Our School to our school!

Tampa Bay International School will:

  • Be independent and autonomous.
  • Serve 20-25 students in grades K-5 starting in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Add one grade level each year until eventually, we serve 100 students from preschool–12th grade.
  • Eventually add a preschool and in the meantime, provide classes for toddlers and preschoolers accompanied by a caregiver.
  • Use nearly full immersion -- 100% Spanish instruction – in our preschool.
  • Use partial, two-way immersion – 50% Spanish and 50% English -- from grades K–12.
  • Offer vibrant extended day and summer camp programs.

Immersion

What is language immersion?

  • Students in an immersion program are taught in a language they are learning – a target language – for at least half their instructional time.
  • In an immersion program, the target language is used to teach academic content – math, science, history, social studies – and more.
  • Research shows that the most effective immersion programs take advantage of a critical, early period for language development and begin in preschool or kindergarten.

What Does The Research Say About Language Immersion?

What else do we know about immersion?

Decades of research on language immersion programs in the US show that:

Rich in the arts

Why will we deliver a program rich in the arts?

The arts are highly engaging and a natural fit for teaching language. The arts permit children to display their creativity, explore their passions, and speak out for what they believe in. The arts can be a comforting, therapeutic outlet for children. The arts add beauty to the world and enhance our lives.

Additionally, research on the arts shows that:

How will we deliver a program rich in the arts?

  • We will hire skilled, creative teachers, adept at using the arts to teach academic content.
  • We will use music, the visual arts, the performing arts, and the literary arts to teach core content, including math and science.
  • We will allow our students to use the arts for a variety of purposes – to demonstrate their knowledge, to express their passions, and to speak out for what they believe in.
  • We will tap into Tampa Bay's vibrant artistic community to connect to local artists, who will work directly with our students.
  • We will form partnerships with local arts institutions, ensuring additional contact with artists both in and outside of our school.
  • Eventually, we will host an artist-in-residence program, allowing both local artists and those from far away – even abroad – to share their expertise with our students.

International

How will our school be international?

Through instruction conducted in the primary language spoken in 20 nations. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.

  • Through a curriculum that emphasizes an exploration of cultures and people worldwide, especially those commonly left out of history books and curricula in the United States.
  • Through the building of a global mindset that appreciates multiple perspectives of an issue.
  • Through the formation of sister school relationships with schools in countries around the world.
  • Through the gradual implementation of an international travel program with our sister schools.
  • Through the hosting of international students, their parents, and faculty members by Tampa Bay International School families.

Diversity

Why does diversity matter?

Bilingual and Biliterate

Why learn Spanish?

  • To be able to communicate with the 450 million native Spanish speakers on the planet, who speak the world’s second most common language.
  • To learn the second most widely spoken language in Tampa Bay, throughout Florida, and in the United States.
    • Over 20% of all Floridians speak Spanish.
    • Since 2010, St. Pete’s population of citizens born in Latin America has increased by 40%.
    • Clearwater's Hispanic population is estimated at 20%.
    • 25% of Tampa's residents are Hispanic.
    • The Latino population throughout Tampa Bay is expected to skyrocket by 27% over the next 15 - 20 years.

Why become bilingual?

  • Because social relationships and travel experiences are enhanced for bilingual people!
  • Because becoming bilingual is a mind opening experience! Bilinguals have an added appreciation of other people, cultures, and perspectives.
  • Because becoming bilingual adds to a person's future academic opportunities and earning potential!
  • Because becoming bilingual makes you smarter! Bilinguals hold many cognitive advantages over people who speak only one language.