Letter to a Prospective Parent
That you are looking for a better education for your child testifies to the kind of loving, thoughtful, and engaged parent you are. Your child is fortunate to have you! The education we have to offer your child is the kind of education every child should have. Let me tell you why.
We are a private school serving students in grades 5 – 8. New students are welcome to apply to the 5th or 6th grade if they qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price School Meals Program. An Academy Prep student’s $17,500 a year education is fully funded through private donations and the Step Up For Students (SUFS) income-based scholarship (www.stepupforstudents.org). Our students pay no tuition.
Girls and boys here are taught in separate classrooms. We find, and studies show, that this facilitates the learning process. Our school day begins with convocation at 7:25am. The academic day ends at 2:30pm. This is followed by a snack, Academic Support, and Enrichments. Academic Support provides time for students to get a little extra help as homework and classes become more challenging. Enrichments during this pandemic year have been restricted due to safety protocols. Still, the variety is plentiful and includes art, drama, gardening, bucket drumming, French and Japanese clubs, chess, robotics, health and fitness, and more.
In August, we hope to return to our Saturday morning field trips. In non-pandemic years, every class attended one Saturday field trip a month. The field trip schedule included ZooTampa, MOSI or the Dali Museum, canoe trips on the Hillsborough River, back stage tours of the Straz Center, community service projects, and many more fun and engaging activities. Field trips provide our students further outlets of exploration and learning. (Note: all admission fees to museums and the like are fully paid for by us.)
Our Graduate Support Program follows our kids from 8th grade graduation through college. Our highest performing graduates are placed in some of the area’s most prestigious high schools and elite out of state boarding schools – with full scholarships. We currently have students at Jesuit, Berkeley Prep, Tampa Prep, Academy of the Holy Names, St. Andrew’s in Tennessee, and Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire, to name just a few schools. We do everything possible to insure that all of our graduates continue to strive in high school and through college.
Our students enjoy a fabulous education here – one that every child should have. We are proud that our Academy Prep graduates are academically strong, socially poised, and confident in their abilities and God-given talents.
I know this is much to digest, but if you think of something that I have not covered, please call me. I love to talk about Academy Prep.
All the best,
Luly A. Socias
Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator