Application Process

Bell Shoals Baptist Academy


Brandon  |  Apollo Beach

Bell Shoals Baptist Academy is for families who are interested in a Christ-centered education.  We offer quality caring teachers, advanced curriculum for all ages and small class sizes.  All applications are reviewed without regard to race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin. 

Application Process Overview
  • Complete and Submit Application Packet
  • Non-refundable Tuition Deposit of $300 or VPK voucher (required with application)
  • Testing for Kindergarten – 8th Grade ($50 fee)
  • Interview for Kindergarten – 8th Grade
  • Notification Possible placement on wait list
  • Tuition Contract
  • Scholarship Application with FAST ($41 fee) (not required)

Tuition Deposit:  A non-refundable tuition deposit of $300 will be immediately due to secure enrollment of your student.  VPK students who are using a State of Florida Voucher are exempt from paying the deposit.  The voucher must be submitted with the application packet.

VPK Voucher:  The Florida Department of Education, Office of Early Learning provides free vouchers for families to enroll age appropriate children in VPK programs.  The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program is a free prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before Sept. 1 of the year they would enter the program. Parents of 4-year-olds with birthdays from Feb. 2 through Sept. 1 may postpone enrolling their child until the following year when they are 5.  To apply for the voucher you will need proof of Florida residence and proof of child's age.  VPK Voucher Application

Notification:  You will be notified by mail or a phone call regarding your child’s admission status.  Upon your student's acceptance, the appropriate Tuition Contract must be completed.  When there are no spaces available in a grade, students will be placed in a waiting pool. If a space becomes available, the Admissions Committee will review all applicants placed in the waiting pool and you will be notified of the opening.

Kindergarten  |  Elementary  |  Middle School

Admission at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy is based on selective criteria that include standardized test scores, prior school record, recommendations, evidence of good character, and a possible interview. The Admissions Committee will review each application and notify students of their acceptance.  All students are accepted on a trial basis during the first grading period (30 days) before placement becomes final.

Testing:  BSBA administers an entrance exam ($50 fee) to determine success in our program and academic readiness or placement for kindergarten – 8th grade.

Interview:  After the completion of the entrance exam, the Admissions Committee may require an interview with the student and at least one parent. All new middle school families will meet with the administration.

BSBA Application Check-list 
All Campuses  |  All Grades

Application Packet
             Student Application
             Parent Enrollment Agreement
             Discipline Procedure Agreement (for appropriate grade)
             Notarized Participant Activity/Medical Release Form
– Tuition Deposit $300 with application or VPK voucher
– Copy of Birth Certificate
– Copy of Hillsborough County Immunizations/Health Forms 680 and 3040
– Tuition Contract (due after acceptance into the program)

If Applicable
– Request for Records (from previous school)
– Copy of recent report card
– Copy of recent standardized tests
– Reference Forms (3 middle school references)