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Questions & Answers


01 / What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are public schools that operate under a performance contract, or a "charter" which frees them from most rules and state statutes created for traditional public schools. As part of the contract, charter schools are held strictly accountable for academic and financial results. 


Charter Schools were created to:

  • Improve student learning and academic achievement

  • Increase learning opportunities for students

  • Encourage the use of innovative learning methods

  • Require the measurement of learning outcomes

02 / Which grade levels are offered?

Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology is a middle school, grades 6-8 are offered.

03 / Does GCA charge tuition?

No. As a public middle school, GCA does not charge tuition.

04 / Does my child have to take a test to qualify for admissions?

No test is required for admissions, just an interest in Science and Technology!

05 / How can I enroll my child?

For more information regarding enrollment, please visit the Enrollment section, or click here.

06 / What is expected of GCA parents?

Parents are expected to:​

  • Contribute time and/or talent to the school

  • Meet quarterly with GCA staff to discuss their child's progress

  • Assist with certain home assignments or projects

  • Ensure uninterrupted attendance

  • Participate in all student-parent events

  • Support the teachers and administration in meeting the mission of the school

07 / Can GCA students participate in middle school athletic programs?

Yes, through our arrangements with the Hernando County School Board GCA seventh and eighth grade students may participate in the sporting programs offered by their zoned county middle school. Currently middle schools offer softball (girls), basketball, track, football, tennis, volleyball (girls), and cheerleading. 

08 / Are GCA students required to wear uniforms?

While uniforms are not required, GCA does have a conservative dress code which prohibits clothing which is distracting or disruptive.

GCA students are required to wear a "team shirt" on their field activity day. A detailed dress code policy will be provided upon enrollment. 

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