East Hill Academy is a private non-profit school that provides educational services (grades 1-12) to children with Autism and related learning disabilities. East Hill Academy was created in 2002 in order to develop the academic potential of children with Autism and to help them improve their social and emotional abilities.
The teaching philosophy of EHA is based on the belief that education should be designed to encourage each student’s unique potential and character. The learning experience should be structured, supportive and participatory. The school environment should be a dynamic and nurturing place of learning, where respect is a part of the educational process.
To help each student achieve this, the instructional staff at East Hill Academy creates an atmosphere where individual effort is valued and students learn to be accountable while they work and grow. Our team of teacher’s is familiar with a broad range of learning challenges and abilities, with a sensitivity to each student’s unique needs.
In an effort to meet the challenging needs of our students, EHA uses a diverse instructional curriculum utilizing computer technology in the classroom. Using technology is an effective method of improving a students academic motivation, attitude, interest and performance. EHA’s goals are to continually seek new ways of teaching and improving curriculum so that we may advance all our students.
Our school program was developed for students who have been identified as having a learning disability such as autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalcula, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Central auditory Processing Disorder and Tourette Syndrome along with other similar challenges. EHA presently serves 60 students from both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The number of students diagnosed with some form of Autism has steadily increased over time. With this increase come new challenges for schools and communities to find educational options that will meet the needs of these students now and in the future. East Hill Academy continually seeks new ways of teaching and improving our curriculum so that we can advance all our students.
The mission of East Hill Academy is to provide an individualized learning program that is aimed at strengthening the student’s academic skills, as well as their social and emotional abilities.
East Hill Academy is dedicated to students with learning disabilities. It is our goal to meet the challenging needs of our students by seeking new ways of teaching that will improve the skills of students who struggle to achieve.
Our purpose is to develop our student’s educational and social abilities as well as improving their self-esteem, to the point where they may re-enter mainstream education.