To Be, Rather Than to Seem

2019-2020 Elementary School Information

2019-2020 Faculty Changes

Miranda Lopez A'14 is joining the 4th-grade team in Mrs. Cloonan's place. Lopez has bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education from the University of Florida. This past year, she has been the 5th-grade math and science teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Gainesville. 

Andrea Arcos is joining the pre-K team in Mrs. McLean's place. Arcos has a Master of Arts in elementary education and comes to AHN from Roosevelt Elementary School where she has taught kindergarten for four years and 1st grade for two years. She is the mother of two boys.

Mayra Hernandez is taking Patty McCarthy's place as Mrs. Donovan's kindergarten aide. Hernandez has been a member of the Extended Day team for the past year. 

Rachel Besancon is joining AHN as the middle school administrative assistant in Kim Ruff's place. Besancon has a Bachelor's of Business Administration in finance and a Master of Arts in leisure studies from the University of Iowa. She has a daughter at The New College of Florida and a son who will be a high school senior in the fall.

Matthew Treese is joining the 7th-grade team as a language arts and religion teacher. Treese holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Science in education - instructional technology and a Doctorate of Education in educational administration from Wilkes University. The majority of Treese’s experience comes from his time with the Cumberland Valley School District in Mechanicsburg, Penn., where he had roles from an English teacher to supervisor of curriculum, instruction and technology. Most recently, he was with Carrollwood Day School. Treese replaces Naheed Haider, who is moving from 7th grade to 5th grade. 

Kathleen Hughes is moving from 5th grade to 6th grade, in place of Alex Romero.

Allison Warren got married this year. Next year she will go by her married name, Allison Almendares.

2019-2020 Handbook

2019-2020 Planning Calendar

NOTES: Planning dates are tentative and subject to change as deemed necessary by the administration.

Please note February 14 was initially noted as a planning day, however school will be open that day.

August 7-12 Faculty Professional Days
August 13-14 Student Orientation Days
August 15 First Day of School
September 2 Labor Day Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
October 17-18 Parent-Teacher Conferences
PK-3rd Grade - Noon Dismissal Thursday, October 17
4th-8th Grade - No School Thursday, October 17
No School Friday, October 18
October 21 Professional Day, No School
November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break - No School
(School Closed November 27-29)
December 20 Noon Dismissal
December 23-January 5 Christmas Break - SCHOOL CLOSED
January 6 School Re-opens
January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
January 27 HS Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day
ES - No School
January 31 ES Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day
HS - No School
February 17 President's Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
March 2-8 HS Mission Trips
March 9 Faculty Professional Day - No School
April 9-19 Easter/Spring Break - No School
(School Closed April 9-13)
May 25 Memorial Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
May 29 Last Day of School
June 1-3 Faculty Professional Days

After School Programs

After School Program registration will be available after the start of school.

Dress Code Reminders & Beginning of Year Information

Dress Code Reminders

For boys:

  • Hair should be neatly trimmed above eyebrows in the front, above the collar in the back and above the ears
  • All-black leather athletic shoe (this includes the sole)

For the girls:

  • The length of jumpers or skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.
  • All-navy or all-black Mary Janes, Oxfords, Sperrys, or athletic shoes (this includes the sole)

For PE:

  • On their scheduled PE day, students may wear the dri-fit uniform purchased through the Jag Shop (extras are available to purchase in the shop) or the standard uniform purchased through Risse Brothers. 
  • Any color athletic shoes.
  • The inseam of the shorts worn by girls must be longer than 5”.
  • Middle school students bring their PE clothes in a drawstring bag and change before and after PE class.

Students bring a snack to school each day to eat in the morning. These snacks should be peanut-free. Due to occasional inclement weather, there are times when these snacks are eaten in the classrooms. We keep the classrooms peanut-free due to students with severe allergies.

Other Links

Online calendars and directories will be available in July.



Drop-Off and Pick-Up


Early Bird is available in the Brady Center free of charge starting at 7:00 a.m. Please enter our campus from MacDill traveling north and use the West Drive. (Please note: Left-hand turns are not permissible traveling south on MacDill.)

Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. should be dropped off at one of the following drop-off points. On Wednesdays, this time is 8:25 a.m.

