Admissions Process

If you’re ready to enroll your child at Tampa Day School, refer to this page for an overview of the admissions process.

Ready to enroll? The admissions process starts here.

If you’ve toured our school and you think Tampa Day School is the right place for your child, you’re ready to begin the admissions process. Simply contact us and we’ll take you through the following steps to get started at our school.

Criteria for Admission

Tampa Day School focuses on educating students with average to above-average cognitive abilities and at least one of the following:

  • A learning disability in reading, math, or writing
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Difficulty with organization
  • Poor study skills
  • Anxiety
  • Inconsistent motivation or achievement
  • Prior negative school experiences

Overview of the Admissions Process

First, we ask that you review the information available on our website, or request information to be sent to you, to determine if Tampa Day School might be the right place for your child. Once you have made this determination, the next step is to set up an initial meeting. The rest of the Admissions Process is outlined below:

Step 1: Initial Parent Meeting with Director

  • Discuss your child’s needs and past experiences
  • Review records and evaluations
  • Tour the school
  • Complete an overview of admissions paperwork
  • Schedule a student shadow date
  • Schedule class observation time for parents

Step 2: Pre-Admission Evaluation

  • Full evaluation or admission testing for your child
  • School observation or former teacher contact

Step 3: Committee Review and Decision

  • Admission Committee meets and reviews previous evaluations, as well as student shadow information, and makes a decision whether or not admission is appropriate.
  • At this point, you will be contacted to discuss the results of the decision.
  • If your child is admitted, we schedule time with you to come in with completed admissions paperwork, registration payment, and tuition contract.
  • Schedule your child’s start date at Tampa Day School.

Step 4: Orientation, Diagnostic Teaching, and Intervention Planning

  • A parent-student orientation is held on the first day of enrollment.
  • In some instances, if admission is questionable, a student may be enrolled for two weeks for a period of diagnostic teaching.
  • At the end of two weeks, an intervention plan will be developed and shared with you. This may or may not result in admission.

Additional Information Required for Enrollment

  • Enrollment forms and fees
  • Immunization records
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of a physical exam to include screening of vision
  • If the child has had a history of hearing problems, an updated audiological may be recommended
  • In a divorce situation, parents will be requested to provide documentation of custody arrangement to insure proper handling of records, release of student to parent and communication to non-custodial parent.

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Jennifer is graduating in a few weeks. Something that was hard to conceive 5 years ago. A big turning point in Jen’s academic and social life was when she enrolled at Tampa Day School…we credit your great guidance and your great teachers with putting Jen back on the right track.

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