University Academy (UA) is a free, public, 4-K through 7th Grade charter academy located at SweetBay in Panama City, Florida and will grow to become a 4K-8 academic community.
University 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 (STEAM). 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.
University Academy Middle School offers grade level and advanced classes for 6th and 7th grade students (7th beginning in fall 2016) along with dedicated classes for Spanish and Rock and Roll Academy. Students receive instruction in core subjects including, literature, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, along with a class specifically designed to engage students in STEAM explorations.