Annual Giving

Corbett Prep Hosts Admissions Open House on Jan. 31
for PreK3-8th Grade

_DSC6090A class at Corbett Prep may take place outside, with the lake as a science lab. It may occur on a stage as students learn to speak with confidence before a crowd. It may involve students working cooperatively and creatively on a task, bursting with excitement as they make a discovery.

Spend the morning here and experience for yourself the dynamic learning environment at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, a Tampa private school for PreK3 through 8th grade.

Corbett Prep will host Admissions Open Houses for prospective families at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, March 7.

Each Admissions Open House begins with an overview of Corbett Prep, founded in 1968 on the premise that all children deserve a gifted education. Participants will learn about Corbett Prep’s concept-based curriculum as well as its fine arts, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. Corbett Prep also offers the International Baccalaureate Programme at all grade levels beginning at PreK3.

Corbett Prep teachers use brain-based strategies in classrooms and commit to regular professional development, in-house and nationally. Over five semesters, teachers completed training in gifted education masters-level courses through a partnership grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep also has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to pilot a wellbeing program for social and emotional learning.

“Our vision is to make the learning process joyful and challenging, as well as stimulating and productive,” says Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman, Headmaster. “Our master teachers put children first, focusing on excellence and developing a positive approach to life and learning.”

Middle School student ambassadors will lead Open House guests on a tour of the campus and answer questions from their perspectives. A light breakfast also will be served.

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS is located at 12015 Orange Grove Drive in North Tampa and provides bus transportation from South Tampa, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Lutz and Westchase. Families interested in learning about Corbett Prep are always welcome to call the Office of Admissions to schedule a personal tour at any time. Contact Director of Admissions Tara Novell to RSVP for the open house or request more information at or (813) 961-3087.


Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.