Corbett Preparatory School of IDS

  • For 50 years, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, a fully accredited, nonsectarian school, has balanced a dynamic, nurturing, and safe learning environment with high academic standards and expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) at all grade levels, including the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in PreK3 through 5th grade and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in grades 6 through 8. Corbett Prep is a National Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award School. Corbett Prep faculty are endorsed in gifted education through a master's-level partnership grant with the University of South Florida. Teachers put children first, attending to each child as both an individual and as a member of a collaborative learning community.
  • At Corbett Prep, the ultimate goal is to combine: joy with challenge, stimulating and inspiring lessons with productivity and results, and a strong work ethic focused on excellence with ethical conduct that emphasizes dignity and respect for all. Corbett Prep is a model school of best teaching practices that has hosted more than 7,000 visitors who have come to observe and learn from teachers who employ the most current, brain-based research to accelerate the learning process.
  • At Corbett Prep, students develop the critical thinking, creativity, communication, and teamwork skills that are imperative for success in the 21st century.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1968
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCAMP IDS is open to the Tampa Bay community. For camp information and costs please visit
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2004

Student Body

Total Students564 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Corbett Preparatory School of IDS Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
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Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesFor current tuition information, please check the school's website:
Admissions DirectorMaribel Garrett
Admissions AssociateDawn Bronson


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.40 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.All State Chorus Prep, Art, Band, Brain-Building Puzzles, Cultural Explorations, Debate, French, Go Green Club, Musical Theatre, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Stock Market Club, Student Council, The One Act (drama), Thespians, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Computer Programming, Computers, Garden Club, Little Fiesta Spanish, Photography, Running Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Acting, Ballet, Dance- Acro, Drama, etc., Guitar, Hip Hop, Jazz, Piano, Tap, Violin, Voice

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Developmental Tennis, Fishing and Canoeing, Flag Football, Gymnastics and Tumbling, Matball

School Notes

  • Corbett Preparatory School of IDS was founded in 1968 and is dedicated to stimulating childrens' natural intellectual curiosity, supporting their emotional well-being, and encouraging their strength of character.The faculty consists of highly skilled teachers who consistently study to bring the best practices of  education to life in the classroom.Teachers use interactive teaching techniques such as cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, gifted learning strategies, and integrated curriculum to promote involvement in all aspects of student life. State-of-the-art technology is an integral part of learning in PreK3 through 8th grade.Along with exciting sports and robust performing arts curriculum, programs are designed to tap into students' multiple intelligences.Dedicated to educational excellence, Corbett Prep  has taken a leadership role in addressing the need for progressive teacher training by extending its exemplary staff development program to interested outside educators.Corbett Prep's book It's All About Kids: Every Child Deserves a Teacher of the Year describes how the school combines the best in academics with social, emotional, and physical well being.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I have been a parent at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School) since 2012. Being a career-long educator myself, I knew exactly what tenets I was looking for in a school for my children and I knew the type of environment the school would need to organicly emit in order for me to seriously consider my children being there. From the moment that I first stepped onto Corbett's campus, I knew that this was a special school. There are so many positives that completely prepare the students for higher learning and for life in general. My oldest graduated from Corbett last year and has moved onto high school. She was fully prepared for the transition to high school because of her experience at Corbett from 4th grade through 8th grade. Her study habits were honed and sharpened. Her global view was intensified and broadened. Her appreciation for new learning was immensely impacted. She became an all-around, well-rounded student through her experience at Corbett and it has directly led to her success in her first year of high school.My two youngest children are also having a superb educational experience at Corbett. Their teachers have been wonderful from year to year. Their experience has been top-notch and it has only made me wish that I had brought my oldest to Corbett earlier than I did.Corbett is the most well-rounded school that I have ever seen in my career. The whole child is truly taught, appreciated and cared for at Corbett. I truly can recommend Corbett both as a parent and as an educator. If you are looking for the best possible, most well-rounded education for your child(ren), you need look no further than Corbett.
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My son started at Corbett Prep in PreK4, and I love seeing how he has developed into a thoughtful, confident, imaginative student in the past 5 years. Corbett Prep provides students with a well-rounded education that embraces hands-on learning and values the arts and sciences. The accepting and supportive nature of teachers and students makes it a safe place for students to try new things and pursue their passions. Students grow comfortable working in teams, asking questions and speaking before crowds - all skills they need to succeed in the working world. Innovative, out-of-the-box lessons make every student an active participant in his or her learning and often spark interests that carry outside the classroom as well. We love it here!
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The biggest thing you notice when you walk into classrooms at Corbett Prep is how happy and engaged the students are in their lessons. They may be moving around the room, working outside or talking in teams, but all of the students are involved in what they are learning. This is because the teachers understand brain research for how children learn (and that not all students learn the same way), and they plan creative lessons that capture students' attention and make them active participants in their education.
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