Corbett Preparatory School of IDS

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Basic Information

Address: 12015 Orange Grove Drive
County: Hillsborough
School District: Hillsborough
Phone Number: 813.961.3087
Fax Number: 813.963.0846
President: Jim Conlin
Principal: Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman
School Type: Independent School

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Corbett Preparatory School of IDS
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Additional Information

Accreditation: : Corbett Preparatory School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) at all grade levels, including the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in PreK3 through 5th grade, and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in grades 6 through 8. Corbett Preparatory School is a National Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award School. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), and the Bay Area Association of Independent Schools (BAAIS).
Founded: 1968
Organization Affiliation: Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Original Carrollwood in North Tampa. The school serves more than 535 college-bound students in pre-kindergarten (age 3) through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Through a partnership grant with the University of South Florida College of Education, Corbett Preparatory School teachers have received endorsement in the university's Gifted Education Program. In addition to rigorous academics, the school offers extensive fine arts, athletics, and technology programs.
Ages/Grades: PreK3-8th grade
School Schedule: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

After-school Activities, Before- and After-care, Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence, Community School of the Arts, CAMP IDS

School Size: 535+
Classroom Size: 12-20
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1



Early Primary Division: PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten; Upper Primary Division: 1st through 2nd grades, including 1st/2nd multi-age class option; Intermediate Division: 3rd through 5th grades, including 3rd/4th multi-age class option; Middle School Division: 6th through 8th grades.


Corbett Prep offers a rigorous academic program flexibly designed to meet individual needs. Teachers provide variety and choice daily. In addition to the core subjects of math, English/language arts, science, and social studies/history, students at Corbett Prep enjoy a variety of specials: Spanish, dance, music, visual and performing arts, drama, physical education/athletics, technology, and library.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Corbett Prep technology builds upon itself from PreK4-8th grade. Students learn new programs each year in both Apple and Windows platforms.

Uniform Guidelines:

Students at Corbett Prep follow a dress code.

Mission Statement:

1) Our children first! 2) To have a positive impact on the greater community.

To accelerate learning by creating a brain-friendly environment that is
• Joyful & Challenging
• Stimulating & Productive
• Nurturing with High Standards & High Expectations

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing, and safe learning environment with high standards and expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Teachers put children first, attending to each student as an individual and as a member of a collaborative learning community. The school combines joy with challenge; stimulating and inspiring lessons with productivity and results; and a strong work ethic focused on excellence with ethical conduct that emphasizes dignity and respect for all.
School History: Forty-four Years Ago… Two parents who were also teachers seeking gifted education for all learners established Corbett Preparatory School of IDS and founded a truly innovative, one –of-a kind school. These pioneers believed that gifted education benefits all learners by “raising the ceiling” on learning. They believed strategies and approaches previously afforded only to gifted students can provide each learner excellence in academics through experiential learning, differentiated instruction, a strong academic focus, and nurturing of a positive self-concept. Today, Corbett Prep continues to honor the vision and foundation established in 1968 with a 21st century model for continuous improvement and a life-long learning mentality in the Olympic spirit – where the best keep getting better!
Programs and Services:

Corbett Preparatory School is committed to developing students who are internationally minded. From PreK3 through 8th grade, global perspectives are woven into academic lessons, visual and performing arts, electives, club, and community service. Through classroom technology, including ooVoo, Moodle, Skype, and Google Docs, students collaborate with students in China, Sweden and Italy. Students have the opportunity to participate in study trips to countries such as Spain, China, Sweden, and Peru and to host exchange students from Spain.