General Overview

Pine Castle Christian Academy, a K3 through 12th grade school, has been serving families since 1983, equipping students academically, spiritually and physically for success in college and beyond.

As an independent private Christian school, the mission of Pine Castle Christian Academy is to prepare the next generation, one student at a time, to impact the world for Christ.

Most of our current families and alumni would agree that PCCA is unique in its family-like, neighborly atmosphere. PCCA is not just a school — it is a family.

At PCCA, we know that classroom learning is not merely academic. During the elementary years, we believe that fostering natural curiosity and instilling discipline is critical. As students mature, we recognize the need for students to develop independent thinking skills, character, and a vision for their future.

Accreditation

Accredited by: Cognia (formerly AdvancED through Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement/SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) as well as by Association of Christian Schools and Teachers (ACTS).  Members of Central Florida Consortium of Private School Counselors.

Dress Code

Dress Code: school-wide uniform dress policy.

PCCA Schoolwide Dress Code 19-20

Foskett Sporting Goods & Uniforms Flyer 2019

2019-2020 School Hours

Preschool K3  7:45am – 3:00pm
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade  7:45am – 3:00pm
3rd Grade – 5th Grade  7:45am – 3:00pm
6th Grade – 12th Grade  7:45am – 3:00pm

Wednesdays are now Early Release Days at 2:15.

Non Discriminatory

Pine Castle Christian Academy encourages and welcomes all children regardless of race, color or nationality to apply for admission, grants and any of the programs of the school. PCCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or nationality in the administration of any program of the school.

Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. (II Timothy 3:15, II Peter 1:21)
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30)
  • We believe in the deity of Christ. (John 10:33)
    • His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35)
    • His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 7:26)
    • His miracles (John 2:11)
    • His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9)
    • His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19)
    • His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11)
  • We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature; and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone we are saved. (John 3:16-19, John 5:24, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5)
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. (John 5:28-29)
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28)
  • We believe in the biblical definition of marriage, which is defined as one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:20-24, Ephesians 5:21-33)
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18)

This statement of faith defines the foundation of our educational ministry at PCCA upon which we build the unity between home and school.  While there will always be diversity within the framework of these foundational beliefs, we may choose to not enroll or to withdraw a student should he/she or his/her family hold contradictory beliefs and/or support a lifestyle at home that radically contradicts the orthodox interpretation of these scriptures and biblically-based values.

Mission Statement

The mission of Pine Castle Christian Academy is to prepare the next generation, one student at a time, to impact the world for Christ.

Vision Statement

The vision of PCCA is to be a college and life preparatory Christian school focusing on families that want an affordable Christian education, and known for life changing spiritual development, an academic culture that inspires learning, and teaches excellence within a diverse community. This framework is integrated with our biblical perspective to uncover the unique design of each child, who is nurtured and challenged to be whom and what he/she is called to be for God’s kingdom.

Core Values

  • Modeling Christ-like character by exemplifying His love

“Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.” I John 2:6

  • Equipping students with a Biblically-based foundation and Christian world view in academics, athletics and arts

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  II Timothy 3:16, 17

  • Educating with excellence through academic, ethnic, financial and spiritual diversity

 “……for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28b

  • Partnering in Christ with families and community

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:24, 25a

  • Provide opportunities in developing servant leadership

 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. I Peter 5:6

  • Laying a lasting foundation by creating a Godly legacy

“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22a

Philosophy of Education

  • The Bible is the authoritative, inerrant, infallible Word of God and all truth is derived from Him. God’s Word is the foundation of the educational experience at PCCA. The integration of Biblical truth is planned into the learning experience, such that students will learn how to think critically in the context of Biblical truth, how to defend their faith, and how to live a lifestyle that is in alignment with the Christian faith. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • All board members, administrators, faculty and staff must profess faith in Christ alone and consistently model Him in everything they say and do. Daily examples of godly character, dependence on God and loving service to others are vital to helping students build a real and practical spiritual foundation that informs and inspires their view of the world they are being prepared to impact. (Galatians 5:19-25, I Corinthians 13, Ephesians 4)
  • An academic framework is in place that, from the earliest ages, challenges and prepares students for the next level of school, the workplace and future ministry. This framework necessitates the students’ mastery of skills and knowledge needed for a successful, productive life. All instruction will be driven by a Biblically-integrated curriculum guide and supported by appropriate instructional resources. The curriculum and instructional resources at PCCA must be in agreement with the values and policies of the school, and positioned for excellence through a creative approach, pertinent and timely content, successful methodology and measurable, actionable assessment. (Proverbs 22:6, 2 Peter 1:3-8)
  • A vibrant spiritual culture is fostered that looks beyond the perceived potential of each student, pointing them to Christ and directing them to seek, pursue and begin fulfilling God’s purpose in their lives. Students should come to view their faith as a real, practical relationship with their God and acknowledge His hand guiding and directing their lives on a daily basis. (Ephesians 6:12, Hebrews 12:2)
  • PCCA should reflect the diversity of God’s creation through the ethnic, socio-economic, spiritual and academic diversity of our students and staff. Unity built through the acceptance and celebration of differences enables a strong, supportive and flourishing school community to be developed. (Acts 10:33-35, John 13:35, 1 Peter 2:17, James 1:27, James 2:1-9, Proverbs 29:7)
  • Promoting an outward focus that envisions the welfare of the world around us and provides practical opportunities for our students to serve others and experience what it truly means to be IN the world as salt and light, but not OF the world. (Matthew 28:19-20, John 3:16, Mark 16:15, Matthew 5)

