About KLA Schools of Prospect
The Mission of KLA Schools is to provide a safe, innovative environment and high quality education for the students of our communities inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to education.
Candy Ortega, her husband, Roberto and a group of investors and educators founded KLA Schools in 2008. They opened the first KLA School in Miami, FL, in 2008 and began franchising in 2010. For Roberto and Candy, the desire to provide an inspiring curriculum, a nurturing environment, and high quality education to pre-school students across America was deeply rooted.
Roberto, KLA Schools’ CEO, inherited his passion for education from his grandfather who opened two schools of his own in South America. Candy, KLA Schools’ Educational Director, grew up in Argentina and Brazil and came to the US in 1994. She earned an Associate’s degree in Child Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and began her educational career as a pre-school teacher at a Reggio Emilia inspired school.
Candy and Roberto have attended several Reggio Emilia conferences and study groups in the US and internationally. Additionally, they have participated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference (NAEYC) in Chicago 2009, Anaheim 2011, Orlando 2011, and they have attended the 4th North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) Summer Conference Boulder, Colorado 2008, the 6th NAREA Summer Conference Chicago, Illinois, 7th NAREA Summer Conference Pacific Grove, California, 3rd NAREA Winter Conference Mountain View, California and the 11th NAREA Summer Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico among others.
Letter from the Director
Welcome to KLA Schools of Prospect, a member of the KLA Schools family. I would like to invite you to explore our website and encounter what makes our school unique.
KLA Schools of Prospect is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach which emphasizes inquiry, research, invention, documentation of student work, and strong home/school relationships.
Each of our dedicated teachers hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education and have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining, their Master’s degree. KLA Schools of Prospect teachers value their relationship with each student and create a learning experience specific to individual strengths and interests.
Students are encouraged to explore, hypothesize, experiment, and collaborate with peers to learn about the world around them and their significance within. Students learn to construct, reflect, and reconstruct their ideas and understanding, thus enabling the creation of critical thinkers.
Our school community supports students by providing a stimulating learning environment that cultivates a child’s natural curiosity. Students at KLA Schools of Prospect express themselves through speech, writing, mathematics, technology, music, movement, and artistic representations. Each classroom includes a mini-atelier where students have the tools and materials to express themselves through paintings, clay and wire sculptures, design, and more.
Teachers observe and document the learning process and share these experiences with parents, further supporting our focus on the school and home relationship.
After exploring the website, please contact me if you have any questions or to schedule a tour. I look forward to meeting you.
KLA Schools of Prospect
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) AdvancED. For more information about SACS CASI accreditation visit www.advanc-ed.org.
Member School of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA). For more information on member schools visit www.reggioalliance.org.