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Creative Learning Academy was established in 1972 as the Montessori Learning Center at Temple Beth El in downtown Pensacola. By 1978, the school outgrew its facility downtown and moved to the current campus on Hyde Park Rd. The school added grades each year and graduated its first eighth grade class in 1982. With the expansion beyond the early learning years and a more traditional curriculum in lower school, the school was renamed Creative Learning Center in 1975 and then became Creative Learning Academy in 2003. Graduates of CLA have done especially well in the International Baccalaureate program and Advanced Placement classes in high school. CLA graduates are successful politicians, doctors, attorneys, Broadway stars, Olympic athletes, opera singers, teachers, and TV sportscasters.

We are proud of our long and distinguished role as an academically challenging program that has contributed to the success of our community. We look forward to sharing that legacy with you and invite you to be a part of our future!


Year Founded:  1972

School Colors:  Blue and Gold            School Mascot: "Blaze" the Dragon 

Grades:  Preschool 3 through Grade 8

Student Enrollment:  190

Faculty Members:  25

Student/Faculty Ratio:  1:9

Average Years of Experience of Faculty:  15 years

Campus:  3.5 acres nestled in a quiet neighborhood on Hyde Park Road in Pensacola off of historic Scenic Highway

Technology:  iMac Lab, iPads, Nooks, Smartboards, Campus-wide WiFi Access, Middle School BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Enrichment Courses:  Physical Education, Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Character Education, and Library. Additional electives available to middle school.

Financial Assistance:  Creative Learning Academy subscribes to the School and Student Service by NAIS (sss.nais.org).  Families with students in grade K-8 are open to apply for needs-based financial assistance.

Secondary School Placement:  Consistently, 100% of CLA students are able to attend their first choice secondary schools.

Accreditations:  Florida Independent Schools Council (FCIS), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI), Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)

Community Outreach:  Manna Food Bank, Coats for Kids, Gulf Coast Kids House, Ronald McDonald House, Keep Pensacola Beautiful, Milk and Honey Outreach (Fricker Center), Habitat for Humanity, and Relay for Life.

If you have specific questions or wish to receive more information about our advanced academic programming, admissions procedures or school culture, complete an Inquiry Form, contact us at 850-432-1748 or email Head of School, Kim Stafford at kstafford@creativelearningacademy.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!