The Matthew Erik Academy provides academic support, soft skill lessons, and an opportunity to connect with other students. We offer part-time and hourly options for homeschoolers, and virtual school students in grades 3-8* who would like to work on their assignments and classwork in a school-like environment.
Students come to our center and work on their schoolwork independently. There is a certified teacher and teacher assistant at the center to offer assistance and support when needed. Whether students are simply looking for a traditional classroom to work on their assignments, prefer completing their work while surrounded by peers, or need assistance with a particular subject, The Matthew Erik Academy is the perfect setting.
Walk-ins/ Drop-ins are always welcome, but weekly or monthly registration is recommended as it will ensure a seat in our classroom. (At this time, there is a limit of 15 students per room.)
*Other grades may be considered. Please call or email our center to discuss your needs.
Due to robust fundraising and grant writing efforts, and the generosity of many philanthropic donors, we are able to provide our academic services for free. However, our foundation is a non-profit 501c3 corporation and is dedicated to improving education in Brevard County. Your donation will be extremely helpful in aiding these efforts. A donation of $10 per visit to the center is recommended. Of course, donations in any amount to The Matthew Erik Foundation are always appreciated.
Kim Coluccio, education specialist and lead teacher at the academy, offers consulting services to parents. New to Florida and want to know about the school system here? Have a question about your child's IEP services? Curious about how schools are funded and governed? Looking for tips for how to help your child with homework? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to meet in person or virtually. All consultation services are free, with no obligation, although a donation The Matthew Erik Foundation is always appreciated.
Parents workshops are presented several times a year. These workshops are always free and open to all parents/guardians, not just students who attend the academy. Please check our website periodically for dates and topics. Feel free to contact us with suggestions for future topics.
Our plan for the 2021-22 school year is to run the academy one day per week from the Viera Regional Community Center and another day per week from the Max Rodes Community Center in West Melbourne. Additional days may be added to meet demand. Please check back in the beginning of August, 2021 for specific hours at each location.
There are multiple benefits to enrolling in The Matthew Erik Academy. Some of the reasons why you may consider our support center are listed below.
Many parents have considered homeschool or virtual learning as an education option but are uncomfortable providing academic support. Our center will offer a safe learning environment and provide the curricular assistance your child may need. There will be a state certified teacher on hand at all times, and at least one teacher assistant will be available to provide help as well. Students are expected to work on their assignments independently, but teachers are available for questions, advice, and tutoring when needed.
Our center provides the social aspect that most virtual or homeschool programs cannot provide. We offer opportunities for socialization through both small and large group activities. Students work on their academic schoolwork while at the academy, but we also provide enrichment and cooperative learning experiences as well.
Health and safety are crucial priorities, especially this school year. Because we are limiting the number of students to 15, there is ample room for social distancing. Additionally, computer stations and enrichment areas will be sanitized regularly.
Our center is coffers 2 convenient locations in the heart of Brevard County. Viera Regional Community Center is located 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way. Max Rodes Community Center is located at 3410 Flanagan Avenue, West Melbourne. Both of these locations are easily accessible from I-95 and Wickham Road. Parents will have some free time to themselves while their child(ren) complete their schoolwork at the center!
The Matthew Erik Academy employs the philosophy that children are naturally excited and motivated to learn. By giving the students the freedom to work on their lessons independently and at their own pace, they will be more enthusiastic about their schoolwork. We also believe that students learn best in a comfortable, positive environment where it is safe to ask questions and explore topics that interest them. Students will learn to love learning at The Matthew Erik Academy!
Because The Matthew Erik Foundation is a non-profit corporation, you can feel confident knowing that all profits from your donations are going right back into serving our community. Future teacher scholarships, youth programs, and new teacher grants are just some of the education initiatives we're currently working on.