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Pinellas Preparatory Academy

Charter | 4-8 | 438 students

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 24, 2014

PPA is an excellent quality school, a fact proven not only by its outstanding academic record but by the quality of its staff. I couldn t have sent my kids to a better school. How many schools in the area or the state have such great teachers or have earned an A+ so many times? Academically, PPA is hard to beat. Plus, my kids love all the side activities and events. Administrators have worked tirelessly to ensure the best quality education and the best quality teachers. I ve seen PPA grow and improve, especially regarding keeping up with students needs. I know that my children are in good hands, and their education too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

Unfortunately, this school is not what it used to be. They've "cleaned house" and let go some phenomenal teachers that made a great impact on my daughter's life. Teachers that were there for the students and not just a paycheck. Board of Directors seems clueless to what really is happening. Wish they offered more electives in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

My son has excelled since attending PPA. His teacher was a loving, caring teacher and my husband and myself are very thankful he had that teacher. My biggest complaint is that the his class ate breakfast way to early and my son was always starving when he got home. Another big complaint is the lack of after school care they offer. It is basically their program or nothing. It would be nice if they had a few to choose from. I would love to have for example a karate school come to pick my child up, but they won't come for one child and because it's not offered your stuck. Also, events could be planned a little more in advance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

School has changed. Not for the good with a mediocre administrator who seems more concerned about what parents to let in and what parents to keep out. Teachers with stellar reputations quitting and or being let go without cause! I am sad for the loss of the school ppa used to be and the school it's becoming. My kids used to love to go to school but not anymore! Mourning the chance to teach love if learning which is being replaced with the typical public school feel. Our kids are more than a dollar sign!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

This school has had a change in admin in the last couple of years and is becoming more like a regular public school with uniforms and everything. The teachers wear so many hats and it is no longer a small close knit school. Lots of politics. Even their private board of directors is picky who they let in and they have no professional educators on the board (mostly parents)! They just hired a very young and apparently inexperienced principal for the middle school who gives smiles and lip service but seems very out of touch with how to relate to parents and address concerns. Direction of the school is declining. Sad, because they used to be more creative and innovative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2014

This school is petty. The teachers told the students not to associate with my son during a field trip several schools attended and should they do so, they will sit in the bus for the remainder of the trip. My son has numerous friends and continues to have friends at this school. Therefore, the teachers have no right to instruct students regarding social associates as there is NO JUST CAUSE and morally wrong. The school lacks empathy, which is why I transferred my son from the school. Since the transfer, my son has become academically successful. Luckily, my son laughs at the pettiness. As a parent, I question the effect this may have on other students should they experience negativeness from PPA. With the school's focus on pettiness, I ask myself if this school is ready for the upcoming common core standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

Excellent school with gifted program, honors classes, wonderful, knowledgeable, caring teachers and staff, well-behaved kids who like to learn, wonderful arts and music program, Spanish, many afterschool clubs - sports, jazz band, musical theatre, yoga etc., school trips, dance parties, many involved parents-love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

After a really bad experience with another charter this school is a breath of fresh air! I can not think of one bad thing to say except the waiting list is too long LOL. My child is very happy, loves her teachers and is excited to go to school everyday whay more could you ask.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

We have loved PPA in the past but have felt the school's many advantages are slowly being lost. Over the past two years, PPA has had real problems with leadership. One example is that the school has not met many of the county and state requirements for staffing: from principals who do not have the necessary education, to teachers who are not certified in the proper area, to substitutes with no experience and even some without degrees at all. Perhaps this was because the leadership lacked commitment but adhering to even the most basic requirements would seem to be fundamental to the school's success. It all begins with having prepared and capable teachers. Communication and consistency also remain challenges that must be addressed. We sincerely hope that with new leadership, we will get back on track and return PPA to the school we were all so proud to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

We love PPA!!! Our children are receiving a quality education from a committed staff. The principal, teachers, and support team exhibit a truly genuine concern for each student and strive to meet each child's individual needs. PPA demonstrates a real enthusiasm for the creative process that works to both engage and motivate. Go PPA Flyers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

