It’s human nature to venture beyond the next horizon. To push past boundaries. Out-think obstacles. To challenge. To question. Next is the fire in your belly that refuses to let you settle back down. It’s the voice in your heart that says, “Try, just once more.” And it’s that moment when impossible turns possible.
Top 3 Reasons to Choose Tampa Prep
We want you to seek out great “ah-ha” moments. Figure things out. Make discoveries. Go exploring. Take a class in Prima Lingua, Forensic Science, African American History or Engineering Design.
We believe the world needs the next generation of great wonderers — those who delight in figuring out the unknown, asking hard questions, and pushing for the answers.
Flip the script on “Prep”
“Prep school” can be synonymous with a conventional, inflexible approach to education. We are redefining PREP as a dynamic, preparation for life with a higher purpose than self.
Students come first
We constantly ask, “What’s best for our students?” We are not afraid to shake things up if it means a better, smarter journey for the kids, starting with our 8:50 a.m. start time.
Impossible becomes possible
Where there’s a good idea, there’s a way forward. An entrepreneurial spirit drives our school. Students have access to the most relevant topics and modern learning approaches.
They’ll know who they are when they leave here
We are not a cookie-cutter school that bends students to its will. We embrace all students as they are and provide them a safe, inclusive environment that allows them to focus on their work.
The Power of Next
Our students graduate uniquely prepared to succeed in a world of accelerating change, able to adapt and evolve, just as our school does.
Welcome to Florida’s Most Innovative School
Only 6th – 12th grade school in Tampa Bay
11.2 acre campus in downtown Tampa
695 students becoming thought leaders
15,190 service hours completed by the Class of 2020
62 athletic individual and team state championships
ASPIRE TO EXCELLENCE
athletics and arts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tampa Prep is located at 727 W. Cass St. in the heart of downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River. We are the only private school downtown, and that location affords us the opportunity for partnerships with local businesses that benefit our students and our facility.
Our students are promised a school that is carefully crafted to elevate their learning experience and challenge them in ways that more traditional environments cannot. We’re not afraid to shake things up if it means a better, smarter journey, and we’re proud to call ourselves Florida’s Most Innovative School. See some of the ways we’ve embraced best practices for students.
Does Tampa Prep offer an option for remote-only instruction for those who prefer not to come to campus?
No. With only 65 faculty members, it is clear that instructing students in two modalities (in person and remotely) at the same time is less than optimal. Our concern is that neither group would receive the depth of engagement, attention, observation, supervision and care that we seek, and know that is valuable, in these challenging times.
That being said, in the event that we transition to full remote instruction, we are confident in our preparations to fully support the experience for all students. We will continue to be vigilant in staying abreast of the COVID-19 trends and environment, and we are positioned to change direction if need be.
Completed admissions files are reviewed by Admissions Officers on a rolling basis for all grades except grade 9, but it’s a good idea to submit applications no later than February for the following school year. We host Open Houses in October and January. Read more admissions FAQ.
Ninety-four percent of Tampa Prep families return each year, so open seats are limited. Tampa Prep does make use of a waitlist. The opportunity Tampa Prep has to admit students from its waitlist changes from year to year. Read more admissions FAQ.
Applicants are required to complete an interview with someone from the admissions team as part of the admission process. We can accommodate out-of-state or international applicants by interviewing them via Zoom. Read more admissions FAQ.
Tampa Prep is accredited by:
- Florida Council of Independent Schools
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
We are a member of:
- National Association of Independent Schools
- Secondary School Admissions Test Board
- Bay Area Association of Independent Schools
- Florida High School Athletic Association
- National Association for College Admission Counseling
- Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
- The College Board
- Southern Association for College Admission Counseling
Tampa Prep boasts a matriculation rate of 100% for our graduating seniors. We see our students matriculate to colleges and universities from coast to coast…and internationally, as well!