By Tamas Mondovics

BrandonAcademyScreen Shot 2014-11-13 at 8.36.04 AMBrandon Academy Private School, known as Brandon Academy or BA, was pleased to announce its plans to add a ninth grade class, with a class added every year after until a full graduating class in the 2018-2019 school year.

“Starting the 2015-2016 school year, students and families in the Brandon area will have another option for private high school,” said Brandon Academy Headmaster Robert Rudolph.

As the oldest private school in the Brandon area, BA is enjoying the support of many parents that are now seeking private schools for their children’s education.

As an added incentive for parents and students, BA administration also announced plans to offer the international baccalaureate (IB) diploma program.

Tricia Rudolph, upper division head and director of the new High School, emphasized that based on the academy’s recent achievements, adding high school grades was only a matter of time.

“Most families in our area that seek the kind of program that we have for our PK3-eighth grades for high school must now go to Tampa to find schools similar to ours,” she said. “With the new high school students and parents will have an option right here in Brandon.”

Boasting of caring for nearly 300 students, Brandon Academy located at 801 Limona Rd. in Brandon is a coeducational private day school located on a 10-acre campus.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education chose BA as one of the 50 best private schools in the United States, giving it the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School distinction.

“Our school is well known in the area to be the place to go for the highest quality educational experience,” Tricia said adding that BA is the only private school in the area ever receiving the distinction of National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The school is not affiliated with any religion and religion is not part of its curriculum, and according to Rudolph, is completely academic in focus.

“Families who choose our school are looking for a school with a focus on high quality academics,” she said. “Of course, we believe it is the people who truly make our school special. We have the best teachers in Hillsborough County, the most awesome students and, the most supportive parents.”

While excitedly looking forward to the start of the upcoming school-year, both Robert and Tricia, along with the entire Brandon Academy staff, are now planning to make sure that students and parents will by no means be disappointed.

“We have lots of exciting plans for how our campus can grow as our high school expands,” Tricia said. “We will do so as enrollment progresses.” For more information, visit www.edline.net/ pages/Brandon_Academy.