A.D. Henderson University School's academic program is driven to develop and implement unconventional approaches – like using unmanned terrestrial, aerial, and water vehicles to teach the principles of engineering, or providing a classroom environment that gives students space to conduct ground-breaking peer-reviewed, published research.
A.D. Henderson fully appreciates and embraces the responsibility of making students college-ready beginning their kindergarten year, so every single day of instruction, every assignment, is meaningful, rigorous and purposeful. Throughout the year, these experiences provide the building blocks for development, curiosity, passion and the skills necessary to discover the world around our students.
A.D. Henderson is a public school governed by Florida Atlantic University and has no tuition cost. Families are financially responsible for an annual activity fee that provides for a PE uniform, a school yearbook, students’ non-instructional student activities, and other student-related costs. Students participating in the reduced lunch program pay 50% of the activity fee and students participating in the free lunch program pay no activity fee. You can find a summary of these costs here.
A.D. Henderson continually maintains Title I status, allowing us to ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
Teachers at A.D. Henderson University School are skilled instructional leaders that are passionately focused on developing and caring for the holistic student. Their lesson planning and execution integrate the higher cognitive levels of learning, including applying learned concepts, analyzing new information within the concepts, evaluating the validity and reliability of information and finally, synthesizing newly acquired knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach to create ever-evolving new instructional models. This cyclical student-centered collaboration process serves as a framework for constant instructional innovation.
Year-round education is vital to the success of students across the country. The Henderson Enrichment Program is a summer camp offered every summer by A.D. Henderson and FAU High School faculty and staff to elementary and middle school students throughout South Florida.
The Henderson Enrichment Program includes academic concepts presented by certified educators in a unique format utilizing hands-on activities and technology. Participating students reinforce skills in core subjects: language arts, reading, social studies, science, and math. Throughout the day, children are both creatively and physically active while developing new friendships in a safe, structured program with certified teachers. Swimming, physical education, computers, drama/theater, and creative arts ensure fun-filled afternoons.
As a Duke TIP participating school, A.D. Henderson students in 4th through 7th grade engage in a rigorous gifted education platform in preparation for taking the ACT or SAT in 7th grade. Students with college-ready scores on either of those tests will be identified and celebrated through the Duke Tip Talent Search. The Duke Tip Talent Search is one of the first steps in identifying and selecting National Merit recognition in high school.
The FOCUS Parent Portal is a web-based tool designed to enhance communication and involvement for parents in their child’s education. This portal allows you to monitor progress in school, attendance, class schedule, discipline information, assignments, grades, billing information, school calendars, retrieve report cards, and NEW this year parents/guardians will re-enroll their students’ and update their student’s information right on their FOCUS portal.
FOCUS also has a convenient mobile app! Parent/guardians need an active FOCUS account to sign into the app. See instructions and a parents quick guide for the FAU Schools FOCUS community app here and make sure to download below.
Parents/Guardians can create a new parent/guardian FOCUS account, add student to their existing account, or recover a forgotten password right from the main FOCUS login page . Please follow these instructions when creating a new FOCUS account.
- Please Note: Date of birth, last 4 digits of Student SS #, and student numbers are required when creating new parent accounts. Student numbers can be found on report cards, and progress reports, or by stopping by or calling the front office.
- Parent/guardians must use an email account that is associated with their student's account.
Students will continue to log into FOCUS using their 10 digit school number.
- Students who forget their password are asked to stop by the front office in person to request a password reset.