About Tampa Prep
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Statement of Philosophy
Tampa Preparatory School exists to provide young men and women in grades six through twelve with rigorous intellectual training, and to instill values of fairness, decency, honor, diligence and academic curiosity within an orderly and humane environment.
The School is first of all a diverse community of people. It possesses a special quality arising from its relative smallness, with all that this implies in developing close, personal relationships. The faculty is composed of teachers of high caliber, who assist the students in achieving the greatest personal growth. In addition to fine scholarship and enthusiasm for their fields, they have an abiding interest in young people and their influence extends far beyond the classroom. The opportunity for students and teachers to know and respect one another as individuals is one of the greatest strengths of independent education in general, and of Tampa Preparatory School in particular.
Classes are taught as seminars, labs and lectures in which students form and express ideas rather than merely receive and dispense information. Classes are frequently taught in the Socratic manner so that maximum participation is encouraged. The School stresses the development of self-confidence, a sense of worth and the importance of a sense of humor — of having fun in the pursuit of one’s goals. This approach provides a fertile environment for the growth of academic excellence, and encourages students to develop life-long habits of industry and intellectual curiosity through the discovery of new interests.
In an age that demands instant answers, liberal education cannot demonstrate immediate results; but it can stress the values and standards that provide structure for living. The School’s goal is to develop the academic, intellectual, moral, emotional and physical potential of each student, and to prepare each student as an individual to live a creative, productive, humane and compassionate life.
Tampa Preparatory School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation in its admissions or employment practices.
Tampa Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.