Children swing on a playground at their local YMCA.
During the 2021 – 2022 school year, 10 percent of families throughout our region chose to homeschool their children. As a top-rated 4-star charity, the Y is a leader in providing innovative programs to meet the needs of the ever-changing Tampa community.
This summer, Tampa Y program directors and leadership staff teamed up to expand the growing need for students in the home education program. After connecting with Tampa Y members and summer camp families, the group identified four YMCA family centers to kick off the refreshed Homeschool Program.
The Homeschool Program based the new curriculum on YMCA education resources and the collective input from parents and families. Through collaboration with the community, the Y created a robust, quality program that will give home education students a chance to reach their full potential in an inclusive environment.
Each class includes one hour of physical education, and one hour of curriculum learning in STEM, art, performance, design and more. Children ages 6 – 12 who are enrolled in home education learning are welcome to join the expanded Homeschool Program at the Y!
In addition to the structured curriculum, the Homeschool Program offers a space for students to make new friendships, develop lifelong memories and establish a positive sense of self. The program also infuses the Y’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into physical education-based modules and activities.
Paul Conley, District Executive Director of the Tampa YMCA, is proud to provide necessary services to the community.
“The Y strives to meet the community where they are, creating valuable out-of-school programs like our Homeschool group. The group allows us to meet the needs of families looking for social, education and physical activities for their children.”
Join our Homeschool Family
Registration for the 2022 – 2023 school year is open and the Tampa Y looks forward to welcoming 200 home education students to YMCA centers. The following centers offer the Homeschool Program:
- Bob Sierra YMCA Youth & Family Center
- North Brandon Family YMCA
- Plant City Family YMCA
- Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road
The program is comprised of a fall semester session and a spring semester session. The group meets twice per week for two-hour sessions for 19 weeks. Children will participate in about 35 classes each semester.
The Homeschool Program follows the Hillsborough County School District calendar and proceeds as the following:
- Fall 2022 Semester: August 8th – December 23rd
- Spring 2023 Semester: January 9th – May 26th
The price of the program is $200 per semester per child. For non-members, the program is $350 per semester per child.
If your children are learning from home this school year, we hope your family will join the Homeschool Program for extra enrichment!
In addition, the Tampa Y enjoys providing valued out-of-school programming like summer camp and Kids’ Day Out for non-school days and winter and spring breaks!