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PK-8
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Tampa, FL
Students enrolled: 535
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12015 Orange Grove Drive
Tampa, FL 33618

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(813) 961-3087
(813) 963-0846
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December 10, 2014
So far we have been at Corbett for 3 years (PK-3, PK-4 and Kindergarten). I can't speak to anything higher, but if it's at all like our 3 years so far, it will be fantastic! My daughter loves school and has learned so much. Her teachers have each been so great at understanding her unique strengths and areas for growth and have pushed her to grow in ways I never imagined. If you want a traditional school which focuses on standardized tests and filling in boxes, as well as simply regurgitating facts, Corbett is not the place for you. The kids are fully engrossed in a topic and live it, not just learn it! I am consistently blown away by how well-rounded the focus is...on the whole child. Arts, athletics and extracurricular activities are emphasized as well as character building, community connections, and social skills. All schools have issues, and Corbett is not exempt, but any issue we have had has been addressed immediately and directly. I have always felt that I could be honest and forthright with any concerns I have. We love it here!

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
Our son is in kindergarten at Corbett Prep and is growing by leaps and bounds! He loves coming to school in the morning and tells us all sorts of stories at night about what he is learning. His reading and writing has improved tremendously, and he is so proud of himself. The school emphasizes STEAM and the teachers know how to get the kids excited about and involved in their lessons. We also love the performances. Every child has a chance to perform, which has helped our son's self confidence and increased his interest in the arts. We're so glad we found this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2014
This is by far the best school in Tampa Bay. Amazing teachers, supportive environment, great parents, and caring administration! I have two graduates, and one more in middle. Wish they could all stay at CP!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2014
Great teachers, great curriculum, wonderful Specials including music, drama, dance, art, PE, Spanish, Computer, Library, Intramurals and Chorus. Access to an extraordinary Community School of the Arts for phenomenal performing & visual arts programs. Students develop poise, confidence and presentation skills beginning in Pre-K3 all the way through 8th Grade. Our family is blessed to be a part of the Corbett Prep Community!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2014
Our family has 3 children at Corbett. Our oldest son went to our local, A-rated public school from K-5th grade and we made the decision to go private for middle school. After his 6th grade year, we loved this school so much that we moved our 2 younger children to Corbett also. This school focuses on developing the whole person, not just teaching to a test to keep that A rating. They challenge those students that are advanced and work with those who need extra assistance. Kids are exposed to the arts through drama, music, fine arts from pre-k through 8th grade. Sports opportunities are plenty. Each one of my kids are so different and have different strengths and interests. Corbett Prep meets each ones needs. Teachers give 110% always and WANT to teach and WANT to be there. My only regret is we didn't have our kids go there from Pre-K!!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
We have two children who attend Corbett Prep. I can't say enough about how impressed my wife and I are with the entire school. From the admissions personnel to the office staff to the classroom teachers to the parent volunteers, everyone has been exceedingly friendly and helpful. This is our children's second year at the school and they are completely IN LOVE with it. Academically, we are extremely happy to this point. We have not had any problems with teachers communicating with us about progress AND problems with our children. The school set high standards and expectations in the beginning and have, in our opinion, lived up to every bit of it. Would definitely recommend this school to anyone interested.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
Having both of my children at Corbett Prep/IDS for many years, I can tell you first hand that the school has some serious issues. The teachers are wonderful and the parents are very involved. There is a serious bullying problem and after many many parents have complained to the headmaster, Joyce Swarzman and the board of directors, NOTHING has ever been done. Dr. Swarzman is very good at" Lip Service" meaning she will tell you what you want to hear to your face just to make you happy, but will not take action for any problems from students, teachers, faculty, etc. We pulled both of our kid out of Corbett Prep and put them in public school for the first time where they THRIVED and EXCELLED. Unfortunately both of my kids were severely behind in math. I spoke to a former CP/IDS parent who is a professional tutor and she also said that her kids (and many CP/IDS) kids where/are lacking in math skills. The school is a very nice and fun school with a great performing arts program, unfortunately Dr. Swarzman is running it into the ground. Beware of the education that your high $$$ tuition is getting your child. I would NEVER send my child or any child there because of the headmaster.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
Having one child graduate from Corbett Prep and another child soon to graduate I have only admiration and loyalty for the faculty and staff. The teachers as well as Dr. Swarzman are alway available to assist myself or my child 24/7. The faculty have gone above and beyond on many occasions for my children. Our oldest child has now moved onto an IB high school and is thriving socially and academically. CP gave my child the knowledge, self-confidence, organization and study skills to excel in high school. Our current child loves sports over academics, the facility is always there to assist my child to stay on track, being responsible for the work and feeling great about themselves. We have attended other private schools in Tampa and have other then ever seen a school where the headmaster will personally call you back even on the weekends. The faculty are the most caring individuals I have ever met. They go the extra mile to get to know you and your family. Which is rare for any school now days. CP has changed the way my children learn, study, organize their time and especially how they feel about themselves. My kids are winners thanks to Corbett Prep of IDS!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2014
With our oldest daughter getting ready to attend college, we decided to cut costs by sending our second-grader to public school. At such a young age, we figured he could adapt to any school setting, which he did, but not without some consternation. Curiosity about a new school helped allay some of his concerns about leaving Corbett Prep. But as the school year progressed, so did his dismay. Not that he didn t like his new school, he liked Corbett Prep more, and asked periodically if he would be able to go back. Unfortunately, there were no more spots available at the beginning of the year. Persistent, whenever he would see the headmaster, Dr. Joyce Swarzman, he would tell her how much he missed Corbett Prep. Before the school year ended, Swarzman found a spot, making Alex one happy little boy. Asked why he was so insistent on returning to Corbett Prep, he said he enjoyed the range of special courses art, drama, music and Spanish - offered to elementary students and, learning is fun there. Ladale Lloyd and LaSonja Smith

