Located on beautiful Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach Elementary School (PBES) is one of the top performing elementary schools in the State of Florida. Founded in 1978 by the Escambia County School District, the school district closed the school June 30, 2002. On July 1, 2002 Pensacola Beach Elementary School Incorporated, opened as a charter school. A charter school is a public school that derives its funding directly from the State of Florida. PBES is sponsored by the Escambia County School District and maintains a cordial relationship with the district. PBES has 137 students and one class per grade level.
PBES received tremendous damage as a result of Hurricane Ivan in the fall of 2004. The school moved to Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church for the remainder of the 2004–2005 school year. PBES began the 2005–2006 school year at the First Baptist Church of Gulf Breeze. PBES returned home in January 2006 to our official location. Since PBES became a charter school, and even through trying times, it has maintained its “A” status according to the state’s A+ Plan. During the 2007–08 school-year, PBES was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.