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Citrus Park Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 340 students

We are best known for college prep academic program.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $120,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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Posted April 7, 2014

I love CPCS. I have 3 children and for 11 years we've been part of this school. The teachers are qualified and love the children. We are very happy here!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I love this school and my child does as well. There are so many activities, opportunities for parent involvement, and overall a wonderful quality Christian education. This is a very familial atmosphere, the teachers are great and genuinely care for the students. The pastor of the church is very involved with the school as well, and the school has AWANA programs, boosterthons, lots of fun holiday activities, field trips and festivals. They also do a great job of keeping the school looking nice by decorating, replacing out of date equipment, etc. Classes include Spanish, library, art, music, gym, etc. Also tuition is affordable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Excellent Christian school. Affordable and family focused. Next open house is April 15th. Come by and check out the school!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Teachers who qualified in field and who care so much about their students. A great family atmosphere. This school is truly a blessing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

CPCS is a great school for pre K and elementary. The middle school teachers are excellent and do what they can with the lack of leadership and direction given to them by their Middle/High School Principal. The elementary principal is fair and it seems like he really loves the students under his care. Mrs. Jeffers the other principal does not follow through on her conversations with parents, communication is lacking, and no guidance to new teachers or staff. Their is good parent involvement at the school but if you are not one that is volunteering all the time your child and your concerns seem to not carry any weight with the upper school principal. Her daughter seems to be at the school she graduated from years ago as a hang out with high school students and doesn't have a job at the school or friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Citrus park Christian school has been a big part of the success of our children. Our oldest daughter graduated two years ago. She is now attending a major state university and is doing extremely well. She was very well prepared for college by the education she received at CPCS. Our younger daughter is still in high school at CPCS. She is very involved in athletics and fine arts at the school. She is taking advantage of the AP courses that are available. Both girls have been at CPCS since kindergarten. I am so thankful for the guidance and instruction that the faculty and administration have provided to our children. They are both very strong in their faith and I give the school a lot of credit for this. They are confident and well rounded. I know that the strong foundation they have received at CPCS will allow them to impact our world for Christ. I am so thankful for this school and know that God has a wonderful plan for the future of CPCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

My children have attend Citrus Park Christian for 4 years now. Fabulous school and even better staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

I so agree don't leave a truthful review as it will get deleted. If you are sending kids here for a good Christian education, move on!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I too find it a bit strange that some of these comments could be so negative, yet so empty. There's no real critique in many of the 1 star comments. It seems the previous comment, concerning disgruntled faculty and staff, is obviously right. These statements about poor academics are bogus! Having served in education, on the college level, I can personally attest to the fact that Citrus Park's academics are of a high standard - something which many parents would not know about. Citrus Park is an academically challenging school with great standards. Their SAT scoring average is above the norm; and the math and writing education has proven to be adequate preparation for college - you would be surprised how many schools do not teach proper grammar and format. I have heard many of the previous students have been accepted into prestigious universities (Harvard, Vanderbilt, University of Florida, etc.). Many graduates have become teachers, lawyers, engineers, chemists, and medical doctors. The academics are great, and the word of God is taught and lived out by the teachers. As a parent, I highly recommend Citrus Park Christian School to any one who serious about education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

THIS IS NOT "COLLEGE PREP ACADEMICS"!!! I agree with previous posts- these children are behind and need extensive academic tutoring to catch up if they leave this school. I have straight A students and both needed private tutoring when leaving. We have witnessed this in multiple families, with children from all grades, when leaving this school. Also agree with comments on bullying- have seen it personally. Use your money wisely... elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

We have had children in this school for a number of years and have watched a steady decline. The leadership is very lacking and they are not preparing the children academically. When compared to public schools and other private schools in the area, the curriculum repeatedly chosen at this school is severely lacking, especially in topic driven essay/ report writing, science, and some aspects of mathematics . This school is NOT on track with core competencies on a number of levels in various subjects. If a child is on either end of the academic spectrum (gifted/excellerated learner or struggling), the staff are hard pressed to intervene- even with in depth parental involvement and pleas for assistance. Though the staff and teachers are kind, they will allow behavioral issues to go unmanaged in an effort to retain tuition for the schools survival. They have plans to improve the grounds, but not the means to do so. I hope this school makes a positive turn given enough time, but we will seek more rigorous academics elsewhere for upcoming school years and continue Biblical teachings at home. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this school to friends or family any longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

