Helen Ratcliffe, Student & Personnel Services

Welcome to the best kept secret in public middle school education in Hillsborough County! 

Now in its seventeenth year, (2014-2015 school year), TCMS  has provided thousands of students in the Tampa Bay Area with an unparalleled education.   There is no greater compliment to those of us who have the privilege of working  here  that so many of our alumni return  to visit the faculty and staff and share with us that what they learned as students at TCMS more than prepared them for their high school and college educations. 

As you explore the many options that are available for your child’s middle school education, we ask that you consider TCMS because we believe, above all, that all children can learn.  We provide a safe and secure learning environment.  Our teachers are committed to providing the best instruction possible on a daily basis and are always available before school, during lunch and after school to offer tutoring for those students who seek additional help. 

TCMS has been recognized over the years for its math and science programs.  Our Math League teams consistently place in the top three at all three grade levels each year in the fall and spring competitions.  Our Science and Technology Club has participated in ROV (remote controlled vehicles) competitions for the past three years against high school and college students, and have placed in the top three.

Based on the 2013-2014 school year FCAT results, our school was ranked in the top 2 in the School District of Hillsborough County. 

Our Battle of the Books team placed first and third among 51 Hillsborough County middle schools and for the past three years, since charter schools have their own BOB competitions, our students have won first place.

We are so very proud of our Class of 2013 - we had the highest number of 8th grade students (65) accepted into the International Baccalaureate programs at King High School, Hillsborough High School and Strawberry Crest.  This number exceeded any other middle school in Hillsborough County. So far, 39% of the incoming 9th grade class at King IB (fall, 2014) is made up of 2014 graduates of TCMS!  We are also very proud of the other eighth graders who were accepted into various magnet programs or private high schools such as Jesuit and Tampa Catholic.

Because we believe in educating the whole child, there are numerous clubs and organizations that promote character development, teamwork and community service.    Students who participate on our extramural athletic teams have the opportunity to compete against other charter schools and private schools in the Tampa Bay area.  TCMS supports the arts and has a phenomenal band and chorus program that performs not only for the school community, but at events in the Tampa Bay area.  The list goes on…

On January 10, 2015, we will host an Applicant Open House for students who are applying for the 2015-2016 school year.   You will have a chance to walk through the school, meet our teachers, and attend the Student Activities Fair where your child will have the opportunity to explore the many clubs, organizations, athletic programs and other extracurricular activities that are offered to our students.  See for yourself why our students say “it’s cool to be smart” at TCMS.

 I sincerely hope that you will consider us for your child’s middle school education and please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

 Helen Ratcliffe

Student and Personnel Services



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