Our students excel in reading, writing and math through a combination of hard work and dedication of our incredible Faculty supported by parents working at home with their children, and a Board who is interested in each child doing his or her “personal best”. Our students are taught the “Basics” upon which to build their future. Reading is essential and is taught through a combination of phonics, fluency, decoding skills and learning about the simple joy of reading. Math is emphasized through hands-on manipulatives, drill, and practice, and writing begins upon entrance to Kindergarten. Our Science program teaches the Florida Standards through an emphasis on Maritime and Marine education. Students of all ages participate in field trips to various locations Parents are encouraged to actively participate! We have a variety of family activities including “Take Your Dad to School”, “Movie Night”, and “Family Roller Skating”. In addition, we offer FSA and Curriculum Nights, when teachers explain their programs and specific ways you can help your child succeed. Tutoring is offered free of charge to those students the teachers feel need extra help, and those who excel are enriched through a variety of activities. We also offer breakfast to all students free of charge, and have fee-based before and after care programs. Many students from our elementary grades also continue to attend through middle school. These students often do much better in Grades 6-8 since they do not have the stress of starting a new school in unfamiliar surroundings, but can continue in the place that has nurtured and taught them since they were young.
It has been my pleasure, having completed 16 years as Principal of PBMA, to watch students who entered in Kindergarten walk across the stage at the end of 8th grade to receive their certificates and now, with a high school, to see them furthering their education with us.