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A Message from the Administrators

We are dedicated to creating an educational environment where the needs of the gifted child are the focus for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The academic, art, and dance programs are designed to maximize the potential of gifted children, support their learning needs, and help them establish a path for current and future success. Staff and administrators at Old Donation School, home of the Edward E. Brickell Academy, are focused on creating a safe learning environment for all students where they are engaged in meaningful, rich, and rigorous instruction while supported academically, socially, and emotionally.

Significant partnerships with parents, extended family, and the community at large are a vital component of our community. Gifted students benefit from access to varied resources, engaging real-world experiences, and access to experts in the fields they study. Brickell Academy at Old Donation School seeks opportunities for enriching student experiences by extending learning to embrace our parents and to engage with our community.

This year's school-wide theme is a quote from Amanda Gorman, "There is always light. Only if we are brave enough to see it. There is always light. Only if we are brave enough to be it." This message has been selected to be an inspiration for gifted children... they have tremendous potential to make an impact on the world around them. The idea of seeking and of taking opportunities to be a beacon for others in your work, in the example you set, and in making a difference in our world, are to be encouraged, developed, and celebrated in this learning environment. This theme directly encourages students to seek ways in which they can go forth and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

We welcome you back to Brickell Academy at Old Donation School if you are returning to our programs -- and for all our new students, parents, and staff members, we are thrilled that you are now part of our caring community of learners.

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