Centner Academy to host open house ribbon cutting, Aug. 21

Centner Academy to host open house ribbon cutting, Aug. 21
Rendering of new Centner Academy building

Centner Academy, a progressive new school in Miami Design District, equally committed to happiness and emotional intelligence as it is to academics and leadership, will host an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in celebration of the completion of its new 21st Century school.

The event, which is open free to the public, will bring together future students, parents, school faculty and city officials for a sneak preview of the 16,000 square-foot, three-story building at 4136 N. Miami Ave., just steps from the Miami Design District.

Founded by serial technology entrepreneurs and philanthropists David and Leila Centner, the academy will open its doors officially this September, and initially serve a student body between the ages of two and a half and 6 years old. Next year, the academy will offer first grade and will add additional grade levels every year up to the 12th grade.

At the open house, attendees will learn more about the programs Centner Academy will offer students for success and give parents a tour of the facility.

Centner Academy’s open house will welcome guests with organic refreshments as nutrition is one of the school’s key values for its potential to positively influence students’ academic performance and behavior.

Founders Leila and David Centner will proceed with a welcome speech and introduce Centner Academy’s mission of helping shape young people into adults who are not only confident and poised to succeed but who have the character and skills needed to make the world a better, kinder and more loving place.

The introductory speech will be followed by a group meditation in an effort to bring everyone into a state of mindfulness.

The day’s program will also include a VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials, and a speech from renowned positive psychology professor and senior advisor to Centner Academy, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar.

Widely known as the “Happiness Professor,” Ben-Shahar is an international best-selling author and a world-renowned expert in the science of happiness. He taught two of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history, “Positive Psychology” and “The Psychology of Leadership.”

A distinguished speaker for his lectures on leadership, happiness, education, ethics and innovation, among other topics, Dr. Ben-Shahar’s books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world.

Drawing on the latest research in the field of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and the science of happiness, the Centners seek to help children flourish cognitively, emotionally and interpersonally through their “happiness school.”

“Our philosophy is based on the understanding that success does not lead to happiness, but rather that happiness leads to success,” explains Leila Centner, CEO of Centner Academy. “Our goal is to transform the heart of education to ensure happy, confident, compassionate, mindful, empathetic and connected children, so we are building a 21st Century school designed as a living, breathing response to new personal and social challenges.”

In addition, students at the academy will be on the road to being fully prepared for life in a multinational global economy through daily immersion in Mandarin.

To RSVP to Centner Academy’s Open House, send email to rsvp@centneracademy.com or call 786-378-8646.

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  1. I have been working in that area for 22 years and can see the transformation of the school building. I’m so happy for the opportunity this school will give to our children and community


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