Tampa Schools

Tampa Schools

Children throughout Tampa wake up each Monday through Friday and head out to school, lunch and books in hand. While they may bemoan another day filled with reading, writing and arithmetic, they are receiving their education from one of the highest ranked school districts in the state.

Hillsborough County School District has a policy of offering a dynamic cross-section of schooling options because they understand that a “one size fits all” education doesn’t coalesce with their community. These include Walton Academy of the Performing Arts and two teen parent schools. Among the public schooling options are magnet and charter schools.

Magnet Schools
Magnet schools offer students a more exploratory education. Students must show a strong interest in the field of study of their chosen magnet school in order to be considered for enrollment. Even though magnet schools educate studies concentrated in a specific field, they are funded by the state and school district and must adhere to the performance standards just like traditional public schools. Most students of magnet schools go on to complete post-secondary education in their field of study. Magnet schools, listed with their field of study, in the New Tampa area include:

Cahoon Elementary, Animal Science
Dunbar Elementary, Math/Science/Technology
Lee Elementary, World Studies
Lincoln Elementary, International Studies/International Baccalaureate
Lockhart Elementary, Foreign Language & Global Studies; Visual/Performing/Communication Arts
Lomax Elementary, Math/Science/Technology
MacFarlane International Studies/International Baccalaureate
Muller Elementary, Environmental Studies; Visual/Performing/Communication Arts
Philip Shore Elementary, Visual/Performing/Communication Arts
Rampello Kindergarten through 8, Cultural Arts & Humanities

Charter Schools
While magnet schools offer highly concentrated curriculums, charter schools offer highly specialized teaching styles. Charter schools are owned and operated privately with subsidization through Hillsborough County School District and the State of Florida. They are just as accountable as traditional and magnet public schools through FCAT testing (more on this under “Standards”, below.)

Charter schools often require parents to commit to a number of hours of volunteer work throughout the school year. They also require that parents understand their particular charter, or contract. Examples of charter school options include those that teach in Montessori style, Core Curriculum or Independent Study (distance learning.)

Any student that qualifies for public education in Hillsborough County may apply to attend a charter school, regardless of how far or close the student lives from the school.

The Sunshine State Standards, or SSS, are the uniform educational criteria for each grade level from Kindergarten through graduation. All public and most private schools in Florida have adopted these standards and teach material so that students will meet or exceed them.

In 1998, the State of Florida began testing students based on the criteria to gauge the effectiveness of the SSS. A consortium of educators and instructional professionals from around the United States came up with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT.

Students are tested annually from third grade through eleventh. Reading and math tests are given each year. Writing is assessed in all grades except fifth and eleventh grades. Science knowledge is tested in fifth, eighth and tenth.

Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, students are required to successfully pass the tenth grade test to qualify for a regular high school diploma upon graduation. Students scoring less than a passing grade on any of the subjects tested are offered subsequent testing opportunities during their eleventh and twelfth grade years.

According to 2005 testing scores, Florida students scored at or above the national average in fourth grade reading, fourth and eighth grade writing, fourth grade science and fourth grade mathematics. All other grade levels and areas of study that were compared showed Floridian students were close to national averages and gaining ground.

Gorrie Elementary, located just a mile from the University of Tampa in West Tampa, scored highest of all elementary schools in fourth grade reading and mathematics among all Hillsborough schools tested in 2006. Roosevelt Elementary, located in the Palma Ceia area, scored highest for fourth grade writing skills of all Hillsborough County schools during 2006.

Terrace Community Middle School, a charter school located just south of New Tampa, scored highest among all eight graders tested in 2006 in Hillsborough County middle schools for math and science. Wilson Middle, located in the Davis Island community, scored highest among eighth graders in reading and writing.

Palma Ceia area’s Plant High School scored highest among all Hillsborough County tenth graders for math, reading and writing in 2006.

New Tampa schools showed remarkable staying power and above average scores for each of their six elementary, two middle and two high schools. Each school scored 300 or more in all subjects tested in 2006, for grades four, eight and ten.

Private Schools in Tampa
Some families in the New Tampa area prefer a religious or college preparatory private school for their children to receive their education. While the list of private education options is copious, below is a list of a few of the most prominent private schools in the area, as well as their particular specialty.

Berkeley Preparatory School operates to create well-rounded, college bound students. They provide education from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The teachers and staff strive to educate students beyond reading, writing and arithmetic; they offer competitive sports and arts as well as numerous clubs and community service projects.

The Academy of Holy Names is one of the oldest private schools in the Tampa area, having been founded in 1881. Their pre-kindergarten through eighth grade offers excellence in education to both boys and girls. Ninth through twelfth grade classes are restricted to an all-female student body. The school’s teaching are based on the Catholic faith. Students are not required to be of the Catholic faith to attend, though nearly three-quarters are.

