Welcome to IDEA Tampa Bay

Nationally ranked, tuition-free public schools in Florida.

Our Impact

IDEA Tampa Bay is actively engaging with the local community, recruiting students for our 2022-23 academic year, developing school sites, and recruiting top-notch principals, educators, and operations team members for future schools. Cultivating communication partnerships, champions, and advocates that will enable IDEA Tampa Bay to most effectively provide a high-quality education to students as they progress along the road to and through college is a top priority in our new region.


The next step in joining IDEA is completing a paper application or submitting it online via STREAM. You may choose to apply to multiple IDEA Tampa Bay schools and submit one application per child. Any family can submit an application at any time.

As a public charter school, enrollment is determined through a random lottery selection process.  If our schools receive more applications than available seats, student names will be placed in a lottery and randomly selected. 

As required by Florida law, students from persistently low-performing (PLP) public schools and opportunity zones will be given enrollment preference, as well as siblings of currently enrolled students.

Lottery priorities are listed below:

  1. Siblings of current IDEA students and children of IDEA employees/board members 
  2. Students who attend or are zoned for a Persistently Low Performing (PLP) school or who reside within an Opportunity Zone. Not sure if you live in an Opportunity Zone, check your status with your home address 
    1. Within 5 miles of the campus 
    2. Within 8 miles of the campus 
    3. Beyond 8 miles of the campus 
  3. All other applicants

Ready to apply? Click the button below to get started.

IDEA's two founding locations in Tampa Bay are official! Take a look:

IDEA Tampa Bay Campus Locations



In 2021, IDEA Tampa Bay will be home to four schools.



In 2021, we will serve a total of 960 students between our academy and college prep campuses. We will open with grades K-2 & 6, and will grow to serve grades K-12 when fully scaled.



Since IDEA’s first graduating class in 2007, 100% of our seniors have been accepted to colleges and universities nationwide.


Through small learning groups and daily access to technology, every student learns at the level and speed just right for them. 

Expert Teachers

Our teachers bring subject matter expertise and an unwavering commitment to set each student on a path to success.


Our school is family. Parents, teachers, and administrators work as a team to help each student reach their full potential. 

IDEA believes a quality K – 12 public education is the key to success in college and life and is committed to helping every student achieve their own success. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects and continued support through college is IDEA’s recipe for success.

Apply Now for the 2022-2023 School Year

Work at IDEA

We are a looking for hard-working, talented individuals to help make college a reality for all children in the Tampa Bay region. From the classroom to transportation and everything in between – your work will directly deliver on IDEA’s mission.

Regional Leadership

Adam Miller

Executive Director, Florida

Michele Mitchell

Regional Director of Staffing, Tampa Bay

Alec Macaulay

Managing Director of Regional Development, Florida

James Hartman

Vice President of Schools, Tampa Bay

Melissa Vidal

Executive Assistant, Tampa Bay