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Bay Haven Charter Academy

Charter | K-5 | 690 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 13, 2014

North Bay Haven Charter Academy is a well-rounded, futuristic preparatory campus that is preparing my student for a medical career while allowing other areas of interest to be fostered. And the new campus is coming along well. Kudos!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

This school has been the best experience ever. My children are encouraged to do their best all the time. They are surrounded by other children with good manners and a good attitude to learn. The school is clean and up to date. I can't say anything negative about this school. I love it and my children love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Bay Haven is an outstanding school. The teachers and adminstrators are excellent and geninuely care about their students and their success. They encourage the students to do their very best and the students strive to be successful. High expectation, high achievement! This is evident from the success of the students as well as the school. However, parental involvement is also a key contributor of the students success. It definitely is a partnership and should be! One could not ask for a better education for their children. Top notch curriculum for the students. I have a 4th grader there and have had other children attend Bay Haven as well. Parent/teacher communication is paramount and does exist. Teachers utilize various tools of communication to ensure parents are aware of their child's progress. First Class Education! Thanks Dr. Kitts for the vision and implementing it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I have two sons currently in 2nd and 3rd grade at Bay Haven. Having grown up in a foreign country and gone to an excellent private Catholic school all through high school, I am happy to see my children in a similar educational environment where they are constantly challenged and pushed. The teachers we've had so far have been terrific. They preach a balance of strict compliance and positive encouragement. Bay Haven is run more like a private school but with greater diversity. My only worry is that school expansion could signal compromising the high academic and learning standards. Bay Haven is a big reason we have chosen to live in Panama City.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

Bay Haven Charter Academy is an OVERRATED school. My child is currently in the 1st grade and does well academically, however, everything she learns is in preparation for the FCAT. I am already looking into homeschooling my child for next year. If you are a parent looking for an education that extends beyond the FCAT and want to see your child become their own individual then please do not buy into their hype.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

Better than Holy Nativity without the exorbitant private tuition fee! Excellent teachers (they know their content, are respectful of students and parents, respond quickly to communication, control their classrooms, and hold their students to high standards), Good school leadership (they hire excellent staff and try to create an environment where staff have a vested interest in staying) and a challenging academic curriculum. My children have attending school at a local private school and at schools in several other states and the parents are more involved at this school than any other. This is exactly what public schools should be like. The only reason that I did not give it a 5 is because I think the communication between teachers & administration and parents/students is lacking. Otherwise, exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great school, very strong academically, and with caring teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Overall excellence in academia and encouragement.. Our child flourishes in this environment educationally, emotionally and athletically. I love that they teach the entire spectrum of subject matter and not just 'teaching to the FCAT' as so many public schools do. The stricter dress code policy is admirable and teaches structure and equality. The personal learning plans for each individual student ensures maximum growth potential. Successfully completing this methodically prolific system almost certainly guarantees entry into the college preparatory high school path. It is surely raising the bar for the entire education system in Bay County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

I have two children who attend Bay Haven- I have found they offer no room for individuality and my children are being indoctrinated into FCAT mode as early as 1st grade. While it's a better choice than public, I am not pleased with this FCAT factory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

I attended Bay Haven for five years, beginning in 4th grade and going all the way through the 8th grade. While most students claim to hate the dress code and strict no-nonense policy, I was one of the few that could admit that Bay Haven really was tops in education and preperation for future academics. The teachers at Bay Haven are all experienced, helpful, and intelligent people. They're mostly always willing to answer questions and provide extra help for students who need it, and and they try to make learning as effective and expansive as possible. The only complaint is that Dr. Kitts, the principal, seems detatched and uninvolved in the happenings of the school. He's sometimes hard to get in touch with and even harder to get a real chance to talk to. Overall, I do believe that Bay Haven has prepared me well for my high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2009

Bay Haven is an amazing school. I still cannot believe it is a public school. The administration and faculty is top notch and so friendly. I am so happy my child has the opportunity to attend Bay Haven.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

