SoLA acknowledges that every child possesses intrinsic worth and dignity as a person. This existential fact demands a curriculum broad enough to allow the student experiences, through education, that encompass a whole view of life and encourage in-depth factual pursuits for developing lifelong learners. We believe that quality education helps the student acquire the insights to know from whence they come—and where they are going, thus inspiring young individuals to think critically and perceive their role within the ever-evolving human experience.
SoLA commits itself to carrying out our founder, William J Holston’s educational philosophy of “the student becomes the teacher.” We believe that his timeless mission encapsulates the core values we strive to instill in today’s students: self-knowledge, social awareness, respect, integrity, and responsibility. With the development of these core values, an inner-directed student may emerge. For this to take place, the student must possess an awareness of learning styles, understand personal responsibilities, and have a clear recognition of the consequences of their actions. We believe this may be attained by building a strong and inclusive community of learners for both student and teacher. Our teachers employ both reflective and reflexive teaching techniques within student-centered classrooms.
Our purpose is to aid in the student's development of college preparatory reading, writing, and verbal skills through the following:
problem-solving and critical thinking skills,
techniques of research and independent study
, and willingness to listen and speak with
confidence in oral presentations.
To foster an inclusive community of lifelong learners dedicated to developing self-knowledge, social awareness, critical thinking and integrity.
For more information on employment and volunteer opportunities, please send a cover letter and your CV or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to join the SoLA team, every employee and volunteer must undergo the following:
The Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts Board does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, creed, color, marital status, national origin, or disability in the educational programs or extra curricular activities which it operates or in the employment of personnel, nor does the Board tolerate any such discrimination
(Adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)
1. Our school values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
2. Our primary concern is the student and the development of the student's potential. Employees will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.
3. Concern for the student requires that our instructional personnel:a. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student's mental and/or physical health and/or safety.b. Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.c. Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.d. Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's academic program.e. Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.f. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights.g. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.h. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.i. Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
4. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the community, employees of our school must display the highest degree of ethical conduct. This commitment requires that our employees:a. Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.b. Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.c. Shall not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.d. Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual's performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.e. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.
Training Requirement: All instructional personnel, educational support employees, and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.
Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators: All employees, educational support employees, and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators, which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors.
Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to Sharon Hong (email@example.com).
Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to Beth Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services. Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the shared teacher office and on our Web site at https://thepensacolasola.com/?page_id=378
Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect All employees and agents have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.
Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.
Signs of Physical Abuse: The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, cuts, or other injuries; broken bones; or burns. A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home or may run away, shy away from physical contact, be aggressive, or wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries.
Signs of Sexual Abuse: The child may have torn, stained or bloody underwear, trouble walking or sitting, pain or itching in genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose weight suddenly, shy away from physical contact, or run away from home.
Signs of Neglect: The child may have unattended medical needs, little or no supervision at home, poor hygiene, or appear underweight. A child experiencing neglect may be frequently tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.
Patterns of Abuse: Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a single sign may not be significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.
Liability Protections Any person, official, or institution participating in good faith in any act authorized or required by law, or reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action. (F.S. 39.203)
An employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a prospective employer of the former or current employee upon request of the prospective employer or of the former or current employee is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed by the former or current employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095)
*Please note that our school accommodates students with disabilities in accordance with the requirements under federal and local law. However, your child may not necessarily receive the types of accommodations or related services that your child may be entitled to receive at a public school as public schools have different obligations under the IDEA. The IDEA does not apply to private schools. We are happy to have a conversation with you about the accommodations that your child may need and be entitled to at our school.