Who we are
Bacot Academy is a non-profit, private, Christian based school for children with Autism and other disabilities. Although autism is our specialty, we also welcome students with multiple disabilities. We provide year-round specialized education based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as well as B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior.
We believe that both thinking and teaching outside the box is sometimes necessary for our special children. We feel both blessed and honored to teach our students the way they learn.
We completely agree with the philosophy “Different not Less” (Temple Grandin)
Our mission is to give each student a comprehensive education not otherwise available in our community. We believe that each child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and become productive members of society.
Our individual program
Each student has an individual program that targets specific skills. We implement a systematic continuous plan for generalizing skills learned during therapy. Our programs are data-driven and we regularly record, review and analyze data related to the students program. In addition to structured teaching and small group instruction, we incorporate Natural Environment Training (NET) to ensure that skills are being generalized. We are open to any student age 4-22 that has Autism or other documented disability. Bacot Academy is the only private, non-profit, Christian school of our kind in the area. We utilize a low student to teacher ratio to maximize instruction and learning.
All Bacot Academy’s staff are trained in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which serves as the basis for its educational program. ABA has long been considered the most effective and scientifically validated approach for teaching individuals with autism and other disabilities. Bacot Academy provides a minimum of 22 hours of ABA instruction to students every week. The program is both evidence-based and innovative, using tried and tested methods to teach students new skills in creative and inventive ways. Our students receive a quality, well-rounded, and functional education that will help them lead productive, meaningful lives with as much independence as possible.
Ethics Training and Reporting
Reporting of Ethical Misconduct is required by law and is our duty as professionals entrusted with the safety and welfare of students every day. Florida Statute section 39.203 and section 768.095 protect the person reporting ethical misconduct from reprisal by the individual reported or the employer if the report was made in good faith without malicious intent. Center Academy requires that every employee report any issue that could currently or potentially impact the health, safety, or welfare of its students and Center Academy employees.
The process for reporting is as follows. Any incident that an employee believes is potentially harmful to a student or another employee should be immediately reported to their immediate supervisor, the Regional Director, or in the absence of those persons, to the Corporate Office and President of Center Academy. Any employee who knowingly fails to report misconduct or abuse will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
Parents, students, and employees should regularly visit the public registry to review it for individuals who may have prior criminal records and sex offenses. Information concerning registered sex offenders and predators in Florida may be obtained by visiting http://www.fdle.state.fl.us, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders database. Information may also be obtained by contacting the FDLE’s toll free telephone number: 1-888-FL-PREDATOR (1-888-357-7332).
The school performs criminal-background checks on its employees and volunteers with unsupervised access to children, but cannot attest to the background of the various parents with whom their child may associate away from school.
In cases of suspected Physical Abuse, Sexual abuse or Neglect the employee should report those issues immediately to the 1-800-96Abuse hotline.
Notice: All employees will be required to complete ethics training on an annual basis as a condition of their employment with LLL Licensing Inc.