What is a Charter School?
Charter schools are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that have a contract or charter to provide the same educational services to students as district public schools. They are non-sectarian public schools that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools are designed to improve learning opportunities for all students and to encourage the use of innovative teaching and learning methods.  Focus Academy is tuition-free and is run by our Governance Board consisting of local Tampa Bay area residents. 

How can I apply? 
Please see the information about our Application Process which details the information we will need in reviewing your student's application.  In addition, if you would like more information, or would like to be on our mailing list, please contact us.  

Can I see the school?
Focus Academy holds an Open House for prospective students and families in January. The evening program includes a presentation from our Principal and Clinical Director with a question and answer session, as well as a tour of our classrooms and campus. 

Our Open House for 2017 is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7 p.m.

What type of pre-admission testing (academic or psychological) is required?

Baseline data for math and reading, IEP (if available), any recent evaluations that have been done, plus a questionnaire to help us get to know your child.  This information is used in conjunction with the student's IEP to give us a better understanding of their academic career and ability. We will also schedule a face-to-face meeting with the student and parents.

How many teachers and paraprofessionals do you have? are they all ESE teachers? What kind of experience do they have?  

We have five teachers and eight paraprofessionals.  All are highly qualified and experienced, and our teachers are certified in ESE.​ 

Will parents be able to meet the staff?  When?

Focus Academy hosts a “Meet the Teachers” Open House for enrolled students and their families before the start of school in August.

What technology is utilized at the school?

Our goal is to offer our students state-of-the-art technology.  We have started with Apple TVs and widescreen LED televisions and SMARTboards in the classrooms, as well as iPads for classroom use.  Additionally we have Apple iMac desktop computers for student use.  We will continually upgrade our technology to meet the ever changing needs of our students and ensure our technology remains state-of-the-art.

Does Focus Academy require uniforms?  

Yes.  We have polo shirts with the logo embroidered for all students, and either jeans or jean shorts (jean skorts are acceptable for girls.)  Our uniforms are purchased through Educational Outfitters; they have an online ordering system as well as a retail location you can visit.  The dress code is available in more detail in the student handbook.


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