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Literacy/Leadership/Technology Academy

Charter | K-8 | 550 students

A multi-award-winning Charter school based on character and student achievement.

 
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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted May 4, 2010

My child loves this school! She is very happy at school and never wants to miss a day even if she is sick. The teachers are great and very caring. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. It is small enough that everyone knows everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

i am a parent of two students in llt academy.. one in the charter high the other in the academy.. i love to see them coming back home talking about what they did in school.. and how the teachers are so awesome.. unlike in public school they didnt want to really talk about what went on that day!...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

This was my son's first year at LLT. He had a great nurturing environment. It is a family there. The teachers are quick to email the parents with any questions. The parents get quick responses from the teachers. They take a genuine interest well beyond the academics of their students. Parent volunterism is very high
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

I have a son and daughter attending LLTA. I am so happy with the school and their progress at LLT Academy. The smaller campus makes a smoother transaction from elelmentary to middle school. The teachers my children have had are excellent to above excellent. The ONLY thing I can complain about is the fact that it is over 20 miles to get to school ... BUT worth every mile! Carpools are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Great teachers and involved staff - they are getting more activities. I love this school and am happy with the academics, too. I cannot believe the C - but they teach, not teach to the FCAT. Also, there are some kids who struggle but they don't turn them away. My child is in advanced classes and they are great at every level. I give this school an ' A ' - I wish all our schools were like this. Good environment for students to - they educate and hold them accountable - very little trouble here - my child is a 'good kid' and for the most part loves the fact that she can learn here and not be held back by discipline problems in her class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

LLT is my second home. I can't wait for summer to end so I can be there with great teachers who love to help. The tutoring and personal time they give us is really encouraging! LLT is about teamwork and character- which they make time for in every lesson. The staff always has an extra hand or ear anytime you happen to need it! The only thing I have had a problem with the past three years of being there was transportation, and the lunch area. It was always very difficult to fight the crowd to either pick up, buy, or heat up your lunch. It was nearly impossible! But every school has there issues! Overall: LLT Academy is the best school I have ever been in, and I am so happy they have a High School, so I can continue to excel there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2008

My child has attended LLT since it opened in '05. We are thrilled with the environment and teacher involvement. The teachers and administration do everything possible to help all of their students become well rounded, educated, mature teens of excellent character. I have been impressed with the 'extra mile' consistently displayed by teachers - tutoring, discipline, and simply taking an interest in the 'daily drama' that is middle school. My child knows at any time she can approach several of her teachers for support and guidance. I am thrilled to have her in a school where she is cared about almost as much as she is at home. A note to parents with undisciplined kids: don't expect this - or any school - to raise your child. Your involvement in their lives is crucial. I have never heard of an unresolved complaint from an involved parent. Bottom line: They care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

I have taught in different capacities and truly feel blessed to have found a school where I am allowed to actually teach! There are no FCAT workbooks to adhere to and yet our students do well every year on the test. The teachers work together and truly are family. Our students are an extension of that family as are their families. We have some of the best parents a school could ask for, they are always willing to go the extra mile. We are successful because of the gifts and talents they bring to the table. As a school of character we teach our students the imporatance of fairness, trustworthiness, caring, citizenship, respect, and responsibility. Our curriculum is cutting edge, we utilize technology in innovative ways, and our teachers are hired on the basis that they engage in the teaching process. I love this school. could not imagine being anywhere else.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 11, 2008

My son transferred from another middle school to LLT and it was the best decision we ever made. His grades improved, his self esteem improved, and he actually started the day wanting to go to school. Middle school can be one of the most difficult periods in child's life but LLT helped make it a wonderful experience for my son. Thanks LLT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

The classes taught are the same as in a public school. They are inconsistent with disciplining others,the offer no support or ways to better yourself to children who consistently get themselves in trouble. Some of the teachers really do care about the kids and work very hard at what they do!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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2013

 
 
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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 60%
Hispanic 20%
Black 15%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 55%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/AN/A
Female 45%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 77%67%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 10%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Speech and language therapist(s)
Reading specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Gifted specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Florida Standards School of Excellence (2014)
  • SACS Accreditation (2011)
  • FL DOE High Performing Charter School (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Hillsborough County Five Star School (2014)
  • Golden School (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Sharla Austin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • kprenatt@lltacademy.com
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (813) 234-0946

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Car pools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • bowling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Lunchroom and Media Center
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Caring and engaged teachers encourage learning with innovative and interactive lessons based on YOUR child's needs. Literacy, Leadership, and Technology are the pillars of the Academy. We invite you to join us as we educate, enlighten and ELEVATE students Kindergarten through 8th Grade.
School leaders can update this information here.

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5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
200
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
400
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6771 Madison Ave
Tampa, FL 33619
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Phone: (813) 234-0940

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