18105 Gunn Highway
Odessa, FL 33556
Phone: 813 264 4500
Fax: 813 963 0675
Administrative Center: 813-355-0124

admission process

How to Apply

Applying begins when you schedule a Family Tour…                                                    

Please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Mrs. Gabrielle Pomales, at admissions.org. If you are out of state this can be done via talking by phone or through Facetime. Prospective students are a vital part of this interview process and the student should attend the initial meeting along with their parents. If you would like to speak with us privately regarding your student’s needs, please let us know when you call to schedule your tour.  We are happy to accommodate you. The family tour typically takes 45 minutes to an hour, based on your desire to communicate or be more in depth on what you want to share.  You determine the length of time after the initial tour and meeting with the Head of School. We want to meet each family’s individual needs, so we take our time to get to know your family as we both determine if KPHS is a good fit for your student and them a good fit for KPHS?  Not every school is right for every student. Our goal is to ensure each student we accept will become all he or she can be. Keystone Prep staff are willing to work with all students, but we must guarantee the hours we invest in this complex process of a stellar education will bear the fruit we both want to see academically, emotionally, and socially. We are not afraid of a challenge, but we want to know your child will rise to the top in our system. We see miracles daily so little doubt.  We are intentionally selective and make no apologies for it. Our staff puts in incredible hours to above and beyond paid time as we partner with our parents. We have no interest in giving all that free time and working way beyond others, for nothing.  Our goal is to create the most optimum learning environment for the greatest success possible.

What to expect during your tour…

  1. Our Admissions Coordinator will speak with you about your child’s needs and review your application and documents. This is an important time for you to share in depth. Do not be afraid to express your student’s history or share where they might have struggled before.  KPHS is a new beginning. The more we know, the more we can help your student succeed. At this time, you may also set up a second visit for your student to SHADOW another student for the day, if they would like.
  2. You will be taken on a tour of the school classrooms and facility, as you learn about the school safety and security features and have an opportunity for a meet and greet with some of faculty and staff.
  3. Your family will be introduced to our Dean of Students, ESE Specialist, Guidance Counselor and the Support Staff. We believe it is important for you to know WHO your student will be entrusted to on a day to day basis. Parents have good insight and we want you to learn about us to allow us to educate your child.
  4. Your child will be welcomed by a Student Ambassador, who will share his or her own new school experience at KPHS with your daughter or son. This allows the parents a brief time to have a private visit with the Principal.
  5. The visit will culminate in a brief meeting with the Head of School. She wants to know each student personally and she is always there when needed by students. Share with her your family’s needs and history, so she knows best how to help you. She will also discuss any financial aid or scholarship concerns your family may need. KPHS has worked out amazing things to help our students attend if parents are a part of that financial process.  It is not a free public school.  We do this together. Parents that truly love their children have always found a way to make it work here.

Complete an Application…

We recommend you complete the application (see link) and bring it with you on your family visit, although it is not required for the tour. This information allows us to have a more comprehensive visit with you. It can also shorten the enrollment process. KPHS is a traditional high school serving grades 9 – 12 that specializes in a more individualized approach for optimum student success. It is not a special needs school. It is a college prep school. We serve average students to very high achieving students, better through small classes and a more individualized approach than most schools do. We have gifted students and students who may struggle and those in between. We focus most on helping all students become their optimum through our Individualized Success Plan for every student.

If your student has specific learning challenges, that does mean they are “special needs” student, in case you feared that as a parent. Each child is special, however. Those students needing learning supports can be helped here so be sure to include documentation regarding any diagnosis, IEP’s, 504’s, Psychoeducational Evaluations, etc., as well as prior discipline or suspension and expulsion issues, should they exist. Our school has a very caring and kind environment so those students may thrive here where they did not before. We also want to know if your child experienced bullying of any sort or began to fall behind in a large school where they were too intimidated to ask for help or were leaning towards the wrong peer group. The more we know the more we can help you help them succeed.

Additional Information…

 Please include current varieties of any of the known testing records you have, such as:    

  • PSAT (preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
  • SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
  • SAT 10 (Stanford Achievement Test)
  • TABE Test (Adult Basic Education Test)

Other Information Needed…
Please supply the following documents to speed admittance or to hold a limited grade spot:

  • Birth Certificate, Immunization Records, School Physical, Social Security Card, Sports Physical (if playing a sport) Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Track, or Volleyball etc.
  • Diagnosed Disorders from a Licensed Mental Health Provider or the Public Schools, if requesting accommodation supports for their learning
  • IEP, 504, or Psychoeducational Evaluation
  • Discipline, Suspension, or Expulsion Records, should any exist

Criteria for Admission…
In addition to a typical high school student KPHS also specializes in helping students with the following conditions, based on a comprehensive individual student review to ensure every student can be appropriately served at KPHS. The decision to accept a student is based on the ESE Specialist and the Admissions Review Team evaluation, at the discretion of the school. We do not accept ALL students with these diagnoses, unless we can ensure all students with a specific diagnosis can be appropriately served at KPHS.  We can serve students with: Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Deficits (organizational, study skills, goal setting), Inconsistent or Low Motivation or Low Achievement, Low Self-Esteem, Mild Learning Variabilities, Prior Negative School Experiences, Receptive Language Delays and Social Anxiety Issues. It is a case by case Admissions Review Team analysis. If in doubt, a student may be accepted on a “probationary status,” while the staff conducts a trial for the benefit of the child.  The staff are most qualified to determine who they can best serve, based on their credentials, educational experience, the ESE Specialists’ review, while then matching a student to our services, mission and philosophy. All students entering go through the same review. We are not attempting to be all things to all people but to educate students who truly want to get the very best academic support possible not based on a building but on dedicated educators.

Non-Discrimination Statement…
Keystone Prep High School admits students of any color, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual preference, to whom all activities, privileges, programs, and rights are generally accorded to all students in the same manner. This includes in its admissions policies, educational opportunities, scholarship programs, and/or athletic and extracurricular programs, in accordance with our accrediting body. It is the policy of Keystone Prep High School to ensure that all accommodations, advantages, and services are accessible and equally shared in a meaningful manner for all qualified students, in accordance with the American Disabilities Act and under State/Federal Law. Attitude is not a disability, however.

EXPLORE KPHS:

 

18105 Gunn Highway, Odessa, FL 33556 / Grades 9-12 / info@keystoneprep.org

813-264-4500: Admissions and General Information

813-355-0124: Administrative Center / 813-963-0675: Fax

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