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
We recently switched from the public school system and are thrilled with our decision. I love the fact that my children are receiving Science and Social Studies through hands-on activities in the primary and intermediate grades. These subjects were rarely taught at our previous school, yet the subjects they most enjoy! They come home talking about the experiments they observed or new concepts learned.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
I have lived in Tampa my whole life and always heard that IDS, the name of Corbett Prep at the time, was the very best. Now that I have two daughters, my wife and I decided to give them the very best...a Corbett Prep education. I can say that the school lives up to every expectation and the reputation it holds. What wasn't expected is the friendships with other parents, who we now consider a part of our family. If you are looking for a school that just does book work and then sends the child home, this school is NOT for you. If you want a school that developes the whole child, shows them how to be leaders, and challenges them by always raising the bar...consider Corbett Prep as your best investment. Thank you to the teachers who make the difference and the staff that supports their every need to ensure that my children get the VERY BEST.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
Beautiful school with excellent arts/extracurriculars and some very good teachers, but... Too many children per classroom to really differentiate at the level they need...or preach they do. And academics are lacking in several areas. Friends who have left and some who are still at the school agree that you have to be proactive to get your children to be challenged academically. There are a few teachers that are quite apathetic in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
Great school with amazing teachers. They even have a wonderful chef who serves delicious meals daily. I would recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
Corbett Prep is our home! We have three children who attend school at Corbett Prep. This is our ninth year here and we love it more each year. All three of our children are very different and yet, they all are challenged appropriately. Each child is challenged and motivated to do his best work in the classroom. In addition, there are many other opportunities to learn outside the classroom that our boys participate in. There are music classes, dance classes, and theatre. It is a truly balanced education...academics, arts, and athletics. Specifically, I must comment on their drama & musical theatre programs... They are out of this world amazing...giving all kids a chance to shine!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
Academics are average. Two children at school. Both scored above the 95% percentile on SAT tests. School did not challenge or significantly contribute to their ability to go to high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
I was a student but I moved last year. I enjoyed this school because I was a little above average at something, so it made sure that I wasn't bored in that class. There science program could be better. They mix 3, 4, and 5 grade together to do the same science in four groups. I enjoy the after school activities we do though. One of my favorite is Warrior's Pride Chorus. Fourth and Fifth graders get to join a chorus where we preform and do a big play at the end of the year. The is also a middle school chorus but I didn't stay in time for that. I do wish a couple of the kids would behave better. I was a relatively good kid (nobodies perfect) but we had so many bad kids that the teacher kept yelling all year. Also, a big thing about this school is you have "positively phrase" your words like, "This is other than appropriate for school." So you have to be ready for that. Besides that it is an AMAZING school, and I've been to quite a few schools.

