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Hand In Hand Academy

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Posted August 18, 2011

My daughter was a student of Wendy's when she first opened the doors of her home in New Tampa, calling her transformed living room "Hand in Hand Academy". She promised me she would provide my daughter with a strong foundation from which she could build her education. Fast Forward - my daughter is now 13 years old . Who ever thought that the decision I made to trust in Hand in Hand all those years ago would still be paying off. We moved to Atlanta just as my daughter was to start Kindergarten. She was placed in the Horizon's (gifted) program, which has carried forth year to year. She is now in 8th Grade, and remains a Straight A student, excelling in every aspect of her schooling & extra curricular activities. Last spring she took part in the Duke University 7th Grade Talent Search (the top 5% of students in the nation are offered the opportunity to take the ACT/SAT as a 7th Grader).She finished with scores that most high school students would be proud to have earned! Wendy instilled a love of education in my daughter when she was only 3 years old. The impact of that has been AMAZING, and I can't thank her enough!
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Posted May 2, 2011

My son has been at Hand in Hand for four years now and I am amazed where he is academically and socially. I am pleased beyond words with the teachers, the program and the caring environment that has been created at this school. Thank you for the incredible education that my son has received!
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Posted April 29, 2011

Hand in Hand is our first school experience for our twin daughters. We couldn't have made a better decision. This school sets the mark for what preschool education should be. I am pleased with the growth of our daughters since their enrollment. The individualized attention and early reading program are superior.
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Posted April 28, 2011

Overall great school. Building needs help but teachers could not be better. My daughter loves her teacher (and friends).
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Posted April 28, 2011

We chose Hand in Hand Academy because of their individualized reading and writing program, their low student to teacher ratio, and their passion to teach young children. We have been very pleased with our son's progression due to the extra time and dedication his teacher has spent with him. We look forward to sending our youngest son to Hand In Hand next year.
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Posted April 27, 2011

Hand In Hand Academy I have twin boys with different needs both academically and emotionally. Everyone at Hand In Hand Academy: the principle, the teachers and the staff are very focused on individual goals that meet the needs of each child. I appreciate the extra time and consideration that has been shown to my boys, and feel fortunate to have found such an enriching and caring academic environment for them.
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Posted April 27, 2011

we love Hand in Hand .......we have our daughter there and its her first school experience (vpk) and its been wonderful!!! i love the teachers, i love the staff and they all truly care about our children can see it!! i am so pleased w/ our experience there. thank you to the school for all that u have done for our daughter in this past year..........
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Posted April 27, 2011

Wonderful school. Not only is he reading amazingly well in Kindergarten, but he is happy and comfortable in the classroom. He loves his teachers so much! He is being challenged academically and I have to thank his teachers for that! Truly a student-centered school!
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Posted March 24, 2011

This is our first year at Hand in Hand. They have exceeded our expectations for our son's development. I look forward to our younger two attending in the near future. Not a daycre.... definitely a learning program. All of the teachers, office staff and administration have been wonderful to our son and our family. Thank you Hand in Hand
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Posted March 23, 2011

As a working mother of two boys, I understand the importance of finding high quality childcare for my children. My oldest son has been at hand in hand for almost two years and we've been very impressed with the staff and teachers in that time. Ms. Penny has been his teacher since he started, and she is exactly what we were looking for as a childcare provider. She is ALWAYS there which we are happy about. At this age, it is very important to have consistency. She is very nurturing, loving, and it never ceases to amaze us how much he learns from her, even at such a young age. We've had a very positive experience with the school and look forward to enrolling our younger son next year!
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Posted January 14, 2011

We have had a very rewarding time at HIH and our son loves it! Not only that, they have brought in visitors from different places around the Tampa area to talk to the kids about the related subjects they were studying at the time. My kids are still talking about the "stingray shuffle"!
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Posted August 7, 2010

I must say it all depends on who you get as your child teacher at Hand in Hand. They have some great teachers but the administration and other teachers' focus seem to be on their own interests e.g. enrolling as many students to sustain their operation until they are accredited as a charter school, rather than your child's true academic needs. This action may or may not be the result of not-so-good word-of-month from parents or loosing several experienced teachers over the years hurting their reputation and/or finance. I agree with another parent commenting on the administration being hot and cold: they can be defensive. We are in favor of private schools but Hand in Hand failed to meet our expectations, and in FL there are many public schools that play an important role in students' educational endeavor.
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Posted July 12, 2010

What an exceptional school for solid academics delivered in a warm, loving, comfortable environment. The teachers are fantastic and very caring. Both of our boys attend this school and just love it! It's the best school we have found!
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Posted July 8, 2010

Hand in Hand Academy is the best school available for young children. This school has incredible teachers that really care about the children, love their job, and are excellent at what they do. The school has a warm nurturing environment and the entire staff and administration knows each child personally. They also have a fantastic curriculum with an individualized reading program. Most of the children in the school become very advanced academically. My child is doing second grade work in Kindergardten and loves it. I highly recommend this school if you are looking for a strong curriculum, great teachers, and a happy, loving environment.
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Posted January 26, 2010

This is a great school. Warm, friendly people and teachers. Its a small school but amazing with education geared towards each individual child. Great teachers. They believe in hands on, fun, learning environment, that is very open to parent teacher involvement and communication. Ms Wendy tries hard to keep parents happy! Both my children excelled at this school and I saw great progress!
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Posted December 13, 2009

Both of my children attended Hand In Hand. The teachers are the best and the education is top notch!!! I would recommend it to anyone
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Posted November 17, 2008

The program is very intelligently structured and offers a small student to teacher ratio 1:10 in most preschool groups. The teachers are excellent because they are well-paid. Many hold degrees beyond the bachelor's level. Theseteachers understand child development...children are stretched to learn but not pushed forcefully beyond their comfort level. The administration can be hot or cold. They have a great deal of difficulty with any questioning and respond very defensively--this is not my opinion but 'the word on the street'. Many folks have had unfortunate encounters at the top--BUT the teachers are excellent and the families & children are smart and caring people.
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Posted October 4, 2008

My child has attended Hand in Hand Academy for two years. She is reading and is not quite five years old. The teachers are warm and know the best way to approach each child. They individualize instruction for each child so that all of the children can learn at their comfort level. My child has been challenged and loves to go to school. i would recommend this school for anyone that has a preschool child. We are thinking about staying for Kindergarten!
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Posted October 4, 2008

We have had an amazing experience at Hand in Hand Academy. We will miss the teachers a great deal. The best in the area!
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Posted July 21, 2008

I have to say, I was a little nervous using it as a VPK program but I have to say, I am very impressed with the teachers and the staff. It is better than I could have expected. These teachers are the top of the crop and have a reading teacher that works with EACH student. She is amazing. Wendy the owner has it together. I wish I would have signed my daughter up for the school year. KUDOS to this school. So far no down side. I can't believe it! Great job!
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 44%
Asian 6% N/A
Black 3% 29%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
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19215 Livingston Ave
Lutz, FL 33559
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