Creative Learning Academy

  • Creative Learning Academy (CLA) was founded in 1972 as a Montessori program for young children and has since grown into a preprimary through eighth grade co-educational day school.
  • Our mission is to provide students with a strong foundation of academic excellence, creativity, and integrity.
  • Our philosophy is to achieve and maintain, in an academic balance, two specific educational goals - academic excellence and individual potential, recognizing and encouraging the best in each student.
  • We educate not only with respect to academic growth and achievement, but also in the areas of athletics, fine arts, community service, and extra-curricular activities.
  • Our vision is to provide each student the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in preparation for higher education and to instill in him/her a strong sense of morality, values and social responsibility.
  • Fundamental guiding principles include small class sizes, a personalized approach, high academic standards, creative teaching strategies, a full menu of arts and activities, and strong parental involvement.

School News

  • Creative Learning Academy and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - 08/31/2020 - At CLA, we believe in the dignity of every human being and strive to instill qualities of justice and peace in our students. CLA was founded almost 50 years ago ...morewith the goal of establishing a school-based on freedom and happiness with a focus on student agency. Early in our school`s history, providing a culturally enriched learning environment was made a priority. That commitment is evident as you walk our campus and meet students who represent a variety of racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
    Please seek out our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page to learn more.
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  • Creative Learning Academy wins Project 2020 - 05/19/2020 - Creative Learning Academy is so excited to be the winners of Project 2020! Our school couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with IHMC! CLA is washing hands ...moreand staying Dragon Strong! Thank you Titanium Wireless! Watch our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBQD03BE9h0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2MVmxdbm0rppUi5TqqBr6gs4JFuoE3h1EE5peMsW_tK5L9UQY4EzowUYM hide
  • Creative Learning Academy Student wins 1st place in Spelling Bee - 01/31/2020 - Congratulations to our spelling bee champion, Megan Smith! She represented Creative Learning Academy at the 44th Annual Sandy Sansing Spelling Bee and finished in 1st place! Megan will also go ...moreon to represent Escambia County at the Regional Spelling Bee in Tallahassee! #CLAPROUD
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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
AdvancED
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1972

Student Body

Total Students238 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Creative Learning Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
18%
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition range: $7,200-$12,300 A 3% discount offered if tuition paid in full with contract. Optional monthly payment plan available. Tuition Assistance is available for qualifying applicants.
Admissions DirectorShannon Grady

Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Dance, Flag Football, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
DanceFlag Football,
SoccerSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Gardening Club, Literary Club, Math Club, Private Music Lessons, Science Olympiad

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Classes, Music classes, Spanish Language Program

School Notes

  • Creative Learning Academy (CLA) was founded in 1972 as a Montessori program for young children and has since grown into a preprimary through eighth grade co-educational day school. Our mission is to provide students with a strong foundation of academic excellence, creativity, and integrity. Our philosophy is to achieve and maintain, in an academic balance, two specific educational goals - academic excellence and individual potential, recognizing and encouraging the best in each student. We educate not only with respect to academic growth and achievement, but also in the areas of athletics, fine arts, community service, and extra-curricular activities. Our vision is to provide each student the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in preparation for higher education and to instill in him/her a strong sense of morality, values and social responsibility. Fundamental guiding principles include small class sizes, a personalized approach, high academic standards, creative teaching strategies, a full menu of arts and activities, and strong parental involvement.

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    1.8 miles
    1010 N 12th Ave
    Pensacola, FL 32501
    (850) 469-8138
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    1.7 miles
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    (850) 438-7746
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    2.8 miles
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    (850) 434-6474
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    1.7 miles
    1603 N 12th Avenue
    Pensacola, FL 32503
    (850) 436-6440
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    304
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    4.1 miles
    1700 Woodchuck Ave
    Pensacola, FL 32504
    (850) 969-0088
    4.1 PK-12
    239

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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CLA offers an extraordinary education with a rigorous academic program for lower and upper school. I love that the school is an open-air campus and that the students have the opportunity to run outside everyday. I can not think of a better educational opportunity within the Pensacola area.
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This is by far the best school in the Pensacola area. The curriculum is rigorous, the teachers are well-qualified, and the students are dedicated to their education. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a superior education for their child.
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Creative Learning Academy has been the best choice for our daughters' education. Its nurturing environment and academic rigor paired with enrichments of Spanish, Technology & Fine Art (even at preprimary levels) constantly reinforces our decision to be a CLA family. Having the best teachers in town under exceptional leadership convinces our family to recommend CLA to other Pensacola area families seeking a similar educational experience.
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