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2013
Corbett Prep is our 2nd home. All three of my children, my husband, and I adore the school and all it offers for our family. Our boys are growing up in a place where they teach the "whole child", confidence is imbeded at a young age, and learning is fun! My kids WANT to go to school every day and I too, enjoy spending time on campus or doing activities that directly support Corbett Prep!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Corbett Prep is an amazing school that puts every child first. We have been at the school for 5 wonderful years and have seen our daughter absolutely soar. Her self-confidence, problem solving skills, acceptance of others for who they are, joy of learning, and overall strong leadership skills are a direct result of attending Corbett Prep since she was in Pre K3. I strongly encourage anyone looking at Private Schools to schedule a campus visit; I promise it will be a decision you will be happy you made.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
This school is beyond amazing! Our children have flourished under the guidance of intelligent, creative, and caring teachers. We are so thankful that they are being immersed in a multitude of specials in addition to their academics during this sad time when the public institutions are cutting P.E., music, recess,and art from the daily schedule. Each of our children is being challenged and is above grade level. They are upset when they are sick and cannot attend school! We would choose this school over and over again.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
We've been at this school for 8 years and have been very happy. Our teachers and office staff constantly strive to do their very best. All of our teachers received Gifted certifications through on-site training with a local college, among many other certifications. They frequently attend trainings and meet as a group to evaluate their own work and how that ties in with the entire school. The education at Corbett Prep is very well rounded, as many reviewers have listed before me. The kids are not just receiving an academic education, they are learning essential social skills that will empower them in the future. We are thrilled to be part of the Corbett Prep family.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
This school is everything I could ever ask for for my child. In PK-4, my son has eaten at a medieval feast, soared to the moon in rocket, gotten his "driver's license", and sailed on the Mayflower. Tonight, he told me how the flag described in our national anthem was real and how it inspired Francis Scott Key who watched it from the boat. All of this has been learned through immersion and fun interaction. There is no pressure, no stress, nothing but smiles. It is amazing and I could not say enough to describe what a wonderful start in life Corbett Prep is giving my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
I attended IDS in the early 1970's followed by Tampa Prep. I have a BA in Physics from Holy Cross Worchester Ma and a Ph.D. From Florida in Physics. I'm employed By Bruker as a physicist. IDS is a great school for self motivated Kids, like me, my Brother MD-Columbia(NY), and Sister Ph.D math-Brown. Were the students end up I think says alot for the schools they started at.

- submitted by a community member
December 10, 2012
My grandchildren have been in IDS for 5 years. They have never once complained about going to school. They love it. They are learning so much.It is an exciting and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2012
So, our first year at IDS (Corbett Prep) was excellent. Our child was happy and challenged without feeling stressed. The years since have progressively gotten more disappointing. IDS is a fun school with amazing fine arts and good PE. Many good teachers, a few not so good. Academically, however, I don't feel it really challenges advanced students or teaches at the level it could even average students. They try to differentiate but I'm not sure how successful they are being and I'm never sure where my children are at unless I ask the teachers every few weeks. The kids are happy but if you are academically minded, not sure you get what you pay for.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
My family moved here from the #1 school district in New Jersey. My first impression of this school is that EVERY teacher is as good or better than the best teacher in our New Jersey school. My son tested into honors classes in high school from the amazing learning environment here. The school offers a complete athletic program AND a fine arts program. Each of my two children learn in completely different ways, and because the teachers here are so well trained, each of my children have a thorough understanding of math, English, Social Studies, etc. This school teaches to the whole child, their strengths will be cultivated. Each child has confidence and presence. The school's motto is "it's all about the kids" and they live it.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
Truly Amazing! We are now in our fourth year at this amazing school. Each year you think was the best ever and the next year is even better than that. The teachers care about each and every one of our children; teaching the whole child. I highly encourage anyone looking for a special school to provide the opportunity for your child to attend a day showdowing a class/student; I am confient you and your child will find it an amazing experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
Absolutely AMAZING!! The first week of school has come to an end and my children cannot wait for Monday. My children absolutely love their fabulous teachers and I cannot wait to see what next week holds. It is an amazing feeling to know that your children are safe and happy when you drop them off at school in the morning and the smiles that greet you when you pick them up, are priceless!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
I was very unhappy with this school!!! My Daughter did not learn how to read at this school. Because there was to many problems in the classroom and the teachers had to deal with it. There was no books for the kids to learn how to read. You would think all the money you spent here your child would get a good education. Not True!!! I am glad I took my daughter out of this school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
This school is very disappointing. Amazing teachers (they really try so hard) great academics and such. Compassion is NOT on the syllabus. I've never seen so many ruthless, heartless children. In my experiance kids that hurt others learn it from their parents and there is definatley a sense of entitlement and arrogance among many of the other parents. There is a very serious bullying problem that is not being addressed.It's almost like they want to hide it. Its sad really, The teachers are amazing. It's a shame they are being wasted on only the ones that can afford it. Academics mean nothing when a child isn't taught to have a heart for others

