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K-5
Public charter
Panama City, FL
Students enrolled: 690

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2501 Hawks Landing Boulevard
Panama City, FL 32405

(850) 248-3500
(850) 248-3514
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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
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
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
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
April 02, 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
February 08, 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
no rating October 12, 2010
Great school, very strong academically, and with caring teachers!

- submitted by a parent
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
no rating 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
February 01, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
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
March 05, 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
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
August 04, 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
August 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 05, 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
February 02, 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
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
January 09, 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
no rating 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
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
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
May 05, 2007
There are good and bad qualities about this school. The homework/projects tend to be a little heavy, but is better than it was a year ago. The office staff can be a bit unfriendly and administration is probably too strict. Some of the teachers can be a bit inflexible and unable to think 'out of the box'. Of course, all the teachers are different. They work closely together with planning. Special education and gifted programs are not very extensive. If your child is a high achiever, they will be just fine. If they struggle at all, they will struggle more at this school. Lots of kids that get on the retention list move to other schools to avoid retention. That leaves the kids who can handle the heavy academic load and the ones who struggle along with somewhat limited help. They do have tutoring, but no special ed. or gifted classes.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
Bay Haven Charter Academy is wonderful. The teachers, principal, guidance counselor, and the rest of the staff are great. It has the best middle school in Panama City. They truly care about the children at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
This school has a really good academic program although they do have a few middle school teachers that have very volatile personalities. They seem to have a very hard time distinguishing between the middle school and the elementary school. If your child has any issues (ESE)at all you will find that the they don't want to deal with them. The administration is always right and the parent does not have any say so at all

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
If it weren't for Bay Haven I would be home-schooling my middle school-aged children rather than enroll them in our 'zoned' middle school. I drive an hour round-trip every day to get them there--and it's worth it.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
The academics at this school are the best that a public school has to offer. The scores speak for themself. Students afford a generous enrichment program to enhance their learning experience. The teachers are involved with each child and it shows. Parent involvement is the driving force of this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
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April 14, 2006
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February 18, 2006
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August 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Good academics. The teachers are great. Office staff is very 'clickish' when compared to the other schools we've been to. It's hard to accurate information from them.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
Good, quality school. They are very concerned about parent involvement and student accountability. It will always be an 'A' school as graded by FCAT.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
Academic program is excellent! My children aren't old enough to do school sports yet so I can't comment on that but the music and art program are also fantastic. BHCA is a great school with superb teachers and administrators. The teachers work very hard to provide a quality education to each and every student in their class. Requiring parents/families to volunteer time helps to keep the parents involved in the child's academic career as well as build school spirit and a sense of ownership.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Hello parents! I would just love to say that Bay Haven Charter Academy is awesome! My son has been going there for two years and the expectations that I had for the school have far exceeded anything that I came up with. From academics to sports opportunities to good citizen opportunities-Fabulous!! I am sorry that we have to move this coming summer-as the military does. I see great things in the future for Bay Haven-even a high school. Thank you Dr. Kitts and all of the wonderful teachers there-your school mission makes the school worth having.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2005
I love this school, the extracurricular activities are endless. the school spirit it great. I love the academic program as well. I will tell any and everyone that Bay Haven is the best.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
I am impressed with the set up of the new 6th grade wing and how it addresses individual students and their learning needs. I am also thrilled to see that Bay Haven has grown to incorporate so many extra curricular activities for their students.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
Good morning Parents!! I would just love to tell you that my son's school is a great environment. It is very well structured, the teacher's are actually 'happy' to be there. The parent involvement is awesome. My son started in the middle of the year last year and we did not really get involved...but this year is going to be different. The folks there really welcome new parents and new ideas.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
This is my first daughters first year and Bay Haven. She came from a private school. I am very impressed with the teacher/parent involvement. The teachers really do care and want to be there. The only thing I miss is the smaller class sizes. I would like to see the class sizes decreased.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
We have been very pleased with our daughters progress and education these two years she has been at Bay Haven. The teachers are exceptional. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2004
High expectations combined with high parental involvement and student uniforms = high achievement. I have been pleased with my child's progress from caring and exceptional teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2004
Bay Haven teachers are eager to help my child succeed in all areas. They are willing to go the extra mile to ensure my child learns and is challenged. The school uniform policy takes the edge off of competition and allows my child the opportunity to concentrate on academics. Bay Haven students are full of pride for their school.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2004
The high expectations for behavior and academics is paramount. The school has raised the bar and my children's teachers have been so different in many ways, but consistently professional and effective. Both my children have been successful and most importantly, they love school.

- submitted by a parent
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Bay Haven Charter Academy
2501 Hawks Landing Boulevard, Panama City, FL  32405
(850) 248-3500
Last modified Bay Haven Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bay Haven Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top