Daniel Academy strives to provide a safe, nurturing, challenging, supportive, and personalized learning environment which utilizes trauma-informed best practices to engage and empower all students to reach their full potential with strong problem solving and critical thinking skills, a passion for lifelong learning, a respect for self, others, and the environment, and an appreciation for individual differences.


The Daniel Academy team is committed to providing students with optimal learning opportunities so that each will reach their full academic and social potential. Toward this end we commit to:

  • Provide a small classroom setting which supports a variety of teaching and learning styles to meet the individual needs of students. Address individual academic needs utilizing student-driven curriculum based on CCSS, enhanced by digital resources, project-based learning, and utilizing a variety of modalities to teach and assess. Ensure CCS Standards, teaching, learning, and assessment are aligned and that staff uses pre-assessment data to make instructional decisions and drive daily lessons.

  • Explicit teaching of mindfulness, character education, and prosocial skills utilizing the Second Step curriculum. Provide restorative justice practice opportunities in an effort to remediate poor behavior choices and to promote self-regulation. Meet social and emotional needs with social skills training, class meetings, a trauma-informed approach, and collaboration with auxiliary on-site therapeutic services.

  • Foster an active collaboration among students, staff, families, and community partners as valued partners in the teaching and learning process to forge a love of learning.

  • Embrace our diversity and unique talents in a safe, challenging, respectful, and supportive atmosphere.

  • Holistically develop students through exposure to art, music, yoga, computer instruction, environmental studies, health instruction, and a variety of experiential learning activities.

About Daniel

Although the Daniel Academy was established in 2013, it grew out of a nonprofit agency that’s been serving Northeast Florida for more than 130 years. Originally founded as an orphanage in 1884, Daniel Kids now assists some 2,000 children and families each day through a diverse range of services at every level; from prevention to intervention, from foster care to adoption. Daniel Kids offers abused and emotionally-troubled children refuge and counseling, connects kids with foster and adoptive homes, helps homeless youth find housing and jobs and much more. From the cradle to college, Daniel Kids is there for children in need. By helping the kids that can sometimes fall through society’s cracks, Daniel Kids helps strengthen the community at large. The agency even helps other nonprofit agencies throughout the United States and Canada through training materials and conferences focused on independent living, foster care and social service programming. For more information on how we improve the odds for kids, please visit .


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We couldn’t be more thankful for the Daniel Academy. They not only helped him, but by doing so, they changed our whole family dynamic for the better. – Kimberly Cates (mother of Connor- 5th grade graduate (2015)