The Jesuit School is an all-boy school with a reputation for turning out high-achieving graduates. This school was founded 18 years after the Academy of Holy Names. Jesuit School education includes numerous missionary and community service opportunities for its students. Students are not required to be members of the Jesuit Church.

In 2002, a three-decade old school began unpacking boxes in their new, state of the art facility across from its former home at the University of Tampa. Tampa Preparatory School serves students and their family from sixth grade through twelfth. Tampa Prep doesn’t offer remedial classes, their program was designed to offer challenging coursework in core subjects as well as a wide diversity of other subjects – fine art, computer technology, music, dance, theater, golf, track, swimming, volleyball, soccer, baseball, basketball and wrestling.

Co-ed students at Tampa Catholic High School receive their education in the three R’s as well as the three purposes set forth by the Catholic faith – teaching the Message of God as revealed in Christ and through His Church; building Community through fellowship in the life of the Holy Spirit; and providing opportunities for Service to the community. After school, students continue their education by taking part in some of the nearly two dozen clubs and extra-curricular activities. Tampa Catholic’s philosophy is to educate the entire student- mind, body, and spirit.

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Long Distance Learning — Obtaining Higher Education On Your Own Schedule

Long Distance Learning — Obtaining Higher Education On Your Own Schedule

If you’re over thirty and work regular, or not so regular, hours, the thought of going back to school may seem like an abandoned dream.
Who’s got the time? Between work and family or home responsibilities, finding the time to be able to go back to a college campus and spend hours sitting in a classroom is no longer an option. You may want to rev those dreams back, because these days, long distance learning makes all of your goals a possible reality.

Millions of men and women around the world have let loose of their dreams for higher education because of these considerations, and more. The cost of tuition, books and campus fees, in addition to the fact that some campuses are plain beyond the reach of many without transportation add to the dismal prospects of continuing that quest for knowledge. Today, more students than ever before are attending long distance learning colleges and universities. No matter what they’re called, Online Schools, Distance Education Learning, Long Distance Learning or Correspondence Schools, they are offering degrees in more areas of study than ever before. Whether you want to earn an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree, an online or distance program will more than likely offer you what you need in regard to coursework and testing options. Want to pursue your Master’s? Those are available as well.

Do distance learning colleges offer the same course of studies that traditional colleges do? Yes! Is long distance learning a viable way to obtain a degree? Again, yes. Most online colleges and universities are accredited, but always make sure before you start coursework with any particular college, whether online or off.

Also, find out ahead of time about testing requirements and how exams are handled. Some people must drive to a specified testing location, depending on course of study and location of your nearest brick and mortar university. Long distance learning schools offer most students the opportunity o complete exams in a proctored situation, which can be accomplished at a library, a neighboring school or college, or within any office or location approved by your school of choice.

Because of the overwhelming and growing popularity of online colleges, most major universities in the United States are now also offering online coursework within certain disciplines at campuses across the country. Whether you want to go into nursing, education, business or other disciplines, there is a long distance learning program that will suit your needs, and your budget, perfectly.

Most online or distance learning degree programs offer student financing or payment options that will enable you to budget your school costs, rather than having to pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars up front for complete course study units per semester. Many online colleges also offer scholarships and financing options as well.

There’s no longer any reason to put off higher education. Now your time is your own, and you can decide where and when you study. Sure, it’s going to be difficult to balance school with other responsibilities, but at least now you don’t have to commit to someone else’s schedule.

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TIPS To Overcome Exam Fever

TIPS To Overcome Exam Fever

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Come EXAM TIME and students start getting anxious and spend sleepless nights worrying about the coming exams. Exams may be anxiety provoking for some people. Students may worry about an exam for days before it is to take place and/or during the exam, when tackling the examination they may experience negative thoughts and unpleasant physical symptoms which prevent them from performing to the best of their ability.
Students, Just Relax ! Need not Worry…. It is wise to remember that exams are not here as punishment. Instead, they are a good way of testing to see how much information you have learnt.
Examinations test a student’s knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. They bring questions from an entire module together in a challenging environment.
Whether you are taking the Board Exams or forthcoming Medical Entrance Test or appearing for any other Entrance Exam, Don’t you worry. Just follow these simple tips to overcome Exam fever.
Don’t get over anxious: It never helps. Think of all the exams you have faced so far and how you have overcome your fears. Visualise the worst that can happen and then think positive.
Talk over your anxieties to your parents, friends etc and get it out of your chest periodically. At the same time, talk about the subjects you are good in and the chapters you are well prepared in.
Gain confidence in subjects you know best: by completing the revision and writing notes, especially to a family member or answering mock tests. Make brief points to refer just before the exams.
Fix time and place: Make sure that your study has no disturbance. Move away from that place when you need to take breaks. Take them frequently by structuring your time schedule. Every time you feel fresh, study the difficult or boring subjects first for a few minutes and then move on to easy ones.
Exercise and recreation: are as important as studies and they help you concentrate better.
Don’t reduce your sleep drastically. Your body needs it.
Avoid repetitive reading: If you are unable to remember, break up the chapter into points and sub points and try and remember each sub point.
Do mock tests: periodically, especially in difficult subjects.Rest, eat good food and freshen up: especially on the morning of your exam. It is a better way to face them than last minute cramming.
On the day of the exam: Relax, Remember God is Incharge….Reduce stress, sleep well, eat well and go early. Do discuss with your friends what you have prepared and what you have not.
Have confidence, you will do well. Believe in yourself.

