Clubs and Activities
A variety of clubs and activities at Tampa Prep allow students to explore shared interests with their peers. Clubs range from service-oriented groups to leadership opportunities and special interest clubs. Many are initiated by students and appeal to the current interests of our student body.
Many groups have a service-oriented foundation, instilling in them the values of giving back to your community. Even clubs that are not based on community service give back to the community through a variety of endeavors.
- Ambassadors of Good Will
- Board Game Club
- Chemistry Club
- Chess Club
- Coloring the Community
- Common Ground
- Comparative Government Club
- Culinary Club
- Culture Shock
- Dance for a Chance (Dance Marathon)
- Debate Club
- Fishing Club
- Florida Teens Read Book Club
- French Club (Upper & Middle School)
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Gold Shell (Middle School)
- Graham Elementary-Prep Alliance
- Key Club
- Latin Club (Upper & Middle School)
- Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta
- Medical Explorers
- Model United Nations
- National Arts Honor Society
- National Junior Art Honor Society (Middle School)
- National Honor Society
- National History Club
- Peer Counseling
- Philosophy Club
- Photography Club
- Ping Pong/Skill Toys Club
- Prep's Student Leaders (Middle School)
- Politics at Prep
- Red Shell
- Robotics Club (Upper & Middle School)
- Saint Peter Claver Tutoring
- Science Olympiad
- Spanish Club (Upper & Middle School)
- Spanish National Honor Society
- Spin Club
- Student Council
- Students for Seniors
- Sunshine Readers (Middle School)
- The Female Body
- Theater Club
- TPTV Live
- Teen Court
- Trading Card Game Club
- Ukelele Club
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- VEX Metal (Middle School)
- VEX IQ (Middle School)
- Video Game Club
- Writing Center
- VR Creation Club
Tampa Preparatory School is proud to induct students into several national and international Honor Societies each year. See the complete list below.
Cum Laude Society
This is a prestigious, international honor society founded in 1906 to promote learning and scholarship in secondary schools. Juniors and seniors are selected by a faculty committee on the basis of each student’s grade point average. Not more than 10% of the junior class may be inducted into Cum Laude; not more than 20% of the senior class may be inducted as members.
French Honor Society
The French Honor Society was founded by the American Association of Teachers of French in 1949 to recognize academic excellence. Students who are enrolled in a Level 3, 4 or AP French class are eligible for membership at the discretion of their French teacher.
Mu Alpha Theta
Mu Alpha Theta is the national high school mathematics honor society. The Tampa Prep chapter requires its members to maintain an average grade of B+ or better across all of the upper school mathematics courses they have taken. Members should show interest in mathematics beyond their normal coursework. Full membership is open to students who have completed Algebra 2 and who continue to enroll in more advanced mathematics courses. Associate membership is open to students who have not yet completed Algebra 2 but who can reasonably be expected to become full members in the future.
National Art Honor Society
In 1978, the National Art Education Association (NAEA) created the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) program, designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12, for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in Art. The NAHS strives to instill the highest standards in Visual Art, and to bring Art Education to the attention of the school and community. Students selected to join NAHS have shown effort and dedication in the field of Art. They have further demonstrated the highest qualities in Art Scholarship, Service and Character.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to recognize and encourage academic achievement and the development of qualities deemed to be essential to citizens in a democracy: scholarship, leadership, character, and community service. The Tampa Preparatory School Chapter of NHS volunteers in a variety of capacities in both the community and around the school. Their main service project is providing free tutoring services to any Tampa Prep student in need.
National Junior Honor Society
NJHS recognizes students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service. To be eligible, students must be in 7th or 8th grade, have attended Tampa Prep for at least two semesters, and attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students may submit to the Faculty Council a form listing their activities and accomplishments during Middle School. The Faculty Council reviews these, as well as teacher recommendations, and invites qualifying students to join NJHS. The induction ceremony takes place at a special assembly, at the end of the year.
National Latin Honor Society
Students who complete Latin II, III or an AP level Latin class with an A- average or better are enrolled in the National Latin Honor Society sponsored by the American Classical League the following fall. Membership is annual and must be earned each year.
Quill and Scroll
Quill and Scroll is an international honor society organized to encourage and recognize individual student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication. To be eligible, juniors and seniors must be in the upper third of their class in general scholastic standing, must have done superior work in some phase of journalism or school publications work, must be recommended by that publication’s faculty advisor, and must be approved by Quill and Scroll’s executive director.
Spanish Honor Society
The Spanish Honor Society was founded in 1953 by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese to recognize high achievement of high school students in Spanish and to promote the continuing interest in Hispanic studies. Induction is reserved for students who show a dedication to and love of Spanish language and culture at all levels, but is limited to those in the 3rd level of instruction or above.
TRI-M National Music Honor Society
TRI-M is under the supervision of The National Association for Music Education. The purpose of this organization is to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in music students of secondary schools. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are nominated by the two music teachers based on their participation in performance or academic music classes, and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The stated mission of the Tampa Preparatory Student Council is to, “improve the quality of student life and to represent the school in the greater community.” The focus of Tampa Prep's Student Council is to be the link between the students, faculty, administration, and alumni of Tampa Prep. Council members request that Upper School students share their concerns and suggestions and, as a group, they discuss ideas about how to best serve their fellow students, solve issues and improve the community for all.
Student Council established a “Student Activities Fund," which is financed through a portion of ticket sales for the Homecoming Dance. Students and/or groups applying for underwriting of specific events, workshops or philanthropic efforts within the community may apply for assistance from the Students Activities Fund by completing the proposal request and explaining how the use of requested funds supports our mission statement, “to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond.”
To contact Student Council, please direct your inquiries to the Student Council Advisor Mrs. Lisa Harman at email@example.com.
Student Council Sponsored Activities
Student Council organizes many activities in the Tampa Prep Community each year. The following are some examples:
- Homecoming: The Student Council organizes the Homecoming Dance each year in its entirety - from the location of the event to the election of the Homecoming Court. The Homecoming Dance is traditionally held during the month of October.
- Spirit Week: Student Council sets theme days for the week. Students show their school spirit by dressing up each day! Spirit Week traditionally concludes with a Pep Rally Friday!
- Black Box Unplugged: This is one of the two main performing arts functions that Student Council sponsor each year. Traditionally held on the last Friday before First Semester Exams, this event is a chance for the students at Tampa Prep to take time to relax and enjoy the talents of their peers. Held with little amplification (thus, unplugged) in the Smith Black Box Theater, this event showcases theatrical and musical talents from the Tampa Prep community.
- Rock the Lot: This event is a classic Tampa Prep tradition. It is an outdoor event, generally held in the Senior Parking Lot just before the seniors leave for their three-week internships. This event is similar to Black Box Unplugged except it showcases more student bands from the Tampa Prep community in an exciting outdoor venue with the assistance of a professional sound system.
- Pep Rallies: The Student Council hosts "Prep Rallies" throughout the school year to celebrate the achievements of our athletic teams and to also boost school spirit at the beginning of each new sports season.
- Red Shell: Student Council funds and supports the spirit club, Red Shell. Red Shell formed with the goal of improving attendance at sporting events and promoting school spirit. Since its inception, the club has worked to generate excitement for all varsity sporting events.
- Student Council members also volunteer their assistance at Parents' Night, Headmasters' Challenge and End-of-the-Year Book Return.