Full-Time ESE Center Charter Schools in Tampa Bay
Pepin Academies are full-time ESE Center Charter Schools in the State of Florida that offer a standard diploma option to students with learning and learning-related disabilities in grades 3-12.
What is an ESE Center?
An ESE Center, short for Exceptional Student Education Center, is a specialized educational setting designed to meet the unique needs of students with exceptionalities. In an ESE Center, students receive individualized attention, evidence-based instruction, and therapeutic interventions to help them thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. These schools foster an inclusive and supportive environment, ensuring that every student’s potential is recognized.
The Pepin Academies Approach
Discover the difference at our ESE charter schools. At Pepin Academies, the approach is about the whole child. Pepin Academies are an example of how a well-designed educational program, dedicated and innovative teachers, committed parents and our civic and business communities can work together to provide for the individual needs and opportunity of a child, regardless of the special challenges they may face.
We offer a supportive atmosphere that focuses on improving academics and social achievement. For students who qualify, therapy is provided, at no cost, with access to social workers, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, sensory integration, and speech-language programs.
Individualized Instruction for Each Student
We provide differentiated instruction for each student and utilize continuous and authentic assessments. The curriculum is diversified and driven by the needs of the students. All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and educational opportunities such as athletics, performing arts, clubs, and career and technical education. These are opportunities that they may not otherwise have in a traditional school setting.
Our mission is to empower students with learning disabilities to maximize their potential in a positive therapeutic educational environment.
Pepin Academies School Year Calendar
Pepin Academies follows a modified calendar starting school in late July. Students have the same number of school days but have a shorter summer break with more frequent breaks throughout the school year.
Pepin Academies is a Cognia-accredited educational institution. Accreditation through Cognia indicates that Pepin Academies has met rigorous, research-based standards of educational excellence to ensure the educational program offered meets the needs of learners through proficiency in four key characteristics.
- Culture of Learning: the institution’s focus on the challenges, joys, and opportunities for learning, and the coherence with its mission and vision.
- Leadership for Learning: the responsibility of an institution’s leaders to influence and impact all aspects of the institution in positive ways.
- Engagement of Learning: the inclusion of all learners in the learning process, and their development of confidence and love of learning.
- Growth in Learning: the growth of learners in the programs and curricula provided by the institution and their readiness to successfully transition to the next levels of learning.
- System of Distinction: In 2023, out of over 1000 candidates across the globe, Cognia has named Pepin Academies a System of Distinction. This award recognizes schools or systems that effectively implement high-quality instruction, show consistent organizational effectiveness, and maintain a commitment to continuous improvement.
Why Parents Choose Pepin
Frequently Asked Questions
What grades does Pepin Academies serve?
3rd-12th grade with a transition program for students up to 22 years of age who defer receipt of their diploma.
Why does Pepin Academies start school in July?
How much is tuition?
Do you participate in the Florida K-12 scholarship programs?
Does Pepin Academies provide transportation?
Do students have to wear a uniform?
Where can I purchase uniforms?
All uniforms must be purchased from Risse Brothers School Uniforms at one of their local stores or online at https://www.rissebrothers.com/shop.cfm
What are the school hours?
Where can I find the school's grevience policy?
Pepin Academies grievance policy can be found here: