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Mr.  Keith  Dowdell
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Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

I am pleased to be the Principal of Carter-Parramore Academy/HOPE. I am honored to work with a dedicated group of teachers and support staff who pull together to help every student realize his or her talents and experience success in school. The staff treats every student as an individual and embraces the philosophy that all students do not learn in the same way. We have wonderful students in the various programs offered at our site who make coming to work each day a pleasure! We also have families who genuinely care about the success of their children. We believe that students do best with the support of staff and families working together. “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDE WE FALL”

We offer various alternative education models at Carter-Parramore Academy. We have approximately 150 students at the school. The school is designed to assist students in need of recovering credits and raising their Grade Point Average. Our small student population ensures that all students receive the individual attention and educational program they deserve. Our school is an opportunity for students to have a second chance at their dreams of completing high school and earning their high school diplomas. Our students and staff work hard to accomplish these goals and we see a success story every day!

HOPE is also on our site. This is a small learning environment of 35 students who work closely with two teachers and a Behavioral Specialist. HOPE maintains an extremely small learning environment so students needing academic and behavior intervention can be in small classes with intensive teacher support. These students come as a recommendation from the Gadsden County School Board.

In addition, we also house a childcare, BOLD STEP, a special day preschool for infants. The location is a state of the art facility with dedicated workers to ensure your child is well taken care of while students are attending school. We have many programs which make Carter-Parramore Academy/HOPE an exciting place!

Our staff believes the "Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship" model is the framework to accomplish our goals. We do not view our school as an alternative to the regular school environment. Our students and staff collectively see CARTER-PARRAMORE ACADEMY/HOPE as "a school of alternatives" and we strive every day to meet the needs of each individual student. This school year, CARTER-PARRAMORE ACADEMY will capture academic excellence through reasoned expectations and layered support by implementing the “No More D’s” Program. This program is a framework for success by providing a paradigm shift where the culture begins to change for student achievement.

Again, welcome to Carter-Parramore Academy/HOPE! Please feel free to come by the school office or contact any staff member at (850) 627-6030 if you have questions or need any assistance. We encourage you to be involved in your child's education.

Keith A Dowdell