  • West Drive (runs parallel to MacDill) – Any grade level can be dropped off here.
  • North Drive – Any grade level can be dropped off here. Please note that the only location to drop off on the North Drive will be adjacent to the four square court area. To ensure the safety of our students, dropping off by the classrooms on the northeast corner is NOT an option.
  • Front Circle Drive – Any grade level can be dropped off here.
  • South Drive: Students in grades pre-K, K and 1 (and their siblings) can be dropped off on the South Drive at the southeast entrance. Parents arriving prior to 7:40 a.m. (or 8:25 a.m. on Wednesdays) may NOT wait in the drop-off area. These parents must drop off at Early Bird or circle the building until the teacher assistants are present.

Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. must enter from the front of the building off Bayshore, and their parent must check them in with the ES assistant to receive their tardy pass. On Wednesdays, please follow these procedures if you drop off after 8:45 a.m.


Pick-up assignments are alphabetical according to last name. (Please note that we monitor pick up the first two weeks of school and if we need to make adjustment to accommodate traffic, we will communicate that.) Again, please note that left turns are not allowed from MacDill onto our property.

  • A-G: South Drive - Traveling north on MacDill Ave., enter campus at southernmost MacDill Ave. entrance and proceed to the South Drive (keeping the new middle school building on your left).
  • H-M: North Drive – Traveling south on Bayshore Blvd., enter campus at northernmost Bayshore Blvd. entrance and proceed to the gates next to the four-square court area.
  • N-Z: West Drive – Traveling north on MacDill Ave., enter campus at MacDill Ave. entrance and proceed under the bridge to the pickup area in front of the Brady Center.

Students in pre-K have two options for pick up. The first is a pre-K only pick-up at 2:20 p.m. on the front Bayshore Drive. The second option is the regular 3:10 dismissal from the designated points listed above.

After 2:30 p.m., there are no early dismissals. The only exception to this is when our middle school athletes have an away match.

Extended Day

Registration for monthly, semester and annual Extended Day plans is now open.

Extended Day Registration

Immunization & Paperwork Reminder (K, 7th Grade, ALL New Students)

If you have not yet done so, please submit the following to Deb Norris as soon as possible, but no later than August 14, 2019.

  • School-Entry Health Exam Form (DH 3040)
  • Florida Certificate of Immunization (Form 680)
  • Birth Certificate (new students)

Students will not be permitted to attend school in August until a current Florida Certificate of Immunization and Proof of Medical Examination are received.

Mothers Association Volunteer Form

SAGE Dining

Technology Distribution - New Middle School Students

New students in grades 6-8 may pick up their MacBook and iPad the week of July 29 through August 2 in the Bailey Center, adjacent to the athletic fields. A representative from the technology office will be available daily from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They will be available until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. If you are unable to pick up the device that week, please email Kent Smith at

Students in grades 6-8 are required to have an Gen 6 iPad case. Because iPads are not insured by the school, the Academy requires one of the following cases to protect your investment.

New Technology Plan for 5th Grade

Called by Blessed Marie Rose to meet the needs of the times for our children, in 2012 AHN began a 1:1 student technology program with iPads. While we found they enhanced student learning, there were limitations to their capabilities in terms of being both a learning and creating tool. We became 2:1 by introducing the MacBook Air to complement and further enhance our program.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Apple released a new model of the iPad Pro. As we explored its capabilities, we realized that it has the ability to accomplish all that we want for students, which allows us to streamline back to one device. Additionally, the iPad Pro supports the Apple Classroom platform, which allows us to better manage what students access on their devices, as well as what they are doing during class time when they are on their device.  

After researching and testing the devices with teachers as well as students, we have decided that we will roll out the iPad Pro to the 5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Students in grades 6-8 will continue to use the current 2:1 model to which they have grown accustomed. Students in 5th grade will get their iPad Pro after the start of school. 

Technology Pricing

Grade 5

The 2019-2020 cost for the iPad Pro is $1,300, which includes:

  • iPad Pro
  • Apple Care insurance for three years
  • a rugged keyboard case
  • an Apple Pencil engraved with the student's name

Grades 6-7 and 9-12

The 2019-2020 package cost for new students in grades 6 and 7 and high school students is $1,300, which includes:

  • a Gen 5 iPad
  • a 13" MacBook Air + case
  • MacBook insurance
  • relevant apps and software on each device

Grade 8

Students entering 8th grade will receive a MacBook Air and iPad on loan from the Academy.

The total cost of the devices will be prorated each year you are at the Academy, up to four years, and billed according to your selected tuition payment plan. Students must purchase an iPad case from the required list, below.