Welcome to Puzzle Box Academy!
Puzzle Box Academy was founded in 2014 by Pamela Furr and James Holz. Pamela, a mother of a child with Autism, saw the need for high-quality early intervention. They set out to provide a school where families could rely on their children getting the special attention, they deserved without the obstacles most families face in the public schools. Pamela believed families should be able to focus on what is important at home; confidence, security, love, and acceptance of our children's quirks. Families should not have to battle the system for the special environments their children need to thrive.
The mission of Puzzle Box Academy is to provide comprehensive, individualized, science-based education not available in our community. We believe children with developmental delays, like autism, deserve the opportunity to reach their full academic and social potential. The school’s curriculum combined with the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, provides effective treatment and education programs to children and their families. We also make our facility available for Speech and Occupational Therapy from other providers.
Puzzle Box Academy is the first school in Florida to provide the Morningside Academy Curriculum and teaching mythology in addition to following the Florida State Standards. The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction combines precision teaching of specific basic skills through guided intensive instruction and practice followed by opportunities for generalizing learning to the wider world. Through this evidence-based model, complex behavioral skills emerge without explicit instruction when well-selected component responses are appropriately sequenced, carefully instructed, and well-rehearsed.
Each Puzzle Box Academy Campus offers the following:
- A year-round school model (students have 7 weeks off dispersed throughout the 12-month school year)
- Low student to adult ratio
- Fundraising events support the student’s individualized tuition
- Tuition supplemented by McKay, Gardiner (formerly PLSA), Step-up, and AAA scholarships
- Staff who are highly qualified and continue to participate in current professional development