The Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation, a 501c3, was established in January of 2004 to assist teachers and students through the creation of a one million dollar endowment. These monies provide scholarships for high school graduates, teacher scholarships for advanced degrees, and Employee of the Year bonuses for instructional and non-instructional employees in the Pembroke Pines Charter School System.
In 2011, the Foundation revised the Articles of Incorporation with approval from the Internal Revenue Service, to allow financial contributions to the Pembroke Pines Charter Schools. The Foundation is supported entirely by the generous contributions from individuals, businesses and granting organizations. The Foundation also hosts fundraising events annually that help to provide funding for Foundation programs.
In response to an influx of residents and a need for schools following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the City of Pembroke Pines decided to start a Pembroke Pines Charter School System which today is the largest Charter School System in Broward County, and the largest municipally run non-profit charter system in the State of Florida.
In 1998, Pembroke Pines built and opened two elementary schools and a middle school: Pembroke Pines Charter West Elementary and Middle, and East Elementary campuses. The Charter High School was then built as part of the City’s Academic Village. Two years later, another elementary and middle school were built – Pembroke Pines Central Charter Elementary and Middle Campus. And in 2003, the Pembroke Pines Florida State University (FSU) campus opened, the last campus to be built.
Created in June 2013, Support Our Schools, a parent-led group, holds a variety of fundraising events for the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation. They help obtain donation pledges, and encourage and inform families about the importance of donating and becoming involved in SOS. Click on the below links for more information about Support Our Schools!