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Tampa Bay Christian Academy

Private | PK-12

 

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Posted March 10, 2014

My daughter is a student at this school and I can not be happier with her total educations - mind, body and spirit. Academically, they challenge her - as a gifted student - they provide enrichment and gifted programming. In fact, she is taking course work a grade ahead in some subjects. She also receives 30 minutes of Spanish language education everyday. She has 30 minutes of PE everyday, she has music twice a week, library once a week and computers once a week. As for her spiritual education, I am blown away by what she has learned and how her heart has grown for the Lord. All students have Bible class every day, but in addition, all courses are taught with a Biblical viewpoint. They also have chapel once a week. In fact, the students are taught so well, that the students spearheaded a program to gather items to send to an orphanage in Haiti on their own. The students actually said, we need to put into practice what we are learning. I am excited about the direction this school is heading and can't wait to see where it is going!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

My daughter has attended this school/preschool since 7 weeks old. She is learning English, Spanish and even a couple signs. She is learning to love God. Im impressed with how much she has learned in just three years. She will continue her education at this school. Her spiritual and educational future are in the best hands in Tampa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

I think that it's a good school because it's like a big family and it helps everyone who has any type of problem. The academics are up to date and good. The school is also always available to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

Tampa Bay Christian Academy has provided a nurturing environment for both my sons. The school is committed to excellence in both the classroom and athletics, and has given them a solid Christian foundation to build on. Faculty is always available to meet with my husband and I, if we have any concerns. I highly recommend this school for the quality education it provides each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

I was absolutely thrilled to have met the staff at the school. Even during a time of transition, they are student centered, seeking to make sure that everything they do is aimed at the academic, physical, spiritual, and social well being of each child and family they serve. It has been a pleasure working with them, and if I still had young children they would go to Tampa Bay Christian Academy.


Posted January 17, 2013

I have attended Tampa Bay christian Academy for almost 18 years. This is where i have grown up, academically and spiritually. I am a senior this year and have no complaints. This school upholds its Christian values to a "T". It has also become a "home like" environment for myself and several other students. The teachers are very concerned with every students well being and is always there for any help needed. Unlike public School or other Schools in the area they care about where we go in life and want us to do our very best and always give us all resources needed to make that happen. Once a students Graduates, their well-being never leaves thoughts and hearts of our faculty and staff. This school is ran with honesty, integrity, and at footsteps of Christ. Every member of our facility is aware and lives their lives by the factor that everything you do, is and should be done in the image of Christ. I have and will recommend Tampa Bay Christian Academy to everyone I know. I'm excited to graduate but bummed at the fact that i will be leaving such a wonderful place behind.


Posted September 7, 2010

I have had numerous opportunities to interact with the teachers at TBCA during the past 5-7 years. In any school you will find someone who is not completely committed to the furthering of their knowledge and the betterment of their classroom activities; however, I will say that my experience with TBCA has nearly proven this incorrect. The teachers are extremely committed to quality education, discipline and providing the students with what they need to succeed in today's society, while leading from a strong Christian model.


Posted August 19, 2010

Approximately half of our faculty and staff have graduate degrees which includes three members with PhD level degrees. Also, it is a requirement here that we be doubly certified through the state of Florida and our Christian accreditation association. It is our goal and mission to preserve a Christ-centered school culture that strives to continue a level of excellence. Dr. Bode, who has been with us for 30 years, continues to direct the activities of the school and provide strong direction for faculty and students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 18, 2010

This school is terrible. They do not hold up the Christian name. The teachers just talk about each other and the school in front of the parents. The teachers barely watch the children. In the younger classrooms, the children just watch TV and play. Dont waste your money. Go where your money and child is valued.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

This is my alma-matter, my son attended this school, and it is the best school in Tampa Bay for high academic standards and also for incorporating morals and love of God within their teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

New name Tampa Bay Christian Academy This school has made great strides. Check out their website. Teachers are well qualified, dedicated, and have love for the students and families. The school does not cater to only high level students, but meets the needs of different abilities. It is culturally diverse and has an international program. I had 2 children attend the school for their entire schooling. They were well prepared for success at the university level. The school is not overly strict but has a good balance of behavioral expectations. They are accredited by SACS and ACSI.


