Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. Parents can choose to send their children to a public charter school outside of their “zoned” public school. There is no charge or tuition to attend a public charter school. While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing innovative teaching practices, charter schools must test students and report results, just like the government-operated public schools, as required by federal and state laws.

Where is the school located?

We are located at:
1104 Balboa Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 850-215-0770

What sets Palm Bay Elementary apart from other schools?

Palm Bay Elementary offers a choice for parents and students within the public school system. Palm Bay Elementary offers the following:

  • Small school environment
  • Technology in every classroom
  • Small family community
  • Structured curriculum with enrichments
  • STEM, Technology, Spanish and PE for all students
  • Parent involvement is encouraged

How much does it cost to attend Palm Bay Elementary?

Palm Bay Elementary is a publicly funded charter school. There is no tuition charged to attend a charter school. Charter schools are funded based on the per student allocation provided by each state or district. On occasion we may ask for parents to contribute money to cover the cost of field trips or a unique classroom experience.

What can you tell me about the school’s curriculum?

Palm Bay Elementary School provides students with an environment that not only supports learning for today but also allows for the student to learn skills they will need in the future.  Our educational program teaches students how to problem solve, to work collaboratively, and to build critical-thinking skills.

Elementary Program Features:

  • A focus on PBL (Project Based Learning)
  • Curriculum:   Florida Standards
  • Small Family Community
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Dress Code and Uniform
  •  Parent Involvement
  • Implementation of Technology
  • Foreign Language
  • PE
  • Recess Daily

How do I enroll my child at Palm Bay Elementary?

To begin the enrollment process, visit the school’s enrollment page to submit a pre-enrollment form. After your pre-enrollment form has been received, the school will contact you to confirm receipt, and formal enrollment documents will be made available to you as soon as possible.

Does submitting an application guarantee my child a seat at Palm Bay Elementary?

Not necessarily. In the event that the demand exceeds the seats available, Palm Bay Elementary School will conduct a random lottery to determine who is able to enroll.

When will the Lottery occur?

Please contact the school for details.

Are Palm Bay Elementary teachers certified?

Every Palm Bay Elementary teacher is certified to teach in the subject and grade-level to which they are assigned. We recruit and hire teachers who are committed to delivering a high-quality education to each student.

Do students wear uniforms?

Yes, Palm Bay Elementary requires students to wear uniforms. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms or a dress code mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distraction regarding dress. Uniforms will be available for purchase before the first day of school. Our complete uniform policy will be available on our website.

Do you have special education programs?

Yes. Palm Bay Elementary will provide services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.

Do you accept students with ESOL requirements?

Yes. Palm Bay Elementary will provide services to any child with ESOL requirements with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings.

What is the school calendar?

Palm Bay Elementary School will follow the school calendar of Bay County Schools. The Calendar will be posted on the website.

What time does school start and end?

Classes begin at 8:00 and ends at 3:00. Students may arrive at 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 3:00 p.m. unless they are attending an after school event or participating in our After School Program.

When can parents meet teachers?

Teachers and parents will formally meet during the Open Houses in Fall. Teachers will continue ongoing communication with parents in person, via e-mail,  Class DOJO, and by phone to communicate to them their child’s progress. We believe that a strong parent- teacher relationship helps create the best learning environment possible. We also offer parent-teacher conferences, by request, before or after school.