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Incarnation Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 343 students


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Posted September 26, 2013

I have two boys aged 9 and 6 that have been going to Incarnation since PRE-K and they love it. I like the academics and values they teach there. Wonderful staff and the principal is awesome and very professional.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 15, 2013

This school is the best school for Pre- K or Kindergarten children. Once they join and go all the way up to 8th grade, they'll feel like they're part of the family. You can join at whatever age and everyone there will welcome and surround you with love. Sports and clubs are the best activities there. The teachers are kind and loving, but always keep everyone in order. I was part of this Irish family and I'll always will be. This is my home and as soon as you join you'll never forget the wonderful memories the students and faculty give you. I love this school and so do everyone else who attends. Once an Irish, ALWAYS an IRISH!!!

Posted July 13, 2012

The priest runs this school and he is not a very nice person. He has fired many dedicated professionals. I pulled my children out of this school and was so glad that I did. There are better public schools out there than this school!

Posted February 27, 2012

Incarnation is a fantastic school. We have two kids there now and couldn't be happier with the Pastor, Principal, and the great team of teachers and administrators. ICS provides a superior overall learning experience that includes religion, PE, Art, Music, Spanish, Science, School Garden, Science, Computer Lab, Community Service, Sports Teams, Chess Club, etc. Kids learn morals, values, patriotism, Christian/Catholic beliefs -- behaviors that are reinfored at home. ICS students are well-behaved, responsible, and enthusiastic. The school has a family atmosphere -- the parents and kids all know each other, which strengthens bonds and enhances the educational experience. There is a lot of pride in this school. If you are considering private education for your child(ren), you will be impressed and pleased with everything ICS has to offer. Check out the website or take a tour of the school and see for yourself how wonderful it is.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2012

Definitely a top notch school. The principal and priest are role models with high standards, and they expect the same from their staff, faculty, students and families. Those who find difficulty in following those high academic and moral standards, will not excel at this school. The past two years have shown significant improvement in the quality of education as well as improvement in the facilities. I am so proud to have my children enrolled in a school that lives its mission statement!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2011

This school is a NIGHTMARE!!!!! The Principal and Priest are truly incompetent. The principal is young and has no business in that position without having more years of experience that comes along with tenure. There are no aides left in the classrooms and saw multiply teachers FIRED!!! I would never recommend this school to anyone not even as a last resort. RUN!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2011

We love ICS. As parents, we could not be happier with the caring, firm, and smart leadership that Father Michael and Mr. Zelenka (Principal) have exemplified. They are great decision makers and excellent examples of strong role, moral models.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2011

Can't wait for the 2011-2012 School Year. Looking forward to a promising school year with strong leadership and challenging academic programs. Our new principal, loyal teachers and new Pastor are dedicated to providing our students with a faith filled Catholic education. Thanks ICS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 7, 2011

Wow, I'm not sure how anyone would like this school. They just fired another teacher (Spring '11). This makes 5 teachers fired, 4 more /left because of the Priest/Bishop's dealings with the school, a beloved principle also fired, and about 8 aides fired! Half of the staff (the aides) weren't replaced and was a money making attempt. I took all of my children out and would never think of putting them back into that school until the Priest leaves. It hasn't improved over the last year, it has gotten worse.
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Posted September 5, 2010

Incarnation school just got a fantastic new principle! Yes, some changes have taken place (for the better) but the teachers, families, and staff could not be happier now! I think a change and fresh start is exactly what they needed. ICS is headed in a new and exciting direction!
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Posted June 9, 2010

ICS was a good school. Last year a new priest came in and put fear in the teachers hearts. He fired the Principal and 2 teachers, whom everyone loved. Teachers have to be very careful with discipline, as a consequence there is very little. This has soured me to all Catholic schools in our diocese.
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Posted September 30, 2009

The kids like it and it has a great carival every year!

Posted July 10, 2008

The principal & staff are fantastic! They respond to every concern in a professional, caring manner. The curriculum is also great, with flexibility to move the kids up or down a level depending on their abilities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 25, 2007

Incarnation is a wonderful school! The teachers are very caring and the academics are great! The best private school ever!
—Submitted by a student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 42%
Hispanic 38% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 3% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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  • Spanish

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  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Michael Zelenka
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  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
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  • (813) 885-3734


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  • Spanish


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  • Diocese of St. Petersburg
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  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Tampa Catholic High School
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5111 Webb Road
Tampa, FL 33615
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Phone: (813) 884-4502


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