About Parrish Charter Academy
School Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Before - Care: 7 a.m. - 8 a.m., After - Care: 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The mission of Parrish Charter Academy (PCA) is to provide academic excellence for all students through experience and self-discovery in order to develop motivated, independently thinking individuals who demonstrate exemplary character, social confidence and service to the community.
Moreover, PCA embraces the vision of being a school community that actively cultivates innovation and integrity in a challenging and engaging learning environment that ensures academic and social-emotional success.
PCA has several specific goals for success, including an overall goal to provide a model of excellence that links public education as deeply and broadly as possible with the resources and activities of the larger community, in order to both customize education and to provide much needed support and nurturing for students who are enrolled in Manatee County.
Students in the target community will find the educational opportunities at PCA geared toward the education of students and families interested in an academically rigorous curriculum combined with a strong health and fitness program and an emphasis on character development, using a carefully designed purposeful character development curriculum with specific weekly lessons and goals.
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Academics - Experiential Learning at PCA
Experiential Learning consists of a holistic approach based on the idea of “learning by doing.” One of the key elements of Experiential Learning is the student, and that learning takes place as a result of being personally involved in this pedagogical approach. Therefore, Experiential Learning engages the teachers with the student in direct experiences and focused reflection to help increase mastery of new knowledge.
Based on the elements of Experiential Learning, students at PCA will experience adventure, risk-taking, failure, and other experiences that will contribute in building confidence, instilling a motivation to learn, and achieving mastery of content and the corresponding Florida Standards. Students within each level (low, medium, high) will be pushed as well as supported in taking risks in a non-invasive learning environment that fosters risk-taking to increase achievement and student self-efficacy. In addition, PCA will promote meaningful and active learning by inviting students to apply their skills to solve real-world issues and make positive changes within their communities. A key component of Experiential Learning is for students to view learning as relevant so that they are motivated to understand and apply concepts.