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
Finding Independent Day School made our move to Tampa the very best thing to happen to our two children. Our oldest has already moved on to high school and had a fantastic year. I credit the very talented IDS teachers with his success and positive outlook on how he handles all the challenges of high school. I'm glad we still have one child at IDS. The blend and balance of activities in the curriculum has our youngest eager to go to school each day. I love this place.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
Independent Day School is a wonderful place with a warm learning environment. Most of the teachers received their gifted endorsement last year. Despite this, I do not feel that my child is challenged academically. The school should do more to work with those students that are capable of working above their grade level.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
I love this school. Everyone has gone above and beyond to help my grandchild. I would rate this school with 5 stars!

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2011
This is the third year that our grandchild is at IDS. IDS was picked originally because of the numerous graduates of the school that we had met and been very impressed with. The parents wanted this wonderful child to get a well rounded education and understand that todays world requires not only a great education but also acceptance and understanding of differences. We have been more than happy that we have received even more than we had anticipated in PreK-3 and 4. This year is at it's start and we are a little concerned with what appears to be a shift from the happy , welcoming and nurturing, environment that we have previously experienced in the classroom to a more rigid less welcoming attitude from the teachers. Obviously if this had been what the child's parents had wanted they would have enrolled her at another school that offered a rigid environment in which every child is forced to fit fit into a circle even when they are not.. However it is the beginning of the school year and we have tremendous hope that IDS hasn't taken what the few disgruntled parents have written to heart t and are attempting to turn this wonderful school into that which many of us have run from.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2011
After searching many of the local schools I was very pleased to find IDS. Its nice to see a place that works to be the best. I was skeptical that it was to good to be true as well but after asking to sit through the teacher trainings and making it to the classes (for more than just the tour) I found a school that wants the best for their kids. I am sad to see the other report and wish them and their new school the best. For my well rounded son its a great place with good teachers and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
We are so happy that we pulled our children from IDS. They are actually learning and not spending all day in specials or in a chaotic classroom. Teachers are not allowed to be honest with parents about difficulties. We were lucky to have 3 hours of math a week and science only happened 1 hour a week -and that was a good week! There was no guided reading for our children on a consistent basis, no spelling lessons, no vocabulary, and no social studies. This school works really hard to sell its program and convince others it is the best out there. Many(over two dozen families ) left last year and after the new year has started we are finding how the rest of the schools in Tampa are actually doing what needs to be done for our children. I am sure the next post will say that the school is the best thing that happened to their family. And in response to the last post about what school doesn't have behavioral issues: of course every school has them, but IDS doesn't handle the issues. It may take a year or two, but anyone who is at IDS will see - my advice would be to don't rely on first impressions. And, there's a reason why the school is still accepting students for this year.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2011
My son went to public school for kindergarten and he had a great experience there, but the school didn't have a sense of community and had very few specials because of budget cuts. My husband and I did't want our son going to an elementary school that had 10 kindergarten classes! We switched to IDS for 1st grade and our son flourished. IDS is a happy place and we witnessed our son's growth on so many levels. My son has several students in his class that are foreign and their parents are on assignment in the US. The class diversity is awesome. Non-traditional schools are not for everyone or every parent, but we love IDS. There isn't such a thing as a perfect school, but this school strives to continually make themselves better. For the poster that said this school has students with behavioral issues- every school has some! I bet the public schools deal with a lot more students with "issues" .

