IDEA Tampa Bay is actively engaging with the local community, recruiting students for our launching 2021 schools, 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.
At IDEA Tampa Bay, we will host three lottery events to randomly select students to fill spots for the school year. During the lottery, applicants in each grade level offered will be selected at random and placed on a lottery – ordered applicant roster.
The Dates of the Tampa Bay Lottery are:
1. November 14, 2020 (Focus: Lottery priorities 1 – 4)
2. January 16, 2021 (Focus: Lottery Priorities 1 – 6)
3. February 27, 2021 (Focus: Lottery Priorities 1 – 7)
Lottery priorities are listed below, (click priorities 4 – 6 to learn more about the schools/zones that fall under these categories).
Not sure if you live in an opportunity zone? Click here to check your status with your home address.
Families can find their attendance zones by entering their address at this link: School Attendance Zone Locator.
After the completion of each lottery round, families will be notified of the outcome via email and phone. For the 2021-22 school year, we will have three lottery rounds beginning November 14, 2020. The application is now open.
Ready to apply? Click the button below to get started.
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.
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.
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.