2015 - 2016 Gifted and Talented Program Fridays 9am - Noon
2016 -2017 Information coming Soon!
Serve the gifted student and their families by providing ability-driven educational offerings as well as family support services.
The students will meet weekly for collaborative, hands-on, project-oriented learning activities. Additional assignments and/or tasks will be provided to the parents to enable the gifted education to continue during the week; optional materials packets will be available to the families to support these at-home activities. Class assignment will not be based on rigid age restrictions or grade classifications; students will be placed on their abilities in each subject. We will strive to employ highly qualified teachers who are familiar with the traits of gifted and talented students and who have a passion for the subject(s) they teach. Expected class size ratio to be less than or equal to 1:9 (teacher:student). Each class must have a minimum of 5 students.
In addition to formal classes, Preparatory Academy will sponsor clubs, based on parent-student interest. Such clubs may include Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics, Speech & Debate, Math Bowl, Rube Goldberg, etc. As a sponsor, the school will assist with fundraising activities and initial coordination, however, the clubs will rely primarily on student parents to serve as coaches or facilitators. Should the parents ask Preparatory Academy to provide coaches, the participants would incur the costs associated with this. If “clubs” require coverage under Preparatory Academy insurance, the parents of the students participating may be charged to cover the additional costs, if any. Clubs will be open to “non GATE students” and must comply with the school’s non-discriminatory policy.
Preparatory Academy will also organize optional field trips, not to be scheduled to conflict with classes that may be of interest to the students an their families. Field trips may occur on the weekends or over class breaks. There may be additional fees for these field trips. Field trips may include “non GATE students” and will comply with the school’s non-discriminatory policy.
Periodic parent-support meetings will be arranged, sometimes with guest speakers, to allow parents to form strong bonds with each other, to enable them to build their own support structures, and to give opportunities to meet the educational needs of parents of gifted and talented students.
We want the program to meet the needs of the students and their families as well as to leverage the interests of the students. Therefore, special planning meetings will be held at least annually to allow parents input on courses to be offered and the opportunity to provide feedback on the program.
2015 - 2016 Schedule NOTE: 2016 - 2017 Schedule coming Soon!
The school year will run for 32 weeks, and classes will meet Fridays from 9 am - noon. Class topics will be scheduled on 8-week block, allowing for variety and preventing any one student from being "stuck" too long in a topic he/she might not enjoy and boredom from setting in!
Each 8-week block will include 3 classes. Each class will be 50 minutes long with a 10 minute break between classes. The following topics are planned for 2015 - 2016.
Students are admitted after a Preparatory Academy, Inc. review of the student’s Gifted Screening Test and the Parent/Guardian Nomination Form. Previous teachers or evaluators may also nominate students for participation to the program. Preparatory Academy, Inc. reserves the right to request additional testing for the student. (Form available for download below).
To meet our objective of serving the entire family, once any student in a family (defined as parents and siblings) is admitted to the GATE program, all siblings may be permitted to enroll and to participate in the classes, activities, and field trips.
Registration, Tuition and Fees
The following are per student per year.
We have two options for families. The first is a full-year registration; the second is a quarterly registration. In each case, tuition includes program registration fees, instruction costs and in-class materials cost.
The information below is for the 2015 - 2016 Year; 2016 - 2017 Coming SOON!
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Characteristics of the Gifted Child
They are not necessarily successful in school!
Club offerings will be based on parent-student interest. Such clubs may include Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics, Speech & Debate, Math Bowl, Rube Goldberg, etc.
Clubs will be sponsored by Preparatory Academy, Inc. but coordinated by volunteer parents. As sponsor, the school will assist with fundraising activities and the initial coordination. Clubs will rely on voluntary parents serving as coaches or facilitators. Should the parents ask Preparatory Academy Inc. to provide coaches, the participants will incur the costs associated with this.
If clubs require coverage under Preparatory Academy, Inc. insurance, the parents of the students participating may be charged to cover the additional costs, if any.
Clubs will be open to “non GATE students” and must comply with the school’s non-discriminatory policy.
Parents interested in coordinating, coaching, and/or facilitating a club should contact Preparatory Academy, Inc.
Location: Tabernacle of God
13302 Lynn Rd.
Tampa, FL 33625
GATE students and families will be governed by the procedures and policies of Preparatory Academy, Inc. unless different policies are outlined below:
Minimum Student Participation Policy:In order for the GATE program to be viable, we need to maintain a minimum number of students.
For the 2015— 2016 school year, the minimum number of students is 5.
Withdrawal Policy: A student may withdraw from the program within the first two weeks of the school year and will receive a refund of registration and tuition, less any funds that have already been spent.
Following the initial 2 weeks, refunds will not be given unless the withdrawal is for a health-related or relocation reason. The amount refunded will be pro-rated based on date of withdrawal. Notice of withdrawal must be received, in writing, at least 30 days in advance.
In all cases, Preparatory Academy, Inc. reserves the right to review the family’s account prior to releasing the refund, and will issue the refund within 45 days of the actual withdrawal date. Families expecting refunds must provide a valid mailing address to Preparatory Academy, Inc.
The above fees are for services rendered and no portion of these fees are tax-deductible charitable contributions.