Frequently Asked Questions
Our school district recognizes the incredible successes the digital and tech students have achieved at Liberty Middle and Freedom High. In an effort to expand access to specialty programs, our district believes our schools in the New Tampa area will generate the interest and demand necessary to deliver a high quality digital and tech related academy Liberty Middle and Freedom High. We offer a wider variety of digital and tech courses and have more digital and tech teachers than our neighboring traditional and charter schools. Our 7 year overarching philosophy allows students to focus on an area of concentration that interests them the most.
Students from outside the Liberty Middle and Freedom High attendance boundary will be accepted by lottery selection from among all applicants based on our district’s Choice lottery procedures . Every student at Liberty Middle and Freedom High will be able to take courses within the New Tampa Digital Academy.
My child is currently zoned to attend Liberty Middle/Freedom High in 2021-2022. Do I still need to apply?
No. Students who are within the Liberty Middle and Freedom High attendance boundary do not need to apply for this academy. Be sure to tell your guidance counselor which area of concentration you would like to study within the academy as you are registering for courses at Liberty Middle and Freedom High.
The application process for New Tampa Digital Academy is completed through our district’s Choice program at HillsboroughSchools.org/choice . The application period opens October 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2020. All applications are processed after the December 31 deadline, so the date of your application does not affect your chance of being selected submitting an application in October is the same as submitting in December.
School Choice applications are due by December 31, 2020. Families will be notified if their student has been accepted to Liberty Middle or Freedom High by the middle of February.
Magnet bus transportation will NOT be available for New Tampa Digital Academy students. Local bus transportation will be provided only for students who live within the Liberty Middle and Freedom High attendance boundary and are eligible for transportation under Florida law and school district policy.
Industry certifications are an important component of Career and Technical Education Programs of Study as demonstrated evidence of technical skill attainment. Students who earn a certification have a competitive edge upon graduation and become more marketable in their career. Research indicates students who attain industry certifications earn more money over the course of their careers than those lacking industry recognized certifications. In addition, success in specified Industry Certifications can earn articulated credit to community colleges and students earning industry certifications will receive the “merit” diploma designation. Industry Certifications count towards the acceleration component of the overall school grade.
Will my child be guaranteed admission New Tampa Digital Academy if he or she attends Liberty Middle or Freedom High?