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Back To Basics Charter School Foundation Inc. EIN: 59-3491438  Thonotosassa, FL, United States

TCMS is governed by the Back to Basics Charter School Foundation which is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible. The support of individuals and organizations greatly aid in the achievement of our vision and goal of preparing our students to succeed. With your assistance, we are making an impact one student at a time.
With our school, you have the option to have your donation be used for a specific activity or for any immediate need. Your donation can be in the form of monetary funds and/or material goods. For any and all donations made, our students are very thankful for your generous contribution.

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State of Florida's funding for charter school students tends to fall short in terms of per pupil allocation. This makes it incumbent upon charter schools to make up for the resultant funding shortfalls. Efforts are ongoing to resolve this issue, which, of course, is exacerbated by a challenging economy. Notwithstanding, a powerful motivator is firm belief in the importance of school choice. In TCMS’s unique mission, and in the remarkable development of our middle school aged students, we can and we must continue our ongoing efforts to secure funds from private donations and grants to meet our growing needs.



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. They also saw a need to reach out to those students who struggle and typically get left behind. 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 state allotted budget. In January 1998, the Back-To-Basics Charter School Foundation 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. Our school has now grown to 660 students with 220 students per grade level. We are proud of the achievements our students and school has earned.


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Back to Basics Charter School Foundation, Inc.,
10735 Raulerson Ranch Rd. Tampa, FL 33637 
Tel: 813-450-1385 Fax: 813-621-2208
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