• About Us

  • Aspire Charter Academy is considered a Model Orange County Charter Elementary School for our specialized focus on positive behaviors and activities that uplift young minds and spirits. We are determined to create and foster a ‘family’ atmosphere so that every child can realize their full potential.

    Aspire Charter Academy has an open enrollment of no more than 140 students. Aspire’s enrollment is open so long as there is space available in the classrooms.

    Pamela Schenkel


    Our academic team is headed by Principal, Pamela Schenkel. Schenkel has decades of experience in behavioral support, and is well regarded in academic circles as a leader in the field of special education. She has provided staff development for administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and families for Orange County Public Schools from 1993 through 2011. Teachers and support staff are highly trained, with many holding Master’s degrees.

    Governing Board Members

    Thomas Durkee, President
    Sharon Owens
    Charisma Cyprian
    Elaine Fitzgerald
    Dave Herbster

    Performance and Programs

    Aspire Charter Academy is now an alternative school. We fought hard to obtain that rating. We earned that designation because of the intensive services that we provide. Therefore, we no longer receive a school grade which is based on how many students pass the FSA. We now receive a School Improvement Rating and are rated on the amount of gains our students make. In the 2018-2019 school year, we received a COMMENABLE rating! This is the highest rating possible!

    We are so proud of our FANTASTIC staff and REMARKABLE students!!

    * Aspire did not receive a School Improvement Rating for the 2019-2020 School Year due to the cancellation of the FSA caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Educator Misconduct and Mandatory Abuse Report