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Frequently Asked Questions

What will Pine Island Academy look like?

Pine Island Academy will include high quality learning areas which feature movable walls between two classroom teams as well as extended learning areas for collaboration opportunities. Each facility includes state of the art technology and excellent core facilities that include a media center, cafetorium, playgrounds and physical education fields.

The design being used for Pine Island Academy is a duplication of Freedom Crossing Academy and Palm Valley Academy. The planned capacity for this schools is approximately 1,490.

By using existing prototype designs for this new school, the School District will save both time and money.

Pine Island Academy

Digital Rendering of the School MM Building

Pine Island Road

Who will attend the new school?

The decision on opening grades and the creation of the Attendance Zone for Pine Island Academy will be developed during the 2020-2021 School Year. This process will begin with a Town Hall Meeting and will solicit input from the community. Waiting until 2020-2021 will allow the District to continue to monitor the extensive growth in Nocatee to make the best decision possible.

Who will be the principal? Teachers?

Mrs. Amanda Riedl began work in that role in the winter of 2021. One of the first responsibilities for Mrs. Riedl is to build a school staff. The Human Resources Department will develop a process for transfer of teacher and school staff and selection of new employees.

Will my child receive transportation?

Transportation bus routes are not developed until the spring of each school year. Generally, students that live within 2 miles of the school are not funded for bus transportation and, therefore, will not be eligible. Once developed, final bus routes will be communicated to parents.

What academic programs / Pre-K Programs / ESE Services / Extended Day / Advanced Programs will exist at the new school?

Each of our schools provide a high quality academic program and the new school will be no exception. Advanced programs are offered at all schools. With respect to Special Education services, the School District serves all students with disabilities in the lease restrictive environment. All schools have the following services available based on student need: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sign Language Interpreting. Hearing Itinerant, Vision Itinerant, Speech/Language Therapy (including Pre-K walk-in services). These services will be provided through consult/in-class support/resource models. Gifted services will be provided by either a blended, resource or consult model. At this time, no decision has been made on whether K-8 School MM will have self-contained classrooms or a Pre-K program.

The new school will also have Art, Music and PE programs. They will offer Interscholastic Sports and Student Clubs. The school will form both a Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and Student Advisory Committee (SAC).

An Extended Day program will be provided, however, the details regarding its formation and operation is a school-based decision and will be determined in the future by Mrs. Riedl.