Bay Haven is a truly exceptional school. I was one of the lucky ones who child was picked in the lottery to attend beginning with Kindergarten. The interaction I have had with all the teachers, faculty and staff has been wonderful. They are all very kind, thoughtful and really love the kids. They strive for academic excellence so the class rooms and lesson plans are very structured and demanding which in this day and age is needed for the children to get ahead. I am amazed how much my child has learned over the last two years. She loves reading and this is encouraged by her teacher by giving her more demanding material. The teachers have been able to give each child individual attention because of the enormous amount of parental involvement in the classroom. It is required that each family volunteer 25 hours per year to assist the school. Several parents put in time above and beyond what is required which I am sure is why this school is so exceptional. The only downside is that the kids need to leave after completion of the 8th grade. Too bad that it doesn t go all the way through 12th .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

i am a student at bay haven and i enjoy being there i learn so much and all the tearchers are great.!:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2008

I am a parent of multiple children at Bay Haven as well as employed at the school. I can tell you from experience being with the school since the second year of inception that the academic standards are high. HOWEVER, the teachers, staff, Reading coaches, speech therapist, office administration and staff, all the way to the custodial care and aftercare are all concerned about the children and all watch the campus to insure the safety of the children. There are programs to assist the students and teachers as well as staff go out of their way and are very giving of their time to assist students in need. We are blessed to work there and be in a nuturing and positive environment with the children. Along with high academic standards there are also high behavioral standards. Parent involvement is required and that I believe is the KEY!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

Our family has had a wonderful experience at BHCA. Our youngest son has attended BHCA Middle School. He has been challenged; however, our son has been successful because of the expected higher level of learning. With the bar raised higher, he has achieved at a higher academic level. Discipline at BHCA is handled promptly and fairly. Students feel safe because they are made aware of what is expected of them not only academically but behaviorally as well. It is not a perfect school with perfect students but I can tell you the environment is different from other schools our children have attended. Parent involvement is highly encouraged and I believe that is one of the many reasons BHCA is successful and positive. In my opinion, student leaders are created by students taking responsibility, parent involvement, and great educators. Our son will be leaving 8th grade this year as a leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

This school has many areas for improvement, they do not work with parents, and the Principal is not available to talk to. The elementary students' feelings are not taken into consideration. They don't seem to realize the things they say and do have a serious impact on the elementary child's emotions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2008

I was really surprised to see the comment that teachers are unwilling to help students of lesser ability. My second son had a great deal of difficulty in kindergarten. His teacher held several conferences with me in which we discussed what we each could to do help him. She spent as much individual time with him as she could. Still, we decided it would be best for him to be retained in kindergarten. During his second year in kindergarten, he had a different teacher, who was equally excellent. Now he is in the first grade and doing well, thanks in large part to his exemplary teachers. However, this school is very academically demanding. A student of average or lesser academic ability will have to work very hard to succeed here - and so will the child's parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

This school is great if your child does not need extra help, teachers are unwilling or unable to help those of lesser academic ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

My child has completed all of his middle school years at Bay Haven. This school is wonderful, it holds high standards both for academics and behavior. The teachers challenge the students to do their best and be responsible for their own learning. The students at this school excel because they are held accountable for both behavior and academics. It is a great middle school environment and the middle school teachers are very caring and concerned for each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2007

As both a parent of a child at this school and as a teacher employed as this school, I can tell you that this is a wonderful place to be. My child attended school here at Bay Haven for three years before I decided to leave the best job I ever had in order to join the Bay Haven faculty. Bay Haven's curriculum is challenging, the behavioral expectations are high, and parent's are required and welcomed to be involved. For all of those reasons, Bay Haven's environment is safe, positive, and inspiring. Yes, ESE services are limited due to restraints imposed by the Bay County School Board. However, there are many programs in place to identify students with needs and to provide them with the additional help they need to be successful. Unlike other schools, behavior that impacts the safety of others or inhibits instruction in the classroom is not tolerated.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%
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 63% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
98%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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

  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 82%
Black 6%
Asian 4%
Hispanic 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 47%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/AN/A
Female 53%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 76%63%61%
Master's degree 24%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
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

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2501 Hawks Landing Boulevard
Panama City, FL 32405
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