Accessing the School

Cars may not drive through the campus from Cypress St. to Cass St. during the hours of 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. and 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. The Cypress Street extension gate will be closed at 4:15 p.m. daily. There will be no vehicular access from Cypress Street to campus after that time (except for special occasions).

The preferred area for students to be dropped off and picked up is the turnaround in front of Walter Athletic Complex. Cars enter campus from N. Boulevard. Going north on N. Boulevard, turn right into the Julian B. Lane Riverfront parking area (via Cypress St.), then right into the campus, and then turn right into the turnaround. Cars must retrace the same route to exit onto N. Boulevard.
An alternate route is to access the School through the front gate from Cass St. Note that this route takes drivers through both the senior parking lot and faculty lot. Backups occur during peak arrival and departure times.

The map below outlines the two options for pick up and drop off.

Driving and Parking

Students are reminded that driving and parking at school are privileges. All students driving vehicles to school must display a current parking decal in the lower left corner (driver’s side) of the rear window. If an occasion should arise where a student is using a vehicle other than the one normally driven to school, which displays his/her student decal, a temporary parking permit may be issued for the day only. Temporary permits may be obtained from the Receptionist. Parking decals may be obtained from the Receptionist. ONLY SENIORS will be permitted to leave campus before the end of the school day without written permission. All non-seniors must obtain written permission from an administrator to go to their cars during school hours.

Parking areas are patrolled by Tampa Prep Security and Tampa Prep staff that will issue parking citations ($25 fine for each violation). Parking violations are given to students for the following reasons:

  • Students who are not seniors parking in a senior space.
  • Parking at any time in spaces marked “Handicapped,” “Visitor,” “Faculty,” or “Busses.”
  • Parking on the grass or sprinkler system
  • Failure to obtain a parking permit for the current school year
  • Any observance of reckless or discourteous driving (this will also result in the suspension of parking privileges)
Only faculty, staff and seniors may park in the Cass Street parking lot. Seniors will park on the east side of the Cass Street parking lot by the river. Seniors will access their parking from Cass Street only. Other student drivers will park in the Cypress Street extension (immediately north of campus) at Riverfront Park, accessible only from N. Boulevard. Only faculty and staff may park in the gym area parking.

* Please note there will be no through-campus traffic allowed during the hours of 8:00 am - 8:50 am and 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.