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Best of the Bay

For parents, a quality school, whether it’s for day care services or primary education, is a top priority. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you find the right fit for you child. And if you’re looking for after-school ideas or tutoring help, we’ve got you covered there too!

Best schools in Tampa Bay area

HILLSBOROUGH

Academy of the Holy Names, 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa

813-839-5371, www.holynamestpa.org

The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic coeducational elementary school and a college prep high school for young women. At the academy, 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

813-839-4297, www.bayshorechristianschool.org

Bayshore is a nondenominational Christian school established in 1971 to provide top quality, Christ-centered education for students from prekindergarten through 12th grade. The school boasts a college prep curriculum, including high honors, advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses, and athletic programs. The school offers a 20 percent discount to military families.

Berkeley Preparatory School, 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa

813-885-1673, www.berkeleyprep.org

Berkeley Prep, a prekindergarten through 12th grade independent, coeducational day school, is dedicated to putting people in the world who make a positive difference. Twice designated a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, Berkeley provides comprehensive programs in the academics, fine arts and athletics.

Carrollwood Day School, 1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa

813-920-2288, www.carrollwooddayschool.org

Carrollwood Day School is the only school in Florida, and the sixth in the United States, authorized to offer the complete continuum of the International Baccalaureate programming, from preschool through grade 12. CDS is recognized nationally for its academic excellence and its school-wide emphasis on character development.

Christ the King Catholic School, 3809 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa

813-870-3262, www.cks-school.org

Christ the King is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade community that encourages students to reach their full potential. For more than 60 years, students have thrived in an engaging environment with enhancements that include music, art, foreign language, physical education, public speaking and more.

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa

813-961-3087, www.corbettprep.com

Independent Day School – Corbett Campus was founded as an independent, nonsectarian school, and now serves more than 500 college-bound students in PreK3 through eighth grade. Since it’s founding, the school has gained national and international recognition as a model of best practices in education. At IDS-CC, young people develop the skills and knowledge to prosper in higher education and life.

Hillsborough Magnet Schools, Elementary, middle and high schools

813-272-4811, www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/magnet 

The unique instructional strategies at each magnet school emphasize an integrated curriculum supported by technology-rich environments and learner-centered educational communities. Teachers are skilled in the use of such strategies as problem-solving based learning and cooperative learning groups.

 

Kumon of South Tampa, 4032-C W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

813-286-7802, www.kumon.com/south-tampa

Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program. Kumon unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. It allows students of all ages and abilities to build the skills necessary to have a richer, more successful educational experience. By helping to build self-confidence, Kumon leaves children feeling empowered with the desire to achieve more.

Lee Academy for Gifted Education, 8613 Twin Lakes Blvd., Tampa

813-931-3316, www.leegiftedacademy.com

Lee Academy has patterned its approach to education after 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 the intuitive. It does not emphasize testing, however, its students score high on standardized and college tests.

Northdale Lutheran School, 15709 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa

813-961-9195, www.northdalelutheran.org

At Northdale Lutheran School, its mission is to assist families by providing an excellent education in a safe, Christian environment. The school, which offers a multi-grade education format, recently completed its accreditation self-study and has been recommended for full accreditation from WELSSA and NCPSA.

St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School, Three locations in Tampa

813-849-6200, www.stjohnseagles.org 

Providing academic excellence in a nurturing Christian environment, St. John’s was founded in 1951. The school maintains high goals and standards for academic and behavioral performance, serving students from prekindergarten through eighth grade. St. John’s says it’s shaping future generations to solve tomorrow’s challenges.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo — Zoo School, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa

813-935-8552, Ext. 268, www.lowryparkzoo.com/_education/about_zoo_school.html

The Zoo School is 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, birthday parties and more are also available throughout the year.

Tampa Preparatory School, 727 W. Cass St., Tampa

813-251-8481, www.tampaprep.org 

Tampa Prep is an independent, coeducational college prep school, serving sixth through 12th graders. For more than 30 years, it has been a place to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond.

PASCO

Academy at the Lakes, 2220 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes

813-909-7919, www.academyatthelakes.org 

Academy at the Lakes is 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 12th grade, aims to inspire lifelong learning and is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

PINELLAS

Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg

727-384-5500, www.farragut.org

A co-educational, college prep school, the academy serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, with a five- and seven-day boarding program available for students in grades six through 12. The curriculum emphasizes the STEM classes: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Electives include sailing, marine science and aviation.

Clearwater Academy, 801 Drew St., Clearwater

727-446-1722, www.clearwateracademy.org

One of the distinct differences that parents and students quickly discover about Clearwater Academy International (CAI) is its overall approach to the subject of education and academics. While the curriculum that a student studies is important, there is another key ingredient to a child’s success at school. The philosophy at CAI is that one of the most important factors in education is consulting the child’s goals and developing a program that best matches his interests and skills.

New Horizon Country Day School, 2060 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor

727-785-8591, www.newhorizonprivateschool.com

New Horizons serves kindergarten through fifth grade students. New Horizons limits class size to 15 students. Its elementary program is all inclusive with foreign language, music, fitness, computers, weekly trips to the public library, before and after school care, field trips and summer camp. New Horizons accepts the McKay and Florida P.R.I.D.E. scholarships. Its certified VPK program is accredited with the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 730 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin

727-733-3776, www.myoll.com

Our Lady of Lourdes is a forward-thinking, premier educational community that combines tradition with contemporary innovation, inspiring and developing young minds with gospel values to embrace the future God intends. The school offers a Christ-centered education to students in early childhood 4 through eighth grade. Featuring honors and enrichment curricula and 20 competitive sports teams, the school aims to provide every child with an individualized learning experience that enhances and builds his or her God-given talents.

Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg

727-522-2111, www.shorecrest.org

As Florida’s oldest independent day school, Shorecrest has provided the consummate college preparatory experience to students in preschool through 12th grade. Founded in 1923, highly qualified teachers provide students with the foundation for lifetime achievement; and a 100 percent college acceptance rate illustrates an unwavering commitment to academic excellence.

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Center Academy, Four bay area locations

www.centeracademy.com

Founded in 1968, Center Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and provides a small, safe setting to help students focus, organize and learn. The school accepts students in grades 4-12, providing individualized attention and support. The school also accepts McKay and Step Up scholarships.

Club Z, In-Home Tutoring Services

813-620-3764, www.clubztutoring.com

Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services is the largest in-home tutoring company in the world and works one-on-one with each student to help them achieve. The advantages of learning in your home versus traveling to a learning center can be dramatic when you compare the convenience, affordability and quick results.

Discovery Point Child Development Centers, 12 bay area locations

800-622-7599, www.discoverypoint.com

Discovery Point Child Development Centers offer programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, including the Florida VPK program, summer camp, before and after-school care with pick-up/drop-off service provided to many Tampa-area schools. The centers’ philosophy of caring for children is rooted in the three As: attention, affection and approval.

The Goddard School, Two bay area locations

800-463-3273, www.goddardschool.com

The Goddard School encourages a child’s lifelong love of learning. Serving children from 6 weeks to 6-years-old, lesson plans are brought to life in fun and imaginative ways in learning centers including music, dramatic play, creative art, science, computers, math and writing.

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