Children and Family Services

Potentials ProgramPotentials School

Every child deserves the best education possible.

The school offers a cutting-edge approach to educating children from pre-k through eighth grade who are unable to walk and talk independently. Through its intensive therapeutic model, Potentials equips students with a solid foundation in communication, mobility, sensory needs and academics. Greater independence allows them to have more positive experiences at home and school, as well as in the community.

Who benefits from our school: Recognized locally and state-wide, our school is for students in pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade with physical, communicative and/or medical needs. The intensive classroom learning is interwoven with speech, occupation, and physical therapies and the comprehensive family support services of The Arc of Palm Beach County.

What our school offers: Our curriculum focuses on a therapeutic educational model, designed especially and individually for children with special needs. The school’s focus on independence, communication and academics provides stimulating opportunities for learning. Potentials School has the full support of the Palm Beach County School Board and is an active member of the Florida Consortium for Public Charter Schools.


SAIL Academy

Charter school for students with intellectual disabilities.

SAIL offers an educational program that blends traditional academics with practical life and vocational skills. The goal for all students at SAIL is to acquire transferable skills that lead to independence and employment when they complete school. SAIL is a charter school for middle and high school students operated under contract with the School District of Palm Beach County.

Who benefits from our school: Seagull Academy for Independent Living, also known as SAIL, offers students ages 11-22 a safe and nurturing learning environment that can be customized to meet students’ needs.

What our school offers: We are committed to providing a comprehensive, individualized education program for each of our students, utilizing a holistic approach to advancement in academics, as well as life, social, and job skills. Each classroom at SAIL employs innovative teaching methods that allow students to learn through hands-on, manipulative activities. Life skills such as money management, grocery shopping and preparation of simple meals is part of the educational experience. The maximum ratio in each classroom is 1-to-7, staff member to students, to allow for the individualized learning environment that makes the difference at Seagull Academy.


SAIL Contacts

Bairbre Flood
Head of Schools
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Amy Brown
Director of Education and Family Services
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Jodie Lane
Speech and Language Pathologist


Respite Services

Caregivers need time away from caregiving.

Who benefits from our program: Our Respite Program is designed not only to protect the caregiver’s health and well-being, but also to prevent out-of-home placement and to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect.

What our program offers: The Arc’s Respite Program professionals provide center-based and compassionate in-home care to individuals with developmental disabilities, making it possible for caregivers to balance their lives while decreasing stress and recharging. Our professionals have extensive experience working with people with developmental disabilities,and receive ongoing training. All Respite Program professionals are required to pass rigorous pre-employment federal background screenings. Center-based respite care is offered each Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at The Arc’s Courim Center in Riviera Beach.

Children and Teens Camps

Creating social experiences for youth with disabilities.

The Arc provides a wide array of recreational camp experiences for children, teens, and young adults. Activities range from field trips, arts and crafts activities, to sports lessons. Professional staff facilitate safe and active community-based experiences.

These unique opportunities provide developmental, social, and behavioral support services to youth enrolled in approved afterschool, day camp, and summer camp programs throughout Palm Beach County.

Stand Up

Teen initiated leadership program.

Young adults develop leadership skills through peer-to-peer mentoring, advocacy, and inclusion. The goal is to improve the student’s quality of life through a variety of educational workshops, public speaking opportunities, networking, and most importantly connectivity. Stand Up students earn volunteer hours, and build their college and career resume, by providing peer-to-peer mentoring to children and teens with The Arc of Palm Beach County.


Dedicated to strengthening communities.

AmeriCorps members help individuals with developmental disabilities learn and perfect much needed skills, provide community inclusion opportunities and promote self-advocacy. Members develop job readiness, employment soft skills, explore job opportunities and provide vocational training as part of their service.

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