Academy of the Holy Names
3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa
The Catholic academy features a coeducational elementary and a college prep high school for young women. Teachers integrate technology, encourage artistic expression and actively engage students in exploration and inquiry. Students also are challenged to grow spiritually and engage in community service.
Bayshore Christian School
3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
The school’s college preparatory program focuses on core academic subjects, with enrichment programs in performing arts, visual arts, foreign language, computer, media science and physical education. Students have athletic opportunities at the middle school, junior varsity and varsity level. Upper school students are prepared for college through dual enrollment and advanced placement courses.
Berkeley Preparatory School
4811 Kelly Road, Tampa
A coeducational, independent college-preparatory day school for children in prekindergarten through grade 12, the school is dedicated to academic excellence, character development, the arts and athletics. Its curriculum is designed to support the talent and ambition of each student. Administrators and educators strive to instill a strong sense of morality, ethics and social responsibility in its students.
Carrollwood Day School
1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa
The sixth school in the U.S. to offer all three International Baccalaureate programs, school leaders believe that education involves the whole child, including academics, character development, physical fitness and emotional intelligence. A highly qualified staff provides a rigorous education within a caring learning community. CDS aims to teach children how to think for a lifetime.
Citrus Park Christian School
7705 Gunn Hwy., Tampa
Located in Northwest Tampa, this fully accredited, K3-12th grade learning institution is celebrating 30 years and places a premium on academics, Christian values, morals and community. The college preparatory school features certified teachers, an award-winning fine arts department, honors and AP classes and FHSAA football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball. Call for a tour.
Corbett Preparatory School of IDS
12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa
Founded in 1968, teachers and administrators aim to provide a dynamic, caring and highly academic environment, offering the International Baccalaureate program as well as extensive fine arts, sports and technology programs to students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. Call to schedule a personal tour.
Creative First Steps Preschool
15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa
The program combines the performing arts and academics, utilizing instructors who hold bachelor’s degrees in education and fine arts. Discover the difference during the school’s open house set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15.
Early Learning Coalition
1002 E. Palm Ave., Tampa
This organization specializes in the funding and delivery of quality early childhood care and education and after-school programs and services to the children and families of Hillsborough County.
Gravitas Academy for the Gifted
Dedicated to providing an academically stimulating environment in which intellectually curious children can learn in an engaging and inspiring atmosphere, the school aims to create an active environment where students absorb concepts and advance their skills in adventurous ways. Intellectually gifted students will thrive as will creative thinkers. Educators believe children should be offered opportunities to understand that learning doesn’t have boundaries and to experience learning as exciting and joyful.
Hillsdale Christian Academy and Preschool
6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa
This program provides a variety of activities and learning opportunities for children. The primary goal is to help children grow spiritually, socially, physically, intellectually and creatively. The staff is well-qualified and works hard to create a loving, Christian atmosphere conducive to a child’s development. Teachers utilize a variety of teaching techniques from traditional instruction to learning centers to hands-on learning through good, old fashioned play!
Lee Academy for Gifted Education
8613 Twin Lakes Blvd., Tampa
The school’s approach to education is based on Dr. Barbara Clark’s integrative education model and strives to give equal importance to the four human functions — thinking/cognitive, feeling/emotional, physical/sensing and intuitive. It does not emphasize testing; however, its students score high on standardized and college tests.
Montessori Children’s House of Hyde Park
2416 W. Cleveland St., Tampa
Children are welcomed into a warm, nurturing environment to learn at their own pace and develop skills for lifelong learning. The school is dedicated to providing a quality Montessori education to children ages 3 to 12. Parents are invited to visit the school and meet its staff from noon to 3 p.m. Jan 12.
New L.E.A.P.S. Academy
8613 Twin Lake Blvd., Tampa
The academy offers exceptional children the opportunity to develop independent life skills. Educators listen to needs, educate to abilities, achieve goals, partner with families and succeed. This nontraditional approach to school recognizes each student’s academic, emotional, mental and physical needs, understanding that each child has different learning styles.
St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School
Three locations in Tampa
The Tampa Bay area’s oldest Episcopal school has been nurturing academic excellence in a Christian environment since 1951. Grounded by a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, a love of learning and the development of strong character, the staff works to help students build a foundation to grow into caring and successful adults.
St. Mary Episcopal Day School
2101 S. Hubert Ave., Tampa
Students experience challenging academics, exciting performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, enrichment classes, public speaking, foreign language, advanced technology, including iPads. Serving students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, there is a focus on intellectual, spiritual and personal growth. Specific student goals include integrity, self-discipline, leadership, good citizenship, teamwork and a love for learning.
Tampa Day School
12606 Henderson Road
This accredited school serves students in grades one through eight with mild to moderate learning differences, dyslexia, anxiety and ADHD. Its teacher-to-student ratio is 1:10 on average. With an on-site, research-based reading clinic, the school offers rigorous academics as well as the arts, physical education, technology and extracurricular activities.
