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4-8
Public charter
Largo, FL
Students enrolled: 438
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2300 South Belcher Road
Largo, FL 33771

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(727) 536-3600
(727) 581-9590
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August 21, 2014
This school has been wonderful for both my children. I have experienced the primary and now the prepatory school for the past two years. I didn't experience what was mentioned in earlier reviews. My children are both incredibly challenged with the educational program that has been set up at the school. The teachers are wonderful and truly dedicated to educating their students. Yes..the school has grown and changes have been made for the better of the students this past year. Times are changing and the current principle is in tune with what is needed to educate our children by today's standards. But it still does has a small private school feel without a tution. Been very happy at PPA.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
I am a student myself and I've been at the school since 2011. Through the years, the school has just been declining, when I first got there it was great! The teachers were very nice and awesome, and the principal was very fun and outgoing, once he brought his bird while he was doing carpool (he had it on his shoulder), and the school was very small, so that we all knew each other. The year after that, they added in the k-3, and the school became larger and less connected, and it also became more organized.... In a bad way. In the 2013-2014 school year we got a new principal, we got to meet her, and she seemed pretty nice, but she also seemed really strict, and I was right, she was strict and nice, but at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, we all learned that our favorite teachers, who were there ever since the beggining of the school, were not going to be there anymore... I was devastated! Me and my friends hugged our teachers and cried. We don't know if it was the school board's decision or the principal's decision to not renew the contracts, but they have no right to take the teachers that defined the school away from us.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
December 04, 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
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
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
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
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
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
August 24, 2011
This is the best school experience, good communication between school and parents. Focus on responsibility and accountabiliy.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2010
The teachers are creative and caring. The students feel safe there. They don't "teach to the test".

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
May 05, 2010
In General, the school, a Charter School, via Charter Contract, has to grade equally for Tests(50%), and, for thinking(Creativity, The Love of Learning, Ethics, etc., the way all public schools should be about!

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2010
PPA is a great school. We have had children in here since 5th grade. It is a very nurturing environment as you would expect from a 375 student school. The teaching is superb as is the managment team. They do not teach towards the FCAT but rather teach what they need all around and the kids do excel. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 24, 2009
Wow, This is a great school. I started in 8th grade i Love it. The work i a Bit harder i was a all A student now i hav a hie C in sience but as i try harder i will work my way up(I hope)Andi made the soccer team (: Yay great school!!! I love it nice kids no fights or bullys!

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2009
This Past year was my sons first year at PPA. It was the best move we made. This school has excellent teachers and office staff. The principle is also great. I feel very comfortable sending my son to PPA. We are looking forward to the next three middle school years here!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
We are thrilled to have found the school. Our sons both attended PPA this past year. The teachers are great. My children learned how to think and solve problems, used creativity and worked together in group projects. It's so comforting to see our children go to a school they really like and look foward to returning.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
It is a wonderful school that I love. It teaches me things my friends at other schools haven't even heard of

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2008
Pinellas Prep is a great school with teachers that bend over backwards to help students succeed. The behavior policies are rather strict, even elementary school children can serve detention, but I for one think this is helps let the kids know they are there to learn and it keeps the school from having too many discipline problems.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I disagree with the last post. I am a staff member. I am not the Principal. I must say our Principal listens to his staff, parents, and takes student input as well. In our classrooms, we discuss daily current events as well as historical impact on those issues and events. We have never been a school to teach to the test and don't intend to begin now. If you are disappointed in our school, as a public institution, I am sure you are welcome to find another school. Opinions count, we listen, and we welcome yours. Just please have a definitive basis rather than just meandering the issues and droning.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 22, 2008
The teachers, curriculum, and sports teams are very well organized and have lived up to all of my standerds. My child loves it and we will continue to go here.

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April 10, 2008
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March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
I am a former student of Pinellas Prep and I think it is the best school you will ever find! All of the teachers know how to explain things in ways that the students will understand. They are extremely helpful. The extra-curricular are phenomenal. Parent involvement is very good. I would have to say that all of the student are pretty well disciplined. Again, the time I spent at PPA was the best time I've had in my life.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2008
PPA is an excellent school. Teachers genuinely care for their student's success. The communcation is great. We receive e-mails on homework progress, online grades and homework completion, and automated phone messages for news and updates. You won't be disappointed sending your child to PPA. A+ school!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
AWESOME! LOVE IT! Although a bit too much homework

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 24, 2007
From the principal to the janitorial staff, every single staff member learns who the parents and children are, and can tell you something meaningful about your children's time at PPA. I agree that starting in fourth grade makes the middle school switch a non issue. Also, all of the parents seem to be involved or in touch regularly, teachers communicate exceptionally well, office staff is beyond courteous and friendly. An all around shining example of what a school can be

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
I agree with the other parents. The staff here is really caring. My son gets his needs met by all his teachers. Great communication too!

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August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2007
My son has attended this school since 4th grade and is currently in 7th. He made his first honor roll in 4th and his test scores are currently on a HS level. Emphasis is placed on individual learning and not just making the grade. This school is a great alternative to other local overcrowded schools. Starting your child in 4th grade makes the often traumatizing switch from elementary school to middle school a non-issue.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
This is a wonderful small school that has the atmosphere of a private school for free. The teachers are caring and the website is awesome able to know what is happening at school and great homework and online grades! Really a great school for grades 4-8!

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February 12, 2006
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December 30, 2004
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Pinellas Preparatory Academy
2300 South Belcher Road, Largo, FL  33771
(727) 536-3600
Last modified Pinellas Preparatory Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 4-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pinellas Preparatory Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top