Frequently Asked Questions

How many students will be in each class?

Class size will average 11 - 13 students.

What will school hours be?

Before care will be available beginning at 8:00 AM each day with formal instruction beginning at or shortly before 9:00 AM. Instruction will end at or shortly before 4:00 PM. After care and after school enrichment will be available until 6:00 PM each day.

Will children have recess? How often?

We recognize play as central to child development and a necessary component of every school day. Children will have two daily outdoor recess sessions, unless the weather requires recess to take place indoors.

Will children get exercise in other ways?

We take a whole child approach to child development. This means that we prioritize the social, emotional, and physical health of each student. In addition to recess, time will be taken each day for a variety of activities, likely to include meditation, yoga, and/or mindfulness exercises.

How will you teach students with special needs?

Research shows that when provided appropriate accommodations, students with a variety of special needs are usually able to achieve success in language immersion programs. Our classroom teachers will be knowledgeable and experienced in differentiating instruction in order to meet the needs of all learners. As our school grows, we will be able to gradually provide additional support to help children who require extra attention and interventions. In many cases, the support we will be able to offer will be enough to help children with special needs achieve academic success. Parents who have children with special needs are advised to share those needs with our school early in the application process. This way, parents can make the best decision possible to decide if our school will be the best fit for them.

How will you teach students who are gifted?

Research also has shown that the challenging nature of immersion is beneficial to gifted students. Additionally, we are committed to providing our teaching staff with continuous professional development geared toward gifted students and we will ensure that regular instruction includes the implementation of teaching strategies for gifted learners. These strategies include acceleration of curriculum, compacting curriculum, and differentiation of instruction to meet the needs of students who are gifted.

Will students wear uniforms?

Children are encouraged to wear Tampa Bay International School t-shirts but uniforms are not required.