About Us

Dream Academy’s Elementary Program (K-5) provides foundational skills needed to learn most effectively.  Our Middle School (6-8) program will fill any gaps and prepares students for more advanced work.  Our High School (9-12) Academic Paths prepare students for life after High School.


Our Coaches 

Our Academic Coaches take a holistic approach to student success.  Through initial training and required professional development, you can be sure your coach has access to the most current and relevant tools available to guide your individual success. 


All of our Coaches are assigned based on their background and yours. We work to create lasting positive relationships that help our students achieve all of their goals. 


Our Curriculum 

Dream Academy Schools has partnered with the top curriculum providers in the industry. This has given us access to over 500 courses to provide for your choice of education paths. 

Our curriculum partners developed our courses using research-based instructional design protocols and a team of content area experts, to align our courses with national and international standards.

Our career programs are aligned with industry standards and provide the opportunity for post- secondary diplomas and certifications.  Our college-ready program is aligned with college entry requirements.


Tuition is $7500/yr with payment plans available!


Scholarships Available!

Most students qualify for one of the many public scholarship options that cover full tuition!


Dream Academy participates in all Florida Scholarship (voucher) Programs.  So if your student has an IEP or 504 plan, your household does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level ($77,250 for a family of four*), or is in foster care, your student should qualify!

Our Staff
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Denise Chapman

 Administrator/Head of School

Denise is our head of school.  She spent several years as a teacher in public school, on all grade levels, with an MA in Varying Exceptionalities.  Denise drives our policies and academic planning while providing support to our Learning Coaches and Students.

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Jeff Kendrick


Jeff is an entrepreneur with extensive travel and trade work experience.  He heads our Workforce Development and Apprenticeship program, providing guidance and experience to our students.

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Pasco Chancey

Learning Coach

Pasco is a retired Mathematics teacher and Guidance Counselor.   He is our expert in all things math, assisting our high schoolers with what is often the most challenging subject.  His love of teaching and genuine care for the students creates a lasting bond. 

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Frank Gossett

Learning Coach

Frank is a retired engineer.  His love of education is infectious and his desire to make a difference creates a culture of success. He brings a wealth of knowledge and real work experience to Dream Academy.

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Mary Ann Kussmaul

Site Director

Mary Ann leads our team at our Shady Hills Learning Center.  Mary Ann brings a wealth of life experience and drive. Her passion and love of the community make her an amazing asset to Dream Academy.

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Ashley John

Elementary Learning Coach

Ashley comes to us with a background in the service industry, and great depth in wellness and management.  Her focus is on support of our students and their mental and physical wellbeing.

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Amy Vargas

Elementary Learning Coach

Amy is our elementary specialist, providing engaging and entertaining interaction with our younger students.  Amy has a background in working with students at another private school and brings this depth of experience and passion to Dream Academy. 

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Marie Chancey

Learning Coach

Marie is a retired English teacher.  She also has an extensive background in Speech Pathology.  Her excitement and joy if teaching is contagious.  

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Allyson DiBene

Program Assistant

Allyson brings youth and energy to Dream Academy and our students.  She has significant depth in life experience. She relates well to the students and keeps everything at the school running smooth.

Dream Academy Schools | Florida | Colorado | 727-900-5186


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