the crenshaw school
The Crenshaw School was founded in 1999 by Brenda Crenshaw, an elementary school teacher with a Master’s in education. Mrs. Crenshaw originally taught young performers and athletes whose schedules were not compatible with the regular unbending school schedule. This interest in providing an education to students based on the flexibility for the students prompted her to offer this opportunity to other students. Soon after, a handful of home-schoolers and students who were working as professionals joined her tutoring-style classroom. They became the first class at The Crenshaw School. With a philosophy that “it’s all about the children,” Crenshaw began developing an international curriculum based on consistency, accountability and strong parent-teacher communication. Some former students with whom Crenshaw has worked are well-known actors, musicians and athletes, including Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Mandy Moore, PGA golfer Ty Tryon, and The Crenshaw School’s own graduate actress, Arielle Kebbel.
Currently, The Crenshaw School is a private college-preparatory school serving boys and girls in prekindergarten through grade 12. At upper grade levels, the program includes both required courses and electives, with honors courses in all disciplines and independent study options. We believe a strong foundation in academics and a well- rounded student is essential to the development in forming creative, thinking individuals. Class size is limited to 15 students for a 15:1 ratio of student to teacher. This allows us to follow our basic mode of learning: debate and discussion, substantial writing and reading, questioning and experimenting. In this environment, we foster our student’s natural capacity for intellectual analysis, problem solving, and independence of thought. The Crenshaw School tailors instruction to all types of learners. For international students, there is a solid English as a second language program. Unlike in public schools, these students have the freedom to learn English at their own pace. Based on their success, they soon take math and other general academic classes.
With a well-earned reputation for educational excellence, the school has six nationally recognized accreditations. Among them are Southern Association of Colleges and Schools — Council on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Association of Independent Schools of Florida. The Crenshaw School succeeds because it attends to the developmental needs specific to adolescents by addressing and supporting the increased need at this level for good organization, routine study skills, responsibility for one’s work and mature social behavior. In an article in the Southwest Orlando Bulletion, Sherry Anderson called The Crenshaw School the “Mighty Mouse of private schools.” You owe it to your student to find out why.
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The Crenshaw School is accredited by
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI)
Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF)
Middle Schools Association
National Council for Private School Accreditation