By Libby Hopkins

Literacy Leadership Technology Academy (LLT) is a charter school that was founded in 2005. It was opened as a regular middle school serving 6th-8th students. The school’s mission is to create and maintain an environment that ensures every member of their school has an opportunity to reach a high level of academic achievement, while developing good character and leadership skills to succeed in the 21st Century. Principal Lesley Logan saw a need to provide students with an excellent education in a safe, nurturing environment. “The philosophy of the school is that there is no greater impact in life than impacting the life of a child,” Logan said, “A culture of leadership and character are the foundation of the school.”

LLT has been extremely successful in providing a well-rounded education to all of their students. They have used a lot of technology to help their students succeed in all their academic areas. Logan wanted to give the same opportunities to younger students that the current middle school students are getting at LLT. On Dec. 17, LLT broke ground for a new 17,000 sq. ft. building to house kindergarten through 5th grade. The Brandon Chamber of Commerce, school board members and faculty were all on hand for the ceremony.

Logan is thrilled that LLT will have more students attending the school and knows her staff is ready to help the new students achieve academic success. “Our school focuses on character, leadership and giving back to our community and those values will still be taught in the lower grades, just like the middle school grades,” Logan said. The students entering the elementary grades are guaranteed a spot in the middle school, which currently has a waiting list. The deadline for applying for a spot at LLT through the school’s website is January 31. A lottery will be used if there are more applications than spots available.

If you would like to learn more about LLT or apply for one of the available spots at the school, you can visit their website at LLT Academy is located at 6771 Madison Ave. in Tampa.


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Libby is a writer for The Osprey Observer/The Christian Voice. She started as an intern in 2009 and upon finishing her internship, she was asked to stay on as a permanent writer for both papers. Libby lives in Brandon with her two rescue dogs, Olive and Bogey.