Mission: UHA!

Understand Honor and Achieve, and we do it with passion!


Whatever the challenges, our mission is the same:  UHA! to Understand each child’s strengths and weaknesses, Honor their uniqueness, and help them Achieve academic, emotional, and social success.  All of this is done with Passion(!) thanks to a highly devoted, skillful, and enthusiastic team of teachers and staff.

Focus on Learning Styles

First, our educational team carefully analyzes the unique learning style of every child. We use this as a foundation for future learning and to overcome, cope with, or compensate for any areas of weakness or feelings of inadequacy. Our teachers then incorporate strategies into the classroom that are specifically adapted to each child’s approach to learning. In fact, prior to admission, we work with you and your child to fully understand how he or she learns. So from day one, we embrace the child as an individual and tailor our instruction accordingly.


School is what kids do for a living; they need to experience success on the job.

Core Values

Impactful Relationships: TDS recognizes the importance of strong relationships between teachers and students, as well as relationships among peers.  These connections foster self-esteem, improve motivation and result in successful school experiences. In our close-knit community, children know they are surrounded by adults who will listen and never give up on them.

Continuous Collaboration: Teachers and administrators partner with families to educate the whole child: socially, emotionally, and academically. Our forward-thinking approach instills in each child a growth mindset, which is a catalyst for continued growth long after they leave our campus.

Rigorous Curriculum: High academic standards are set through a rigorous curriculum that both challenges and supports learning. Students are able to thrive academically because the material is presented in a way that is tailored to engage unique learning styles.

Intentional Decisions: Every decision is highly intentional and aligned with our Mission (UHA!). We pride ourselves for embedding evidence-based instructional strategies, ongoing professional development, and a student-centered approach to learning.

Incomparable Approach: Our approach to education maximizes each student’s potential for success. This approach includes differentiated instruction, small class sizes, recognition of individual needs, and teachers who are both flexible in their approach and devoted to the student learning outcomes of their students.

Infinite Opportunities: We value achievement beyond academic success which is why we offer opportunities for students to succeed in the arts, technology, competitive sports, and extracurricular activities.  This enables students to explore and soar.


As a school for children who learn differently we believe that each child must be involved in setting personal goals, and then taking responsibility for individual academic achievement. It is our responsibility to help each student reach those goals through offering personalized assignments, breaking down concepts into small achievable steps, providing immediate feedback and encouragement, and making a variety of resources available. We expect our students to meet high academic standards, and we strive for mastery of skills.

Respecting Differences

We believe a key to a strong school is a unified staff that shares a common philosophy, yet where each member’s individual teaching style and strengths are honored. We believe that all members of the staff must serve as positive role models who encourage each other, and who consistently convey to each child their belief in his or her ability to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. It is the responsibility of all staff members to promote a social atmosphere where children learn to respect the differences in others, where they appreciate and applaud the strengths of their peers, and where children are given the tools to resolve conflicts in a respectful, positive manner.

Parent Involvement

We promote and welcome parent involvement in all aspects of the child’s education, and believe that when we work as a team with the main focus on the child, great things can and do happen! Daily communication, an open door policy, having parents share their time and talents with the students, setting goals and evaluating progress both at home and at school, and just getting to know each other all result in an encouraging, productive learning environment.


Laughter is strongly promoted in our school for children who learn differently! We believe that children should have something to look forward to each day, and try to promote an atmosphere of joy – the joy of learning, the joy of reaching a new goal, the joy of a job well done, the joy of a shared project, the joy of a new friend, the joy of an encouraging word!

When parents report that for the first time their child looks forward to coming to school, when we see a child no longer hiding his or her face when asked a question or when making a presentation to others, and when we see a child proud of the “personal best”, we know we have done our job well. Our goal is to have each child who leaves Tampa Day School aware of personal strengths, feeling like a successful learner, and knowing they are equipped with the tools they need to take on new challenges, to be a socially responsible child who respects others, and to walk out of Tampa Day School saying “I feel good! Yes!!”

School is what kids do for a living; they need to experience success on the job.”

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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.

David and Monica, Parents of a TDS Alumna
12606 Henderson Road
Tampa, FL 33625