We are a tuition-free, public charter schools for students with identified learning or learning related disabilities, and having an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We serve 3rd- 12th grade in Hillsborough County and Pasco County (Tampa, Riverview and New Port Richey), along with a Pepin Transitional job training program for young adults 18 to 22 years of age.

Our mission at Pepin Academies is to create a high intensity, low threat therapeutic learning community that celebrates the gifts of every student.

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Our vision is to prepare students to meet the academic, social and emotional challenges encountered in everyday life, while providing them with the necessary skills to successfully transition to the next grade level and to eventually pursue post secondary options and transition to a rewarding career.

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To the Pepin Academies Community:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, teachers, and staff, I would like to welcome everyone to Pepin Academies. It was with a great amount of excitement and pride that I joined the team at Pepin Academies, Hillsborough County in 2013 as its new Principal. I have been fortunate to see the amazing work and get to know on a first hand basis everyone that works so passionately to make Pepin Academies a great place to work and where lives are changed every single day. I was able to get to know the students, families, and staff at the school who welcomed me as part of our Pepin Family. I joined Pepin Academies from Chicago, where I spent the previous two years as the Head of School at Chicago Virtual Charter School. I have been an educator since starting my teaching career in Los Angeles in 1989, as an Adapted Physical Education Specialist at a school serving students with special needs. After 12 years as a teacher, I moved into administration, and have been a part of the charter school movement since 2000. Our school is an award winning school that has earned an outstanding reputation as a wonderful, unique, special education program, serving students in Hillsborough County for the past 13 years. At Pepin, we help our students become the greatest version of themselves by reaching their highest given potential, and in doing so becoming productive and fulfilled members of our society. The 2014-2015 school year has been an exciting one at Pepin Academies, and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

Please feel free to contact any of us at Pepin Academies if you would like more information about our school.

Dr. Craig Butz
Principal of Pepin Academies
Hillsborough County


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