Walk the halls of Tampa Prep, and you’ll feel joy, energy, and excitement. While the classrooms have walls of glass, students don’t get distracted by what’s happening in the hall. They’re “all in” for class. They’re using new technology, exploring new worlds, creating. They’re collaborating. Listening. Learning from each other, and trying new things. They’re fearless and joy-filled because that’s the unspoken commandment here. Relax. Try. Learn. Enjoy. Grow.
This overwhelming willingness to try new ideas is inspired by the encouragement and support from the administration for innovation in the classroom. For anything that better serves the students.
Welcome to Florida’s Most Innovative School, where we can promise an environment carefully crafted to elevate your learning experience and challenge you in ways that a more conventional environment cannot.
“As downtown Tampa becomes more innovative, creative and distinctive, we can look right across the river and see something that’s been on that path for quite awhile–Tampa Prep.”
– Geoff Guidera ‘95, Board Member
As Tampa Bay’s educational thought leaders,
we are the only private school in the Bay that…
Changed our start time to 8:50a.m. based on research of the teenage brain.
Created a virtual and augmented reality IDEA Lab and curriculum.
Requires seniors to complete a three-week professional internship before graduation.
Upper School Math
“I don’t see myself as teaching just math, but also to understand what it means to be a good human. One of the things that can fall by the wayside is gratitude. So every month I have my students write a letter to someone in their life who has positively affected them, tell them why, and thank them for it.”
Middle School Spanish and French
“Learning a new language is like learning to be a contortionist, but for your brain. You twist it and fold it in new ways that give you new perspectives on the world. It helps you get into cultural and personal spaces that would otherwise be inaccessible!”
Middle School History & Social Sciences
“In Geography, I get to open my students’ minds to other countries and cultures, but that’s just one part of the job. I also teach them life skills. Some co-workers and I developed Middle School Games, an annual, two-day event where student teams compete in cross-curricular challenges that require them to problem solve, collaborate, communication and be creative in a way that isn’t possible in the traditional classroom setting.”