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Education Guide 2016

Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” To help with your search for the school to equip your child for the knowledge to change the world, we have found the best schools from around the Bay Area. Whether you are looking for early learning, college prep or everything in between, our school directory has it all.

Find schools in:

Hillsborough

Pinellas

Pasco

Various Locations

HILLSBOROUGH

Academy of the Holy Names
3319 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa
813-839-5371; www.holynamestpa.org
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 Avenue, Tampa
813-839-4297; www.bayshorechristianschool.org
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.

Beach Park School
4200 W. North A Street, Tampa
813-289-3747; www.beachparkschool.org
For over 25 years, Beach Park School’s authentic Montessori curriculum has encouraged a child’s independence while respecting their physical, psychological and social development. Students, ages three through 8th grade, are at the center of an individualized approach that allows children to grow at their own pace.Guided by specially trained teachers, children are grounded in strong academics as they develop self-esteem and confidence to face both challenge and change. Call for a tour today.

Berkeley Preparatory School
4811 Kelly Road, Tampa
813-885-1673; www.berkeleyprep.org
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. For information on this Tampa preparatory school or to schedule a tour, call or visit their website today!

Carrollwood Day School
1515 W. Bearss Avenue, Tampa
813-920-2288; www.carrollwooddayschool.org
The sixth school in the United States 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.

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS
12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa
813-961-3087; www.corbettprep.com
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.

Early Learning Coalition
6800 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 158, Tampa
813-515-2340; www.elchc.org
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.

Epic Classical Academy of Carrollwood
4903 Ehrlich Road, Tampa

813-961-6174; www.epicclassicalacademycarrollwood.com
Epic Classical Academy is a new approach to a Classical Education.  With an affordable tuition that includes Before/After School care, we understand that parents need a program that will keep their child active and challenged.  A 200-day school year allows for more instructional time, while giving your child access to the arts, music, physical education, and recess during the school day. Our Epic Learning Time, based on the concept of Genius Hour, encourages your child to pursue their own academic interests with support.  Compassionate, professional teachers guide your child to become a critical thinker, a creative problem solver, and an active citizen.

Florida College Academy
7032 Temple Terrace Highway, Temple Terrace
813-899-6800; www.floridacollegeacademy.edu
For three years, FCA has been recognized as the number one private school in the northeast section of Hillsborough County. The middle school national assessment scores are two years above grade. What is the difference maker? An exceptional culture where the student body is a family and an amazing faculty. Chapel takes place every morning where the core values of the school are emphasized; Reverence for God, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all one does.

Hillel Academy
2020 W. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa Bay Parenting
813-963-2242; www.hillelacademytampa.com
Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School, Hillel Academy serves Tampa Bay students from transitional kindergarten through grade 8. A love of learning and a strong Jewish identity are encouraged and permeate through the school’s exceptional campus. Accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Florida Kindergarten Council, Hillel Academy is a member of the Jewish Community Day School Network and the National Association of Independent Schools.

HIllsdale Christian Academy and Preschool
6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa
813-964-5735; www.hcatampa.org
Serving K2-5th grade, Hillsdale offers a faith-based curriculum, music and arts training, and a hands-on interactive style of teaching. The primary purpose is to help children grow spiritually, socially, physically, intellectually and creatively in Christian surroundings. The staff is well qualified and will work hard to create a loving, Christian atmosphere conducive to your child’s development. Through traditional instruction, learning centers and good, old fashioned play, teachers employ hands-on learning techniques.

Immanuel Lutheran School
2913 John Moore Road, Brandon
813-685-1978; www.ILSBrandon.com
Fully accredited and serving Brandon area families since 1980, Immanuel Lutheran School offers preschool for 3’s & 4’s (VPK provider), and kindergarten through 8th grade. We offer a Christ-centered education with a fun, engaging, and challenging curriculum including music/choir/band, computer and technology instruction, separate science lab, Spanish, high school credit classes for math and science, and after-school sports teams. With dedicated and compassionate teachers, ILS embraces, nurtures, and equips Christ’s children for life.

KidsPark
26240 Golden Maple Road, New Tampa
813-618-3823; www.kidspark.com
To find engaging childcare by the hour can sometimes be difficult for busy parents. KidsPark, set to open in early 2016, is transforming childcare by offering hourly services, birthday parties and a unique preschool education program. Open days, evenings and weekends, children age 2 – 12 will love spending time playing games, creating art projects and staying active in the new, expansive New Tampa facility.

