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Academics at ATI Hollywood Beach

As a Montessori-inspired school, ATI Hollywood Beach offers students creative, independent, and personalized learning opportunities. There are part-time, summer, and full-time programs available.

The ATI Curriculum

The ATI Hollywood Beach curriculum is rooted in thought and industry

Teenagers are encouraged to work hard both in school and in the real world as part of the Montessori philosophy. We at ATI try to remove the artificial barriers between vocational and avocational classes; what's important in class versus what's important in life. Students are encouraged to integrate their passions with their studies in order to:

  • Do real work to make a difference in the world
  • Participate productively in the community
  • Don't be afraid to embrace your natural independence
ATI Hollywood Beach Curricular Tree

The ATI Curricular Tree

The first quarter at ATI is spent exploring the foundations of knowledge, like the roots of a tree. The roots of these courses lead to a strong trunk of core subjects, such as math, science, literature, and history. As students master core curriculum, they begin branching off into individualized learning and real-world opportunities as they gain mastery.

The Roots: Foundations Quarter

As students begin middle school at ATI, they go through a foundations quarter. During this 8-week period, students immerse themselves in the school's community and learn how to thrive in a self-directed environment. The objectives of each course during this eight-week period are the same:
ATI creates a culture of work

Create a culture of work

We welcome students from all walks of life, and some are prepared for a self-directed learning approach, while others are not. Students take the foundation courses to determine how much structure they require to start their ATI journey.

Create motivation and engagement with material

The majority of students who come to ATI do not have a clear idea of what they want from school. In some cases, students find some or all aspects of the curriculum boring or inaccessible (for example, "I can't do math!"). The purpose of a foundation course is to explain the "why" behind each discipline. Why is history important? What is it about math that makes it so exciting? It is important to do this differently than what has been done in the past in the classroom.

Set students on a path towards independent inquiry

Considering so many options in a curricular tree, it is necessary to assess each student's knowledge, skills, and attitudes.


Social and emotional skills are included as well as content knowledge. To ensure that each student enters the program with full visibility, we spend the entire first quarter getting to know them holistically.

High School Coursework

High School Coursework

Middle School Coursework

Middle School Coursework

The Branches: Optional Courses

Students have the opportunity to explore areas of personal interest as they advance through the program. Courses such as these can be offered in their own communities, or in collaboration with the global network: drawing and filmmaking from LA-based artists; human progress and philosophy explored with Hollywood Beach philosophers; and anatomy studied in Texas with a surgeon. Experts are brought to students regardless of where they are physically located. As they chart their own curricular path with their coach, students are empowered to find their own passions. Here are some examples of branch courses:

Opportunities to Explore

Electives, entrepreneurial opportunities, and internships help build an intentional curriculum.
Elective Courses

Elective Courses

Students have an ever-expanding and changing catalogue of optional courses to deepen their passions or discover something new! Each quarter brings new options, either on campus or taught virtually by world experts. Examples include Drawing as Creative Practice and Digital Art, taught by professional working artists in LA. Greek Mythology, taught by a college professor in Antiquities; Creative Writing taught by an award-winning young adult novelist, and more.
Entrepreneurship Opportunities at ATI

Entrepreneurship

Micro-economy is a key value of Montessori programs. Many of our middle school programs create campus-wide businesses, and students work in bookshops, coffee shops, or small campus farms. As they progress towards high school, many students begin launching their own entrepreneurship. Some student businesses have included photography studios, web design companies, crafting co-ops, and more: all connected with mentors who help craft business plans and support long-term and real-world success.
Internships at ATI

Internships

In middle school and high school, students begin to identify areas of particular interest in the world. Students are encouraged to participate in existing internship programs, ranging from Montessori education to marketing or music production, or to identify an area of interest and work with their coach to identify and earn a new internship opportunity. Prior intern opportunities have included botanical gardens, doctors’ offices, congressmen, and more.
ATI Virtual Middle School and High School

Virtual School Option

Serving both middle and high school students, our virtual school delivers a powerful education for independence through our:

  • Montessori-based curriculum
  • Coaching program designed by experts
  • Individualized approach to learning
  • Flexible and student-led work supported by guides and coaches
  • Our virtual students receive quarterly packages of materials, from science lab kits to journals that support them in their learning.
Learn more about ATI virtual middle and high school

ATI Hollywood Beach Teaching Staff

Unlike a traditional school model, Montessori education uses guides instead of teachers. During the Montessori process, teachers or guides are there to guide students toward their innate potential while guiding them through the process of learning and self-construction.

