Experiential Education

Tampa Preparatory School believes that experiential education fosters a deeper understanding of the self, the world and other people. Our students are encouraged to live the Tampa Prep mission: to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond. These experiential learning opportunities exemplify our mission in action.

» Sixth Graders Embark on a Florida Adventure

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Our students' first encounter with Experiential Education happens in 6th grade, when students spend three days touring local Florida sites. The trip fosters camaraderie and trust as students begin their trip with a ropes course designed to challenge themselves and overcome adversity. The program builds confidence as students learn the joy of succeeding. Students take part in interactive presentations and meet historical figures as they tour the Kennedy Space Center. This trip offers a great experience in independence that's not too far from home.

» Seventh Grade Keys Trip Offers Up-Close Look at Marine Wildlife

Each year, seventh graders spend a week in the Keys, exploring wildlife and experiencing nature through a variety of hands-on activities. In addition to the knowledge gained through the various activities, students are learning life skills as they spend a week away from their families, traveling with their peers and trusted chaperones. Chaperones strive to help maturing students learn to think and act independently and promote a positive self-concept. As groups work together, students develop mutual respect and learn to communicate effectively.

The Keys Trip is a culmination of the Life Science curriculum. After studying plant and animal organisms, kingdoms, species and their habitats and characteristics, students interact with these animals in their native environments. Each day is filled with interactive learning experiences the students will remember for a lifetime. Activities include learning about and swimming with the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center, scouring for water animals on Sombrero Beach, kayaking through the Mangroves of No Name Key, snorkeling in Grass Flats, visiting the Turtle Hospital on Marathon Key, snorkeling or SCUBA diving on Looe Key and visiting Key West, where they celebrate the Sunset Festival at Mallory Square, eat dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and take a Ghost Tour of Historical Key West. It is an amazing, unforgettable trip!

» Eighth Grade Encounters Historic Boston Sites

Each year in the fall, 8th graders board a plane for the annual trip to Boston. Students spend four days touring New England for a history trip like no other. Mr. Fowler's history classes trace the roots of the American Revolution by walking Boston's historic Freedom Trail. Major stops include Bunker Hill, Old North Church and Paul Revere's home. Students visit the towns of Lexington and Concord where the first battles were fought, and take time for reflection at Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau wrote his masterpiece Walden. In the town of Salem, students visit the Salem Witch Museum, the Salem Witch Memorial and the spooky House of the Seven Gables. On the last day, they are transported to the year 1627 and live the life of a pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation. The jam-packed trip brings history to life as students encounter sites and scenes straight from their textbooks.

» Experiential Learning to the Nth Degree: The Junior Pisgah Trip

The Junior Class trip to Pisgah National Forest helps develop skills not necessarily formed or tested in the classroom. Each year, the picturesque mountains of Pisgah National Forest become the background for the juniors to move outside of their comfort zones to grow physically, mentally and emotionally. Students work together to cook meals, put up tents, follow trails, build campfires and rock climb. Each member of the group experiences life-changing lessons as they discover themselves and learn the importance of encouraging and supporting each other. They begin the school year with new friends and a deeper bond from their shared experience. Watch a documentary created by Pisgah Advisor Mr. James Riley to see what students endure during the week-long trip.