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What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools that operate under a performance contract, or a “charter” which frees them from many regulations created for district-run public schools while holding them accountable for academic and financial results. The charter contract between the charter school governing board and the sponsor details the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment and ways to measure success.

The legislative guiding principles behind charter schools are to meet high standards of student achievement while increasing parental choice; align responsibility with accountability; and provide parents information on reading levels and learning gains of their children. Charter schools are intended to improve student learning; increase learning opportunities with special emphasis on low performing students and reading; and measure learning outcomes. Charter schools may create innovative measurement tools; provide competition to stimulate improvement in traditional schools; expand capacity of the public school system; and mitigate the educational impact created by the development of new residential units.


What can you tell me about Pinecrest Creek Academy?
Pinecrest Creek Academy is part of the Pinecrest Academy family of high quality public charter schools operating successful PK-12 grade programs in Florida.  The first Pinecrest Academy — Pinecrest Prep — opened in Miami, Florida in 2001 and has continually ranked among the top performing public schools in Miami-Dade County and has received a “School Recognition Award” from the Florida Department of Education and the “Superintendent’s Platinum Award” for its academic achievements.

Pinecrest Creek Academy is a tuition-free, Orange County Public School Board approved charter school. Opened August 2012, the school launched a new path of progress in education for the Orlando community. The goal of the interactive and supportive learning environment is to meet high standards of character and leadership development and elevate student achievement.

To learn more about our educational program or speak with the school’s Lead Administrator,  Ericka Briones, call 407-757-2706 or email her at ebriones@pinecrestcreek.com


Who is eligible to attend a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools and are open to all students residing within the district; however, charter schools are allowed to target students within specific age groups or grade levels.  Pinecrest Creek Academy is open to students in Kindergarten to 5th grade.

For more information about public charter schools, please visit the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (www.floridacharterschools.org) or the Florida Department of Education website (www.floridaschoolchoice.org/information/charter_schools/)


Will I be allowed to be involved in my child’s education at Pinecrest Creek Academy?
Yes.  Parental involvement is not only necessary and crucial to a child’s success, but a requirement at Pinecrest Creek Academy. We believe that parental involvement enhances learning and stimulates a child’s intellectual development. Parents will be required to become a partner with the school by signing an agreement (Parental Contract) to actively participate in their child’s education. This partnership includes parental volunteer hours, which is a critical element of the parental contract. A variety of opportunities will be provided to satisfy these hours. The parental responsibilities and volunteer options is outlined in our Parent Contract and will also be provided to parent at the time of enrollment.


What is the curriculum at Pinecrest Creek Academy? 

We offer students individualized instruction in a small family setting that is nurturing and safe.  The highly qualified, state-certified teachers at Pinecrest Creek Academy use curriculum that ensures student success in each academic area including standardized tests. Advanced supplemental material are also be used to increase skills so students can compete and be successful in post-secondary schools.

The curriculum also includes a career model that focuses on four elements:
1. Academic Excellence
2. Leadership Development
3. Personal Responsibility
4. Community Involvement
Electives and Resource Classes are offered as a part of the curriculum. We are a technology rich program as our school contains Promethean boards in every classroom, a fully stocked computer lab, Florida Virtual School (FLVS), Carnegie tutoring, Voyager and much more.


Does Pinecrest Creek Academy follow the same calendar as Orange County Public Schools?
Yes.
 

Are sports programs and extra-curricular activities offered?
Yes.  We offer a variety of sports and extra-curricular activities.


Is lunch provided for students?
Pinecrest Creek Academy participates in the National School Lunch Program. Applications for Free and Reduced Lunch are available. Students not approved for Free and Reduced Lunch, may purchase lunch daily from our cafeteria. Lunch costs will be given at the time of enrollment.  Parents may also contact our office staff at 407-757-2706 for details.


Is transportation provided?
Parents are responsible for transporting students to and from school.


What is the dress code for the school?
All students must wear the designated school uniform. Uniforms will be required at the expense of the parent.

 
Are there any fees associated with attending Pinecrest Creek Academy?
Although we are a tuition-free public charter school, there are fees associated for certain items: extended day / after-care program, lunch, extra-curricular activities, field trips and other miscellaneous class fees.


How does your registration process work?
Student enrollment is based on receipt of the application/enrollment information and meeting enrollment requirements. Enrollment requirements include but not limited to: previous school records, Immunization and Physical forms and signed Parent Contract.  Once classes are filled, all other applicants will be placed on a waiting list and selected based on available space and the date the application was received.