Who We Are
As a public charter school of choice, our mission statement is at the heart of what we do. Our mission statement is as follows, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School strives to be a model collegiate school, offering a broad and rigorous, technology-rich educational program to students from diverse backgrounds. Within a caring and respectful multicultural environment, the school is committed to instilling in each student a desire to learn, to take appropriate risks, and to overcome challenges. The school community is committed to developing students who are life-long learners and responsible citizens who will succeed in the 21st century.
At Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS), we serve a diverse population of students from the Tampa Bay area that are seeking a quality education in a small, safe and caring learning environment. Students are a name and not a number among our student body of 530. Students and families find BDCHS to be a high school where students become well equipped to become critical thinkers, collaborative learners, and productive citizens. By providing a high-quality, challenging education of Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses, students must rise to meet challenges and can realize their dream of attending college to continue their academic and career journey. Many of our students have earned up to 50 college credits, entering college with a two year head start.
It is as a result of the dedication of our founders, board of directors, teachers, staff, parents, students, and community partners that we have built a history of success with much room to grow our athletic program and bring the community together in a plan for a sports facility. With 17 sports teams for boys and girls, we are building a tradition of excellence to emulate the success of our founders who are champions in their fields and in the community.
Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS) became a reality in 2007, after Hall of Fame Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. family, through their charitable organizations, joined forces to create BDCHS. Their goal was to open a charter school that would provide a rigorous quality, collegiate education, similar to that of the private schools in Hillsborough County, but without the staggering cost and to provide a greater opportunity for academic achievement to students who otherwise may not excel in a large school setting.
The school moved from its original location at 15th Street and Fowler Avenue in Tampa to a new state-of-the-art campus four miles west off of Fowler Avenue to Central Avenue adjacent to Interstate 275. Since then, the enrollment has grown from 172 students to 530 for the 2014-15 school year and up to 600 students next year to reach maximum capacity.
A new campus provides new opportunities for learning and student achievement. The expansion of quality technology including a wireless mesh network allows students and teachers to effectively access, manage, and manipulate information and data. The increased availability of tools such as laptops, iPads, document cameras, and Promethean Boards provide more interactive learning environments.
With two fully-equipped science labs (four technology labs) students will be able to conduct experiments, interactive labs, and use technology which will enhance their learning by connecting scientific theories and critical thinking with real world application.
A new fitness center, fitness trail, gym, dance studio, and fields allow our students to enhance their health and wellness.