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Academy of Thought and Industry Hollywood Beach

Discover your individual path to excellence

We are a modern Montessori-inspired middle and high school in Hollywood Beach, FL delivering a powerful education for independence, to develop curious, self-motivated adolescents who thrive in school and in life. Address: 425 North Federal, Hallandale Beach, FL, 33009. Phone: (954) 408-8925 E-mail: hollywoodbeach-admissions@thoughtandindustry.com

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Welcome to the future of middle and high school education!

Hollywood Beach is one of the first Montessori schools in Florida to provide a complete Montessori learning program from 16 months to 18 years. We serve the neighborhoods of Hollywood, Hollywood Beach, Golden Beach, Parkside, Hollywood Lakes, Hollywood Hills, Park East, Pembroke Park, Hallandale Beach, West Lake, and Highland Gardens.

In ATI Hollywood Beach's middle school and high school programs, foundational skills are carefully planned and charted in order to open up a greater number of possible career paths. Rather than memorizing, our students understand, apply, and integrate knowledge as they pursue their passions.

New Hollywood Beach location at 2216 Hollywood Blvd

Our New School Location for 23/24!

We are excited to share that the Academy of Thought and Industry at Hollywood Beach is moving to a newly renovated space at 2216 Hollywood Blvd. for the 23/24 school year! This location is currently the home of Guidepost Montessori at Hollywood Beach, which will also be expanding. ATI Hollywood Beach will be joining its sister school by the start of the 23/24 school year.

Hollywood Beach is one of the first Montessori schools in Florida to provide a complete Montessori learning program from 16 months to 18 years. Our new space allows us to double our capacity starting August 2023!

New features include:

  • A science lab
  • A basketball court and soccer field for outdoor play
  • A new “maker space” with a 3D printer, electronics workshop, and CRICUT machine.
  • Open-plan and flexible classroom spaces
Want to tour the new space when it opens? Let us know!
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What kind of student is a good fit for ATI Hollywood Beach?

High-achieving students who are looking for an intellectually-challenging school

  • College-bound students looking to get into competitive institutions
  • Ambitious teens looking for a small, private school and a more personalized learning environment
  • Homeschooled or virtual school students looking for more opportunities to socialize and excel
  • Students who are looking for a supportive and accepting community
  • Advanced students looking for a Montessori-inspired middle and high school
  • Gifted and Talented students looking for an alternative to Hollywood Beach public high school

Why Choose ATI Hollywood Beach?

Academic Rigor at ATI Hollywood Beach

Academic Rigor for the Real World

Students are challenged and get the preparation they need to be successful in school and life. Our graduates go on to college, create their own companies, and become global citizens.

  • Students do real work in the world
  • They serve as a productive members of the community
  • They realize their natural desire for independence

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We foster a love of learning

Learning is a lifelong pursuit, and we help students discover their own love of learning and watch as it motivates them to expand their knowledge.

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Intentionally Small Classes

AT ATI Hollywood Beach, we choose to have small class sizes because we believe that is the best way to give students the personalized attention – through our unique teaching and coaching structure – that they need to grow and explore.

In a small school community, our students learn and practice self-governance, interdependence, and conflict resolution, gaining a sense of ownership and pride for the community around them.

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Learn by doing, not by lecturing

Our Montessori-inspired learning pairs learning academic foundations with real life skill building. Dr. Montessori emphasized that teens should do real work: not just in school, but fully in the world. At ATI Hollywood Beach, we remove the artificial barrier between the vocational and the avocational; what's required for class and what's chosen for life.


View our Curriculum for Middle and High SchoolLearn more about Montessori Education
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One-on-One Coaching

Every ATI Hollywood Beach student is paired with a coach, who meets one-on-one to help define the student's values, set goals, take risks, and chart their own path. The coaching curriculum has been built by educational experts and psychologists to support the process of self-creation that is so fundamental to adolescence. The coaching process emphasizes:

  • Self-worth
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-creation

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Small school communities, globally connected

ATI Hollywood Beach is a tight-knit community that is also connected to a global network, allowing students to learn from industry experts, take part in unique electives, find mentors in your field, and connect with peers around the country and world.

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Accreditation by Cognia and WASC

The Academy of Thought and Industry Hollywood Beach has received accreditation by Cognia™ and WASC, the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the system and all of its domestic and international schools are accredited, and that ATI is recognized across the nation as meeting the Cognia Standards of Quality. ACS WASC accredits elementary and secondary schools; non-degree granting adult schools; and supplementary education programs.

What Parents are Saying

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I am so grateful for this school and the opportunity it provides my son to pursue his passions and learn in a supportive community. I’m confident it will help to further his love of learning. The director and guides genuinely care about all the students and have an extremely high level of commitment to their continued success. The kids who attend here are such amazing, kind and intelligent people.

Sally T.