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
I was attracted to this school last year for my 4-year-old because it offers the International Baccalaureate program for primary students. It was a fabulous year. His reading and writing skills are taking off and he loves to go to school. We are so excited about the new year. Teachers here really understand how to support gifted kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
I'm a parent with 3 kids at IDS. We have been really happy over our 4 years at the school. Teachers at IDS are motivated, well-trained, and caring. They know and respect my children as individuals, and they teach the children to treat each other with the same kind of respect and dignity. What a positive community to be a part of! The kids really respond well to the culture of IDS--they strive to meet the expectations in both academic and leadership areas. As others have noted, we've been very happy with fine arts and athletics programs at the school. No institution achieves all of its goals all of the time, but we've been very pleased with the goals, and the widespread commitment to them, at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2011
This is the best investment we have every made! One of our kids had some difficulty in his primary years. IDS teachers carved out an individual plan that worked with his challenges, and spent countless after hours with him for FREE! He is now right where he should be with his academics, and is such a wonderful young boy that is happy, intelligent, athletic and proud to be at IDS. As a mother of four, all we really care for is that our children develop mentally, academically, socially, and mostly just to be happy! WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL AND BLESSED TO HAVE FOUND IDS almost a decade ago!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2011
Our kids started in kindergarten. Two years ago our son was honored with Duke TIP and now our daughter scored high enough to be named. We credit the teachers at the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2011
I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants to give their children extraordinary education. My kids have all benefited greatly from their experience at IDS. The teachers really take time with the children to make sure they know the material.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
EMBARRESSED THAT I HAVE ENDURED THIS SCHOOL THIS LONG. This so called school is filled with empty promises. I was promised my child was in the right place and will have individual customized instruction. That DID NOT happen. My child is average and could be above if he was able to spend enough time in class to learn math, reading, and writing. Sadly, they are too busy going to music, drama, PE, dance, intramurals, computer, and maybe spend at best 2 hours per day in class. We have paid thousands of dollars for camp not an education. Now we are paying big bucks to get tutored to enter public school because the IDS way does not educate students for the real world of accountability. The Board of Directors must have no idea what really goes on because I certainly don t ever want my name attached to this joke of school. Good Riddance IDS-CC. formidable

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
This school does not use text books or do "everyday math" every day? Didn't really get a good feel for the curriculum. Do really know much about multi-age. Can't see where they are an IB school even though they talked circles about they are an IB school and kagan model. Can't really figure out what they are doing except "specials", lunch, and kids fending for themselves in classrooms. Help me understand, I'm trying to find the good in this school that I saw on tour.

- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2011
Sadly, this school has been a huge (and costly) mistake and disappointment. My child is very bright, and I was promised that she/he would be challenged to her/his individual needs. This has not happened. The parent posting March 21st is exactly right. There are so many children with a variety of issues that cannot be handled by the teachers that my child has been left to work independently on work that is of no challenge. The classrooms are very chaotic, with shouting out, talking by the students, and little respect for authority (bc there is no authority). There are several bullies in my child's class that have not been dealt with on any level. If you are at this school on scholarship, as so many of the students are, then it's probably fine. But, to pay the tuition this school demands is insane. We were actually told by a reputable figure in local education that we would be better off placing our child in public school than keeping our child at this school. We couldn't agree more and cannot wait for this school year to end.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
IDS is accepting children with many learning and social disabilities. I have seen my child's classrooms go down hill while the teachers deal with behaviour issues and children working way below level. There is so much chaos everyday and the kids get very little class time. The principal thinks she can take care of everyone so she accepts everyone, and the teachers aren't honest with the parents about what is really happening in the classroom. My child is an average student, and I have seen nothing spectacular or even average come home. Children in my neighborhood in other private and in public schools are working at a higher level. . Every school has its ups and downs, but IDS is heading way down right now. I had to write this so those that are doing research could see an honest reflection from a parent. I feel that many of the comments listed are probably by the principal herself.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
IDS has proven to be such a great decision for our child. She has shown an increase to her reading skills beyond our expectations. Plus, we really can feel the genuine relationship her teacher has with her. Choosing a school was a huge task for us. We are very pleased with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
While we were first drawn to IDS by the beautiful campus, we soon learned this school offers much more. We have 3 children. If you have more than one child, you know how different they can be! What we like most about IDS is that they teach to each of our children's unique strengths, and provide programs that are appropriate and stimulating for all of them. Our oldest was very involved in sports and was given opportunity to participate in multiple sporting events. Our youngest is very shy and learns best with 'hands-on' activities. She is given this in her classroom as well as in the art/science programs. Our middle child is an actress. She has an unbelievable voice - We are grateful for the the wonderful drama and music programs offered at IDS which have brought out her skills. IDS is truly a wonderful place for all children to learn.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
I have to respectfully disagree with the comment posted on 10/29/2010. The Headmaster of this school is very professional and one of the best educators I have ever met. If she were to move to another school, I would take my kids to whatever school she went. We are fortunate to have her at IDS. Perfect combination: great Headmaster, beautiful landscape, excellent teachers and a fun and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Fabulous teachers, fabulous philosophy on teaching and raising children!

