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Tampa’s most affordable private school, and Hillsborough County’s only school for self-directed education!

Admissions and Enrollment Overview:

  • We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you are interested in full-time enrollment for 2019-20, please apply here. We also offer a flexible drop-in option for homeschoolers and unschoolers (an application is still required).
  • Rolling enrollment: Real Life ALC offers rolling enrollment. You can enroll your child any time during the year!
  • Tuition is offered on a sliding scale, making us one of the most affordable private schools in Tampa. Tuition is generally paid in monthly installments from August – June, but we offer discounts for paying per semester and per year. Learn more about our tuition process here

Enrollment Process: 

Step 1: Research!

We are not a typical school! ALCs are committed to trusting children to direct their own education. Explore the ALC educational model of self-directed learning and our comprehensive FAQ page on the ALC Network site. Learn from some of the videos, books, and articles that have inspired this approach to learning and community. Dig into the content in our About section. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Step 2: Review our Tuition Info Page

Please read through our Tuition Page to understand our collaborative, trust-based tuition policy.

Step 3: Attend a Parent Interest Night

RSVP to a Parent Interest Night to learn more about our ALC and have your questions answered.  You may (in fact we encourage you to) attend a Parent Interest Night before applying.

Step 4: Visiting Week(s)

Real Life ALC, Tampa requires each prospective new student to attend a paid visiting week before being admitted to the school as a student, when applying after the school year has started.

The visiting week allows the student to experience what it is like to be an ALC student and allows everyone to determine if our ALC is a good fit. Visiting week preferences can be chosen in the enrollment application. The fee for the visiting week will be prorated from the tuition you would pay for the year, and is due on the first day of the visiting week. Visiting weeks are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We limit the number of visiting children each week. 

Step 6: Final Enrollment

After the visiting week, enrollment will either be offered or it will be communicated that ALC cannot serve the applicant at this time.

When enrollment is offered, we will require your first and last month’s installments of your annual tuition (if making monthly installments) or your semester (5% discount) or annual (10% discount) payment. Enrollment will be officially confirmed when the admission form is submitted and money is received, ensuring your student/s a place at the school for the year. Please review the Tuition page to determine how much your child/ren’s tuition will be.