To ensure that facilities are commensurate with the high level of programs offered, the School must continue to make capital investments in facilities and equipment. Our largest campaign to date, Building a Legacy, made it possible for Tampa Prep to build the existing campus on Cass Street.
In recent years, the School has completed two successful mini campaigns to raise funds for building improvements, beginning in 2012 with The Center Project. This campaign transformed the courtyard and Smith Black Box Theater lobby into a 4,000 sq. ft, technologically advanced dining and gathering space known as the Student Center. The space is the main dining area with an improved food distribution facility and a shaded outdoor area. The second part of this initiative transformed the previous lunchroom area on the third floor into a wing housing College Counseling, STEM and Robotics labs and a Technology Support room.
Updates continued in 2013 with Impact Now, a campaign to transform all Middle School classrooms at Prep into Active Learning Environments (ALEs). These customizable spaces feature 3LCD touch-enabled interactive projectors, green screens, custom sound systems, amplification systems and ergonomic, flexible furniture. The physical changes, in combination with programmatic and curricular changes inspired by the School’s Strategic Plan, work to enhance student engagement and student acquisition of vital 21st learning skills such as problem solving and collaboration. Current capital endeavors are focused on continuing to enhance our facilities to meet future needs.
Capital gifts and pledges are considered an investment in Tampa Prep’s future. Bequests and planned gifts are also encouraged to ensure the future health and long-term prosperity of Tampa Preparatory School.