By Clinton Whitfield, School Principal, Breakfast Point Academy
Welcome to Breakfast Point Academy, home of the Stingrays! At Breakfast Point, we believe in “Every Ray, Every Day!” We are the only public K-8 school in Bay County, and we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students, our staff, and our community! We are an “A” school as designated by the Florida Department of Assessment and Accountability. We are so happy to be back in school with all of our Stingrays!
At Breakfast Point, we believe that all children are capable of learning, and our teachers have done such an amazing job of helping our students reach their maximum potential. We realize that these are unprecedented times, but the Stingrays are taking unprecedented measure to learn, achieve, and succeed. The benefit of being a K-8 is being able to offer a wide array of opportunities for our students!
For our elementary students, we are able to offer opportunities to engage in the Arts, Science, and also Community Services. Our 5th grade students are able to join the Art Club and Choir, and we are also in the early stages of creating a MakerSpace in our newly revamped Media Center. We are also in the process of creating an afterschool STEAM club through partnerships with community members. Anchored 4 Life is an opportunity for some of our 4th and 5th grade students to connect youth while building transition and resiliency skills. The club provides opportunities for peers to enhance social skills, learn leadership skills, build character, improve self-esteem, and integrate into their community.
Our middle school students are afforded many opportunities to excel, whether it is in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, or in local, state, and national competitions. Last year, our Beta Club received honors on the state level, and one of our 6th grade students placed 6th in the nation for the Language Arts Competition. We also excelled in our local and regional MathCounts and Invention Convention competitions, as well as securing accolades at the state FFA competition. Our students had the most awards at the Tom Barefield History Fair, and we had students go on to place at the state level, and we were the only school in Bay County to receive such honors. We offer CTE courses with the possibility to obtain industry certifications, and we also have a Drone Club that grants unique opportunities for our students. We also offer Band, and we are always so proud of their talents as the represent BPA. We offer a full lineup of sports, and our Boys Soccer team went undefeated last year and never gave up a goal.
We have also been selected to pilot a program known as the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative, and we are excited to be involved in something so important to our youth. We have also been recently designated as a PBIS Bronze Level School, the first in BPA’s history! We promote positive behavior initiatives through following our RAYS pledge: Rays are- Responsible, Accountable, Young Leaders, Showing Respect! Breakfast Point Academy is not only a school, we are a community of learners. We help each other, and we help our community through service projects such as the recent assistance with Rachal’s Recovery to provide goods and supplies to those affected by the recent hurricanes.
As we embark on another school year, we are excited to work together to learn, achieve, and succeed. One school, one heart, one vision… Every Ray, Every Day! #RaysRise