The mission of Brandon Academy is to educate children in an environment of respect coupled with a commitment to quality education in a challenging program to prepare students to be leaders in the global community. The faculty and staff are dedicated to developing well-rounded young people. The curriculum is advanced but has the flexibility to meet the individual needs of all students. Brandon Academy students love school. While this sounds simple, making education enjoyable requires highly trained, creative, motivated professionals working together and believing in a common ideal.
Brandon Academy was established in 1970 as an independent school in a suburb east of Tampa, Florida. It remains the only school in the area accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Brandon Academy serves a need in the community for a school without a religious affiliation. The school attracts a diverse population, including children from every religion, culture and ethnicity living in our region. In the fall of 2015, Brandon Academy created an upper school division and currently enrolls students in grades PreK3 through 10th grade. The school has a faculty-student ratio of 11:1. This makes it possible to best address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of students.
The instructional emphasis is on foundational skills, particularly in reading, math, language and writing. A stimulating curriculum balanced with hands-on activities promotes creativity, curiosity and the joy of learning. Students typically work one to two years above grade level. Students use electronic devices (iPads, tablets and SMART boards). Students in grades 4th and above are required to have an iPad or other type of tablet. In addition, all students have regularly assigned classes in our science lab.
In addition to the core curriculum, a focus on a well-rounded educational experience is achieved. Beginning in Pre-K3, students are exposed to computer, art, music, physical education, library skills, and a foreign language. In the middle/high school, increased specialization in these areas is provided through courses such as web design, performing chorus, drama, ceramics/painting, yearbook, TV production, engineering, and robotics.
The students’ experience is supported by a unique discipline plan that allows them to have ownership in their school. Students in middle and high school organize and lead their own Student Council as well as the Honor Board. All students are proud of their contribution to charitable activities such as Pasta for Pennies for Leukemia. In addition, lower school students learn empathy by visiting Consulate, a local nursing home, throughout the school year. While students in middle and high school are involved in monthly clubs all of which promote citizenship. These include Key Club, Builder’s Club, Care Baskets, Pay it Forward and Eco-Friendly. Leadership, working together for common goals and social consciousness are all hallmarks of the students of Brandon Academy.