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All About
Pee Dee Innovation and Leadership Academy

Vision Statement: What's Our Why?

At Pee Dee Innovation & Leadership Academy, our vision is to empower students to transcend traditional boundaries and become world-class learners. We are committed to fostering a safe, dynamic learning environment that cultivates curiosity, critical thinking, and a passion for lifelong learning. By providing innovative educational experiences, personalized mentorship, and cutting-edge resources, we aim to instill in students the skills, resilience, and adaptability needed to excel on a global stage. Our vision is to shape future leaders who not only thrive academically but also embrace diversity, creativity, and a relentless pursuit of excellence, ultimately preparing them to make meaningful contributions to an ever-evolving world.

Mission Statement: What's Our How?

Cultivating world-class leaders by empowering our students with the knowledge, skills, and continuous innovation in education necessary to excel academically, emotionally, and socially while thriving as engaged citizens in an interconnected world.

Mascot: Falcon

  • Symbol of Strength and Speed: Falcons are known for their incredible speed and agility. This symbolizes PDILA's commitment to excellence and swift progress.

  • Vision and Focus: Falcons have exceptional vision. This represents PDILA's clear goals and focused determination for excellence.

  • Adaptability and Resilience: Falcons thrive in various environments, representing the adaptability and resilience of PDILA-- even when facing challenges and achieving success.

  • Leadership and Independence: As birds of prey, falcons are often seen as leaders of the sky. This can inspire students to take initiative, develop leadership qualities, and strive for independence.

  • Cultural and Historical Significance: Falcons hold significant places in various cultures and histories as symbols of power, freedom, and vision, enriching the PDILA's identity with a strong, positive, and inspiring symbol.

School Colors: Dark Blue and Yellow Gold

  • Dark Blue: Represents trust, responsibility, and intelligence. It’s a color often associated with calmness, professionalism, and authority.
    Yellow Gold: Symbolizes warmth, optimism, and energy. It’s an uplifting color that can promote a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere.

Quick Facts About
Pee Dee Innovation and Leadership Academy

  • Authorized by South Carolina Public Charter School District 

  • Located in Greater Lake City, South Carolina (I-95 Corridor of Opportunity)

  • Opening in August 2025

  • Serving 2nd - 5th Grade in year 1, with Grade 6 added in year 2

  • Starting with 120 students in year one, expanding annually to full enrollment of 350 students by year 10

  • Offering two classes per grade level in year one, for a total of 8 classes

  • Maintaining 12 - 15 students per class for enhance student learning outcomes​

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a tuition-free, independently operated public school. These schools embrace flexibility and autonomy in their operations in exchange for increased responsibility and accountability for academic performance and student achievement.

What is the difference between charter schools and other public schools?

Charter schools are public schools chosen by families for their children, operating with more autonomy compared to district schools due to fewer regulatory constraints. Our charter school operates independently from the local school district and is seeking authorization from the SC Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). Approval by the SCPCSD means we are held accountable for academic outcomes and for fulfilling the commitments outlined in our charter. Each year, we must demonstrate proficiency in academic achievement, financial stewardship, and organizational sustainability.

My child has special needs. Can they apply for enrollment?

At PDILA, everyone is invited, including English Language Learners and scholars who meet poverty criteria. We embrace diversity and inclusivity for all!

If my child attends PDILA, do they have to take the state standardized tests?

Yes, charter school students are required to participate in standardized testing as mandated by the federal government.

Is transportation provided?

Currently, there will be no transportation provided for the beginning stages of PDILA. However, we are looking to expand in that area in the future.

Who can attend PDILA?

Any 2nd-5th grader residing in South Carolina can attend PDILA for the 2025-2026 school year. There are no restrictions preventing students from surrounding counties from enrolling—all South Carolina students are welcome.

Will the same state standards be taught?

Certainly! While PDILAhas the autonomy to select its curriculum, it must adhere to the standards set by the South Carolina State Board of Education.

Will uniforms be required?

Yes! Students at PDILA will be required to wear uniforms.

Where will the school be located?

Our charter school is currently in the planning stages and is actively seeking a suitable location to best serve our community and one that will also fit our vision and mission. Look for updates soon!

How can I enroll my child?

Fill out an enrollment interest form by clicking here!

What makes PDILA different from the local school district?

Find out more information about the Falcon Differences by clicking here!

Do you have more questions? Contact us now using the button below!

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