About EPA

A Member of the Charter School Associates' Family of Schools


Meet Our Leader

Ms. Aimee Leyva has been with Charter School Associates since Everglades Preparatory Academy opened its doors in 2012.  She was the assistant principal for the first 3 years and principal for the last 4. She graduated from Florida International University cum laude with a Bachelors in Education and from Nova Southeastern University summa cum laude with a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership.  She began her teaching career as an Elementary teacher at Whispering Pines Elementary in 1999. She taught for over 12 years in the public school system and then transitioned to reading coach before becoming assistant principal at EPA. She spearheaded the sports program at EPA and it is now thriving.  She is passionate about and loves her career. It is apparent from her relationship with her staff and students, whom she refers to as her EPA family.  She believes communication between home and school is imperative regardless of the student’s age. Ms. Leyva constantly checks in with the high school students to make sure they are on the right path for graduation and college. She watches the students starting in 6th grade and watches them as they grow and learn until they are ready to take flight after high school graduation.

Our Mission

The mission of Everglades Preparatory Middle School is to provide students with a well-rounded middle-school education, through a challenging program, focused on mathematics and science using innovative, reform-based instructional methods in a stimulating and nurturing environment that fosters maximum student achievement.


The mission of Everglades Preparatory High School is to provide students with a well-rounded college preparatory and career exploration high school education, through a challenging academic program supported by technology, on-site learning experiences via local business and the opportunity to tie classroom learning with the real world of work.

Our Belief

Everglades Preparatory Academy recognizes that all children are unique; that each learns in a different style and at a different pace. We strive to meet the individual needs of every student through a variety of programs and differentiated instructional techniques designed to prepare the child for success.

EPA offers a safe, secure, private school environment with a program that provides a quality and challenging academic education that includes:

  • parental involvement
  • school-wide disciplinary expectations
  • standards designed to foster academic, social and emotional growth.

We offer a balanced and flexible curriculum that provides a firm foundation in the core disciplines with enrichment in Math and Science and the infusion of technology throughout the school day.

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Everglades preparatory Academy is an AdvancED accredited educational institution. Accreditation through AdvancED indicates that Everglades preparatory Academy has met rigorous, research- based standards of  educational excellence to ensure the education program offered at Everglades preparatory Academy meets the needs of learners through proficiency in Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity. Using these standards, Everglades preparatory Academy targets areas in each domain for continuous improvement in creating student success.