When Corbett Prep prepared to shift to remote instruction in March, teachers needed to balance both routine and innovation. The faculty knew students would find comfort in the familiar school schedule, but they needed to figure out how best to deliver their lessons and connect to the students using technology. The result – a full day complete with live instruction from classroom and specials teachers – is resonating with parents.
Our teachers know the value of giving students an active role
in their lessons.
Physically experiencing lessons, specifically scientific concepts, helps students better understand what they have learned and improve their performance in class, according to a 2015 study published in Psychological Science.
In the Primary Division, students have numerous opportunities to take charge of their learning, whether they are engaged in projects inside the classroom or outside. Working alone, in pairs or on teams, students learn the importance of asking questions and embrace the process of trial and error as they make discoveries about their world.
What is Multi-age?
Parents of students entering first and second grades have the option of joining a multi-age class, a combination of the two grades. Students stay in that class for two years, giving them a chance to work with older role models when they are in first grade and develop leadership skills as second graders.
PreK3 – 2nd Grade and Multi-Age Grades 1/2
Overview: Goals and Purposes
Our Primary Division course of study has been developed using the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme curriculum model. Instruction is aligned with national subject area benchmarks and state standards for each area. A variety of resources and strategies designed to integrate learning and behavioral styles is used to meet and exceed these standards and concepts. In keeping with the Corbett Prep philosophy, we emphasize student inquiry, conceptual understanding, individual talents and intelligences, and cooperative and creative learning. We know students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally when they have joy in learning. The reward for teachers are their smiles that come from hard work and feelings of accomplishment.
PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and Multi-Age 1/2 content focus is on the mastery of Standards and Benchmarks in a positive and safe environment. We welcome taking students capable of exceeding grade level as far as they can go.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), aligned with the mission of Corbett Prep, is to focus on the whole child: on the heart, the mind and the social, physical, emotional, cultural, and academic needs. Character-building and life skills share a prominent place alongside learning.
The ultimate goal is for students to make connections between content and real world situations, both locally and globally.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (IB) Units of Inquiry
IB Units of Inquiry provide the opportunity to incorporate both local and global issues in the content. We strive to prepare global citizens who will make well-reasoned, thoughtful, and healthy decisions throughout life. Woven throughout our program is an inquiry model adapted from the International Baccalaureate PYP program in combination with the M.O.R.E. Model (Multiple Options for Results in Education) developed at Corbett Prep and based on best practices and research in education. These inquiry lessons are correlated to National and State Standards. Throughout the year, students will work toward mastery of these learning targets through engaging themes that promote curiosity, inquiry, and a love of learning.
As part of our Remote Learning Plan, Corbett Prep teachers and administrators have developed tips for parents to help their children have a successful start and a positive experience during the time they are learning at home.
The Ultimate Warriors Volleyball Academy (UWVA) draws from international training techniques and strategies for youth volleyball in addition to Division I coaching philosophies. As part of the Community School for Sports (CSS), the volleyball academy is based at Corbett Prep but open to students from any school in the Tampa Bay area. It is modeled after CSS' popular Ultimate Warriors Basketball Academy and takes a positive approach to learning sports.
Founders Marilyn Gatlin and Betty Anderson embraced a philosophy that happy students – respected as individuals and allowed to fulfill their needs to "play, investigate and be themselves" – were more open to learning than students who felt unhappy, tense and fearful at school. Corbett Prep will host Admissions Open Houses for prospective families at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019; Wednesday, Jan. 22; Tuesday, Feb. 25, and Thursday, April 2, 2020.
With butterfly releases, rocket launches, magic and more, Corbett Prep teachers inspire students on the first day of school to think about the kind of year they want to have and how they will work together.
Known as "WOWs," these first-day traditions make for a memorable start to each school year. In August, teachers plan activities for each grade level to help students set goals, learn to work in teams and build community, setting the tone for the new school year in a positive and engaging way.