By providing excellence in education at Independence Academy, we spark curiosity, and our students ask questions. We collaborate on real issues and our students see the world from a new perspective. We view learning as meaningful opportunities focusing on technology, math and science, the use of digital tools, and emphasizing school-wide and individual character building.
Schools are about students and our students are at the center of every decision we make. From our Kindergarteners to our Middle School 8th graders, we design learning that engages creativity, motivates critical thinking, and inspires collaboration. In turn, our students stretch and grow beyond their wildest imaginations preparing them for future of endless possibilities.
The Cambridge International Program is an advanced academic program sponsored by the University of Cambridge in England. It is an internationally recognized program for students in grades K-12 that offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum. The program provides students with the opportunity to be challenged beyond the Florida Standards in a delivery system focused on a mix of traditional academic and project-based learning units. Students are exposed to a rich, comprehensive academic perspective focused on real-world, personal applications.
Our developmentally responsive curriculum provides dynamic learning activities that allow students to grow in confidence.
A balance of content mastery and skill development ensures that students are ready for their next exciting learning opportunity.
The elementary and middle school curriculum are based upon the state curriculum frameworks and course description by the Florida State Department of Education.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) at Advantage Academy of Hillsborough is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience.
PBL presents opportunities for deeper learning in-context and for the development of important skills tied to college and career readiness.
Project-based learning activities are interdisciplinary, rigorous, and student-centered. Research on PBL supports an increase in student engagement and achievement, and helps students develop the 21st-century skills they need to succeed in their future careers.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Learning outside the confines of the Independence Academy campus provides significant opportunities for growth and discovery. It begins with visits to the Glazer Children's Museum and The Florida Aquarium. Adding to our fourth graders Marine Biology studies is a behind the scene discovery at Sea World. Sixth graders experience a hands-on 2-day field study trip to Bone Valley hunting for fossils, canoeing on Peace River and discovering Florida's ecosystem. Seventh graders swim with the Dolphins during a 3-day Florida Keys trip. Washington DC provides eight graders with in person Civics lessons.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES/CODE OF CONDUCT
As with all POLICIES AND PROCEDURES handbooks it is important to try to list every possible situation that might arise in a school. We have attempted to cover as many areas of concern as possible. Please consult with the administrative team should there be any questions regarding the expectations of the handbook.
Please read this handbook very carefully. We also require you to read the School District Student Code of Conduct . Students will be provided a page that requires the signature of the student and parent/guardian. The signed formed must be returned to school for placement in the student file.
For safety and to minimize disruptions, students are not permitted to order food deliveries of any kind during school hours or after school hours. Orders from Uber Eats, Grub Hub, pizza delivery, etc. will be declined by the front office.
Parents/Guardians should not bring or drop off food for students, unless prior permission has been given by the school administration.
In accordance with federal anti-discrimination laws and the Florida Educational Equity Act, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, religion, marital status or sexual orientation.