Unlock Your Child's Creativity and Confidence with
BLI Institute of the Arts.

At BLI Institute of the Arts, we believe in more than just teaching the arts at our microschool. We aim to instill important core values in our students, such as compassion, confidence, honesty, and a strong sense of community. Our comprehensive approach to education empowers our students to become well-rounded individuals who not only excel in their chosen art form but also in life.  Have your child discover the transformative power of the arts!

A Private Microschool Inspiring Learners to

Discover Their Creativity and Passion

About BLI Insitutue of the Arts – Performing Arts Microschool

At BLI Institute of the Arts, our teachers are dedicated to providing a unique learning experience for each learner who comes through our door. Our performing arts  microschool model allows children the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, creative school environment that takes a personalized approach to education. Our certified teachers and learning enthusiasts are dedicated to ensuring each child develops a positive attitude toward learning and becomes a skilled reader, writer, and learner! If you are in search of a private school or an alternative learning experience for your child(ren),  start the application process today.


Hear why families and teachers choose BLI

“Private tutoring” covers a wide range of services, which are frequently quite expensive and which offer vastly different levels of targeted instruction. It can be difficult to ascertain what you’re paying for and whether it has a reasonable likelihood of benefitting your child. BLI Learning Labs is a moderately priced option for both group and individual tutoring, but I would describe my child’s experience with BLI tutoring as “priceless.” Some businesses promise very specific results in terms of test scores and reading levels — you won’t find that at BLI. Instead you will find educators with a different approach, who genuinely want to help kids find a love of learning and a path to success! Martha G.
I enrolled my kids in BLI Institute in the beginning of the school year. The pandemic left a lot of gaps in the foundation of their education and I knew putting them back into a public classroom would only frustrate them and widen those gaps. BLI assesses where they are and that is where the gaps begin to get filled in. My kids are able to feel successful and are no longer intimidated by school. They are choosing to read in their free time because they feel successful while doing so. BLI Institute offers so much more than the average private school. I am so happy we made this choice! Cynthia M.
I purchased one puzzle and book bundle for my science class and after one week, I purchased 5 more. I use the puzzles and books as learning stations in my room, and my kids love them! BLI’s educational products are great for children at various levels of development, being both therapeutic and educational.  This is multisensory learning at its best.  And the innovative packaging is very cool!  Silvia H.

BLI Institute Is A Private Microschool Inspiring Learners to

Find Their Voice and Express Themselves Confidently

 Our Core Values

Our values are more than just words on a page – they’re the foundation of our approach to education at BLI Institute.






Step Up For Students

We are participating in school choice programs that supply students with scholarships to help them succeed. Visit the Step Up For Students' website for more details by clicking here.


Our teachers are here for you


BLI Institute Is A Private Microschool Inspiring Learners to

Collaborate, Connect, and Build Community.



Leah Veal is an educator, counselor, and learner with over a decade of classroom experience. Her 20 + years of  experience in healthcare and education make her uniquely attuned to the social-emotional and academic needs of young learners.

In the past five years, Leah has grown BLI  from a mobile classroom serving a handful of learners in a small Florida community to a multistate educational agency providing academic services and educational products to over 2,000 young innovators, leaders, and learners.


Our mission is to promote self-worth, confidence, and resilience in children through reading, learning, and performing. Leah Veal, a specialist level educator and equity champion, founded the organization so that children from every community will have access to a high-quality education. Our team envisions a world where all children find value in learning and want to help strengthen their community.


BLI began in 2017 as a one-person initiative, ten students, and a school bus converted into a mobile classroom. Under Ms. Veal’s leadership, the organization has grown to  serve over 200 children annually through academic services and 2,000 + through educational products.


Find the right program for your child

Private Tutoring

We offer virtual and in person private tutoring that includes a customized curriculum and pre and post assessment for students in grades K-12.
microschool near St. Petersburg, FL

Microschool - BLI Institute of the Arts

A creative, safe learning space for children to learn and grow.

How do we stand apart from the crowd?


Creative, compassionate, and highly skilled instructors


Unique programs combining core skills and STEAM enrichment


Quarterly assessments in reading, writing, and math



Leah Veal, Ed.S

 Executive Director / Language Arts Teacher

Kelly Bramlet

Art Director / Facilities Manager 

Kevin Schoedinger

STEM Teacher

J.W. Merrett

 High School Teacher / Music Director

Lori West

Middle School / Drama Teacher


Contact us to learn how our private school and tutoring programs can instill a love of learning in your child.




Classes starting at $750 quarterly