In response to one teacher's review, I have to agree. Administration is truly lacking leadership at CPCS. Hopefully it will get better but since my time here, it has continued to get worse. The decisions that are made on a daily basis places the question in parents minds of what really matters at Citrus Park. Moving forward does not have to mean leaving behind those that have helped to better CPCS. Recently was made aware that 2 of the longstanding football coaches were "let go" without notice as we are moving to an 11 man football team and apparently are not needed. This is truly sad when the work of these two coaches is completely erased and thrown out of the door. It is just a shame that the administration uses faculty and staff until they don't need them anymore. I pray that this school gets better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2013

We have been at CPCS since 2007. We are so pleased with the quality education & love the teachers have for the students. There are so many extras, like fine arts & sports, available also. CPCS is a great school. Come visit soon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

Citrus Park has experienced a lot of change in the last couple of years. Unhappily, Many of those changes have involved faculty and staff who needed to move on. Several of them have become embittered and are writing reviews on this site to trash the school. Please take these reviews with a grain of salt! :) Feel free to come by the school for a tour. Many of our parents lead the tours and are extremely enthusiastic about our program. We are moving forward with a highly academic program. We are also starting an eleven-man football program in the fall. We are the best-kept secret in Tampa! Our competition either isn't accredited, or more than twice the price!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 22, 2013

What an amazing school, we can not say enough about the christ centered educaton our children are receiving. The teachers and adminstration are truly amaizing and deeply care for each and every child. This school is honestly a hidden treasure and I woudn't have my children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

We have two children at Citrus Park Christian School. In our opinion they are getting an excellent education. Every grade is running an honors level curriculum - it takes a lot of work to keep up but they are, without a doubt, well ahead of their public school peers. And that s part of the reason we send them there we want a challenging environment. Obviously, the other component (and more important I might add) is that their education constantly reinforces Christian values. To us that is priceless. Yes, teaching values starts at home but when the school reinforces them it s great harmony. I would have no reservations whatsoever about recommending CPCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2013

We LOVE Citrus Park Christian School!! The school has been one of the biggest blessings to me and my family. If you are looking for a loving, spiritual atmosphere with the highest standards of education, this is the school for you! My husband and I love the principles and administrators, they put God first in all their guidance and decisions. If someone is complaining, they probably need to look inside their own home first. Usually, those are the parents that unforunately do not put God 1st or ever!! Those parents really need to grow up and start setting a good example for their children. My children have attended this school over 10 years now and we could not be happier!! Both of our children have won numerous awards for their christian character and we owe alot of that to C.P.C.S. As for the Pastor of the school, you could not ask for a more Godly man. He always puts the needs of the children first. Gods love is so present at this school and you see it in all the childrens faces. I know my children are getting the best education that Tampa and God have to offer!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

We love CPCS. I have 3 children all at the Elementary level. They have the best Elementary level principal and the kids love him and can approach him with any problems. He loves the children! My children are all reading at a high level and their math skills are excellent. This is our 4th year at the school and I can see us staying through high school. The teachers we have had have all been great and my kids enjoy going to school. They are getting a great academic education all while learning more about God!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

The greatest importance to our family is a good quality education and we generally know that anything worth having is worth paying for. Also we wanted a Christ centered education and thought we found both at this school. In the elementary years our one child needed a little extra help with reading - not given. Had to hire a tutoring school to help on top of private school education just about made us broke. The Jr. High school years I noticed a huge decline in teacher quality and education but stuck with it thinking it would get better. High school was worse. I found the adminstration & high school principal and dean to be unprofessional and uncommincative with my questions and concerns. I found my children pulling away from their Christian roots due to the experiences they have received in this highly hypocritial (in my opinion) school. I cannot recommend this school even if the tuition was free. My family is grieved over the fact that we invested so much time, money and hope into this school which has let us completed down. Hindsight is 20/20....wish we knew what we know now before hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

In an environment where we are drawn to believe that administration and teachers would take the time to know their students, i am grossly disappointed. The current administration is far too self absorbed to even be aware that there is a student body supporting her. If i were considering this school from sixth grade on, i would encourage you, for the sake of your child, to run for their life.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 42%
Hispanic 19% 29%
Black 5% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 45% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 54% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of South Florida
Hillsborough Community College
University of Tampa
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • IT support

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Karen K. Jeffers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • FACCS
  • SACS/CASI
Fax number
  • (813) 926-1240

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Culinary
  • IT support

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Citrus Park Christian will initiate a daily, healthy hot lunch program beginning fall of 2011. Our on-site Chef will also begin a 3-year Culinary Arts Program available for high school students.
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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
93
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
170

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of South Florida
Hillsborough Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 45%
4 year college - 54%
Military - 1%
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7705 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33625
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Phone: (813) 920-3960

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