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United States Air Force
Military & Family Readiness Center - School Liaison Office
8105 Condor Street, Bldg 18
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
The Hillsborough County School system provides public education for K-12. The Hillsborough School District and MacDill AFB have partnered in an initiative to improve the transition of military children into the Florida public school system. In order to accomplish this, the school district needs specific information regarding your family's educational needs to facilitate appropriate placement of your children. The sooner you contact the Hillsborough School District after receipt of your new assignment, the better prepared they will be to ensure a smooth and meaningful transition for your child(ren) and significantly reduce the stress related with moving to a new school. Call 813-828-0146 or visit the School Liaison Officer website for more information.
If residing inside the installation, elementary and middle school-aged children will attend Tinker (k-5). Those students who live on base and are at middle and high school levels attend Monroe Middle School or Robinson High School. Busing is provided by the school system from the base to both Monroe Middle School and Robinson High School.
The public school system suggests that when you arrive, even if you are temporary living in base lodging, enroll your child in school as soon as possible. The Hillsborough County School District can provide answers to your questions by calling 813-272-4692.
MacDill's on base residents are served by the Hillsborough County Public School. Tinker Elementary (k-5th grade) is located on MacDill. On base Middle School students are bused to Monroe Middle School and high school students are bused to Robinson High School. Depending on your commuting desires, there are an additional three Tampa Bay Area counties and schools, both public and private, available that MacDill families also attend. Contact the School Liaison Officer upon recipient of your orders at 813-828-0146 or visit the School Liaison Officer website.
Private schools in the Tampa Bay Area are too numerous to list and the choice is a personal matter. Private School Options will give you a comprehensive look at schools listed for the Tampa Bay area. Most private schools have a religious affiliation or relationship. It is suggested that the private schools be contacted to learn of the tuition required. Additional fees such as music, art, uniforms, books, registration, deposits and transportation should be considered.
Florida Statute 232.02 requires that you notify the District Superintendent of Schools in writing of your intent to initiate a home education program. The Florida Parent Educators Association provides home school information for parents living in Florida.
Hillsborough Virtual (HVS) provides parents and legal guardians with children entering grades k-11 with virtual options for elementary, middle, high, co-enrolled, home education, and credit recovery. For more information visit Home Education Program.
For adults, many educational opportunities are offered at MacDill and the focal point for all education programs is the Base Education Center. Professional guidance counselors are available for both active duty and dependents on a walk-in basis. They can direct you to courses of study at the local community college as well as programs through several colleges and universities who hold classes on base or through distance learning. See the Education – Training (College/Technical) topic.
The vision of the School Liaison Program is to coordinate and assist school-age children of military parents with educational opportunities and information necessary to succeed in an academic environment.
The goals of the program are:
For more information on this program contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 813-828-0146
Requirements for registration are listed in the Hillsborough County Public School website. A parent must accompany all students at registration and bring the proper documents.
School Choice provides parents and legal guardians with children entering grades k-11 the opportunity to choose up to three non-magnet schools or Career &Technical Education programs. Parent may choose from a list of schools with space available.
Magnet Programs are elementary, middle and high schools with theme-based curriculum offering innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers in smaller learning communities.
Tampa Bay Area School Districts
Class Size Reduction
The Florida Constitution currently limits the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in public school classrooms in the following grade groupings: for prekindergarten through grade 3, 18 students; for grades 4 through 8, 22 students; and for grades 9 through 12, 25 students. Under this amendment, the current limits on the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in public school classrooms would become limits on the average number of students assigned per class to each teacher, by specified grade grouping, in each public school. This amendment also adopts new limits on the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual classroom as follows: for prekindergarten through grade 3, 21 students; for grades 4 through 8, 27 students; and for grades 9 through 12, 30 students. This amendment specifies that class size limits do not apply to virtual classes.
Students living one or more miles from school are provided with school bus transportation Special wheelchair transportation is available for handicapped children. Visit the Hillsborough County Schools Transportation website
Local School Boards
Each Tampa Bay Area school districts' websites provide the following information; enrollment size, pupil/teacher ratio, SAT scores, and the percentage of high school students who are college-bound. School year calendars are also available on the websites.
For the Hillsborough County School Calendar, you can visit the Hillsborough Public School Calendars .
Many extracurricular activities are offered within the school system particularly in the high schools. Among those offered are: Band, Chorus, Flag Corp, ROTC, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Wrestling, Honor Clubs and Service Clubs. Check with the particular school that your child will attend to find what activities are available since activities offered vary within the schools.
Exceptional Education Programs
Students who are identified as academically gifted or handicapped under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have the opportunity to participate in Exceptional Education programs. Psychological services are also available.
Florida Public Schools Requirements by State Law
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test - Also known as the FCAT, this is a series of tests conducted one week in March for every public school in Florida for grades 3 through 10. During 4 days of testing, students actually take two different types of tests, each with a math and reading category. There is also a science category of the FCAT.
Florida law requires youths from 6-16 to attend school.
Kindergarten: Child must be 5 years old on 1 Sept. of the school year.
First Grade: Child must be 6 years old on 1 Sept. of the school year.
High School graduation requirements for the State of Florida can be found online under Guidance Services
Florida requires that all students pass the High School Competency Test (HSCT) and have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.