The mission of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy is to develop graduates in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility. We are building intelligent, virtuous American citizens.

Our Virtues

Courage

I will do the right thing even when it’s unpopular or difficult.

Perseverance

I will be persistent in my efforts despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Courtesy

I will be polite, use manners, and maintain a positive attitude in all daily interactions.

Self-Government

I will use self-control in my actions and my interactions with others.

Honesty

I will speak the truth and act truthfully with others and myself.

Service

I will seek to help others through my words and deeds.

Our Story

Pineapple Cove Academy, a highly successful early learning facility located in the Bayside Lakes Division of Palm Bay, has inspired the application for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy. Demand from parents for a K-12 opportunity that matches the rigorous and successful VPK program at the early learning facility has been the impetus for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy’s inception.

A Message from Our Founders

“Pineapple Cove Classical Academy is a natural extension of Pineapple Cove Academy Early Learning facility where excellence in early education has been established at the preschool level. It is with the overwhelming support of our parents and community that Pineapple Cove Classical Academy has become a reality.” – John and Beth Moran, Founders

Administration

Mrs. Kelly Gunter

Mrs. Kelly Gunter

Director of School Operations

Mrs. Gunter is a member of the Founding Board of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy and was the founding principal for the first three years of our school. Mrs. Gunter wrote the original charter application for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at Palm Bay, as well as the subsequent applications for West Melbourne and our high school programs. In addition, Mrs. Gunter authored the Charter School Program grants for both schools, totaling over $850,000 in grant awards.

Mrs. Gunter brings 15 years of education experience as a classroom teacher, college professor, and faculty advisor to PCCA. She is certified in Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, and English 6-12.

As Director of School Operations, Mrs. Gunter handles much of the business tasks associated with the school, manages grants, ensures district, state, and federal compliance, and continues to mentor school leadership.

Email Mrs. Gunter here.

Dr. Ashley Cook

Dr. Ashley Cook

Principal

We are proud to introduce our new principal of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne! Dr. Cook previously spent six years as the Grammar School Principal at Providence Classical Christian Academy in Rogers, Arkansas. Dr. Cook earned her Doctorate in Education: Leadership and Professional Studies from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Her dissertation and research focused on new teacher retention and the impact of school culture, job satisfaction, and teacher mentoring.  She has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Trevecca and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (K-8) from Lipscomb University, both in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Cook’s teaching experience includes five years at an academic magnet school, where she was a member of the leadership team and the grade level chairperson.

E-mail Dr. Cook here.

Ms. Jean marie Contreras

Ms. Jean marie Contreras

Assistant Principal

Ms. Jean marie Contreras earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology from CUNY Lehman.  After relocating to Florida, Ms. Contreras pursued her Masters of the Arts in Applied Learning and Instruction through the University of Central Florida.  After teaching high school mathematics for several years in both public and private schools, as well as holding the position of Department Chair, Ms. Contreras joined the founding faculty at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at Palm Bay as a third grade teacher. 

As the school has grown, Ms. Contreras has taught middle school math and held the position of Student Services Coordinator.  She has been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a High Impact Teacher, in which the growth of her students was among the most positive in the state.  For the upcoming school year, Ms. Contreras will be the Assistant Principal at Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne.

Email Ms. Contreras here.

In the News

Governing Board

PCCA’s Governing Board plays an essential role in the school’s success through its initial leadership and ongoing oversight of the school’s operations.

Meet Our Governing Board

School Accountability Reports

The annual Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) School Public Accountability Reports (SPARs) meet ESEA’s requirement for schools and districts to provide parents with an annual school status report at the beginning of each school year.

View the School Accountability Reports