Posted October 12, 2008

the high school is pathetic. i learned nothing. i got out of that place asap. it smells like mold. the teachers treated me like a middle school student. the year i was there was a complete waste of time and of my parents money. there is no positive feed back about this school. i felt like i was being brainwashed by there stupidity, they act as if there is no outside world, it seems to me that they are stuck in there own little world. they are very outdated with any of there academics and everything else, and i didnt understand one word the science teacher said the entire year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2008

This school I have been going to for 9 years now. Academically, weak. But teachers have more time to give each student time because of the class size.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2006

Their intervention program is excellent. It is run by a woman that is degreed and specializes in learning disabilities. She is super knowledgable and was able to help diagnose our student when numerous 'experts' could not. Our student is now excelling! This specialized program works with all grades K - 12, to help those students with various learning disabilities. The high school teachers work well with the students to help them at all levels. The high school sports program was excellent last year, winning regional and district titles. One of their former students was named a Rhodes Scholar last year. They seem to prepare their students well for college. My child's friend went to community college last year for financial reasons, even though she was accepted by numerous 4 year institutions. I think this was the case in a good amount of their students. I am continually impressed by Tampa baptist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

My child has attended TBA high school for 2 years. The high school is small. The 2006 graduating class was 26. The academics seem to be weak. My child has spent little time doing homework at home these past 2 years. The graduation program for the class of 2006 reported that 11 were planing to attend a 4 year university and 12 were planning to attend a 2 year community college. This makes me question how well the school is doing in preparing the students for college. The atmosphere at the school is good. The students are well behaved. Class sizes are small. The teachers are attentive although maybe not demanding enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

As a parent of a preschooler, I am very, very pleased with the morning program at TBA. The staff is caring, loving, nurturing and attentive. I love having Kindermusik and PE provided for my child. He thoroughly enjoys both. My child's teacher communicates with my husband and I on a daily basis and has my son's best interest in mind. The only 'problem' we have experienced with TBA is the lack of consistency in the afternoon care. I don't believe it is a problem with the supervisor or the program itself. Overall, we are proud to say that our sone attends Tampa Baptist Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

The quality of the academic program for pre-school children is great. We love the fact that our child who is 4 is receiving computer, p.e., music, and library time on a weekly basis. I work in the public school system and our children do not even get these consistently. My only complaint about this school is the consistency and quality of afternoon care. I only wish that the afternoon care was as great as the morning program. Unfortunatley, my ratings are affected by this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2006

As a parent of a pre-school/elementary student at this school for over 6 years I am very impressed with the experience my child has had. Teachers are very dedicated and faith-based. The music/choral program is phenomenal and students truly learn to love the Lord. The tuition is less expensive than nearly all comparable private schools. The environment is both safe and caring. There is fantastic, real ethnic/racial/economic/international student diversity at this school - very difficult to find in schools and churches today! Don't let the outside appearance of the school fool you - this is a quality place for elementary students. On the downside, the facilities tend to be old and technology lags behind. Very low parent involvement - many parents work or just don't get involved. Some staff/faculty are very conservative Christians - not as much diversity in Christian faith traditions as I would like to see. Very good overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2006

Good school for elementary students. Upper levels have less academic, social, and sports activities than many schools. Very clear religious focus. Many good people on staff and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

To send our child to this school was probably the worst decision we ever made. The education and curriculum of this school is terrible. They teach you absolutely nothing, and are not willing to help when a child does not understand something.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 30% 23%
Hispanic 27% 29%
White 27% 42%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Natasha Sherwood
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (813) 343-0601

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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1602 West Sligh Ave
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33604
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Phone: (813) 343-0600

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