Mission & Honor

Our Mission

The mission of Tampa Preparatory School is embraced by the entire community and incorporated into the daily activities of the school. This theme resonates throughout each student's years at Prep and becomes a source of pride for all Terrapins.



Where a rigorous grounding in skills and knowledge is just the beginning – where teachers and students share inquiry, reflection and analysis on the path to personal understanding.

Where people celebrate the imagination in geometric proofs and formal essays, on canvas, computer and stage, in poetry readings and morning assemblies.

be yourself
Where people respect differences and can find their place in a diverse community.

aspire to excellence
Where students develop winning attitudes in academics, athletics and arts.

go beyond
Where Florida Keys, North Carolina mountains, museums, concert halls and community service become classrooms that foster deeper understandings of one’s self, others and the world.


Honor Code

Honor Code

The Honor Code at Tampa Prep supports the School's mission to provide "a preparation for life with a higher purpose than self." Each student at Tampa Prep signs the Honor Code listed below:

Honor Code

A Commitment to Honor

As a member of the Tampa Prep community, I am responsible for upholding and promoting honesty, trust, respect and fairness in all venues of school life.

I pledge to maintain personal and academic integrity and to support it in others.
I solemnly promise to uphold my commitment to honor this code.

Character Education

Character Education

At Tampa Prep, we strive to reinforce core values of kindness, respect, honesty and responsibility so they become persistent habits for all members of our community.

The three major components of character education at Tampa Prep are:
  1. Modeling by faculty, coaches, and staff
  2. Curricular and co-curricular reinforcement
  3. Service projects

The core values are reinforced through:

  • Honor Code – Written by a team of students and faculty and signed by all Tampa Prep students.
  • Conduct Review Board – A group of select high school students sit on review board for honor code violations.
  • Monthly exercises focusing on character during Upper School and Middle School advising.
  • In-class scenarios involving ethical or moral dilemmas for discussion.
  • Specialized units focused on age-appropriate areas of character education are infused into the curriculum in various English, Health and History courses.
  • Peer Counselors – Group of select high school students who meet with Middle School advising groups once per month and 9th grade students quarterly to serve as positive role models and lead discussions on topics such as peer pressure, positive peer relations, success in school and the core values.
  • Service Projects – Numerous service projects are initiated by students through clubs, classes and individuals.
  • Harkness Discussions – the discussion method used widely throughout the history and English departments has an added benefit of modeling and reinforcing respect and consideration for the opinions and views of others.