The mission of Escambia Charter School is to provide an alternative educational system that can aid “at risk” students, preparing them academically, socially, and culturally to be responsible participants in our society. The school is dedicated to kindling the hunger for learning, the respect for work, the commitment to public service, and the promotion of innovation, challenged thinking, disciplined inquiry, and teamwork.
The Escambia Charter School believes that all young people should be encouraged to develop their abilities to the highest extent possible. Students will be encouraged to believe that the habits and characteristics they develop while in school are determining factors in the way they will interact with society.
It is the obligation of the school to see that all students are provided with the opportunity to experience excellence in some realm of their education.
Escambia Charter School evolved from an alternative education program developed by the Private Industry Council of Escambia County, Inc. (PIC) with the School District. The alternative program was begun in 1993 to serve at-risk students.
The passage of the Charter School Legislation in May 1996 provided the impetus for the proposal of the charter agreement to the School District. The District approved the agreement on June 30, 1996.
Initially the facilities consisted of an administrative office and three campus locations. We have since moved to a single campus located at the OLD 90 & 9 Ranch. The ECS serves high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school. ECS meets all the State of Florida’s requirements for graduation.
Milestones and Student Accomplishments
- ECS has earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- ECS partners with Pensacola State College to offer its students Dual Enrolled Classes
- ECS is Northwest Florida’s first School of Promise, representing the most comprehensive thinking to address socially unacceptable or illegal behavior and developing pro-social and resiliency skills. PROMISE is committed to addressing family and community circumstances that serve as both strengths and challenges for the youth’s resiliency.
- ECS students have participated in Make a Difference Day in 2009, 2000-2003, winning regional honors in 2000
- ECS 2003 Graduate is a Deans List student at the University of West Florida
- ECS 2007 Graduate received the Florida Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship
- ECS raised $2,500 for American Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
- ECS fed over 300 people in Century during the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan
- March, 2012, two students for the first time were named to the Pensacola Sports Association all-star basketball team