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Taking Advantage Of Your Resources To Pass!

Taking Advantage Of Your Resources To Pass!

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If you are planning to pursue a career in the academe, then there’s like an 80% probability that you would be compelled to obtain the Praxis test.
Most universities and colleges that instruct potential teachers make use of this testing to calculate the skills for being worthy of degree in the said filed. That kind of system has been presented to the entire country, being the reason why the passing grade for each learning institution has been subject to their administrator or to the representative of the state education board. More often than not the examiners tend to underestimate the exam so please don’t be one of them. Be sure to have your own praxis study guide so that you could do away in retaking the exam.

Preparation for the Praxis

Unlike the usual university examinations the praxis exam absolutely different from it thus you ought to a lot a good number of time to prepare for it. So how do you really do that preparation?

First and foremost, the content of the test should be recognizable for you so that you wouldn’t feel shocked with the actual facing of the exam when you take it. Formulate a study plan that is contingent with the composition of the exam alongside with your understanding of that subject matter. Next, learn to use for your own ends the accessible test readiness objects and exercise questions and above all those, learning for the exam is your key to ace the test.

You ought to be cognizant that there are constraints that you should learn to deal with as you are preparing for the Praxis. Perhaps in every aspect not just in testing, the only thing that limits us the most is time. So don’t you ever think of procrastinating, if you really want to pass the test if not ace it then you should give your self ample time to prepare for it. When you practice pushing yourself to hard will do you no good, because as you continue doing this all that you’ve learned tends to drift away, bear in mind that you need to study to be smarter.

Refresh your thoughts by taking assessment test over the net such as Art: Multiple Choice and Constructed Response Study Guide (Test Codes 0131, 0132, and 0133), Audiology Study Guide 2nd Edition (Test Code: 0340) , there’s a Business Education Study Guide (Test Code: 0100), Education of Young Children (Test Codes: 0020, 0021, 0530) , Elementary Education: Content Knowledge Study Guide (Test Code: 0014) , Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment Study Guide 2nd Edition (Test Codes: 0011 and 0016), Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises Study Guide 2nd Edition (Test Code: 0012) and the English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge Study Guide (Test Code: 0041).

There are also other guides like Music: Concepts and Processes; Analysis; and Content Knowledge Study Guide (Test Codes: 0111, 0112, and 0113), Pre-Professional Skills Test – Writing (test code 0720), Social Studies and Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge Study Guide (Test Codes: 0081 and 0087), Spanish: Content Knowledge and Productive Language Skills Study Guide (Test Codes: 0191 and 0192)and French & German Content Knowledge and Productive Language Skills Study Guide (0171, 0173, 0181, and 0182).

You could take advantage of as many study guides as you want but in the end it boils down to your motivation to pass the test.

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How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant?

How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant?

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Commonly known as CMA, the certified medical assistant has long been deemed by doctors as their best partners in increasing the medical office productivity. They are recognized throughout the United States as professionals and the most versatile members of the medical team that they perform a number of tasks from administrative matters to clinical and laboratory procedures. And, since they are professionals, it is expected from a certified medical assistant to show a strong sense of commitment through continuing education and a proof of continuing competence as well.

Now if you are somehow interested in this kind of profession and you want to know how to become a certified medical assistant, then you’ve picked up the right page. I have mentioned below two of the major steps you may take to becoming a certified medical assistant. Note that these steps are also encouraged by the American Association of Medical Assistants knowing that these can lead you to the right track. Please read on.

Step #1: Obtain a Degree from an Accredited Medical Assisting Program

To become a certified medical assistant, you must first graduate from a medical assisting program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). So if you haven’t taken an accredited medical assisting program yet, then start looking for it now. They are available throughout the United States nowadays, and once you found the right option, enroll and finish the program if you can.

However, before you take the challenge, make sure that you are ready enough and interested to know more about the human anatomy, pathology, physiology, basic and advanced medical terminology, recordkeeping and accounting, computer applications, insurance and coding processing, clinical and diagnostic procedures, laboratory techniques, pharmacology, medical law and ethics, patient relations, and a lot more areas of medical studies.

