New Private School Opening in Panama City Beach

Rosie Hendrickson will be an administrator and teacher at Gulf Coast Academy. Located at the old Scavengers Antiques building on the west end of the beach, the school will serve both Bay and Walton counties. The school will take students age 4 through 6th grade. When Gulf Coast Academy opens next fall there will be room for 60 students and despite the struggling economy, administrators believe they'll be able to meet that goal.
"Even though the economic times are difficult right now parents put their children's education first. They truly believe that they want what's best for their children," said Rosie Hendrickson, Gulf Coast Academy Administrator.
The teachers and administrators are coming from St. Bernadette’s Catholic School, a facility that wasn’t able to survive the flopping economy.
"Our tuition is going to be very affordable. And we are pursuing the acceptance of the McKay scholarship and the corporate tax scholarship. Also voluntary pre-k, VPK, I'm sure many people have heard of that," said Hendrickson.
Hendrickson says tuition will depend on how many students enroll, but it will range between $4,000 and $5,000 a year. She also says the smaller number of students will mean each child receives extra attention.

An informational meeting will take place Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Brown Park Community Center. You can call (850) 624-9120 for more information. You can also send an email to

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  • by Susan Location: PCB on Apr 14, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    This school will offer scholarships such as McKay and Florida Corporate Tax. It will also be open to PreK4 and go all the way through 6th grade. They are also pursuing VPK* pending contracting with Early Learning Coalition
  • by Tim Location: Lynn Haven on Apr 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    I don't get it. If enrollment was down at St. Bernadette School, how will they keep this one open?
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