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Myakka City, FL 34251

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Sister Gilchrist Cottrill, CE
Ph: 941.322.1601

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Partnership for Shared Services with Goodwill Industries.

Counseling Services through Community Care Family Clinic.


Ave Maria Preparatory School Programs

THRIVE Program
Employs research proven protocols
for addressing features of Autism.

Began January of 2012, Ave Maria Preparatory School has implemented a new research based program, proven to reverse symptoms of autism, ADHD, developmental delay, and emotional disorders.

This program is be under the direction of Dr. George Carlo from the Science and Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Among Dr. George Carlo's many endeavours, he has worked on federal projects designed to increase performance efficiency and survival of our soldiers. He has also conducted studies with persons with disabilities to discover living and learning habits which enhance intellectual and emotional success.

As part of Dr. George Carlo's ongoing study and implementation of his proven research, Ave Maria Prep will be the first school in the world to incorporate neurologically based protocols for living and learning. These protocols will repair damaged and inefficient cell tissues which are highly important for intellectual and emotional balance.

The program has incorporated these steps, initially:

  1. Regulation of eating schedules to match natural waking cycles of our students.

  2. Management of amount and timing of exposure to electromagnetic radiation at home and at school.

  3. Classroom teaching time and breaks scheduled for maximum memory and for making "new neuronets" for memory demands while learning.

  4. Sleep habits which promote the repair of damaged cells, due to stress, illness, and disability.

  5. Teaching in Triads

  6. Providing time for students to build "new neural nets" after direct instruction.  Students have application or right brain activity between intense instruction periods

  7. Incorporation of cursive writing into all levels of learning to promote greater neurological efficiency.

  8. Use of classical music as background to instruction.

Pet Therapy

Ave Maria Prep has expanded its pet therapy in its addition of two mini horses.  One of these mini horses gave birth to a filly marked with a star like spot on the forehead.  Her name is “Twinkle.”  These horses join other pets to include a German Shepherd, three cats, twelve lovebirds and two rabbits.

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Twinkle Twinkle pet therapy  


Pawel teaching

Florida Common Core Curriculum

» Individualized “Continuous Progress” groupings
» Sensory Based
» Saxon and Touch Math
» International Dyslexia Association approved materials
» College and Vocational Preparatory

Special Features

» Integrated Technology with Active Boards
» Social Skill Education
» Career and Transitional Education
» Job Shadowing
» College Preparation and Visitation
» Work Program at Good Will
» Development of brain elasticity in use of the Disney side of the brain


» Speech and Language
» Occupational Therapy
» Therapies through the Arts
» Pet Therapy
» Counseling

For more information about Ave Maria, call 941-322-1601 or send us an email.




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Non-Discriminatory Statement: Ave Maria Preparatory School, Inc., a Florida not for profit corporation admits students of any race, color, creed,  economic status  national and ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed economic status, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.