Carter-Parramore Academy---Hope Academy---Bold Step---Transition Program
“Putting Students First as We Assure Their Safety and Educational Pursuits”
Carter-Parramore Academy is located in the southernmost part of the City of Quincy in one of Gadsden County's oldest historical African-American neighborhoods that was once comprised of well-known and established business people, educators, and leaders. The Carter-Parramore Academy complex serves as the Gadsden School System's official alternative education site; however, we have some of the most successful students within the district enrolled here because they and their parents prefer a smaller non-traditional school setting. Locally, the site serves students from the townships and communities of Quincy, Havana, Gretna, Midway, Greensboro, Chattahoochee, and surrounding areas. Students are offered the opportunity to withdraw from neighboring home schools and remain at Carter-Parramore until they are eligible to graduate. Conversely, assigned students must fulfill their obligations, whether academic or behavioral, prior to leaving and enrolling in other district sites.
Currently, the Academy provides academic, dropout prevention, teenage parent, childcare, credit recovery, and expulsion school services for a diverse population of students ranging from fourth to twelfth grades. Limited health, legal, and counseling services are also provided through the Gadsden County Health Department, Capital City Youth Services, Disc Village, Apalachee Mental Health Center, Gadsden County Court System, including its Teen Court Program, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. There are several different educational programs for students who have special needs in the areas of discipline, learning alternatives, teenage parenting, and emotional and/or mental well-being. These programs operate autonomously as Schools within Schools and fall directly under the supervision of the Principal of Carter-Parramore Academy. Two programs that support students' needs are the Teenage Parent Program and Bold Step Infant Care Centre for children of teenage parents enrolled in the school district, with priority given to students enrolled at Carter-Parramore Academy. HOPE ACADEMY, at the southernmost end of campus, houses students who have been expelled and alternatively placed by the school board or court system for committing zero tolerance infractions or who need very close supervision for behavioral reasons. The Transitional program serves our adult exceptional students up to age 22 years. Students have the opportunity to prepare for life beyond the school setting perhaps in an independent living communities. Lastly, Gadsden Technical Institute, the career and technical preparatory program, is our staunchest supporter. Students are allowed and encouraged to be dually enrolled while they pursue their career aspiration. As a collated facility, the complex has an enrollment of 215 plus students which fluctuates monthly due to withdrawals or enrollments of new and returning students from various local sites and/or juvenile facilities.
The school, as an alternative site, has been in existence since 2003-2004. In 2010-2011, the school received its first school improvement rating - maintaining - from the FLDOE. In 2011-2012 however the rating was lowered to "declining" due to a decrease in the school's mathematics performance. The school was previously rated as "declining" in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. In the year 2013-2014, the school improved to its original status of maintaining.
This year's goal is to show improvement in the areas of academics and attendance, while decreasing the number of: student referrals, student failures in Mathematics and English Language Arts courses in grades 4-12, and students performing at Level 1 on Florida Standards Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Note: Each year students must reapply to enter the alternative program, which often results in a new student body with less than 50% of the previous student population. Commitments from students and parents will assure that each year will not be a renewal, but a continuation of what has already been started and accomplished.