Bright Minds International Academy opened in August 2008, BMIA is a fully bilingual preschool committed to creating a community of motivated learners on an individualized basis.
We are a VESS accredited school, part of the international VESS Network, and we use the world-renowned VESS Model to nurture individuals with the necessary skills and habits of mind to live meaningful lives with balance and wisdom.
We are part of Edu1st.Preschools, a family of 6 Early Learning Centers located in South Florida that go beyond providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for autonomous learners between the ages of 3 months and 5 years.
Our schools live within a Culture of Thinking. Every aspect, from the Physical Environment, the Language our educators use, to the learning opportunities we create, is carefully crafted to engage curious minds in awing experiences that lead them to want to know more and to think deeply. We bring the world into the classroom, nurturing life-long curiosity and cultivating children’s innate love for learning.
Edu1st is a pioneering organization created in the United States in 2000 that seeks, with integrity and passion, to transform education by promoting a lasting Culture of Thinking. To achieve this purpose, Edu1st created and developed the VESS Model, a model of institutional transformation that is being implemented in many educational institutions around the world.
The VESS Model
VESS is a pioneering, eclectic, and holistic model that harmoniously integrates different strategies, approaches, and methodologies with the Thinking as a Pedagogical Strategy (PEP) methodology. VESS seeks to develop individuals who lead meaningful lives, with balance and wisdom.
It is a model that aims to go beyond the classroom to transform societies through the consolidation of a lasting Culture of Thinking.
The VESS International Network
We are an Edu1st.Preschool and part of the VESS International Network. This means we are part of a global educational institution network, integrated for more than a hundred schools in 7 countries. Whose purpose is to incorporate the latest global educational trends and apply them into our schools, a Culture of Thinking that lasts, developing individuals who will be prepared for the challenges of the current world and future.
Our programs create warm and engaging Cultures of Thinking for children 12 months to 8 years to thrive towards passionate, autonomous learners capable of building happy, balanced, and meaningful lives for themselves. We follow the VESS curriculum, a holistic educational model approved by the Florida School Readiness Program and certified by the Department of Neuroeducation at the University of Barcelona.
VESS is carefully crafted to utilize research-based strategies during play to go beyond targeting developmental stages and nurturing important mind habits and thinking skills: Critical thinking, innovation, grit, a scientific mindset, music and art appreciation, bilingualism, and emotional intelligence.
Our Preschool Program brings the world into the classroom!
Every detail, from our strategic classroom distribution, the Language of Thinking our educators use, to the exciting learning opportunities we create, is carefully crafted to engage curious minds in awing experiences that lead them to want to know more and to think deeply.
We nurture life-long curiosity and cultivate children’s innate love for learning in a diverse, bilingual environment that responds to children’s interests and developmental stage.
Now implementing new COVID-19 safety procedures based on DCF and medical experts’ recommendations.
- Pk4 - Pk5
Your once baby is now a Toddler, eager for exploration, independence, and self-expression. An environment that is warm, challenging, safe, exciting and that fosters autonomy and self-esteem.
Their imagination is at its peak and should be encouraged. This is an important time to challenge their gross motor skills and to develop important cognitive functions.
Our Toddler Program is strategically designed to captivate Toddlers’ innate curiosity and imagination while promoting autonomy. While our hands-on sensory activities surprise them daily and encourage them to explore the world through play, our Thinking Strategies help them comprehend it.
Our experienced educators create a warm environment that prioritizes emotional safety, design a physical space that promotes autonomous exploration; plan exciting activities that surprise Toddlers daily, and use VESS Thinking Strategies to promote deep thinking.
As your Toddler turns two, they enter an exciting new chapter!
Our Two’s Program focuses on deep learning and comprehension of topics, always through each child’s unique interests and learning rhythm. Educators plan hands-on, multi-sensory activities that capture their inquisitiveness and take a “mentor role” as they use our Thinking Strategies to challenge and promote deep understanding.
With two-year-olds’ growing desire to “do things by themselves,” comes an array of feelings that we take advantage of to help children learn to regulate emotions, value those of others, and develop a growth mindset “I can,” no matter the adversities.
Our educators promote social skills, conflict resolution, and the value of teamwork through our small group work approach and positive discipline strategies.
As your little one turns Three, their inquisitive mind is more active than ever.