Remember that part of the program that you must complete to obtain the certification is an externship. This can be done in doctor’s offices, clinic, pharmacies, and other medical facilities.

Step #2: Take and Pass the Certified Medical Assistant Certification Examination

So you’ve graduated from an accredited medical assisting program. The next thing you can do now to become a certified medical assistant is to take and pass the CMA certification exam which is usually handled by the American Association of Medical Assistants. The exam is often offered three times a year. There are certain categories or qualifications that you must follow and meet, however, for you to become eligible to take the certification examination. You can find a lot more information about the requirements at AAMA-NTL.org.

Once the American Association of Medical Assistants accepts your application, then you will be notified of the location of the testing center. Well, if you know the location, then much better, but if you don’t, start looking for it as early as possible. Prepare yourself and study for it.

You can only consider yourself as a certified medical assistant once you passed the certification examination.

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Certified Medical Assistant Exam

Certified Medical Assistant Exam

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Summary: Passing the certified medical assistant exam means greater regard among peers and employers and better job security and greater career advancement opportunities.

If you want to take advantage of the fast growing health care industry, you might want to consider becoming a medical assistant. Employment of medical assistant is projected to greatly expand because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging population. The continuous increasing demand of medical assistants in the swiftly growing health care industry will further rouse job growth.

Taking into consideration the preference of many health care employers for trained staff, job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, specifically for those with certification. Therefore, to build a promising career in the health care industry, you have to be a certified medical assistant (CMA) first. And to become a certified medical assistant, there are only two things that you have to accomplish: first, graduate from an accredited medical assisting program, second, is pass the American Association of Medical Assistant Examination.

To receive the CMA credential you must first enroll in and graduate from a medical assisting program. This program must be accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied health Education programs or CAAHEP or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools or ABHES. You also must accomplish an externship which is part of the program.

Once you graduate from the program and finished the training, you must take and pass the certified medical assistant exam. This AAMA certification examination is offered three times a year, which is in January, June and October. Eligible candidates can take the exam either on the last Friday of January, last Saturday of June, or the fourth Friday of October. The application deadline for CMA exam for the month of:

o January is October 1 of the preceding year
o June is March 1 of the same year, and
o October is July 1 of the same year.

If you meet the criteria for any of the following categories, then you are eligible to take the certified medical assistant exam:

* Category 1. Graduating students of recent graduate of a CAAHEP accredited medical assisting program
* Category 2. Non-recent graduate of a CAAHEP accredited medical assisting program
* Category 3. Graduating student or graduate of ABHES accredited assisting program.

Besides filling out an application form to take the certified medical assistant exam, you must also provide certain documentation and pay the enrollment fee. The required documentation depends on your enrollment category. Enrollment fee for the AAMA and CAAHEP graduates is $ 95; all others will pay $ 170.

After the AAMA accepts your exam application, you will be notified of the location of the testing center 6 weeks before the examination date. The best you can do before the day of the exam is study. You can even take CMA exam review offered in your area. The certified medical assistant exam is your chance to get a better job security and greater career advancement opportunities.

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How to Become a Medical Assistant

How to Become a Medical Assistant

Summary: If you want to know how to become a medical assistant, you must first ask yourself if you are ready to become one.

To become successful is not all about talent or being in the right time and in the right place. To become successful, in your career or in any career for that matter, is about being ready to take the path of your choice. That’s what medical assistants had to go through before they get where they are now.

Employment in the health care industry becomes very in demand and continues to grow like never before due to the ever growing and aging population and an increased interest in health care professions. Those who choose to become medical assistant must enjoy working with people, want to make a difference in their community, and work in a medical office. If you have the qualities mentioned and you are interested, you should know how to become a medical assistant.

How to become a medical assistant is not as easy as you may think. To become a certified medical assistant or CMA, you must accomplish two things:

1. The first thing you should do is to graduate from an accredited medical assisting program. This program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or CAAHEP, or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools or ABHES. You must also complete an externship which is part of the program.
2. The next thing that you must do is pass the AAMA CMA certification examination. This test is administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants or AAMA.

Once you graduate from the program, you must take and pass the AAMA CMA Certification Examination. The steps to follow to prepare for the exam are:
* Apply for the exam. The AAMA Certification/Recertification Examination is offered three times a year in January, June, and October. Eligible candidates can take it either on the last Friday of January, last Saturday of June, or the fourth Friday of October.
* Once the AAMA accepts your exam application, you will be notified of the location of the testing center 6 weeks before the exam date.
* Study. There are many useful tools available for you study for the big examination day, like taking CMA exam review course if offered in your area, obtain study resources, taking practice exam, and review the content outline for the exam.

How to become a medical assistant is not the proper question to be ask if you are interested to become one, but rather ask yourself if you are ready to take the road that medical assistants walk by everyday of their working days. Not to mention the qualities that medical assistants posses.

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