Who We Are
We, the students, faculty, staff and parents of Incarnation Catholic School believe that:
Each student is a valued individual, created by God with unique spiritual, physical, social, emotional, cultural and intellectual needs. The school community, which includes, students, faculty, staff and parents, lives the Gospel message by serving one another and the community through prayer, support and action. Student learning is enhanced by a variety of learning processes and experiences in which they are actively engaged. An Incarnation student's self- esteem is strengthened by a positive relationship with God, fellow students, faculty, staff and parents. The school community operates effectively in a Christ-centered, secure, and comfortable environment.
Incarnation Catholic School opened in August 1964 with 120 children enrolled in the half-day kindergarten and full-day grades one and two classes. The faculty consisted of three lay teachers. Franciscan Sisters from Syracuse, New York arrived the following year to assist the lay teachers. By 1971, the school had expanded through grade 8. The pre-kindergarten class was added in 2006. The first principals were Sister Adele followed by Sister Eugene Marie. The first lay principal was Carolyn Goslee in 1992. Michael Zelenka is the fourth and current principal.
Incarnation Catholic School received its first accreditation in 1972 from Florida Catholic Conference (FCC). ICS continues to be evaluated and accredited by FCC on a regular basis.
Feb 2012: Unofficially, our school's recent re-accreditation visit was a huge success! Please join Mr. Zelenka in congratulating the teachers, staff, students, families and the entire Incarnation community for this achievement! The visiting team commented on the school's strong sense of community and its strong commitment to academic excellence. We were also commended for our School Improvement Plan - an ambitious yet realistic way in which our students will become life-long learners, disciples of Christ, and servants. The official accreditation ruling will come later this school year. We will update you once the official status is public. Thanks once again to the ICS community for your outstanding support during last week's visit, and in general.
The ICS Faculty
The Faculty and Staff of ICS is committed to focusing on the development of the whole child and strives to both educate and evangelize our students. All faculty hold teacher certification and/or are in the process of obtaining it. All teachers in core subjects hold bachelor degrees and many have earned or are in the process of gaining advanced educational degrees.
Principal Michael Zelenka is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master of Education in Language Arts as well as a Master of Educational Administration.
Our faculty is supplemented by classroom aides and office support staff which help to keep ICS running smoothly.
Committed to serve as disciples of Christ, all employees of Incarnation Catholic School believe that Jesus is the reason for our school; He is our model, and our inspiration.
We hope that all who come to be members of our school truly understand that at ICS, God is with us.
Incarnation Program Highlights
- Small class sizes (average class size is 20)
- Affordable tuition vs. other Diocesan and local private schools
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Supplemental Subjects: Physical Education, Technology, Music, Art, Media Skills and Spanish
Extra-curricular activities include:
- Middle School Sports, Chess Club, Karate, Band, Choir, Art Club, National Junior Honor Society, Student Government
- We have a School Guidance Counselor and Guidance Program
- We offer an Extended Day program (fees apply) between the hours of 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Blue and Yellow
Students wear uniforms for everyday classroom work and wear more active-wear clothes for days when they have physical education. The SUNSHINE UNIFORM STORE is located at the shopping center across from ICS at 8340 W. Hillsborough Ave.