Welcome to the Haven Family! Below is a bit about us:
Currently, we have two elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school serving over 3000 students in Bay County. All of our charter schools are public schools, receiving FTE funding. Parents or legal guardians can make application for their child(ren) to attend. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, then we are compelled to hold a public lottery, which is audited by Carr, Riggs, Ingram and Associates. The lottery is computer generated, unbiased, completely transparent and available for public review. With this system, there is no possibility of ”behind the scenes” preferential selection or rejection of any student.
We accept all Bay County students, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or special education status (unless they are designated for a center school). There is no academic requirement for entry. We accept students of all performance levels and take them from where they are and elevate them to their highest potential academically, morally, ethically and socially. We are truly a “High Expectations/High Achievement” school system, where there is no “dumbing down” of our curriculum or our expectations of student conduct. We believe competition drives higher levels of creativity and performance in education, just as it does in business. Students honestly earn what they receive. At our high school graduation, we continue to honor the valedictorian, salutatorian and “Top Ten” for academic performance.
We are compelled by state law to teach the Florida Standards and participate in the FSA (Florida Standards Assessments). However, we teach beyond the standards and firmly believe in setting expectations for our learners based upon a powerful work ethic. Our curriculum demands rigor and a process/product based approach as demonstrated in our participation and success in competitions such as Science Fair, History Fair and Math Counts. For the last fifteen years, the “Haven” schools have consistently ranked in the top 10% of all traditional and charter public schools in the State of Florida. We have the highest FCAT and EOC (End of Course) examination scores in Bay County every year in virtually every subject at every grade level.
BHCA, INC. is an organization of conservative values with the knowledge that not all students go to or need to go to college. Many move toward careers that better suit their life goals. However, our high school college preparatory program called SAIL (Studies in Advanced and Innovative Learning) is rich in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses. Our equally rigorous middle school program is called Pre-SAIL. Both programs are complemented with an advanced, beyond the standards K-5 curriculum.
Please go to www.bayhaven.org for more information on our mission and our schools.
Larry R. Bolinger