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Pinellas Primary Academy

Charter | K-3 | 324 students

The best thing we are known for is our creative use of Project Based Learning.

 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 10 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted October 13, 2014

This is a wonderful alternative to private school. My son was in Public School and when we switched to this school we saw just how far behind the public schools were in the lesson plans. My son has drastically improved his reading and writing skills since switching to PPA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2014

This is an excellent school. If your child is motivated & learns by project based studies, then this school is a good fit. We tried 2 other schools before our child made it to the top of the waitlist at PPA. We know the difference. The teachers care. The administration cares. The Principal starts each day with kids, greeting them as they gather for assembly. The teachers and Principal will always find the time to help a student or parent improve a situation for a child. Our child likes to go to school, he is excelling and he feels confident and safe. So glad to be settled through the 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

My son and I both love Pinellas Primary. I also have a daughter attending Pinellas Prep (next door). I have to say that the teachers at Pinellas Primary are extremely qualified and the technology in the classrooms is quite impressive. My son is getting such a great start with education and technology. He comes home excited about school and always wants to show off what he's learned. Everything seems very organized. A round of applause for the staff, not just teachers, but the administrators who hired them too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

I m very pleased that my child got a spot at Pinellas Primary Academy. Onealways has doubts when it comes to freshly minted schools but this time I shouldn t have doubted at all. I know this is one of the best schools in the county. And always improving, each year getting better and better. My only complaint is that some parents think htey know better about how to run a school than principals and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

I am surprised by the recent comments about this school! I love it and my child loves it. As a parent, I don't see low moral and a controlling administration. I see thriving children that are enthusiastic learners and AWESOME teachers that love what they do! This is what is important to me and my child's education. We are looking forward to another awesome year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2014

I love the teachers at this school, but administrator is very shifty and sinister. She uses fear with the children and work staff alike.She seems to have a huge self serving agenda about power and prestige. If she agrees with your concerns she covets you, if you cross or question her she makes enemies and she has a lot of parent enemies. Too bad, because if a school's core is rotten, the school begins to rot from the inside out. Petty, caddying...more and more traditional- old school tactics, uniforms, authoritarian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

As a parent at this school, I am very disappointed in the direction the school is headed. 3rd grade FCAT scores were disappointing to say the least. School morale is not what it used to be. Administration seems oblivious to the issues at hand (significant decrease in Reading scores) and has lost sight of the fact that they are going to lose some wonderful teachers if they don't start treating them better. Lots of changes seem to be coming to the school next year and change is sometimes a good thing, but unfortunately not in this case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

In my opinion admin is ruining the schools once love of learning!! I feel teachers have been limited due to micromanaging of a very paranoid administrator with a militant ideology! As a parent I was very disappointed in the FCAT results as I was lead to believe that primary out scored there competition schools. Highly disappointed in pinellas primary parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

Teachers are great. Administrator is too controlling and puts on heirs. She acts nice to parents but treats her staff horribly, is paranoid and non supportive of them. This makes for a paranoid, divided culture that trickles down to the children. Admin just fired some of their best teachers...!?@#?! VERY DISAPPOINTING.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

Love the school!! I was blessed when I found this school. My son used to hate the last school he attended and I was worried that my daughter will have the same luck. They both love the school. The Principal is an email away, always available to discuss and address any situation. The teachers are well qualify and also truly care about the well being and education of the students. Best K-8 school in Pinellas County...Simple
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

I am a single parent trying to do the best for my child. We were fortunately lucky enough to get into this great school. My daughter has been in a preschool since she was 2 yrs old. From the first day of school at PPA I have noticed that she is challenged daily. Now that the school year is over I have seen her grow so much. The teachers and staff are all very qualified and really want all the kids the succeed. They take the time needed for all. Also the Principal is very accessible and will help in any way possible. PPA also requires parental involvement but they do work around the working parents schedule. For me and my daughter PPA is a five star school and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Pinellas Primary Academy has the most caring and proactive teachers, a very strong principal/leadership team, and a great learning environment. I am extremely pleased with my daughter's progress since she started attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

I would just like to post a correction. Pinellas Primary Academy is a charter school for grades K-3 that opened in 2011. Pinellas Prepatory Academy is for grades 4-8. Both are wonderfull schools with excellent teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 79%
Hispanic 7%
Black 6%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 44%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
Female 56%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree N/A60%61%
Doctorate degree N/A1%1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Nancy Walker
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (727) 536-3661

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Buck Institute for Education PBL Model
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Car pool list
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
  • Whatever their special talent
More from this school
  • Our school was created to fill the void for highly motivated students that strive to do well academically and behaviorally. The ideal student is willing to put forth more effort than most to succeed. They are typically the student that follow the rules, have very few behavior incidents, and goes above and beyond to ensure that all of their peers feel safe, secure, and valued at school. Parents understand the rigor of our curriculum and are willing to ensure their child meets the expectations.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
42
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
650

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pinellas Preparatory Academy (sister school)
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2300 S. Belcher Road
Largo, FL 33771
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Phone: (727) 536-3600

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