PCCA Expected Student Outcomes PCCA Expected Student Outcomes

PCCA Educational Philosophy Statements by Subject PCCA Educational Philosophies by Subject

Report to Janet C Blair-Hastings, Board Chair at hastingsb@pccaeagles.org or 407-234-4869

Pine Castle Christian Academy 2020-2021 Ethical Conduct of Instructional Personnel and School Administration Policy

As a representative of Christ and PCCA, all personnel must demonstrate and uphold standards of ethical conduct both inside and outside the classroom.  As an employee and role model to students, all personnel have a duty, at all times, to:

Abide by the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida (Rule 6B-1.001, F.A.C.)

  1. The educator values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
  2. The educator’s primary professional concern will always be for the student and the development of the student’s potential. The educator will therefore strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.
  3. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of one’s colleagues, of students, of parents, and of other members of the community, the educator strives to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

Uphold the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida (Rule 6B-1.006, F.A.C.)

Obligation to the student requires that the individual:

  1. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student’s mental and/or physical health and/or safety.
  2. Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.
  3. Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.
  4. Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student’s academic program.
  5. Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
  6. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student’s legal rights.
  7. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.
  8. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.
  9. Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.

Obligation to the public requires that the individual:

  1. Shall take reasonable precautions to distinguish between personal views and those of any educational institution or organization with which the individual is affiliated.
  2. Shall not intentionally distort or misrepresent facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public expression.
  3. Shall not use institutional privileges for personal gain or advantage.
  4. Shall accept no gratuity, gift, or favor that might influence professional judgement.
  5. Shall offer no gratuity, gift, or favor to obtain special advantages.

Obligation to the profession of education requires that the individual:

  1. Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.
  2. Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.
  3. Shall not interfere with a colleague’s exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.
  4. Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual’s performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.
  5. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.
  6. Shall not use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional judgments of colleagues.
  7. Shall not misrepresent one’s own professional qualifications.
  8. Shall not submit fraudulent information on any document in connection with professional activities.
  9. Shall not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose a material fact in one’s own or another’s application for professional position.
  10. Shall not withhold information regarding a position from an applicant or misrepresent an assignment or conditions of employment.
  11. Shall provide upon the request of the certificated individual a written statement of specific reason for recommendations that lead to the denial of increments, significant changes in employment, or termination of employment.
  12. Shall not assist entry into or continuance in the profession of any person known to be unqualified in accordance with the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and other applicable Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.
  13. Shall self-report within forty-eight (48) hours to appropriate authorities any arrests/charges involving the abuse of a child or the sale and/or possession of a controlled substance. Such notice shall not be considered an admission of guilt nor shall such notice be admissible for any purpose in any proceeding, civil or criminal, administrative or judicial, investigatory or adjudicatory.  In addition, shall self-report any conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial diversion program, or entering of a plea of guilty or Nolo Contrendre for any criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation with forty-eight (48) hours after the final judgment.  When handling sealed and expunged records disclosed under this rule, school districts shall comply with the confidentiality provisions of Sections 943.0585(4)(c) and 943.059(4)(c), Florida Statutes.
  14. Shall report to appropriate authorities any known allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code of State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 1012.795(1), Florida Statutes.
  15. Shall seek no reprisal against any individual who has reported any allegations of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 1012.795(1), Florida Statutes.
  16. Shall comply with the conditions of an order of the Education Practices Commission.
  17. Shall, as the supervising administrator, cooperate with the Education Practices Commission in monitoring the probation of a subordinate.