ATI Hollywood Beach Parent

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They are dedicated to seeing the beauty and potential in every student, and creating a learning environment where each student feels safe to explore. My son has evolved and matured into an incredible young person as a result of his experience here. ATI has created a solid foundation for him during the challenging years of adolescence and we are excited to see where the road takes him next.

Kim S.

ATI Hollywood Beach Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

We charge tuition on a monthly basis during the 10 months the school year is in session. You can find the monthly price displayed on the tuition rate sheet. You’re also locking in the rates that you see displayed for future years.

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Student Outcomes

ATI Hollywood Beach’s ultimate goal is to create students who thrive: living happy, fulfilled, and productive lives. We work with each student to identify their own values, set specific goals, and learn how to achieve them. This process gives them a sense of accomplishment, and prepares them for a variety of paths in life.


Many of our students choose to pursue higher education, and to date we have a 100% placement rate for college-bound seniors. In addition to their coach and guides, students work with a full-time, licensed college counselor.

Here is where you will find some of our recent ATI graduates:

Meet ATI Hollywood Beach's School Leaders and Guides

In Montessori education, a guide is a teacher, but not a teacher in the way that's presented in a traditional school model. A Montessori teacher, or Guide, is a facilitator who journeys alongside students in the process of learning and self-construction and guides them toward their innate human potential.

Our Team

Head of School, ATI Hollywood Beach

Viviana Castellisi

Head of School, ATI Hollywood Beach

Ms. Castellisi has been involved in Montessori Education for over 15 years. She holds a 3-6 Early Childhood Montessori Credential and a degree in Early Childhood. Working with children has always been a joy for her, and she believes that helping support children and their families is one of the most important works our society can offer. After being Lead Guide in a Montessori classroom for ten years, Ms. Castellisi has worked as a Head of School for Guidepost Hollywood Beach and as a Regional Manager for Guidepost schools in Texas, Utah, and Colorado before coming back to lead the Academy of Thought and Industry at Hollywood Beach. She is a committed educator whose life's work is creating opportunities for children of all ages to thrive in a beautiful and intentional environment.

Assistant Head of School

Monica Perez

Assistant Head of School

Monica Perez has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Rollins College and a Master’s degree in Ecology from Universidad Central de Venezuela. Currently she is undergoing a Montessori Adolescent Program accredited under the MACTE certification. Working with young adults has always been her passion. For 9 years she worked one-on-one with adolescents, helping them prepare for college. For the past 2 years, she has been part of the Hollywood Beach Guidepost/ATI community working as the MS STEM Guide. She has seen numerous benefits in the Montessori education and feels privileged to be a taking on the Assistant Head of School role at ATI; a school that prepares young adults to become independent, life-long learners by allowing them to pursue their passions in responsible ways. Monica is the mother of a very active young boy. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, and taking her son outdoors.

Music Guide

Elizabeth Bressack

Music Guide

Liz has been teaching piano since 1980. She received a degree in music education and performance. She has worked as a guitar, bass, drums, and ukulele instructor, and helped put bands together with students. She never really loved to perform but felt she had found her calling while teaching children the love of music. She is always inspired by young minds. In her spare time, she takes care of her many pets, loves swimming, and finds peace being close to the ocean. She loves to bike and spend time with family and friends.

Science Lead Guide

Miya Nixon

Science Lead Guide

Miya was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She had a love of science since the 6th grade, which led her to attend a Science and Technology program in high school. She attended Salisbury University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Miya developed her joy for teaching and reaching students during her two years of service in FoodCorps; an AmeriCorps led program, where she was able to teach gardening, nutrition, and cooking to students from Pre-K to 8th grade. After moving to Miami in 2019, she taught High School biology for Miami Dade Public school. Miya is excited and ready to engage with the ATI students, families, and community. She is eager to put into practice the Montessori philosophy of learning and teaching. She loves to make deep connections with her students while helping them to make deeper connections with the world around them. She enjoys cooking and watching cooking videos, going to the farmers market, and spending time on the water with her almost son Mesiya, and husband Chaise. She is ready to explore and see what experiences this new school year will bring!

Humanities Guide

Richard Brakeman

Humanities Guide

Richard Brakeman received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Michigan State University. He also holds a CELTA certificate from Cambridge University. He has been teaching for the last 9 years, most recently at a high school north of the Tampa area. He attended a Montessori school growing up, and is overjoyed to return to his roots at ATI Hollywood Beach. In his free time he enjoys traveling, camping, collecting board games, and playing with his wonderful twin girls.

Guide

Stephanie Salazar

Guide

Montessori educator experienced in place-based, hands-on education. Passionate about connecting with nature and ecological stewardship. Born and raised in Venezuela. Holds a MEd in Environmental Education from Western Washington University, a MS in Environmental Engineering, from Florida International University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar. Strives to facilitate understanding, practice, application and integration of knowledge. Enjoys supporting students to explore their passions and talents while fulfilling their responsibilities. Loves being in nature and learning from it.

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