The Admissions Committee at North Tampa makes acceptance decisions for students with mild and moderate special needs according to current class ratios, student and family commitment to achieve goals, and demonstrated history of effort. The school places high emphasis on forming a partnership with the family in creating and executing a plan for student success. Academic testing, along with teachers’ and parents’ input, is used to determine students’ academic level of performance. The information gathered results in a plan of action, identifying areas of need that North Tampa staff and teachers can responsibly and ethically meet. Students and families are expected to execute their part in committing to the plan and signing all documents indicating ownership and agreement. This plan remains dynamic as students meet and set new goals, with mastery of deficient skills being the primary focus. Students are given the time and attention they need to master skills in a comfortable setting, using their strengths to leverage progress.