Faculty advisors at Tampa Prep enhance the overall learning experience by monitoring and supporting the advisee’s academic and personal growth throughout the year. The advisor serves as a central link between the advisee and his or her parents, teachers, coaches and other adults.
During weekly advising period, a variety of issues are discussed in a group format ranging from study skills and academic performance to career planning and self-evaluation exercises. Advising also provides an open forum for students to express any concerns.
Peer Counselors are a select group of juniors and seniors who meet monthly with a Middle School advising group. The purpose is to encourage relationships across grade levels and ages, engage Middle School students in discussions about social, emotional and relational issues with an older student, and provide role models for younger students.
This is a leadership position that requires social and relational strength, a genuine enjoyment of younger students, and a desire to contribute to the positive environment of our school for all.
Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this position. The application process involves a written application, a personal interview with the School Counselor and a faculty recommendation.
The primary role of our two Academic Support Counselors is to consult with students and families who may be struggling with academics and help manage academic accommodations.
In Upper School, support is provided in the areas of:
In Middle School, support comes in the form of:
Our Academic Support Counselor speaks to parents and faculty on topics such as:
Freshman Transitions Course
Following the trend of freshmen transition courses at colleges and universities across the country, we have engineered a one-of-a-kind Freshman Transitions curriculum built into our class schedule. Subjects such as time management, ethics and integrity, social relationships, global perspective, executive functioning, exam prep, healthy living (sleep, diet, mindfulness, sex, addiction, technology use), financial literacy, digital citizenship and more. Read more about our Freshman Transitions course.
Stress Less Week
During Review Week before midterm and final exams, the Counseling Office sponsors a Stress Less Week. The week is filled with fun and instructive daily activities designed to put into practice research-based best strategies for optimum cognitive efficiency during study and assessments. These activities also provide healthy ways to manage stress during times of pressure. The week incorporates short breaks to breathe, create art, dance, work on a puzzle, create and listen to music, get active and play games, or take a break for an unexpected snack of ice cream or coffee and cookies.
Our School Counselor regularly speaks to parent groups on topics such as:
The School Counselor speaks to students about:
This peer-run organization brings together upperclassmen, selected for their talent as both writers and leaders, together with underclassmen. Assisting with outlines, revisions, creative work, and other writing-related skills, the Writing Center staff seeks to help other students in the quest to become better communicators. In addition to the appointment calendar, staffers are in the library from 3:30-4:15 daily.
Most students choose to attend Study Hall for one of their scheduled periods. This allows time during the class day for students to complete a portion of their homework or to seek assistance from a teacher. Unless otherwise designated, all Study Halls meet in the Peifer Library.
With minor exceptions, faculty members are available in their classroom and eager to meet with students for extra help from 3:30-4:15 p.m. each weekday. Students who have teachers who coach need to make special arrangements for extra help sessions. Coaches will ensure that they are available at least one afternoon per week and other mutually agreed upon times.
At Tampa Prep, we recognize that students learn in different ways and that sound teaching includes awareness of those differences when designing lessons and assessments. We also recognizes that students with mildly disabling learning conditions may do well academically at our school. When deemed appropriate, we will offer such students certain accommodations. Our goal is to help these students to adjust and to thrive in our demanding college preparatory environment.
That said, we ask parents to realize that, given the size of our school and our available resources, we may not be able to provide all requested accommodations. We do not have the personnel, training, or equipment to handle certain types of medical procedures best left to the student, parent or physician. We are equipped to provide standard accommodations such as those listed below, but we are not equipped to make modifications to curriculum.
Tampa Prep regards the following accommodations as reasonable given its academic mission and they may be granted to students who have satisfied the School’s established approval process.
An important reference resource for our full philosophy and policies is our Guide for Academics and Student Life, pages 24-25.
In general, accommodations require a recommendation from a medical doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist. Tampa Prep does not accept IEPs or 504 plans as the only documentation for accommodations. Accommodations for standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP, and PSAT) are awarded only by the College Board and by ACT (ACT, ACT ASPIRE). Tampa Prep cannot grant accommodations for these tests; they must be applied for independently.
College Board Guidelines for Accommodations | ACT Guidelines for Accommodations