Terrace Community Middle School

National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award Winner

National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award Winner

Ranked #1 SDHC Public School

Ranked #4 Florida Public School

  • Terrace Community Middle School has received an "A" grade since 2000, and has achieved "AYP" under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act since 2001.
  • Terrace Community Middle School is ranked #1 in the School District of Hillsborough County and 4th out of all middle schools in the state based on 2016-2017 FSA scores.
  • Terrace Community Middle School has been twice awarded the No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 2007 and 2014.
  • Terrace Community Middle School has been twice recognized as a FLDOE School of Excellence.
  • Terrace Community Middle School was recognized by the State of Florida as one of the top 50 high performing Schools in the state as well as one of the "Top 100 Middle Schools" in the state of Florida.
  • Terrace Community Middle School was named the #1 School in Hillsborough County.
  • Terrace Community Middle School was named one of the "100 Best Bets in Charter School Education" in the nation.


Terrace Community Middle School is committed to the following values


The vision of TCMS is to become a technologically advanced 'back-to-basics' public charter school that includes a spectrum of academic programs, which provide expanded systems of learning to fulfill the demands of a diverse student population.

Terrace Community Middle School seeks to provide all students having a variety of learning styles and at various levels of achievement, a foundation of knowledge, which will allow them to have successful academic careers. We believe that all children can learn and that children will rise to meet the high expectations of their parents and teachers. We believe that self-esteem comes from meeting challenges and overcoming them and from confidence gained through the acquisition and mastery of skills. Therefore, we offer the students the opportunity to be challenged by a rigorous, classic core curriculum taught in a planned progression by teachers who stress abundant practice and careful feedback.

The founders believe that parental and community involvement is crucial to the success of the students and the school as a whole. Therefore, opportunities should be created for the parents and members of our community to come to our school to learn, to teach, and to work as a team with the students, teachers, administrators and directors. The Governing Board includes at least one teacher and one parent representative.

The Governing Board believes that the school should be 'family friendly'.
Furthermore, the school offers tutoring for students, as well as extra-curricular activities and programs. Parents have the opportunity (and are invited) to meet with faculty after working hours.


TCMS shall continuously improve its educational practices in order to achieve its goals

  • Highest student achievement for ALL students
  • Safe, secure and respectful school climate
  • Engaged and supportive parent and community involvement
  • Appropriate, timely and cost-effective staff training and development
  • Effective and proactive classroom support
  • Results-oriented school operation

Guiding Principles

  • All students can learn
  • All decisions are student-driven, supported by data and research in the student's best interest
  • Success for students is a shared responsibility
  • Expectations for learning, achievement and behavior are set at the highest standards and shall not be compromised

At Terrace Community Middle School, all members will be highly effective and caring professionals who will ensure that each and every student learns, grows and succeeds; and each member of our school community is treated with dignity and respect

We believe that diversity, equality and inclusion are essential to creating global citizens who celebrate the unique differences of all and understand that each person plays a critical role in our global society.


Terrace Community Middle School is a public school of choice, also called a charter school. Years of work preceded the granting of our Charter on April 7, 1998.

In 1994, a group of parents became concerned their children were not acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in high school, college, and the work place. This group was joined by an equally concerned group of teachers and business leaders in the community. An Advisory Board was established to determine the ideal way to achieve our goal.

The goal was simple: Establish a school to teach all students to read critically, write coherently, and use numbers comfortably as tools. A modified Department of Defense Curriculum was chosen because it is a classic core curriculum designed to be implemented on a limited budget.

In January 1998, the Back-To-Basics Charter School Foundation, Inc. was incorporated and an administrative board was established. We were granted a charter three months later. The first year commenced in August 1998 with fifth through seventh grades. Eighth grade was added in the 1999-2000 school year which also marked our first graduating class.

We invite all parents and interested parties to attend the Board of Directors meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm in Room 608.

Minutes of all Board meetings are available online. Please feel free to contact the Board of Directors with any questions you might have. We invite everyone to be an active participant in TCMS.

Back to Basics Charter School Foundation, Inc.,
11734 Jefferson Rd Thonotosassa, FL 33592
Tel: (813) 987-6555 Fax: (813) 324-8974
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