Sparrow Academy

Where learning and healing meet!

The teachers and staff at Sparrow Academy are united in their belief that all children:

  • Have the power to learn
  • Are curious & creative
  • Can succeed


Our core belief at the Sparrow Academy is based on the paradigm of a compassionate, progressive approach to education. We understand that children respond to their environment and we strive to take a purposeful, relational approach to our children, parents and teachers in order to create a place of safety and acceptance for children to learn.   At Sparrow Academy we are attuned to the latest research and studies in education, neuroscience and the healing arts, and have taken that knowledge to create a school for children who need that understanding.


No two students have exactly the same skills or learning style. That’s why we create an individual learning plan for every child. Your plan will combine direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one tutoring in a way that works for your student.  Sparrow Academy is dedicated to helping your child reach their maximum potential.  Contact us today to learn more about our programs.



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A Message from the Director

Thank you for taking time to check out Sparrow Academy.  We are here to provide you with an alternative to the traditional educational experience.  As an adoptive parent, I understand the struggles that families face when their child does not "fit in" at a regular public school.  Not to talk down public education, there is a place for it in our society.  However, some children need something different.  That is why Sparrow Academy was founded.


At Sparrow Academy we understand that our brain controls our behaviors and when our brain is disorganized, we have a difficult time functioning in school and at home.  That is why our first priority at Sparrow Academy is to help children and their families figure out how to reorganize their brain.  Using proven research-based methods, we help families regain control of their lives.  We are able to accomplish this through building relationships and providing safe learning environments.  I know first hand that the strategies work because they have worked in my own family and in schools I have worked with throughout Polk County.


I have been an educator for over 16 years right here in Polk County.  I have a B.A. in Secondary Education from Southeastern University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.  As a certified teacher, I have taught children in second grade through eighth grade, working with regular education and at-risk students.  I have also served as a school administrator for several years.


After adopting my daughter from the foster care system and receiving extensive training in trauma informed care, I knew that incorporating the skills I learned to help my daughter could transform a classroom.  Therefore, after years of planning we have developed Sparrow Academy to meet the needs of children in our community.


I look forward to meeting you and telling you more about Sparrow Academy and the programs we offer.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about our school.


Vance R. Linholm

Sparrow Academy

Executive Director