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo — Zoo School
1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
813-935-8552, Ext. 268; www.lowryparkzoo.com
Headquarters for more than 100 school holiday camps for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, campers can learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the zoo, exploring behind-the-scenes and cooling off in the water play areas. Classes, sleepovers and birthday parties are available throughout the year.
Woodmont Charter School
10402 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace
This tuition free public charter school serves students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade and is a member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools. Students enjoy a rigorous and challenging curriculum and experiences that will successfully develop the whole child. The school aims to help children develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to be successful in life.
Academy at the Lakes
2220 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes
The school aims to provide a learning community of shared values dedicated to the success of each individual at school, in the community and in the world. The school, which serves students in prekindergarten through 12thgrade, aims to inspire lifelong learning and is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Bishop Larkin Catholic School
8408 Monarch Drive, Port Richey
Serving students in prekindergarten through eighth grade for more than 20 years, the school offers an educational experience that is rooted in academic excellence and spiritual, physical and leadership development. Amenities include state-of-the-art computer and science labs, an art room, music suite and large media center.
Garden Montessori School
6845 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel
Students 18 months through kindergarten can grow and learn to their greatest potential. Educators pride themselves on building strong and lasting relationships between students, parents, faculty and the community. Open house for the 2014-2015 school year is 9 a.m. to noon March 1. Learn about the school’s plans for an elementary charter school in the 2015-2016 school year!
This public virtual school provides an opportunity for parents who want to be more directly involved in their child’s education, enabling parents to share the gift of their time and talent with their child. Students receive a tailored program of learning designed to meet their specific educational needs and goals. Enjoy free enrollment in a full-year program. Students use the world-renowned Calvert curriculum, receive instructional oversight by highly qualified teachers, and apply the latest technology for online learning.
Admiral Farragut Academy
This co-educational, college preparatory school serves students from PreK through 12th grade, with a boarding program available for students in grades 8-12. The waterfront location, unique academic programs (engineering, marine science, aviation, scuba and sailing), small class sizes, caring faculty, global community, and character development sets the school apart. Call to schedule a tour.
Canterbury School of Florida
990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg
Founded in 1968, the school offers a diverse and challenging curriculum for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. The curriculum includes 24 AP courses and a marine studies program providing hands-on experiences for students at every grade level.
801 Drew St., Clearwater
While the curriculum that a student studies is important, there is another key ingredient to a child’s success at school. The philosophy at the school is that one of the most important factors in education is determining the child’s goals and developing a program that best matches his interests and skills.
Delphi Academy of Florida
1831 Drew St., Clearwater
Teachers encourage a love of learning while helping students sharpen study skills and achieve their educational goals. The school serves students in preschool through high school year-round, including a summer camp program. Call to schedule a tour.
Montessori by the Sea
1603 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach
The school is dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education. We strive to implement a child-centered curriculum that includes movement, manipulation and guided discovery within a mixed-age community of children. Trained educators facilitate the delivery of that curriculum in a manner that instills a sense of wonder and nurtures a love of learning.
Saint Paul’s School
1600 St. Paul’s Drive, Clearwater
Serving children in PreK3 through eighth grade, the school’s broad-based curriculum allows students the opportunity to discover, learn and grow in a nurturing atmosphere of encouragement, challenge and discipline. The result is a strong foundation and investment in the unique potential of each individual.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First St. NE, St. Petersburg
Since 1923, Florida’s oldest independent day school has provided the consummate college preparatory experience to students in preschool (age 3) through 12th grade. Award-winning teachers provide students with the foundation for lifetime achievement and the 100 percent college acceptance rate illustrates the school’s commitment to academic excellence. The school offers a flexible tuition program.
Students in Lutz, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, and Riverview appreciate the individualized attention and support they receive. Parents appreciate opportunities for success. Founded in 1968 and SACS accredited, the school offers a small, safe setting to help students to focus, organize and learn. Schools work with students in grades 4-12 with ADHD and learning differences and accept McKay and Step Up Scholarships. Dual enrollment and summer programs are available.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
The schools aim to provide an engaging, flexible curriculum that is designed to inspire children at every age and stage. Built around extensive research, 21st-century technology, and developmentally appropriate instruction, the curriculum introduces and reinforces concepts of math, science, language, social awareness, environment, art and health.
The school provides a balanced approach to learning, giving parents the peace of mind that your child will have fun as he develops socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Educators aim to give children the tools to become confident and self-aware in a caring and stimulating atmosphere. The passionate and engaging teachers give your child endless opportunities to grow, learn, and imagine — whether building a spaceship to blast off to Mars or inviting a new friend to share a story during group time.
With passionate, professional staff, comprehensive curriculum, accreditation, a clean, safe environment and high standards, the school partners with parents to provide the best education and care for every child it serves.