About Us


Our Mission


Our mission in KLA Elementary School is to provide our children with not only a quality educational experience, but also a meaningful life experience that nurtures and respects the whole child immersed in a safe and inspiring environment where authentic learning can truly take place.

Our Unique Features


  • Brand new, open and innovative spaces where children are able to be protagonists of their own learning process. Our elementary program offers not only a quality educational experience, but also a meaningful life experience that nurtures and respects the child as a whole.
  • Our enrichment programs have been thoughtfully developed to challenge our elementary aged children. Through physical education, music, art, cooking, technology/engineering and more, our students will be exposed to a variety of experiences cultivated to enhance and encourage critical thinking through differentiated instruction.
  • Our Atelier (art studio), as well as our Technology, Kitchen and Science Laboratories offer the children endless opportunities to experiment and explore with different materials that foster inquiry and investigation. The children will use computers, iPads, laptops and smart boards to support and compliment their research process.
  • Learning is not limited to the classroom, children are exposed to areas outside of the school and they use those surroundings to make connections to their classroom projects. We are not bound to a single theory. Our curriculum is based on our research on the multiple intelligences that children possess, and the importance of offering children a holistic environment that provokes active learning, collaborative work, and problem-solving skills that children will apply to their daily lives.
  • Our staff is composed of certified, trained and professional educators and counselors that will support your child’s transition, growth and development in every aspect.

Leadership Team


Candelaria Ortega

Director and Co-Founder

Mrs. Candelaria Ortega is the co-founder of KLA Schools. She has been the Director of the first school since the company opened in 2008. Mrs. Ortega became the Pedagogical Director of the KLA School Franchise in 2010 to support the corporate owned and franchise centers. As the Pedagogical Director of KLA Schools, Mrs. Ortega supervises the development and implementation of the philosophy and curriculum of KLA Schools. She is also responsible for the continuous improvement of the curriculum and professional development initiatives.

Mrs. Ortega and her team provide the necessary tools and materials to ensure that the students are getting a high-quality educational program. Mrs. Ortega is the company spokesperson on education and child-related topics.

Magdalena Castro

Elementary School Coordinator and Second Grade Teacher

Magdalena Castro has worked for the KLA Schools Affiliates since 2008, before the first school was opened. She started her career as a teacher at KLA Schools of Brickell in the Class of the 2’s, Class of the 3’s, Class of the 4’s and Kindergarten. She later became the Co-Director for that school and served as the Pedagogical Consultant for the schools in Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines and Aventura. Following that she was named the Director of KLA Schools of Aventura. In 2016, Ms. Castro stepped down from her School Director position and now serves as the Pedagogical Consultant for all the KLA Schools across the nation.

Adriana L. Ortega

Director of Admissions

A Miami native, Ms. Ortega has served as our Admissions Director since June 2013. Prior to that, she was a teacher for a KLA Schools Affiliate from August 2011 to June 2013. Ms. Ortega earned a Bachelor’s of Psychology from University of Miami in 2010 and has held these positions in our corporate office in Miami, Florida.

Angelivette Rodriguez

Elementary School Coordinator and First Grade Teacher

Angelivette Rodriguez has worked for KLA Schools Affiliates since August 2012. She started her career as a Preschool and Elementary teacher in 2006. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Preschool and Elementary Education, and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She began working as a teacher at KLA Schools of Brickell in the Class of the 4’s and was the Kindergarten teacher for four consecutive years before moving up as a teacher and founder of the KLA Elementary first grade class. She is also the Coordinator of the Elementary Program.

Our Educators


At KLA Elementary, our teachers and staff are passionate, knowledgeable, caring individuals, dedicated to providing quality education. Our progressive approach takes the whole child into account, aligning their interests with fields of knowledge that they will encounter in the elementary grade levels. We ensure that our faculty participates regularly in ongoing professional development experiences, and are professionally trained in elementary education and child development. Our staff is unique, with qualifications stemming throughout many different fields.

Among us are teachers with backgrounds and credentials in mental health and school counseling, speech and language pathology, health and fitness administration, studio arts, musical theater, gymnastics and of course, K-12 education, amongst many other fields. The individuality of each of our teachers creates a richness in our team as a whole. Our teachers provide an inimitable educational experience, tailored to the learning process of each child in their care.

