Pataula Charter Academy (PCA) is a K-12 Georgia State Commission public charter school of choice serving Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Early, and Randolph counties. Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools that do not require any enrollment criteria other than residence in the attendance zone. PCA serves all populations of students (including students with disabilities, gifted students, English Language Learners, migrant students, and homeless students) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. If there are more applicants than seats available, students are chosen by lottery, with preference given to siblings of students already enrolled and staff or board member’s children.
Core academic classes are taught by certified personnel and follow the standards established by the Georgia Department of Education. Our students participate in all standardized testing required by the state of Georgia and must meet the same minimum levels of achievement. Pataula Charter Academy is also required to meet additional goals outlined in our charter that go beyond those minimum levels of achievement. PCA currently qualifies as a Title I school.
PCA emphasizes project-based learning, standards based assessment and reporting, a positive school culture, and parent and community involvement. We strive to offer our students a high quality education while promoting citizenship, personal responsibility, and critical thinking.
2020-21 School Profile
Type: State Commission Charter School for grades Pre-K – 12.
School Information: Pataula Charter Academy is a tuition-free public school that does not require any enrollment criteria other than residence in the attendance zone, which includes Calhoun, Baker, Early, Randolph, Clay, Terrell and Miller Counties. Students are chosen by lottery, with preference given to families with children already in attendance. Academic classes are taught by certified personnel and follow standards established by the Georgia Department of Education. Students participate in all testing required by the state of Georgia and meet the same minimum levels of achievement. Students are also required to meet additional goals outlined in the schools’ charter beyond those minimum levels of achievement. Pataula Charter Academy is a Title 1 school.
Enrollment School Year 2020-21:
Grades Pre-K – 8: 448
9th Grade: 46
10th Grade: 42
11th Grade: 46
12th Grade: 46
African American: 20%
CEEB-ACT Code Number: 111-195
Calendar: Two semesters; each semester has three six-week grading periods; .5 credit awarded for each class passed per semester.
Schedule: 7-period day with an optional Early Release for Seniors.
Mrs. Kylie Holley, Superintendent
Mrs. Cheryl Weathersby – Chief Financial Officer/Business Director
Mrs. Reagen Beamon –Principal
Mrs. Kathy Bantz – Assistant Principal
Mrs. Lyn Adkinson
MARKING SYSTEM AND RELATED PROCEDURES:
A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 F = below 70
I = Incomplete NC = No Credit
Promotion Policy for Class of 2018:
To enter 10th Grade: 5 Carnegie Units
To enter 11th Grade: 11 Carnegie Units
To enter 12th Grade: 17 Carnegie Units
To Graduate: 23 Carnegie Units
Method of Course Grade Calculations:
Final grades (yearly grades) for each course are calculated based on the percentage of Learning Targets met in the course, with the number of Learning Targets dependent on the specific standards of each course. Each six-week grading period is a percentage of the Learning Targets up to that point. In courses with an End of Course (EOC) Milestone Assessment (9th Grade Literature, American Literature, Algebra 1, Geometry, United States History, Economics, Biology and Physical Science), the EOC score will count 20% of the second semester grade in the course.
Method of Computing GPA:
Pataula Charter Academy does not add any weighting to numerical grades on the transcript. The Cumulative Weighted GPA includes all courses taken in grades 9 – 12. For this GPA, .5 points are added to the 4.0 scale for Dual Enrollment courses taken in academic areas.
- Overall Class Rank is based on the Cumulative Weighted GPA and includes all students in the class.
Method of Determining Valedictorian/Salutatorian and Senior Superlatives:
Pataula Charter Academy (PCA) Senior Superlatives and Junior Marshals are students who embody the PCA
Way in alignment with the PCA Mission Statement and Core Beliefs. The mission of PCA is to prepare students for life-long success by partnering with families and communities to create a safe, nurturing learning environment that engages and challenges students, fosters creativity, and instills integrity and leadership skills that inspire students to reach their full potential. Therefore, the PCA Senior Superlatives and Junior Marshals demonstrate the following:
- A positive attitude
- A desire for quality education
- A strive for excellence
- School spirit and school involvement
- Respect towards fellow classmates and authority figures
- A responsibility to their school and community
- Leadership skills
- Productive citizenship skills Eligibility Requirements:
- To be eligible, students will submit a resume detailing the above criteria to use for voting purposes.
- The resume will be cumulative from grade 9 through S1 of grade 12.
- All high school teachers and Student Body will vote: Teacher vote will count 70 % and Student Body vote will count 30 % of the total score.
- Top 10% of the class will be selected based on a total score.
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify.
Honor Graduate (Academic) Criteria Based on Cumulative GPA (PCA adds .5 honor weight to dual enrollment classes, not to exceed a 4.0) from grade 9 through S1 of grade 12.
- Val - #1 based on rank – Must have been enrolled at PCA for their final 4 semesters of high school.
- Sal - #2 based on rank - Must have been enrolled at PCA for their final 4 semesters of high school.
- In the event of a tie, the numerical GPA will be used to break the tie.
- Cum Laude – 3.6 or above
- Magna Cum Laude – 3.8 or above
- Summa Cum Laude – 4.0 or above