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
We moved from overseas during the middle of the school year. Our son has been at IDS for almost 3 years now. The environment is extremely nurturing and made the transition easier for him. We were worried about the impersonal aspect of a public school. I looked at several private schools in the area and settled on IDS because of its academic reputation. Besides, how can you go wrong with pastel colored buildings and wild peacocks roaming the grounds?

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2009
IDS excels in areas that other schools gloss over and which are so important to parents. The teachers and administration treat the families as important customers, and strive to communicate often and well. Problems will arise, as in any school, but at IDS that truly make you feel as though your opinion is important. The academics are high, and above all, the learning environment tries to appeal to all types of learners. I have three children who are IDS students and all three have enjoyed and been proud of their experiences.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
I have 3 very different children attending IDS. Each one is so blessed to be surrounded by such a loving, yet challenging environment. The campus is like heaven in the heart of Tampa and the teachers are the angels. We have had many opportunities to move for promotions and have turned them down over the years because nothing seems to compare to the joyous experience students at IDS recieve. They certainly prove that test scores can be high, children can learn to respect each other, and teachers can be compassionate at the same time. It is the best of everything and worth every penny!!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2008
I would not even know where to begin. This is the most wonderful school. They teach to each students ability and have amazing specials in addition to cutting edge core classes. Look no further, you found the best!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
Our children have been at IDS for a total of 14 years. We put our time, talent and treasure at the school that consistently turns out enthusiatic and socially conscious students. IDS graduates are well prepared for high school and high school teachers frequently comment on the quality of education to which IDS students are exposed. We love the school, the leaders, the teachers and the administration. Everyone is important at IDS.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
IDS's strength lies in two areas: superb leadership at the top and amazing teacher training. I have never experienced a more engaged teacher community. You truly feel like part of a family. Idyllic campus is not to be believed...ponds, fountains, roaming peacocks. It is what a child dreams a school can be. Academics are carefully geared to each child's individual strengths. Children are quizzed prior to starting a new unit, then if your child has a higher level of understanding in that area, he or she will be moved to the advanced section for that one subject and unit. Therefore, children are not labeled as 'gifted' or 'not gifted' but are moved between those areas as is appropriate. Children are actually taught at the level they can understand. Music & Drama departments are outstanding. Truly enlightened teaching styles. Great leadership. A perfect experience for my child.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
Very hands on, my child loves his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
I think anyone would be hard pressed to find a better educational enviornment or a more beautiful campus. The teachers are the cream of the crop as is the entire staff - all are constantly learning themselves, bringing some of the most amazing techniques into the classroom. My daughter has such a love of learning and is actually bummed when they have a day off! The extra curricular activities are stimulating as well as diverse - there is something for everyone!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
This school is amazing! The teachers are incredibly dedicated, and are very involved with the students. My son's teacher writes me e-mails almost every day, telling me how he is doing, what problems he had and what he needs help in. There is also a lot of parental involvement opportunities, so parents can participate in their children's school life. This is definitly the very bast school. Rave reviews.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
IDS is a PK-8 private school (average tuition $8K) organized around cooperative learning, where a majority of student work is done in teams. Kagan structures are used extensively in primary and intermediate grades. Overall academics are adequate to above average, with certain teachers outstanding. Some recent eighth grade graduates are reported to have some difficulty adjusting at the more competitive local private and IB high schools. Fine arts are outstanding, with excellent drama, music and art teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2004
Highly committed and dedicated to children first, with attention to academic success based upon developing student intellectual curiosity, emotional well-being, and socially supportive skills.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
My son is a student here. We are delighted with the faculty and administration who are energetic, enthusiastic and so fully committed to educating our kids. The curriculum appears to be challenging him without being overwhelming - a function of the teachers continuous re-evaluation of his progress in each study area and modification to meet his needs (both strengths and weaknesses). The school's emphasis on educating the whole child - i.e. academics, physical ed., social development, civic responsibility, etc. is very important to us. We know he will be a well rounded student and good citizen when he advances to high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This is an excellent school for kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2003
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Corbett Preparatory School of IDS
12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, FL  33618
(813) 961-3087
Last modified Corbett Preparatory School of IDS is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Corbett Preparatory School of IDS Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top