“I’m going to ask the question, ‘Are you creating beauty or are you solving a problem?’ If you’re doing neither, then what’s the point?”
As Dr. Sandra Doran describes above, at North Tampa Christian Academy, we want our students to fall in love with God’s creation and find joy and purpose in turning their knowledge into actions. Each child is part of a worldwide family known for acts of service and compassion. However, it’s important that we don’t confine these beautiful ideas to just our campus. One of NTCA’s proudest pursuits is adding beauty to the world and teaching our school family, both students and faculty alike, to enjoy doing the same.
At NTCA, we are proud to be raising a generation of daring, intelligent, risk-taking problem solvers. We are committed to upholding Christian ideals, academic excellence, and innovative teaching in order to create an environment that is supportive and challenging.
Once a student has mastered our core curriculum, they are free to explore our interdisciplinary curriculum. Each child is empowered to pursue their passions. We encourage them to utilize critical thinking to ask questions and probe answers that lead to unique discoveries and valuable insights; everything a student dreams and designs will have a purpose, making the planet a better place. We believe in the power of collaborative, project-based learning. Whether it is creating a documentary to garner help for the homeless, harnessing their entrepreneurial spirit to sell their artwork for charity, or using robotics to design a solution for thirsty lions in Africa, students will spearhead real-world service projects and know the satisfaction that comes from making a difference.
Adding beauty to the world is not just about problem solving, but preserving existing beauty. Whether it is studying the birds in our campus rookery or hiking the trails in the 43 acres that surround us, our students develop a passion for Florida’s unique environment. We place a high priority on ecological awareness and teach students to value, protect, and treasure God’s creation.
Nature is easily integrated into our educational experience. Between learning terraces, gardens, shaded reading areas, nature trails, and playfields, our environment fosters an appreciation of beauty and the natural world. Children learn in naturally-lit buildings with easy access to the outdoors and are encouraged to run, play, and explore. We also provide nature-inspired, developmentally-appropriate playgrounds that offer sensory play, outdoor art, trails, and more. From early on, they are taught about the wonders of nature. Students become actively involved in the actual process of preparing their lunch, contributing to every step from growing the vegetables to cooking the soup.
By teaching children about natural beauty, we raise them to become compassionate adults who understand the value of the life around them. We instill a lifelong respect for the world and those who call it home. Driven by their unique passions and God-given talents, our students utilize their knowledge to solve problems and add beauty to the world; because if they don’t, then what’s the point?
At North Tampa Christian Academy, a private school in Tampa, the faculty, staff, and families work as a team. Our service-oriented approach builds Christian leaders who think deeply, choose wisely, create beauty, and use their dreams to solve problems. Want to learn more about what makes us different? Contact us today.