Academic Program

What does Tampa Day School’s academic program consist of?

A college-prep school for students with ADHD, dyslexia, and learning differences.

Tampa Day School offers a rigorous academic program for students who learn differently. Children with ADHD thrive through our focus on executive function and organizational skills, while children with dyslexia are given the intensive phonological instruction needed to finally “break the code”.

However, we are not your typical special needs school. There are no reduced expectations here. Our students are presented with many of the same textbooks and materials as students in traditional schools, but in a manner that more closely matches their individual learning styles. Supplemental materials are carefully researched and then incorporated to enhance student learning.

The Academic Program Includes:

  • A full curriculum emphasizing both group and individualized instruction in reading, math, spelling, and writing, as well as classes in science, social studies, physical education, music, and the arts
  • Nurturing relationships between teachers and students which foster academic growth and self-esteem
  • Daily opportunities for success in academic areas
  • Age-appropriate grouping of students in classes and by division level
  • Supplemental materials and instructional approaches designed to match a variety of learning styles and needs
  • Teaching to mastery level
  • Technology, word processing, and web-based research skills integrated into the curriculum
  • High academic expectations for each student
  • Inclusion of┬ástudents in goal-setting, promoting a constant emphasis on achieving a personal best
  • Therapeutic solutions to help students learn to overcome, cope with, or compensate for any deficits in order to function at their optimum potential intellectually, academically, socially, and emotionally

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6th Grade Student

When I came to TDS, I liked the fact that the school had small classes. The school slowly eased me in so that I became comfortable and could enjoy school again. The teachers are caring and give each student the attention they need. The teachers help the children learn individually and in groups. It is easy to get to know classmates and make friends when you are in smaller classes.

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Lois Delaney, Tampa Day School Head of School
12606 Henderson Road
Tampa, FL 33625