academy, students go beyond ‘what’ to explore ‘how’ and ‘why,’ discovering a true love of learning along the way.
Cranium Academy recognizes the importance of art as a language, and an important form of self expression. Our teachers utilize two core art programs, along with art integration within other programs such as science, social studies and reading. CAPS art highlights include:
Crayola Creative Art Program developed in conjunction with the Crayola company and endorsed by the National Association of Elementary School Programs/Principles (NAESP).
Art infused education builds essential 21st century skills around the 4 Cs of Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration. Hands-on activities that are cross-curricular and integrate core curriculum subjects including math, science, language arts, and social studies.
Core art programs offering kindergarten through sixth grade curriculum that meets all national art and state specific art standards.
Interactive, animated art programs that teach students the “language” of art while developing critical thinking.
Art history, including appreciation of art periods, styles and famous pieces and museums around the world.
At Cranium Academy, we value music as a powerful learning tool which helps children develop into well-rounded individuals, enhances communication and cognitive skills, and expands abilities in other academic areas. Our cutting-edge, standards-based music education program makes the study of music fun, fully engaging each child to stimulate retention and overall learning capacity. From beats and rhythms to Bach and Mozart, our CAPS students travel along marvelous interactive musical journeys, even creating original song compositions along the way, as they explore:
Instruments and ensembles
Composers and music history
Music styles and genres
Music around the world, and more!
CAPS also has a core kindergarten through sixth grade writing program. This program links writing as a form of expression, while focusing on fun and achievement. Writing skills build up over time to include, words, sentences, paragraphs and cursive (depending on grade or skill level). This program also includes online classroom smartboard and laptop computer integration.
With our dynamic social studies program, CAPS students discover the world around them, expanding their minds beyond the walls of their own home or school setting. While introduced to global connections and culture, children strengthen individual social development and identity. Our advanced curriculum, supporting the National Council for the Social Studies and state early-childhood standards, utilizes engaging hands-on and digital experiences to explore concepts such as:
Civic ideals and practices
Science, technology and society
Needs and wants, good and services
Starting as early as 1st grade, we introduce innovative technology to make reading and learning about social studies more social. Our Book Blog program engages CAPS students in meaningful conversations through online blogging and in-person discussion groups to get them talking—and writing—about social studies in a whole new way!
Cranium Academy curriculum introduces languages such as Spanish, Chinese, and American Sign Language (ASL) while taking children on virtual journeys throughout the world. They learn about famous places and how children use language to live, learn, and play within various cultures.
Cranium Character, our exclusive ongoing character education program, integrates character education, leadership, and positive discipline techniques throughout each day. CAPS students will benefit from:
Engaging character education focused on building character traits such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship
Fun character curriculum utilizing real world scenarios and creative strategies that match emerging cognitive abilities
Positive discipline techniques that nurture the development of life skills, while encouraging ethical and responsible behavior
Integrating physical activity with cognitive learning strengthens gross motor skills and confidence, and has been shown to benefit academic achievement. For our CAPS students, our physical education program incorporates structured active play and sports each week in our gym and outdoor play areas, as well as a large outdoor playing field nearby. Students learn the importance of teamwork and discipline as they discover new games and rules together. Laying a foundation for a healthy lifestyle that they will carry with them throughout their lives, our physical education program is designed to:
Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints
Enhance social and motor skill development
Increase learning capacity
Improve self-confidence, concentration, and coordination
Schedule a Tour
The best way to see what we do is to come see for yourself. We believe you will clearly see what makes Cranium Academy so special! Please contact us to schedule a tour of either our Winter Garden – Windermere or East Orlando (near Lake Nona) locations today.