School History

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 and 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.  We serve students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth.

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.