Abide by all school policies and procedures with steadfast adherence to the following:

Immediately report known or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Florida Department of Children and Families Toll-Free Hotline (1-800-96-ABUSE).

In accordance with section 39.201, Florida Statutes, any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child’s welfare, or that a child is in need of supervision and care and has no parent, legal custodian, or responsible adult relative immediately known and available to provide supervision and care shall report such knowledge or suspicion to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Central Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

Instructional personnel and school administrators may report such information to DCF in unison, but reporting to another school employee does not fulfill the legal obligation to report to DCF.

A person who is required by statute to report known or suspected abuse or neglect and fails to do so, is subject to disciplinary action by the employer, by the State Department of Education and/or through criminal prosecution.

In section 39.01(2), Florida Statutes, the term “Abuse” means any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired.  Abuse of a child includes acts or omissions.  Corporal discipline of a child by a parent or legal custodian for disciplinary purposes does not in itself constitute abuse when it does not result in harm to the child.

In section 39.01(44), Florida Statutes, and act of “Neglect” occurs when a child is deprived of, or allowed to be deprived of, necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment or a child is permitted to live in an environment when such deprivation or environment causes the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired or to be in danger of being significantly impaired.

In section 39.01(47), Florida Statutes, “Other person responsible for a child’s welfare” includes the child’s legal guardian or foster parent; an employee of any school, public or private child day care center, residential home, institution, facility, or agency; a law enforcement officer employed in any facility, service, or program for children that is operated or contracted by the Department of Juvenile Justice; or any other person legally responsible for the child’s welfare in a residential setting; and also includes an adult sitter or relative entrusted with a child’s care.

In accordance with section 39.203, Florida Statutes, any person who reports in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the Department of Children and Families or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action.

Immediately report to Administration or School Board Chairman any alleged misconduct that affects the health, safety or welfare of a student, by other instructional personnel or school administrator.

In accordance with section 1012.795(1)(b) Florida Statutes, any instructional personnel or school administrator must report alleged misconduct that affects the health, safety or welfare of a student by instructional personnel or school administration.  If instructional personnel or school administration have knowledge of a violation of section 1012.795 or the Principles of Professional Conduct or the district code of conduct, designated employees shall immediately report the nature of the misconduct to the Head of School and/or School Board Chairman.

Instructional personnel or school administrators who fail to report misconduct of other instructional personnel or school administrators that affect the health, safety or welfare of students shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and revocation of their Florida Educator Certificate (if applicable).

Training Required

All instructional personnel and school administrators must engage in annual training on the standards of ethical conduct and the policy for reporting misconduct.  Training must include examples of violations of the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct and potential penalties, information on how to properly identify and report child abuse or neglect, procedures on how to report misconduct of other instructional personnel and school administrators, requirements of self-reporting criminal charges, the nature and consequences of disqualifying offenses, the importance of being a role model, and the fiduciary responsibility of being an educator.

Reports to the Office of Professional Practices Services (DOE)

Any violation of these standards of conduct may result in the information being reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services for investigation to determine if disciplinary action should be taken against an educator’s Florida Educator Certificate.

Liability Protections:

768.095  Employer immunity from liability; disclosure of information regarding former or current employees.–An employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a prospective employer of the former or current employee upon request of the prospective employer or of the former or current employee is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed by the former or current employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under chapter 760.

Title V
JUDICIAL BRANCH

Chapter 39
PROCEEDINGS RELATING TO CHILDREN

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39.203  Immunity from liability in cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

(1)(a)  Any person, official, or institution participating in good faith in any act authorized or required by this chapter, or reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action.

(b)  Except as provided in this chapter, nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to grant immunity, civil or criminal, to any person suspected of having abused, abandoned, or neglected a child, or committed any illegal act upon or against a child.

(2)(a)  No resident or employee of a facility serving children may be subjected to reprisal or discharge because of his or her actions in reporting abuse, abandonment, or neglect pursuant to the requirements of this section.

(b)  Any person making a report under this section shall have a civil cause of action for appropriate compensatory and punitive damages against any person who causes detrimental changes in the employment status of such reporting party by reason of his or her making such report. Any detrimental change made in the residency or employment status of such person, including, but not limited to, discharge, termination, demotion, transfer, or reduction in pay or benefits or work privileges, or negative evaluations within a prescribed period of time shall establish a rebuttable presumption that such action was retaliatory.