Tampa Preparatory School was founded in 1974 by a group of citizens dedicated to the idea of an independent secondary school rigorous in its college-preparatory curriculum and also committed to the arts and athletics. Their goal was the raising of centered, inquisitive and selfless adults through contact with diverse experiences and people.
Housed in its early years on the University of Tampa campus, the school benefited from the university library and other resources. Its proximity to downtown Tampa affords access to the city's many cultural assets, including the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Tampa Museum of Art and Tampa Theater.
To embrace a larger segment of the community, the school added seventh- and eighth-grade levels to its program in 1991, and a sixth grade in 1997.
In 2002, Tampa Preparatory school realized a lifelong dream: completion of its own, custom-designed campus across the street from its former location. Today, the 150,000 square-foot school complex, including a 32,000 square-foot sports complex, affords Tampa Preparatory School students an unparalleled learning and training environment and unsurpassed amenities.
Tampa Preparatory School is governed by a diverse Board of Trustees composed of parents, alumni, business and civic leaders in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Trustees are nominated by committee, elected by vote of the current board and serve three-year terms.
Tampa Preparatory School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic background or religion. The school is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools
and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
. It is a member of the National Asssociation of Independent Schools
, the Secondary School Admission Test Board
, the National Association of College Admission Counselors
, the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
and the Southern Association of College Admission Counselors
, Bay Area Association of Independent Schools and Tampa Bay Independent Secondary Schools.