Local Charter School Moves In To New Home

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PANAMA CITY - Students went back to school for the first day of classes Monday in every school district in our viewing area except one, Bay County. Bay students start Tuesday.

One of Bay County's charter schools is set to open in a new location tomorrow. The University Academy will welcome students to the old terminal at the old Bay County International Airport off Highway 390.

The Academy has doubled its student body since announcing its move to the new location. School officials hosted an open house today. Students and their families were able to meet teachers and drop off classroom supplies. University Academy showcases some unique curriculum, including an expanded music program.

Judith Vandergrift is the Principal and says, "We are a longer school day, we have a science based curriculum, we have a rock and roll academy which there are only two or three of in the state of Florida."

Jennye Shaling is the teacher for the Rock And Roll Academy and adds, "It's complete different. It's all about social, emotional learning. A lot of teachers are very familiar with that but in this class, the band is the teacher. I'm the coach, the band is the teacher."

North Bay Haven will also move into new digs tomorrow, a brand new facility off Highway 390, about a mile west of Highway 231.