Curriculum

Pinellas Preparatory Academy is designed for students with potential for creativity, emotional growth, and leadership. The school focuses on developing the talents of each student, while emphasizing high academic standards. We follow the Sunshine State Standards to ensure that our students have the necessary skills they need for their future.  We do not, however, focus on test preparation.  We believe that if we do a good job teaching, our students will do well on tests without focusing on the tests themselves.  Our academic program is rigorous in preparing our students and incorporates regular use of cooperative learning.

Art

Students have art 1-2 times each week. Students learn the basic standards of art and beyond. They draw, paint, do 3-D sculpting and make jewelry, videos and more.  Many of our students have gone on to win awards in various art competitions.

Language Arts

Reading and writing is an essential part of our academic program.  Our elementary students receive about 120 minutes per day of Language Arts instruction.  Our middle school students receive approximately six periods per week.

4th, 5th and 6th graders use the Treasures Language Arts series by MacMillan/McGraw-Hill.  Our 7th and 8th graders do not rely on a textbook, focusing instead on novels and building their activities around their reading.

Math

Math is an extremely important component of the academic program. Elementary students receive about 100 minutes a day of math, and middle school students have math six periods per week.

Math is the biggest determining factor for which students will be in the honors program.  Students in honors are advanced one year in mathematics.

Music

Students learn to read and write music. They also learn about music history and theory.  They will have music 1-2 times each week.  The music program has and utilizes the following instruments:

  • Guitars
  • Keyboards
  • Drums
  • Recorders

or... students may bring their own.

Science

Science provides our students with many opportunities for hands-on learning. We are able to do many demonstrations and experiments with our students so they can learn the content.

Elementary students utilize the science books by Scott Foresman. Middle school students use the Pearson/Prentice Hall series.

  • 4th & 5th Graders - General Science
  • 6th Grade - Earth Science
  • 7th Grade - Life Science
  • 8th Grade - Physical Science

Social Studies

We believe it is important to teach our students to be responsible citizens who have a good understanding of history and government.

We use History Alive! as a textbook for our Social Studies program.  History Alive allows students to become actively involved in their learning through demonstrations, role playing and debriefing activities.

Spanish

Spanish is available at all grade levels. Elementary students have Spanish each week.  Most middle schoolers have Spanish class three times per week.  Honors students in 7th and 8th grades have Spanish everyday, and at the end of the 8th grade if they pass a placement test, they will leave PPA with a high school credit.