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Madison Middle to open Leaders Academy

SOUTH WESTSHORE — There's a new option in South Tampa for middle schoolers. Madison Middle School will open an aerospace and astronautics academy focused on leadership skills in August.

Principal John Haley hired teachers recently for specialized courses, including one that explores aerospace.

"It's a pretty incredible program," Haley said.

It offers honors and advanced classes and allows eighth-graders to earn high school credits for up to four classes.

Haley invites interested students and parents to learn more at the school's curriculum fair from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Known as a STEM program for its rigorous academic courses in science, technology, engineering and math, Tomorrow's Leaders Academy prepares students for advanced placement in high schools.

Students will study aspects of flight and partner with Robinson High's MacDill Aeronautical Academy. Special programs will include the national Technology Student Association and the Air Force sponsored Civil Air Patrol.

Next year, 44 sixth-graders, 44 seventh-graders and 22 eighth-graders will be accepted into the program through the district choice office. Download an application at

To be accepted, students must be zoned for Wilson, Coleman, Monroe or Madison middle schools, have a norm-referenced test score in the 80th percentile or higher, and score a 3 or higher on FCAT reading.

Madison is at 4444 Bay Vista Ave. For more information, call the school at 272-3050.

Madison Middle to open Leaders Academy 05/01/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2008 9:16am]
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