Founding of Island Prep St Augustine
In August of 2011, Dani and Michael Gwiazda opened the doors to Island Prep St Augustine. The couple had always envisioned providing a preschool that was safe, clean, and environmentally green. This school not only met their family’s needs but the overwhelming needs of the community. Within just four months of establishment, the school was on a waiting list for new students. In 2012, Island Prep was honored to receive the Best New Business Award of 2012 from The St. Augustine Record.
On April 17th, 2015, Island Prep Elementary School was opened. This school is the very first private school for the City of St. Augustine Beach and within walking distance from the preschool. The Elementary School, otherwise known as the Blue Whale School, is home to prekindergarten students through 3rd grade. The school plans to grow to add additional grade levels to accommodate older students and the demand for quality education from the St. Augustine community.
The family is growing again with the addition of a new preschool on US1, in St. Augustine. This new location will house toddlers through VPK students and plans to open early 2018.