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During my 27 years as an educator in Manatee County, I have learned many things that have shaped my approach to education and what is required for a successful school. Most of these can be summed up in my top three priorities:
1. Create a superior learning/social environment where students behave in a respectful and responsible manner.
2. Expect high academic results, and don't settle for mediocrity.
3. Hire great teachers and let them teach.
If these sound like your priorities, please consider a Palmetto Charter School education for your children.
Soar High Eagles!
Mr. Brian Bustle
The mission of Palmetto Charter School is to create a superior learning environment founded upon the shared values of hard work, honor, self-discipline, and community and parental involvement, with the purpose of preparing students for academic and social success, in high school and beyond.
Palmetto Charter School offers a rigorous academic program that is designed to prepare students for success in Honors and other Advanced Level classes at the high school level. We begin in our primary grades by laying a strong foundation through instruction in phonics and basic math facts. We build on this foundation with a solid literacy program involving chapter books, utilization of the Accelerated Reader program and other research based direct instruction and computer assisted programs.
Our focus on grammar instruction in 3rd – 8th grade is reaping superior results, as students are learning to write using proper sentence structure and punctuation. This commitment to Language Arts continues into middle school where students take separate Reading and English (grammar/ writing) classes. In fact, all of our Language Arts and Math classes in grades 6th – 8th are advanced classes. Eighth grade students may also take Digital Information Technology, Algebra I and Spanish I for high school credit. We also offer Art, Music, Computers and Physical Education. Please visit our Clubs and Activities page for more information.
In all, we are building a school which combines high expectations, hard work, outstanding instructors and the newest technology, with the purpose of producing superior students.
We are currently working with suppliers for our uniform shirts. You can choose your supplier and pay them directly. If you choose to have the shirts sent to the school, we will hold them for you to pickup.
Parents play a vital role in the educational process for students. Seeing parents and family members involved in the school sends a strong message to children that school is an important place.
Parents with students attending Palmetto Charter School have entered into a contract where they are responsible to perform twenty (20) hours of volunteer time per family each year.
At least ten of the hours must include direct service to the school. The remaining ten hours can be earned in what we refer to as in-direct. Click the link below for details:
Volunteer hours can be tracked by each family by creating a Track it Forward Account. You can do this by going to
Please note: Palmetto Charter School strictly enforces the volunteer time requirement. In accordance with the parent contract you signed, failure to complete your obligation will result in the student not being allowed to re-enroll for the following year. Our parental involvement is part of what makes our school special. So, please start early on your volunteer time.
Revised August 2020.
Palmetto Charter School participates in Flag Football, Cheerleading, Girl’s Volleyball, Cross Country, Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball, Boy’s and Girl’s Soccer, Tennis and Golf. Please contact Christian Leavitt, our Athletic Director, if you have any questions regarding our program.
We also have various Clubs that meet around our campus.
Our PTO has a GREAT Facebook Page with information on what's going on with our PTO.
Responsive Classroom® is a school-wide initiative. It stresses cooperation, responsibility, independence, caring and self-control. It blends social learning with high academic standards. Our mentor school is Sarasota Suncoast Academy and they have received training from the Northeast Foundation for Children to implement Responsive Classroom®. We are concentrating on the first two components, Morning Meeting and Rules & Logical Consequences.
Ron Witt - Chairperson ([email protected])
Michael Ameres Parent Liaison ([email protected])
David Fernandez ([email protected])
Debra Woithe ([email protected])
Evan Guido ([email protected])
Mary Johnson ([email protected])
Our current parent liaison is Michael Ameres. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Palmetto Charter School's Board of Directors meets several times a year. Meetings are open to the public and parents are encouraged to attend. Meetings are held in our gymnasium (socially distanced) and begin at 3:30 pm. Our planned meeting dates for the 2020-2021 school year are:
"My children attended the PCS middle school program. My son, now graduated from high school, took part in the 8th grade trip to Washington DC which was a learning experience of a lifetime. My youngest daughter is currently in high school. She loves her teachers and the sports programs, volleyball and soccer. The Principal provides great leadership which creates a wonderful learning environment for our children." - Kim & Peter Vole
"Choosing to send my children to Palmetto Charter School was one of the best decisions I have made. It is an academically rigorous program with high expectations, but the smaller school size creates a caring, family environment in which both of my girls have thrived and excelled! The staff and administration are doing a great job and I am thankful to be a part of such an outstanding campus." - Roxanne Britt
"Palmetto Charter School is a great school! Our three children are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend Palmetto Charter School, and love it. Palmetto Charter has great teachers, an awesome Administration, and an environment that allows children to be successful in their academics. We feel that our children are receiving a great education, while learning how to respect themselves, and other students." - George and Jennifer Ameres
If you would like information about registering your child at our school please visit our REGISTRATION page.
We provide limited transportation to our students that reside on the north side of the river. You can download a permission form and submit to Mrs. Hunniford if you would like to participate. Please note that ridership is limited.
Students using PCS buses must adhere to the following rules:
• Stay seated with back against the seat back while the bus is in motion
• Keep arms and heads inside the bus at all times
• Do not throw anything out of a bus window
• Obey the bus driver
• Eating or drinking on the bus is not allowed
• Take all belongings when leaving the bus
• Exit in an orderly and respectful fashion
Riding the bus is a privilege for students. The bus is an extension of PCS and students will be held accountable for the adherence of PCS CARES and PCS expectations while on the bus. Students who choose to disobey the rules may be suspended from using the bus for a time or lose the privilege of using bus transportation altogether.
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Palmetto Charter School Phone: 941-723-3711
1601 17th St West Email: [email protected]
Palmetto, FL 34221 Fax: 941-729-5805