The Alexander D. Henderson University School/FAU High School is a national exemplary model for school systems and teacher preparation programs improving education for diverse student populations through innovative, faculty-developed research and curriculum.
The Alexander D. Henderson University School (ADHUS) is an elementary-middle school (K-8) and was legislated a developmental research school, effective July 1, 1991. ADHUS is a public school under the auspices of the State University System. ADHUS holds departmental status in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University with the Director serving as a member of the College Executive Committee. The Dean of the College of Education is the designated Superintendent.
The school has a three-fold mission of (1) being a demonstration site for teacher education; (2) developing curricula; (3) conducting research (F.S. 228.053).
As a demonstration site, the school is a partner in the teacher education process of the College of Education, providing an ideal setting for the observation of current instructional styles and strategies. The school serves as a location for pre-student teaching experiences of undergraduate elementary and secondary education students. In addition, service to practitioners in the field is provided through professional visitations, workshops, demonstrations, and teaching tapes. The school is a site for statewide, in-service clinical educator training. Faculty members also serve as instructors in the College of Education (FAU), The Schmidt College of Arts and Humanities (FAU), and Palm Beach State College.
The standard academic subjects, foreign language, physical education, and selected areas of the humanities, comprise ongoing curriculum development activities. ADHUS serves as a research site for the colleges and departments in the University, the public schools, and the private sector as well as generating school-wide action research projects. Current research and grant projects are funded through the University, the Florida Department of Education, and private/public foundations.
All three parts of the mission are based on a keystone - educating ADHUS students to reach their full potential.
The faculty of ADHUS believes that the purpose of education is to provide a safe and secure environment for students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and problem solving strategies necessary to function as responsible and productive members of society.
Our school is structured to provide a safe and secure environment that will encourage and develop the full potential of the student academically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. ADHUS provides functional guiding teamwork involving parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and teaching assistants to foster the well being of the students and the school community.