Frequently Asked Questions in Admissions
We hope the answers below will help you as you navigate the Admissions process.
Questions Related to COVID-19
Q: How has Tampa Prep handled remote learning?
A: Watch the video below to hear how families feel about Tampa Prep's quick pivot to remote learning in March 2020.
Q: What is Tampa Prep's current schedule like during COVID?
A: You can see all the School's COVID-19 campus protocols, hybrid schedule and academic reopening plan details on the Academic Reopening Plan page of our website. Currently, the school is on a hybrid, block schedule. Students are broken into two groups. Group A comes to campus for class on Monday/Wednesday and Group B comes to campus for class on Tuesday/Thursday. On the days the students are not on campus, they are still participating in asynchronous learning. All students learn remotely on Fridays. This schedule means that there are only ever 50% of the student population on campus at one time, which allows us to properly socially distance in classrooms and hallways.
Q: When should we start the admissions process / when should we apply?
A: You should tour and apply the October before the year you would like to enroll. So a 5th grade student should tour and apply in October of his/her 5th grade year to be accepted for 6th grade.
Q: Does Tampa Prep offer an option for remote-only instruction for those who prefer not to come to campus?
A: 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 of the COVID-19 trends and environment, and we are positioned to change direction if need be.
Questions Related to the Admissions Process
Q: What is the tuition at Tampa Prep?
A: View our tuition information.
Q: Do you offer discounts for multiple children?
A: No, we do not.
Q: Do you offer academic or athletic scholarships for students?
A: No, we do not.
Q: Do you take Step Up for Students or McKay Scholarships?
A: No, we do not.
Q: Is there an application fee?
A: There is a $75 application fee. Applications, all supporting documentation and the $75 fee must be submitted by February 1 for the following school year.
Q: What is the average financial aid grant awarded?
A: Our average financial aid grant is 50-60% of the cost of tuition.
Q: How do I arrange a visit to Tampa Prep? Do I need to come to Tampa Prep for an interview?
A: To schedule a tour of the school, please call 813-251-8481 and ask for the Admissions Office. Applicants are required to complete an interview with the Admission Team as part of the admission process. We can accommodate out-of-state or international applicants by interviewing them via Zoom.
Q: Does Tampa Prep have a waitlist?
A: 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.
Q: Do you serve students with learning differences?
A: 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, but we are not equipped to make modifications to curriculum. Learn more.
Q: Do you have a mandated community service requirement for graduation?
Q: How many clubs and activities do you offer?
A: Please see the Clubs and Service page of our website.
Q: Do you offer bus service?
A: Yes. Tampa Prep currently offers morning bus service from the Brandon, Tampa Palms, Carrollwood and Westchase areas based on interest. Should a family ever need to take advantage of our bus service, students may hop on the bus and parents will be charged $10.00 per ride. See this form for more details.
Q: What time does school start and end? Can I drop off early or pick up late?
A: School starts at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Currently, students may not be dropped off before 8:15 a.m. and there is a staggered pick-up schedule in the afternoons to allow for social distancing. Read more about this on our Academic Reopening Plan page under the COVID Campus Protocols tab. After school every faculty member--unless s/he is coaching a sport--stays in his or her classroom until 4:15 p.m. to be available to offer extra help to students.