Our Team

Head of School

Jamie Brumer

Head of School

Jamie Brumer, MS began her career in education almost 20 years ago. Beginning as a classroom teacher, she later moved into administration as a Principal of a private school where she served for 5 years. After successfully completing her Master’s Degree in Education, Jamie continued to serve in the capacity of school administrator; working in both private and public education, and has served on numerous boards and school accreditation committees. She loves to spend her free time with her two daughters, her dog and cat; and loves to travel both locally and internationally.

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.

HS Humanities Lead Guide

Cheryl Ross

HS Humanities Lead Guide

Cheryl is a veteran teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience in grades K-12 and college. Originally from Indiana, she holds a BA from Butler University, an MFA from Wayne State, and MA and E.Ds., from Grand Canyon University. Cheryl enjoys teaching and working with children and families. She is the mother of two daughters, Ashton, 20 and Torrance, 17. In her spare time, she participates in local theatre productions and loves to sing.

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.

MS Humanities Lead Guide

Charlotte Foreman

MS Humanities Lead Guide

A South Florida native with a passion for literature, writing, history, and the arts, Charlotte received her BA in Written Arts and Russian and Eurasian Studies from Bard College in NY. Throughout college, she was honored to work as a writing tutor in myriad of settings ranging from juvenile and adult correctional facilities to universities in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She pursued her love of collaborating and finding joy in learning with a diverse spectrum of students as an AmeriCorps GED instructor in Austin, Texas in 2020. After a short stint in the Wild West, she returned to South Florida in 2022 and is delighted to be settling into the Middle School Humanities Guide position at ATI. Above all, she hopes to pass onto her students a love of reading and writing that she hopes they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Charlotte is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, and besides maintaining her yoga and meditation practice, she loves to bike, hike, write poetry, go to the beach, and spend time with her 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!

Coaching at ATI Hollywood Beach

Middle school students experience intense physical and emotional growth during adolescence. For many students, setting goals, exploring values, and managing schedules are new experiences-and these tasks are challenging at any age! Even though growing independence and freedom are desirable and necessary, they require support and planning.

At ATI Hollywood Beach, students are paired with coaches, who serve as supportive guides and mentors. In school, the coach's role is to make himself obsolete as the student develops social, emotional, and cognitive skills to become her own coach. The coach is not a tutor or guidance counselor; he or she is a powerful and unique partner who helps students achieve their full potential.

Learn more about Coaching

Planning for College and Career Development

The ultimate goal of ATI Hollywood Beach is to create students who thrive: living happy, fulfilling, and productive lives. Each student is guided through the process of identifying their values, setting specific goals, and learning how to achieve them. Throughout this process, they gain a sense of accomplishment and prepare themselves for a variety of careers.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Our middle school and high school students are often interested in pursuing higher education, and our college-bound seniors have a 100% placement rate. Along with 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:

ATI Hollywood Beach Academics FAQs

  • 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 school
  • Gifted and Talented students looking for an alternative to public middle school in Hollywood Beach

What parents are saying about academics

ATI students sitting at a table socializing

Invest in your child's education! This school is worth every penny. The caring staff, the one on one personal treatment, the education standards all 5 star. I highly suggest this school.

Andrew S.

ATI Hollywood Beach Parent

The Academy of Thought and Industry Austin has received accreditation by Cognia™ and WASC

The Academy of Thought and Industry 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.

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