Our Educators


At KLA Elementary, our teachers and staff are passionate, knowledgeable, caring individuals, dedicated to providing quality education. Our progressive approach takes the whole child into account, aligning their interests with fields of knowledge that they will encounter in the elementary grade levels. We ensure that our faculty participates regularly in ongoing professional development experiences, and are professionally trained in elementary education and child development. Our staff is unique, with qualifications stemming throughout many different fields.

Among us are teachers with backgrounds and credentials in mental health and school counseling, speech and language pathology, health and fitness administration, studio arts, musical theater, gymnastics and of course, K-12 education, amongst many other fields. The individuality of each of our teachers creates a richness in our team as a whole. Our teachers provide an inimitable educational experience, tailored to the learning process of each child in their care.


Parents as Our Partners


Parents are a crucial factor in our program. In fact, parents are our partners. Our teachers understand and respect that parents are their children’s first teacher. Their involvement in the school gives their children a sense of security and is deeply appreciated. We recognize that stable, quality relationships during the early years are fundamental for later developmental outcomes.

Collaboration between teachers, parents and the children is an integral part of the educational experience at KLA Elementary School. Our goal is not simply to build a strong, warm and nurturing connection with each child, but to extend that connection to our community of parents. By working in a collaborative group setting, children learn critical life skills such as compromise, reasoning, respect for others’ opinions and enhancement of their sense of community. Through these partnerships, children benefit from experiencing many of the same principles at home that they do in school and thrive with this consistency. Teachers also offer frequent support to our families and our communities through transparency and by being a source of information about educating a whole child and the various aspects of development.

Photo Tour

We would like to welcome you to your digital tour of KLA Elementary School. From the moment you walk into any of our locations, you will know that you are in a KLA School. Each one of our schools has a modern feel and design unlike any other. Features such as wood floors and furniture, large picture windows for all classrooms and offices, large corridors and classroom sizes, soft tone colors, and play soft furniture brought in from Italy are some of the visual components that makes KLA stand out from all the rest.

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Safety and Security

KLA Elementary School is safe and secure by design. We work diligently to maintain the cleanliness of our facility as well as the safety of our furnishings and overall health of our children and their environment.

Parents log their children in at the reception area, where no outsiders are allowed. All doors leading outside of the KLA Elementary School grounds are kept locked and only able to be opened through sophisticated technology. Our schools include an outdoor play area designed with age appropriate materials, protective fences, and well-maintained grounds to insure the children’s safety.

The entire school is continually monitored utilizing closed-circuit cameras in all classrooms as well as hallways and outdoor spaces.

Staff members qualified to respond to life-threatening emergencies are always in attendance. Trained in pediatric first aid and CPR, staff members are always available to respond to a variety of emergency medical situations. In addition to our regularly instituted health and safety plan, emergency care products are also put in place for both minor and major incidents.

Whatever the situation, our staff is confident and qualified to keep your most prized possession safe at all times.



Community Service


As part of our philosophy and educational approach, we believe it is essential to make visible that fact that each child knows and understands that we are all different and can co-exist peacefully. We have different ways of thinking, a fact we embrace. In fulfilling this vision, KLA Elementary School has formed relationships with charitable organizations within each of the communities it exists. Read more about our involvement with the following foundations:


Camillus’ House

Each year KLA Schools of Brickell participates in fundraising through the Camillus House Organization. Serving the South Florida community since 1960, this is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless. We ask our families to help us by providing basic non-perishable necessities to these people in our community.


Pajama Project

The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Some of the children this organization serves are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. Each year around the winter holidays, KLA Elementary School collects books and pajamas for children from infants to six years old.


Ecuador Earthquake Relief

In 2016 KLA Elementary School supported Ecuador’s earthquake victims by collecting non-perishable items, blankets, water and more.


Hurricane Maria Relief

In 2017 KLA Elementary students collected donations for Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.


Zoo Run 5k and Zoo Kids Dash

In 2017 KLA Elementary School sponsored two the Zoo Run 5k and Zoo Kids Dash which benefits the West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Zoo Miami Foundation. As well as the Miami Children’s Health Foundation 5K Run/Walk which benefits the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.


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