A Rated Public Schools in New Tampa
Parent involvement and support in a child’s education in school and at home is important for the success of a public school. According to Hillsborough County Public Schools System, attendance, communication, health, interest, expectations, volunteerism and encouragement should be in every parent’s checklist for a good school year.
Most elementary schools in New Tampa, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties are A rated. A school is awarded according to students’ performance in Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in Reading and Mathematics. Each year, each school will be rated accordingly. A school that is consistently awarded, A, shows great scores in standardized tests and improvement in grades for poor performing students.
These are important clues for residents in the New Tampa area. It shows the commitment of school staff including the principal and the parents.
The Middle and High Schools are rated the same way. The Florida schools system looks at Elementary (3rd, 4th and 5th grades), Middle (7th and 8th grades), and High Schools (9th and 10th grades).
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have current physical and immunization record. The requirements for school entry are:
Varicella (chicken pox) kindergarten to 3rd grade, 2 doses
Varicella (chicken pox) 4th to 9th grade, 1 dose
DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus), 5 doses
Polio, kindergarten, 5 doses
Polio, 1st-12th grade, 4 doses
MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), kindergarten to 12th grade, 2 doses
Hepatitis B, kindergarten to 12th grade, 3 doses
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), 7th and 9th grade, 1 dose
Td(tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap, 10th to 12th grade, 1 dose.
The above is supplied by the Hillsborough School Systems and applies for Pasco County too.
Schools in New Tampa do not leave room for doubt when it comes to taking care of kids’ education, skills improvement, health and well-being.
Since parental involvement is key to a child’s success, New Tampa schools have a high volume of parent participation in events and volunteering. Areas that parents can get involved in:
Participate in PTA/PTSA (Parent Teacher Associations/Parent Teacher Student Associations). This organization gives parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members, an opportunity to work together on school projects and education concerns.
School Advisory Council (SAC) members can assist the teachers and principal in the development, implementation and monitoring of the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
School-Based Parent and Family Workshops are organized to help parents gain knowledge and skills to help their children succeed academically and socially in school.
While you are there remember to check out the County’s Grading Scale, Promotion requirements for high schools, FCAT information and services available for parents.
The choice is extensive for New Tampa residents. Even if you do not find a school that suits your child’s need, you can always apply for choice schools. Information is available at the schools website as well.