Independent Day School
Tampa, FL 33618
About This School
In 2010, Independent Day School had 7 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Florida average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Independent Day School Reviews
My children did very well at IDS. The teachers gave them plenty of one-on-one attention and raised the bar on the curriculum for them. Prepared my one child to go on to a rigorous IB program in a public school and soar! And my other child did fabulous at a local private high school where he could play sports and thrive academically. I couldn't say enough about how well the IDS teachers prepared them.
I have to comment on the Aug 15, 2010 entry - since it is NOT at all accurate! My daughter is in IDS's multi-age class. We chose this option, or we could have chosen to put her in the other 3rd grade class and then 4th grade class. Back in 1-2nd grade, we also chose multi-age. There were two multi-age classes at that grade level, plus a 1st and 2nd grade class.
In 1/2 multiage she had 2 full-time teachers and an intern for approx 38 kids. Now, in 3/4 multiage we had 37 kids this past school year with 2 full time teachers, one part-time teacher, and 1 intern.
There are multiple options at most of the grade levels. In addition to academics, IDS provides a well-rounded "specials" curriculum that includes the following for ALL age levels, PK3-8th grade: Computers, Spanish, PE, Dance, Music, Drama, Art, Library. We've been very happy at IDS!
The way teachers at Independent Day School-Corbett Campus see it, even the best athletes in the world continue to train and strengthen their abilities in the quest for gold. It’s this type of Olympic mentality that underscores their continuous, year-round professional development efforts, which include weekly Tuesday afternoon meetings, monthly half-day in-services, and annual pre-planning week workshops in August.
Over the years, this commitment to lifelong learning and practicing the most current research-based teaching techniques has led to international and national recognition, including designation from the International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB Middle Years and Primary Years Program School, and national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.
Recently, IDS teachers and administrators completed a major milestone in their professional development effort to achieve endorsement in gifted education.
Last December, thanks to a partnership grant from the USF College of Education Gifted Program and under the leadership of its coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy, IDS teachers and administrators completed five graduate-level courses in five straight semesters – courses that focused on the multitude of ways students can be gifted, along with the study of creativity, self-esteem, problem solving, assessment and curriculum design – to earn the “merit badge of knowledge” in gifted education.
According to Shaunessy, “The strategies and approaches that have traditionally been limited to gifted learners are practices that can benefit all students because they ‘raise the ceiling’ on learning. They enable all students to develop their abilities to the highest levels.”
This school is TERRIBLE! In their multi age clases they have 60kids in the class with 3-4 teachers multi age clases are 1st-2nd. and then there is another on from 3-5th. This is a 3k -8th school In the normal classes there is one class for each grade expet 4k With 2 teachers per class. thanks for reading