Gifted and Talented Program Fridays 9am - Noon
There will not be a GATE program for 2016-2017
Based on feedback we received from the parents and students in last year's class, we will not be offering a gifted and talented program and will be spending the year designing it to better meet the needs of our families.
We encourage you to register your gifted and talented students in our other gifted friendly classes. Our classes are age-required flexible. Contact us if there is a class your student would like to take that is outside his / her current age.
Serve gifted and talented students and their families by offering interesting and challenging academic programs open to all members of the students of a gifted family, providing support to parents of gifted children, and facilitating activities that allow students and families to build lasting friendships.
1) Participation in classes will be based on the ability and readiness of the student. Class enrollment will be flexible and open to mixed age/grade ranges.
2) Courses will be activity and project based based and may provide additional activities for the student to complete independently at home. The goal is to provide a significant part of the student's annual curriculum.
3) Courses will stress critical and creative thinking skills.
4) Courses will give students a "forum" for deep exploration of the material and should allow students to pursue knowledge to whatever level they are able.
5) Teachers and administrators need to understand the characteristics and needs of the gifted child.
Students are admitted after a Preparatory Academy, Inc. review of the student’s Gifted Screening Test and the Parent/Guardian Nomination Form. 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. A 3% fee will be applied to any credit/debit card payment.
Facility Fee: $90 per year, non-refundable, due upon acceptance to the program, payable to Tabernacle of God Church.
Registration, tuition, and in-class materials: $1600 year. Refundable on a pro-rated basis according to Withdrawal Policy. A 3% discount will be given to those paying in full. May be paid in two installments: $1000 due on registration; remainder due by Nov. 15th, 2015. Payable to Preparatory Academy, Inc. To review the withdrawal policy, visit our Policies Page.
Take Home Materials Fee: $320/ year (approximation)—for materials, books, etc. that the student will use at home and will be his/hers to keep. Example: electronics kit that will be used to complete at home assignments. Refundable on a pro-rated basis according to the 2015-1016 GATE Withdrawal Policy. May be paid in two installments: $250 due on registration; remainder due by Nov. 15, 2015. The prepayment discount does not apply to the material fees. Payable to Preparatory Academy, Inc. NOTE: We will have an exact cost for each materials "bundle" as soon as possible.
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
The above fees are for services rendered and no portion of these fees are tax-deductible charitable contributions.