About Us

Programs designed to encourage appropriate risk-taking, decision-making and the practice of skills that build on the current level of each child’s development.

The Balanced Scholar seeks to meet the needs of students while fostering a love of learning through challenging, engaging activities based on a variety of content areas. TBS activities encourage cooperation among participants rather than competition. We also place a strong emphasis on the development of a positive attitude toward self and others and service to the larger community.

Our Co-op Learning provides a space for students who are home-schooling and virtual schooling to meet for help facilitating all learning and record keeping guaranteeing skills are mastered and requirements are met with fidelity.

Our After School Program provides afternoon homework help coupled with exciting enrichment opportunities including: music class, yoga, Zumba, martial arts, beach ambassador program and so much more.

Our Summer Enrichment Camps provide kids enrichment along with opportunities to bridge any achievement gaps that exist. Our ultimate goal is for students to leave our programs enriched and excited about learning.

About the Director

Renee Pitchford

Founder & Director

Renee Pitchford – is a 20-year teaching veteran who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University. With a passion for fostering a love of learning, she is thrilled to be bringing The Balanced Scholar to Santa Rosa Beach. Ms. Pitchford spent the bulk of her career in gifted education where she created exciting, engaging units of study for students ages 6-15. Her philosophy on education blends a meaningful focus on academic growth and learning with a thoughtful approach to social emotional development, empathy for others, and global awareness so students come away balanced and enriched. She is certified in the areas of K-12 Gifted Education, 5-9 ELA, 5-9 Social Studies, 6-12 ELA, and Elementary Education. She has also served as a college counselor, advisor, and instructional coach. After teaching in Walton County for several years, she realized the need for alternative options for summer day camps and after school care. Ms. Pitchford has extensive experience running summer day camps and after school programs in Atlanta and can’t wait to bring the fun to Santa Rosa Beach!