Kids’ Stuff
21360  Lake Floyd Drive, Lutz
813-949-2237; www.kidsstufftlc.com
Kindergarten is FUNdamental. Kindergarten is the foundation that supports your child’s growth. Our goal is to instill passion for reading and learning to be endured in all their educational experiences. Kids’ Stuff curriculum incorporates Florida State Standards and proven traditional teaching techniques. Our focus is development of the whole child.  We offer a superb academic program, but within, you will find the continuance of love, nurture and continued positive reinforcement in a family-style setting.

Lee Academy for Gifted Education
8613 Twin Lakes Boulevard, Tampa
813-931-3316; www.leegiftedacademy.com
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.

The Montessori House Day School
5117 Ehrlich Road, Tampa & 7010 Hanley Road, Tampa
813-961-9295; www.MontessoriHouseDaySchool.com
Celebrating 45 years of quality education in Tampa, The Montessori House Day School remains the only American Montessori Society (AMS) accredited Montessori school within 25 miles of its Carrollwood and Westchase area campuses. The Montessori House curriculum prepares children ages 1½ to 12 to be creative thinkers and intelligent leaders by focusing on developing each individual child. The school offers a unique and refreshing alternative to traditional classroom education. Contact us for a personal tour.

Seffner Christian Academy
11605 U.S. Route 92 E., Seffner
813-626-0001; www.scacrusaders.com
Seffner Christian Academy provides academic excellence in a Christian environment for students 2 years old through 12th grade in the Tampa Bay area. SCA offers a well-rounded educational experience with challenging academics, cutting-edge technology, comprehensive fine arts and competitive athletics from a Biblical worldview. The goal is to develop young men and women of integrity who are committed to God and His Word and have a desire to impact the world for Christ.

St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School
Three locations in Tampa
813-849-6200; www.stjohnseagles.org
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. Lawrence Catholic School
5223 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa
813-879-5090; www.stlawrencecatholicschool.org
Established in 1961, St. Lawrence Catholic School provides a Christ-centered environment which allows students from Early Childhood through Grade 8 to achieve academic excellence and become life-long learners. Fully accredited by the FCC and NASSP, and a recipient of the Innovations in Catholic Education National Award, St. Lawrence offers a strong curriculum which meets or exceeds Diocesan, state and national standards in all academic areas including art, music, physical education, Spanish,technology and media.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School
2101 S. Hubert Avenue, Tampa
813-258-5508; www.smeds.org
Students experience challenging academics, exciting performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, enrichment classes, public speaking, foreign language and 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 Preparatory School
727 W. Cass Street, Tampa
813-251-8481; www.tampaprep.org
Tampa Preparatory School is the premier private school in the Tampa Bay area for students in grades 6-12. As a leader in education, the School incorporates progressive ideas into the curriculum, schedule and facilities on a regular basis. Their educational philosophy instills values of fairness, decency, honor, diligence and academic curiosity. The School stresses the development of self-confidence, a sense of worth and the importance of having fun in the pursuit of one’s goals. Visit their open house on Jan. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Pasco

Academy at the Lakes
2220 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes
813-909-7919; www.academyatthelakes.org
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 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. Open house on Jan. 20 from 9-11 a.m.

Bishop Larkin Catholic School
8408 Monarch Drive, Port Richey
727-862-6981; www.bishoplarkin.org
Bishop Larkin Catholic School dedicates itself to the mission of educating students within Catholic traditions. The exceptional faculty fosters creativity, personal development and academic success. Bishop Larkin offers a safe and supportive environment for children in EC3, VPK, Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 8.
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Pinellas

Admiral Farragut Academy
501 Park Street N., St Petersburg
727-384-5500; www.farragut.org
Admiral Farragut Academy is a co-ed, private, PreK-12 school that offers boarding for grades 8-12. Farragut offers more than just an education – it’s an experience, a journey, a launch point for life. The student body represents an average of 32 countries and 17 U.S. states. Signature programs include Aviation, Marine Science, Scuba, Sailing, Engineering, Naval Jr. ROTC, and Leadership. Summer day and boarding camps also offered. Discover what only Farragut students can experience.

Alegria Montessori School
5995 MLK Jr. Street S., St. Petersburg
727-310-8243; www.alegriamontessori.com
Alegria Montessori School is an authentic Montessori program that creates a rich learning environment and supports individual development. The beautiful new campus and state of the art classrooms have allowed us to expand our program to include middle school for the 2016-2017 school year. We will now be able to offer a true Montessori education from age one through grade 8.  Come discover the joy of Montessori.

