"This school has grown far beyond its founders' wildest dreams."
Marilyn Gatlin, co-founder
Corbett Prep, originally known as Independent Day School, grew out of a dream Marilyn Gatlin and Betty Anderson had to create an educational environment of unlimited possibilities that promoted the gifts and talents of every student.
Founded in 1968 as an independent, nonsectarian school, Corbett Prep now serves more than 500 college-bound students in PreK3 through 8th grade. Gatlin and Anderson had been studying gifted education under Dr. Dorothy Sisk in the University of South Florida's first Gifted Education Masters Degree Program. They were seeking an educational program that combined excellence in academics, innovative learning techniques, and the nurturing of a positive self-concept. While the school has evolved through the years, its dedication to a hands-on, child-centered philosophy has prevailed and is now based on best practices in education and knowledge gained from leading-edge brain research to accelerate learning.
How Did We Get Here?
In 2012, Independent Day School – Corbett Campus became Corbett Preparatory School of IDS to honor two of Tampa’s most highly regarded community and civic leaders, Cornelia and Dick Corbett. Mrs. Corbett has been a longtime leader, visionary, and generous supporter of Independent Day School. In addition to changing the school name, the Board of Trustees honored IDS founders. Corbett Hall was renamed Gatlin Hall, in honor of of the leadership of co-founder Marilyn Gatlin, and the training facility inside the Farish Center was named The Anderson Room, in memory of co-founder Betty Anderson. Both women represent the leadership and vision that champions giftedness in all learners. Hundreds of students have benefited from their combined passion to make a difference.
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