Application Process

TUITION

Because we know that diverse schools are the most successful schools, because all children benefit from diverse environments, and because all children are entitled to a quality education, we are committed to building a student body that is intentionally diverse. This diversity includes socioeconomic diversity.

Rather than setting tuition at a regular amount and then offering financial aid to a small portion of our student body, we build socioeconomic diversity by allowing every family at Tampa Bay International School to pay an amount in tuition that is in equitable proportion to its financial resources.

Our tuition is based on a gradually increasing percentage of a family’s gross (before taxes) annual household income. This table shows the tuition ranges for the 2021-2022 school year based on family income.

OUR APPLICATION PROCESS

Tampa Bay International School seeks to enroll 10-15 students in grades K-6 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now available and may be submitted at any time. Interested families who are in the Tampa Bay area are encouraged to schedule a tour of our school and observe a lesson or two — with prospective students present — before applying. Tours may be arranged through email: bzamoff@tampabayintl.org or by phone (727) 320-2578.

Applications received may be conditionally accepted for enrollment if the amount of applications we receive does not exceed the amount of space available at a particular grade level.

Once accepted for enrollment, a family is offered a contract with a set tuition amount and the chance to secure a spot for their child by paying a deposit of 10 percent of a student’s annual tuition. This deposit is refundable through February 28, 2021. After February 28, 2021, this deposit is non-refundable.

Additionally, our mission to create a socioeconomically diverse student body influences our decision in offering conditional acceptance to a student. We strive to have representation from families across the socioeconomic spectrum at our school. At the same time, we must balance this integral component of our mission with our need to be financially sustainable. The number of families paying lower tuition amounts that we are able to enroll depends on our overall economic needs, in addition to the number of families paying higher tuition amounts that we have been able to accept to our school. It is in large part the philanthropy of our higher tuition paying families that makes our model sustainable.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SCHEDULE A TOUR OR APPLY?

Contact us and we’ll be happy to schedule a tour or provide you with an application:

email:  bzamoff@tampabayintl.org

Phone:  727-320-2578

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Priscilla Velez

Priscilla teaches dance, music and Zumba! She loves teaching languages and cultural arts as a means to create bridges between communities. Her dynamic lessons focus on the incorporation of mindfulness and joy. In addition to her work with our students, she has also taught in the 2020 virtual summer camp held jointly by Tampa Bay International School and Jewish Community Camp. Priscilla is additionally the founder and lead educator of Seeds of Peace School of Languages, Health, and Cultural Arts, a space where she facilitates lessons that incorporate dance, language arts, music, and life skills

Dr. Richard Zamoff 

Board member Dr. Richard Zamoff is an associate professor of sociology at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. His areas of specialization include Research Methods and Program Evaluation, the Sociology of Education, and the Relationship Between Sports and Society. Since 1996, he has served as the Director of the Jackie Robinson Project and since 2000, as the faculty advisor to the Jackie and Rachel Robinson Society, a GW student organization. He is a member of the advisory board of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City. Prior to his arrival at GW, Dr. Zamoff managed and supervised technical work on government contracts related to day care, health education, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and traffic safety.

Rabbi Danielle Upbin

Rabbi Danielle Upbin is our school’s Jewish Studies and yoga teacher. She serves as Community Educator at the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast, as well as the Associate Rabbi and Prayer Leader at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. Originally from New York City, Rabbi Upbin attended Barnard College and received her Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002.  A professionally trained singer and songwriter, Rabbi Upbin is also a past president of the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Counsel of Israel Bonds. From 2012-2016, Rabbi Upbin also worked for the Jewish Theological Seminary as the Florida Rabbinic Fellow, a development, outreach, and teaching position.