Espiritu Santo Catholic School
2405A Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor
727-812-4650; www.ESCSchool.org
Centrally located in Safety Harbor, Espiritu Santo Catholic School provides excellence in education for over 400 students in grades PreK – 8. Espiritu Santo believes in the unique gifts of every child; experienced faculty guides students as they develop into confident scholars and faith-filled leaders. At ESCS, each student is challenged to reach their academic potential, encouraged to explore their faith, and inspired through service to act as reflections of Christ for the world.

Holy Family Catholic School
250 78th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg
727-526-8194; www.Holyfamilycatholicschool.com
With Jesus, Mary and Joseph as our models, Holy Family Parish Catholic School prepares students for roles in the church, home, civic and global communities by educating them in their Catholic faith and in those skills necessary to foster academic excellence.

Lakeside Christian School
1897 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater
727-461-3311; www.lakesidechristianschool.org
Lakeside Christian School is focused on preparation for college and career starting in K5. The school utilizes a unique blend of curriculum and technology, benefiting their students with solid mastery of academics and college preparatory skills.

Montessori by the Sea
1603 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach
727-360-7621; www.montessori-by-sea.org
We proudly serve children from 3 – 12 years old in beautiful multi-age learning environments. We offer an authentic Montessori curriculum, including hands on learning, movement and guided discovery. We are just minutes away from St. Petersburg and Gulfport, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in historic Pass-A-Grille Beach. Montessori certified educators facilitate delivery of that curriculum in a manner that nurtures a life-long love of learning and instills a sense of wonder.

New Horizons Country Day School
2060 Nebraska Avenue, Palm Harbor
727-785-8591; www.newhorizonsprivateschool.com
New Horizons Country Day School serves infants through 5th grade students and is a certified Voluntary Prekindergarten provider. The elementary program is all-inclusive with foreign language, music, fitness, computers and educational field trips.The school accepts the McKay, PLSA and Florida P.R.I.D.E scholarships and is accredited with the National Private School Accreditation Alliance.

Palm Harbor Montessori School
2355 Nebraska Avenue, Palm Harbor
727-786-1854; www.PalmHarborMontessori.com
Founded in 1983, PHMA is an authentic Montessori school that promotes individual development in a uniquely successful environment. Children have the ability to progress at their own pace in beautifully prepared classrooms on a 5-acre campus. We focus on integrated, hands-on learning with excellent academics, including cultural studies, foreign language, botany, zoology, culinary studies, hydroponics, and swimming in the Junior Olympic Pool.

Saint Paul’s School
1600 St. Paul’s Drive, Clearwater
727-536-2756; www.clearwatersindependentschool.org
Saint Paul’s – Clearwater’s Independent School is dedicated to preparing students PK3-8th grade academically, emotionally and socially for the 21st century. The academic program challenges our students to think creatively, to reflect critically, to design collaboratively and to lead confidently. Our award winning commitment to the arts, through partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall, and athletics hones our students’ talents and interests. For 45 years, our Episcopal roots have helped us develop a cohesive, inclusive sense of community where childhood is preserved and dreams soar.

Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street NE, St. Petersburg
727-456-7511; www.shorecrest.org
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.

Suncoast Waldorf School
1857 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor
727-786-8311; www.suncoastwaldorf.org
Waldorf focuses on the building of capacities rather than the transmitting of information. These capacities of imagination, adaptability, perseverance, initiative, creativity and social adeptness produce true human beings ready to serve the world. Parents of early childhood children will experience a true play-based kindergarten with bread baking, verses, song and story that take place in a warm and beautiful room filled with natural play materials.

Westlake Christian School
1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor
727-781-3808; www.westlakechristianchool.org
Westlake Christian School is a K-8, college preparatory school dedicated to teaching the mind and reaching the heart of the next generation. Named a National Blue Ribbon School, Westlake holds accreditations from the Florida Kindergarten Council, the Florida Council of Independent Schools, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED. Westlake offers a well-rounded program in all academic subjects, technology, fine arts, athletics and leadership.

Various Locations

Center Academy
727-541-5716; www.CenterAcademy.com
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.

Hillsborough Magnet and Choice Schools
813-272-4692; www.sdhc.k12.fl.us
Throughout Hillsborough County, Magnet and choice school programs give elementary, middle and high school students the option of attending a school with a theme based curriculum that offers innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers in smaller learning communities. The application period opens Jan. 5 at noon.

Montessori Academies
813-899-2345; www.montessoriacademies.com
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to work and learn. The children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline. Within this framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities, during the crucial years of development.

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