FAQ for New Families

HEAR HOW CURRENT FAMILIES AND ALUMNI FEEL ABOUT THEIR TAMPA PREP EXPERIENCE

2021-2022 NEW PARENT GUIDE

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL'S HOURS?

For current school opening and closing times, including specific drop-off and pick-up times, please see our Reopening Plan > COVID Campus Protocols tab > Drop Off, Pick Up and Outside Visitors dropdown.

8:15 – 8:50 a.m. | Middle and Upper School arrival. No students may be on campus prior to 8:15 a.m.

8:50 a.m. | Classes begin

2:30 – 3:50 p.m. | Staggered dismissal

4:30 p.m. | All students must be off campus by 4:30 p.m. unless involved in an extracurricular activity that ends later.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF MY STUDENT WILL BE TARDY OR ABSENT?

Please direct all attendance notifications and questions to Chedeline Apollon at capollon@tampaprep.org or 813-251-8481, ext. 4031.

EARLY DISMISSALS

  • No student will be permitted to leave campus during the school day without prior notice from a parent to Ms. Apollon.
  • Parents are asked to notify Ms. Apollon as soon as possible that a student will be leaving school early.
  • Students leaving early must sign out at Ms. Apollon’s desk. Upon signing out, students will be given a pass to leave campus.
  • All students who leave school early due to a doctor’s appointment must bring a note from the non-parent doctor indicating that he or she was at an appointment upon their return to school.

TARDIES

  • Parents are asked to notify Ms. Apollon of any late arrivals by the time classes begin at 8:50 am.
  • All students who are late to school due to a doctor’s appointment must bring a note from the non-parent doctor indicating that he or she was at an appointment.

ABSENCES

On the day that a student is absent, parents are asked to notify Ms. Apollon (capollon@tampaprep.org or 813-251-8481, ext. 4031) by the time classes begin at 8:50 am.

PLANNED ABSENCES

If a student knows of an upcoming absence they must complete a Planned Absence form and return it to Ms. Apollon at least one day prior to the absence. This form is also available at Ms. Apollon’s desk, and must be signed by the student’s parent, teachers and division director before being turned in.

The full Tampa Prep attendance policy can be found in the Guide for Academics and Student Life.

WHAT ARE LUNCH TIMES AND OPTIONS?

LUNCH OPTIONS

  • All lunch deliveries will be received in, and distributed from, the Student Center. Tables will be designated by vendor, and food organized for pick-up by name. Please note that Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub or any independent delivery service is NOT permitted on campus and will be turned away.
  • Students will be allowed to eat in the following areas: the Student Center (reduced seating); outside in the Heisel Garden; on Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Field; on the baseball bleachers; outside under the pool pavilion; in the courtyard; in the gymnasium (reduced seating); in an outdoor tent located on the lower pool deck.
  • Microwaves will be spaced out in the Student Center.

LUNCH TIMES

Middle School students eat from 11:50 – 12:30 Upper School students eat from 12:50 – 1:30 p.m. NOTE: Some days have “special schedules” so lunch times may change.

WHAT BUS SERVICE DO YOU OFFER?

Tampa Prep currently offers morning bus service from the Brandon, Tampa Palms, Carrollwood and Westchase areas based on interest. The cost for this service is $600/semester or $1200/year. In addition to the semester and yearly morning service, please know that our bus service is just that, a service. Should a family ever need to take advantage of our bus service for occasional purposes, students may hop on the bus and parents will be charged $10.00 per ride. 

The central pick-up locations and times for each area are listed below.

To sign up for the Terrapin Bus Service, complete this form. You must also print, sign and return the BUS SERVICE BEHAVIOR CONTRACT. Contact Wes Burns at 813.251.8481 or wburns@tampaprep.org with any questions.

Bus Stops

BRANDON
  • Sears Automotive, Brandon Town Center Lumsden Rd
    Bus arrives 7:35 a.m., departs for school 7:45 a.m.
TAMPA PALMS
  • Muvico, off of Bruce B. Bowns Blvd.
    Bus arrives 7:05 a.m., departs for school 7:15 a.m.
  • Publix at City Plaza at Tampa Palms
    Bus arrives 7:25 a.m., departs for school 7:35 a.m.
CARROLLWOOD
  • Chili’s, Dale Mabry and Fletcher Avenue
    Bus arrives 7:35 a.m., departs for school 7:45 a.m.
WESTCHASE
  • Applebee’s parking lot, Sheldon Rd and Linebaugh Ave
    Bus arrives 7:15 a.m., departs for school 7:25 a.m.

Publix parking lot, Countryway Blvd and Linebaugh Ave
Bus arrives 7:35 a.m., departs for school 7:45 a.m.

WHAT IF MY STUDENT NEEDS EXTRA HELP?

All teachers stay their classrooms until 4:15 p.m. every day to be available for extra help. Additionally, peer tutors are available from the student Writing Center and NHS. Tampa Prep also has two Academic Support Specialists available to all students by appointment. LEARN MORE ABOUT ACADEMIC SUPPORT.

CAN A MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT PLAY ON AN UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETIC TEAM?

Yes. It is possible, but there is an assessment period, and this form must be completed and signed by all parties.