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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a Magnet School?
A magnet school is a public elementary, middle, or high school whose curricula are theme-based and technology-rich. Magnet school teachers are specially trained not only in theme integration but also in innovative and rigorous academic instructional methods. Magnet schools offer students opportunities to discover, explore, and refine their talents and interests while focusing on excellence in academics. Magnet schools support the district’s mission to provide all students the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their highest potential.

Is your entire school magnet? Or is it a school within a school?
100% of our student population is magnet. There is no “assigned attendance area” portion of Girls Preparatory Academy. All Hillsborough County female students are welcome to apply to our magnet school.

What is Girls Preparatory Academy’s theme?
Our theme is College Preparatory.  We deliver our theme in a single gender environment.

What is a ‘College Prep” theme?
The Girls Preparatory Academy offers a college preparatory culture in a single gender environment. ~Students work in a technology rich learning environment where teachers guide instruction with Smartboards in every classroom and where students use iPads to participate in a rigorous curriculum. ~The focus on academic excellence promotes achievement, pre-AP readiness, professionalism, self-confidence and motivation in a stimulating atmosphere that prepares young women for success and allows them to grow as leaders while developing a positive self-image.  After school, students have the opportunity to extend their learning and expand their horizons through Enrichment Academies.

What grade level configuration is at Girls Preparatory Academy?
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

What are the school hours?
School operates from 7:30 AM -2:55 PM Tuesday through Friday. Students are released at 1:50 PM each Monday.

Do students wear uniforms?
Girls Preparatory Academy has a mandatory uniform policy (see the policies and procedures tab for more information).  Students wear a white, collared, button-down shirt, khaki bottoms, a grade level ascot, white or black socks, and solid dark shoes.  On Mondays, students may opt to wear a school spirit shirt with their khakis.

Where is your school located?
Girls Preparatory Academy is off of 22nd Street in-between Hillsborough Avenue and MLK Jr. Blvd.  Our address 4302 N. 24th Street.  Our school is located at the intersection of 22nd Street and Chelsea Avenue.  Our visitor parking is located off of Chelsea Street.  If using a GPS or cellphone to travel to Girls Prep, be sure to use the intersection of 22nd Street and Chelsea Street as the physical address does not register and will take you in circles.

Do you provide transportation?
All Girls Preparatory Academy students who live 2 or more miles from school are provided with transportation.  Magnet students use a hub system.  A neighborhood bus will pick students up in the morning and take them to one of four hubs in the county.  At the hub, supervised students will transfer to the bus that takes them to school.  The process reverses when students go home. Magnet bus routes are subject to change from school year to school year.

What high school credits do you offer?
Currently, Girls Preparatory Academy students could potentially graduate with Algebra I, Geometry, IPS (Physical Science), Spanish I, Criminal Justice, and a Digital Informational Technology high school credits.

What languages do you offer?
We offer Spanish.

Do you have a gifted program?
Yes. Just like most Hillsborough County Middle Schools, gifted students are placed in the highest level class offered at the school for Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  In 6th grade we offer an accelerated math class where students receive both 6th and 7th grade math content.  This then prepares students for the high school credit classes of Algebra I in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th grade.  Unlike many other schools, Girls Preparatory Academy offers these with a face-to-face instructor as opposed to taking these courses virtually as some site offer.

What elective classes do you offer?
Students can choose from Art, AVID, Band, Chorus, Computer and Business Classes, Public Service and Law Studies, Spanish,  and Yearbook.

Do 6th graders get to choose their electives?
For the first semester, 6th grade students participate in a Career Resource and Decision Making class with a  SEL (social emotional learning) fous.  Students get the opportunity to focus on life skills as well as be introduced to each of the electives that Girls Preparatory Academy offers.  Before Winter Break, students will be given a choice selection sheet to sign up for the enrichment they want for the second semester.

Do you have sports?
At Girls Preparatory Academy, we offer the following extramural sports: basketball, flag football, track, soccer, and volleyball.

In our After-School Enrichment program, other sports programs may be offered.  Previously we have offered flag football, tennis, and golf.

What is the After-School Enrichment Program?
Just like other schools have clubs after-school, Girls Preparatory Academy offers free enrichment opportunities Tuesdays- Fridays from 3:00- 4:30 PM.  Students can sign up for the enrichments they want.  Enrichments include Academic Tutorials, Strategic Games, Model United Nations, the Arts and many more based upon student interest.

When do students eat lunch?
Our current lunch times are between 10:00 AM and 12:55 PM.  

Do you offer a Before-School HOST program?
Yes. There is a minimum of 10 students.  HOST runs from 6:30-7:00 AM. The cost for HOST is $10 a week for Mondays-Fridays.

Do you offer an After-School HOST program?
Yes. HOST runs from 2:55 PM-6:00 PM. The cost for HOST is $5 a week for Mondays Only, and $27 a week for Mondays-Fridays.

How do I apply?
The Choice and Magnet School Application Period  will be from July 11- 20, 2017.  Information on the next window can be found at http://choice.mysdhc.org.  Students who are currently in Hillsborough County Public Schools can apply online at  http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/685/magnet-schools-education/resources/magnet-middle/

Students new to Hillsborough County Public Schools need to download and submit a paper application.

The next application window is July 11- 20, 2017.

How and when do I find out if I get an offer?
Typically, notification for the first round is sent by US Mail in mid-February; the second round by the end of May. If an offer is extended to your child, a response to reserve your seat is required by the deadline date listed on the notification letter.

How can I accept or decline my magnet offer?
You can accept or decline by responding online.

Do I have to confirm my magnet offer?
Yes. Failure to accept the offer will result in losing the seat offered.

What if I have questions about the lottery process or need assistance?
Call the Choice and Magnet Information Line at 813 272-4692.

How can I sign up for a tour?
Call or email the Magnet Lead Teacher, Ellen Truskowski, at ellen.truskowski@sdhc.k12.fl.us or 813 275 5608 ext. 251 to schedule a tour.