University Academy (UA) is a free, public, 4-K through 5th Grade charter academy located at SweetBay in Panama City, Florida and will soon become a 4K-8 academic community.
The Academy emphasizes innovation in programming and instruction, building on the promise of charter schools to develop new educational opportunities. UA is committed to a research-based approach that includes instruction to meet the unique needs of each learner.
Using the structure of “Walk to Read” and “Walk to Math” in the elementary grade, students are offered lessons that match their current ability and instructional needs. This research-based practice individualizes learning for students, taking each to the next level to reach their personal academic goals.
Students also benefit from a challenging curriculum with real-world application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. These subjects represent the letters that make the term STEAM, infusing the arts into an exciting STEM foundation. The units taught in the afternoon are based on the Next Generation Science Standards, developed by the National Academy of Sciences. These lessons develop deeper understanding of science concepts through active learning. The program is supported by University Academy’s extended school day, allowing more time to be dedicated to teaching science actively with hand-on activities and investigations. As this year progresses, curriculum plans for the middle grades will be posted on the website.