I agree with Alma: perhaps more so in Tampa than in other cities, you should check out the Public Schools, including Charter and Magnet Schools, too. Nine elementary schools with great reputations are: south - Gorrie, Mabry, and Roosevelt, south east - Bevis and Lithia Springs, north - Lutz, and north west - Schwartzkoff, McKitrick, and Deer Park. The middle school field narrows. The ultimate goal is to get into a public IB which many believe is preferable to the local private schools.
Welcome to Tampa!
The website greatschools.org is a wonderful tool for researching schools. There are a few other private schools you might want to check out, in addition to the ones mentioned:
Academy of Holy Names
Bell Shoals Baptist
Christ the King Catholic
Most Holy Redeemer
St Stephens Catholic
Good luck with your research.
Debbi Tinker, GRI, CDPE, TRC
Realty Service with Heart
Also we have "public" International Baccalaureate Programs starting in Kindergarten. I think it's easy to get admitted up until High School when there is very strict competition to gain entry. Many believe the IB program offers superior education than most private schools.
We also have the Accelerated Gifted Program in Public Schools and if your child passes the testing he will be pulled from the normal Math and Science classes and be put together with the other AGP kids and learn much more advanced Math & Science. My daughter did this and she is now attending a High School IB Program. Additionally if your child passes the IB Exams they are given a Bright Futures Scholarship.
Hope this helps.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee PA
Future Home Realty
If you are moving to the South Tampa area, I recommend St. John's Episcopal Day School. It's grades Pre-K through 8th and has 3 separate campuses in the Hyde Park area. My son is in 3rd grade at St. John's and is well advanced in reading and math compared to other schools. Check out stjohnseagles.org for more info. In north Tampa check out carrollwooddayschool.org and also check out berkeleyprep.org.
This should be a good a start. Good luck with the move! Any other questions please don't hesitate to contact me at:
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One of my favorite sites when it comes to school ratings is http://www.greatschools.org and if you have an iPhone check out their app which is also a fantastic tool. I love their site, use it often and highly recommend it to my clients who are interested in finding the best schools for their children's education. GreatSchools profiles public, private and charter schools and has a great format for readers to leave comments. Besides their rating system the comment section is the best place to go to get real life feedback from children who attend the schools as well as their parents.
You might also want to check out the Florida Department of Education School accountability reports which are also a wealth of information and can be accessed with this link;
After doing your homework on-line I always recommend parents visit the school live and in person prior to making any purchasing decisions in that district and if you need assistance let me know as I would be happy to show you around. I hope this information is helpful but if you need anything additional please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Wish you were coming to Jupiter instead of Tampa!
Always at Your Service,
Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"
Keller Williams Realty