Our PK3 Program takes advantage of this age’s eagerness for discovery and places children in an environment built to potentiate each child’s unique interests. Our Teachers take a “mentor” role, using our Thinking Strategies through play to lead each child towards their own discovery. Pre-reading and writing skills, mathematical concepts, and a scientific mindset are always prioritized, but always through exciting activities that are meaningful to the child and respond to their areas of interest.
Our small group set-up encourages the sharing of ideas and teamwork. Our main goal is autonomous little learners with the tools and desire to take over the world and make it a better one.
Pk4 - Pk5 (VPK)
Our goals for PK4/5 go beyond preparation for Elementary School and into developing Thinking skills that promote their creativity, out of the box thinking, deep understanding, and problem-solving. We do so by promoting each child’s unique passions and needs in a space with multiple learning setups that respond to various interests and complement this with research-based Thinking Strategies to challenge them intellectually and promote deep comprehension.
We develop autonomous, adaptable kindergarteners with the tools to build fulfilling and balanced lives beyond school.
Edu1st.PreK 2 Go Online Early Learning Program.
A program designed to support parents in providing a rich and wholesome early learning experience at home for children ages 0-5 years.
We partner with parents to design a thorough learning program for children through carefully-crafted virtual sessions, home activity ideas and parental support, including educational videos, live webinars and one-on-one sessions.
Our program is led by early childhood education professionals and tailored to fit any family’s schedule and needs . We plan a complete and personalized learning program, and follow up on your child’s specific progress and milestones through target setting and progress report sessions.
Our After School Program provides Elementary school children with a stimulating and fun environment.
They are assisted with their homework involved in our physical program and will enjoy various supervised activities.
An afternoon snack will be provided for the children attending the program. Transportation to and from the child’s local elementary school is included in the program.
Some classes are offered at an additional charge; please contact the office for more information.
The Factory of Fun is a bilingual Camp for children 12 months to 8 years, offered during Winter, Spring and Summer months.
Our Factory of Fun provides age-appropriate seasonal activities that immerse children in a variety of topics: Space Camp, Inventors Workshop, Imaginarium, to name a few, as well as Sports classes, field trips, and special visits.
Weekly themes inspire creativity, challenges, teams, and a different focus on sports and games. All topics engage children in exciting activities that provoke their inquisitiveness and need for discovery; educators complement these activities with our thought-provoking Thinking Strategies that lead children into deep learning about the world.
Our camps are now implementing new COVID-19 safety procedures based on DCF and medical experts’ recommendations.
We work in partnership with families and commit to a dynamic, innovative, and evolving program based on the latest findings in neuroscience and education, responding to the needs of children in today’s world.
We understand the difficulties of being parents in this century. That is why we are here to support you, guide you, and be your experts, providing all the necessary advice related to your children’s education.
Our environment makes everyone feel safe and at home.
Accordingly, we offer a variety of resources, free for the community such as webinars, workshops, Baby & me classes, Thnikning adventures, and Storytelling, and much more.
It is necessary to reserve your space since we have a limited capacity in each event.
Our Elementary-Support Program is an extension of our regular school program catered to Elementary School children. We prioritize the highest safety standards in a fun and challenging environment where children socialize, receive professional academic support, and engage in active play with other elementary school-aged children. It takes place Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and follows the [Broward County] School Calendar.
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Our Core Values
Edu1st.Preschools are driven by unifying values: we live and breathe them always inside the schools, with our families and the community.
Commit to amazing service by empowering yourself to make a difference and deliver unique and remarkable experiences
The transparency of your actions with integrity, honesty, and kindness, is the foundation to build trust and achieve balance
Our purpose drives our passion and inspires the way we live, when we share our passion, our happinness and satisfaction is multiplied
Pursue excellence, be proactive adding value and responsability to your actions to grow and move forward
Constantly look for new and better ways to nurture curiosity, empower fun, creative learning, and innovation. Be the leader of new
Enjoying what we do with a positive attitude is contagious. Its boosts productivity and brings happiness and fun to everything we do and everyone around us
Build open honest relationships by listening, considering perspectives, skeaking transparently, and making contributions to a common goal
We are team that support and trust each other. We have the back of the people around us and we work together to achieve great things and have fun in the process
We’re delighted that you’ve decided to explore Bright Minds International Academy. We understand that looking for the right school is an important decision.