Frequently Asked Questions

  • What grades are offered?

    Kindergarten - 8th Grade

  • How can I register?

    Parents applying to a Charter School do not have to utilize School Choice. You may visit our Registration page for information on getting your child registered.

  • How many students does the school have?

    Palmetto Charter School has two classes at each grade level. Class sizes are consistent with state law governing charter schools (average of 18 per class K – 3rd and 22 per class 4th – 8th).  Our capacity is 364 students.

  • How much does it cost to attend?

    Charter schools are public schools supported by tax dollars. Therefore, there is no charge to attend.  All families, however, will be required to volunteer at least 20 hours during the school year.

  • What are the qualifications of the teachers?

    All teachers are highly qualified and certified to teach by the State of Florida.

  • Will bus transportation be provided?

    Yes.  Bus transportation will be provided for a large portion of the North River area.


  • What are the days and times?

    The school follows the same calendar as the Manatee County School District.  (No early release on Wednesdays.)  Currently, the Elementary school day begins at 8:30 and Kindergarten - 4th Grade finishes at 2:45. Our 5th Graders are released at 3:00pm. Middle School times are 8:15 – 3:00.

  • What special classes and programs do we have?

    Beyond the normal academic classes, Palmetto Charter School offers Physical Education, Art, Music, Drama, Computer and Spanish.  In addition, PCS services the needs of most eligible ESE and ELL students.  A wide array of after-school activities, including competitive sports and Odyssey of the Mind, are also available.

  • What makes Palmetto Charter School different?

    Our first priority is to create a superior learning and social environment.  Responsive Classroom, a social development/character development program, has been instrumental in helping our students cultivate character traits such as respect, cooperation, responsibility, empathy and self-control.  Our emphasis on traditional values and a strong academic program are the foundation of Palmetto Charter’s success.



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