PPA is a great school! My kids love it here. They were at Plato Academy last year and I had so much issues with the admistration and the way they handle certain things and we were so fustrated!! However, I look back and think that I'm so glad things didn't work out at Plato, because we are now at a better school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

I am so happy my child got into this school. His teachers are super. We communicate by email on a very regular basis. The school tries to teach children independence and that is great. I believe the dropping of students in car circle makes them feel more confident and my son loves it. Although the school lunches are brought in from another school my son likes the school lunches and 9 times out of 10 opts to have school lunch instead of me making his lunch. The communication at the school is top notch and my son's teacher has motivated him in ways that I have always dreamed. Thank you PPA you ROCK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

This is the best school experience, good communication between school and parents. Focus on responsibility and accountabiliy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2011

We love PPA!!! Our children are receiving a quality education from a committed staff. As noted by other posters, there will always be areas in which any school can improve. For example, we have concerns about 6th grade Languge Arts program but have found that the rest of the team has really stepped up to fill this void and we are confident that the new principal and superintendent will address this issue. The addition of a primary school will allow for a staffing shift which could really help address the areas that do need greater focus. The school is evolving and we believe what is truly a great school has the potential to be an even better environment to serve and educate our children. Go PPA Flyers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

PPA is a great school. They have a very small outside play area with no grass. There are no hot lunches. The layout of the school is fine. They will have K-3rd next year and that is a great news. Tthey offer Great education. Our children have done very well in this school. Most of the teachers are really good with the children. The only issues we have is LACK of communication from the teachers. The office staff is great! The principle does not impress us at all. Seems to listen but does nothing after that. We like the school solely due to the achievements our children have made. There is a definte need for total communication from the teaching staff and the principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

I am so happy thta i got to attend ppa , i came to the school in the 6th grade & i stayed all three years . I feel the teachers , want to help you learn & succed . It is a very small school , with small classes and you get to know everyone . There is not one person that i didnt talk to there . It is right by my house , so the no bus thing was never a issue. I graduated from there in 2010 , and now attend Pinella Park High , and if i had the choice , i woul definatly go back . I think it is really cool that they are adding on K-3 now , but i thinmk that it woul;d be a better idea if , they just did 4-12 ..... all of my younger sibblings go there , & if its still around i will put my kids in there . i love love love it .. k? thanks . bye.


Posted November 1, 2010

The teachers are creative and caring. The students feel safe there. They don't "teach to the test".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

Our son attended PPA for 5 years. Grades 4-8. Having come from a private school to a public school, PPA (charter school) was an option we were thrilled was available. Our son received an "A" rated school education and is thriving in highschool honor classes and sports because of the well rounded achedemic education he received at Pinellas Preparator Academy. I would highly recommed this school to any parent who's chiled is creative, mature and eager to learn. Kids are challenged to learn in a way public schools just don't offer or get. I compare this school to getting an outstanding private school education for free. I was always encouraged to participate as a volunteer at this school and appreciate the many hours and years I was able to be apart of my sons school days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

PPA was a disappointment to us, especially after hearing that it was a great school. No real playground, just a postage stamp sized piece of grass without play equipment. No gym. The building is too small for the number of students. No separation between elementary and middle school areas. I never had face to face contact with my daughter's teacher, just saw her from a distance at orientation. We were discouraged from bringing our child into the building and were asked to use the drop off circle. I do believe that the teachers were well trained and compassionate. Daughter kept complaining that the school was dirty and that the atmosphere was intimidating. She started the school year with a positive attitude and after a month she was crying and begging to return to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

This was our child's first year at PPA. We LOVE it! The staff really works together to provide the best environment to encourage a love of learning. The principal goes above and beyond! Our older child is relieved that public middle school is no longer in his future and our younger child cannot wait to attend PPA in 4th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
70%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
92%
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

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
98%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 79%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 4%
Black 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 46%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/AN/A
Female 54%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 77%67%65%
Master's degree 23%N/A32%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

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)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

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
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 2:45pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. JOELL RAMSDELL
Fax number
  • (727) 581-9590

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
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.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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2300 South Belcher Road
Largo, FL 33771
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Phone: (727) 536-3600

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