Tracy Bortnick Lynn

Board member Tracy Bortnick Lynn is a mother of three and was a criminal prosecutor for 8 years in Montgomery County, Maryland. She began practicing law in 2005 after graduating from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. While raising her family in Florida for the past 6 years with her husband Eric, Tracy has been an active volunteer for organizations such as: Friends of North Shore, Temple Beth El Early Childhood Center, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, and Congregation B’nai Israel. Tracy also served as chair of After School programming for the Parent Teacher Association at North Shore Elementary School- leading the scholarship program to help ensure equal participation by all students in after school programs. Tracy studied Spanish in Seville, Spain while earning her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan. Tracy values diversity and bilingualism in an educational setting and looks forward to her children and all of those at TBIS continuing to learn how to make a positive impact on their communities.

Rachel Elias Wein

Rachel Elias Wein is a  board member and a parent to three sons, two of whom are students at Tampa Bay International School! Professionally, Rachel is a strategic advisor to retailers like Walgreens, Publix, and Kroger, as well as institutional real estate owners. Rachel serves on the boards of directors of Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg, Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and the University of Florida's Bergstrom Real Estate Center.

Angelica Long-Diaz

Lead Teacher Angelica Long-Diaz is a Panamanian-American educator who spent most of her childhood years in Varese, Italy. Angelica comes from a multicultural family and speaks English, Spanish, and Italian. She holds a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Columbus State University and a Master's Degree from the University of Kansas in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL.) Angelica has taught both children and adults in a variety of settings, both in the US and abroad. Before joining the faculty at Tampa Bay International School, she taught in Daegu, South Korea. An avid gardener, Angelica also leads our students in the creation of our school garden, where our students grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers.

ERIKA LOPEZ

A native of Chicago, board member Erika Lopez is a mother of three with a profession in dental healthcare. Erika holds a BA in Communications/Marketing but her passion is working within her community, where she has been active for the past decade. Erika has served as a board member and vice chair of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and is currently a Political Action Chairwoman for the NAACP St. Petersburg Branch, educating the community about the political process through voter registration, public events and candidate forums. Erika has earned the NAACP Presidential Award for Excellence in Service. Growing up bilingual in English and Spanish, Erika believes in an intellectual as well as a cultural advantage in education that she very much desires for her own three children, and would love to help bring to children throughout Tampa Bay.

VIRGINIA CHACON

Visual arts teacher and board member Virginia Chacon is a native of Uruguay and a licensed Real Estate Professional. She is also a part-time private Spanish tutor, and a mother of two young children. Prior to moving to Florida in 2011, Virginia worked at the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington, DC. Virginia is a strong proponent of multicultural education, diverse schools, and helping children form a global mindset that allows them to understand multiple perspectives of issues and appreciate the diverse cultures that make up our world.

DR. VONZELL AGOSTO

Board member Dr. Vonzell Agosto is an associate professor of curriculum studies in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of South Florida. Her research agenda focuses on curriculum leadership and anti-oppressive education for adults and youth with an emphasis on issues related to race, gender, and dis/ability. In pursuing this line of inquiry she considers the role of technology, ethics, arts, aesthetics, and culture (ethnic, popular, material). She has published articles in Teachers College Record, Educational Researcher, and the Journal of School Leadership.

BENNETT ZAMOFF

Bennett Zamoff is the founder of Tampa Bay International School and additionally serves as our school Head and a Lead Teacher. Bennett is an experienced educator who is passionate about language immersion as best practice in fostering bilingualism. Bennett has taught in a number of schools throughout the Washington, DC area, in Ecuador, and in Tampa Bay. Bennett’s graduate and professional interest and expertise center on first and second language acquisition and immersion education in the United States and Canada. Bennett is also a strong proponent of arts integration as a vital component of a rigorous academic program. Bennett holds masters degrees in Education K-8 and Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in TESOL. He is a recipient of the 4.0 Schools Essentials Fellowship as the founder of Tampa Bay International School. Bennett believes strongly in bilingualism as a necessary tool for all global citizens. He is the proud father of two children whom he and his wife are raising to be culturally competent, empathetic, and bilingual world citizens.

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