2016 - 2017 Gifted and Talented Program
Mondays & Wednesdays 9am - Noon
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 academic, 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 enrollment will not be based on rigid age restrictions or grade classifications; students may enroll based on their ability to be successful in the class, maturity, motor skills, self-discipline and behavior.
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 6 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.
NEW FOR 2016 - 2017
To make the program more flexible for families, we will offer GATE classes on two different days and have initiated two different types of class offerings: 1) A UNIT STUDY PROGRAM will incorporate math, science, social science, engineering and language arts into a quarter-long program that explores a "unit topic" in depth, and 2) An INTEREST SPECIFIC (A-LA-CART) program where classes may run for quarters, semesters, or the academic year, and cover a specific topic (example: Shakespeare for Kids). Additionally, students accepted into the Gifted And Talented Education program will be permitted, with teacher approval, into any of our academic and/or enrichment classes regardless of the recommended age or grade level, so long as the student is able to successfully complete the work on his/her own and exhibit appropriate class behavior.
Comprehensive Unit Study Program
One topic, 3-hour weekly units with a single topic which changes every quarter. The in-class sessions focus on activities and discussions that reinforce the learning activities the students do at home. For 2016 - 2017, the topics are: Quarter 1- The Silk Road; Quarter 2 - The Industrial Revolution; Quarter 3 - Architecture; Quarter 4: Mark Twain.
For tuition and material costs and to register, click HERE.
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.
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.
Monday & Wednesday Location:
Tabernacle of God
13302 Lynn Rd.
Tampa, FL 33625
Additional classes are offered on Tuesday & Thursday in partnership with Tampa Covenant Homeschool Co-op. Visit their website for times, dates, and descriptions.
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 2016— 2017 school year, the minimum number of students is 6.
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.