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Independent Day School Changes Name to Honor Corbett Family

Independent Day School-Corbett Campus will become Corbett Preparatory School of IDS to honor long-time school leader, visionary, and benefactor, Cornelia Corbett, and her family.

Cornelia Corbett

Cornelia Corbett

March 13, 2012 (TAMPA, Fla.) – The Board of Trustees of Independent Day School – Corbett Campus proudly announces that the school will change its name to Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, in honor of one of Tampa Bay’s most highly regarded community and civic leaders, Cornelia Corbett.

“For more than 25 years, Cornelia Corbett has been the most ardent IDS advocate, supporting every aspect of the school with ideas, time, leadership, vision, wisdom, and philanthropy,” said Board of Trustees President Jim Conlin. “We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to honor her family in this way.”

The new name will be effective July 1, 2012 and will be fully implemented with the start of the 2012-2013 school year in August.

As a result of Mrs. Corbett’s vision and leadership, 44 years after its founding, IDS has become much more than an independent school. “IDS has developed into an innovative model regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Mr. Conlin. “Hundreds of educators learn from visits, observations, workshops and trainings here about the benefits and advantages of the IDS brand and philosophy.”

The story of how IDS has become a model of brain-based research and best teaching practices is documented in the book, “It’s All About Kids: Every Child Deserves a Teacher of the Year.”

Mrs. Corbett’s commitment to the welfare and education of children has been a priority throughout her life. As early as 1969, she worked as a peace officer and case worker for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in New York City. She became involved at IDS first as a parent and volunteer, and then as a member of the board of trustees, including two terms as president.

“I am stunned, honored and humbled by this change of name for IDS. I am proud that Corbett Prep represents cutting-edge methods in education and thrives on drawing out each student’s talent and ability. IDS is a private school with a public purpose.”

“Cornie has enabled IDS to flourish and touch the lives of countless teachers and students everywhere,” said Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman. “Therefore, with this name change, we renew our commitment as a not-for-profit, independent school to provide our students with a twenty-first century, leading education. We also strengthen our commitment to the educational community, as a whole, to have a powerful and positive impact on students and teachers across the globe through innovation, inspiration and in-depth research.”

In addition to changing the school name, the Board of Trustees decided to honor IDS founders. Corbett Hall will be renamed Gatlin Hall, in honor of founder Marilyn Gatlin, and the breakout training room inside the Farish Center will be named The Anderson Room, in memory of co-founder Betty Anderson.




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.