Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL FAQ

What are the school hours?

SCHOOL HOURS

Gates to the campus open at 6:30 a.m. The school buildings open at 8:35 a.m. and students are expected to be at school by 8:45 a.m. to allow time to put away books and other personal belongings before classes begin at 8:50 a.m. Students should be picked up from school no later than 4:30 p.m. unless they are engaged in a school-related function.

Summer Office Hours

The school offices are open all summer from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.

What are the lunch options?

  1. Lunch may be brought from home. Microwaves are available.
  2. You may purchase from our lunch provider, EVOS and lunch will be delivered.
  3. You may purchase online from any restaurant that delivers to Tampa Prep, however, please note that Uber Eats or any independent delivery service is NOT permitted on campus and will be turned away.

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What are some traditional Tampa Prep events?

Fall Events

GRADE LEVEL ACTIVITIES
The sense of unity within each class is strengthened through several programs and retreats at the start of each school year. Watch your email for a schedule with details about each grade level outing.

OPENING CONVOCATION & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
During the first days of school students update their iPads and participate in various activities with their class. Students are given instructions on how to obtain all resources (ebooks, books and apps) during the first week of classes.

We officially kick off the school year with Opening Convocation (formal attire), where students hear from several speakers. Parents are welcome to attend.

NEW PARENT SHINDIG
New Parent Shindig is a social event for PARENTS ONLY that takes place at the end of August. Parents with students new to the school enjoy food and drinks with other parents and meet several key members of the School community. This year's event takes place August 22.

PARENTS' NIGHT
At Parents' Night in September, parents follow their child’s schedule to meet each teacher and advisor. Pick up a School Directory, meet Tampa Prep Parents Alliance members, hear about ways you can get involved and learn about the Clubs and Activities available to our students.

THANKSGIVING CONVOCATION
Thanksgiving Convocation is a Tampa Prep tradition that celebrates the arts in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. The concert features performances by our Terrapin musicians, as well as spoken word tributes from students and faculty. Mark your calendar for this joyful celebration!

Spring Events

HEADMASTERS' CHALLENGE
Headmasters' Challenge is an annual tradition honoring our rivalry with Berkeley Preparatory School. Winter Sports teams at the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity level compete. This day of demanding contests and friendly sportsmanship between two rival schools is always a family favorite. Tampa Prep hosts the 2017-18 games, so bring your RED and GOLD spirit to cheer on our teams!

GRANDPARENTS DAY
Grandparents Day is a school favorite! Grandparents and special friends are invited to accompany students to class for a half-day of fun and camaraderie. Grandparents are treated to special performances and join their grandchildren in classes to experience Tampa Prep firsthand! If we do not have contact information for your child's grandparents, please login to My BackPack at https://tampaprep.seniormbp.com/SeniorApps to add grandparent information (email and mailing address) to your profile.

TERRAPIN DAY
While Tampa Prep students "go beyond" on a regular basis, the annual Terrapin Service Day exemplifies the school's mission of "a higher purpose than self." Students look beyond our campus’ borders to volunteer in various ways throughout the community. Each grade level takes on a different cause and donates their day to the organization or task.

TAMPA PREP'S FUNDRAISING GALA
The Tampa Prep community gathers each year to celebrate and raise money for our school. This year’s event will feature music, great food, fantastic auction items and an elegant evening that benefits the students of Tampa Prep! We would love for you to be part of the fun!

What textbooks and supplies do we need?

Tampa Prep is a digital school, and the majority of course content is available digitally on students’ iPads. There is no need to purchase any books or eBooks prior to the first day of classes!

Course content for 2017-2018 will be either purchased in bulk by the School and then distributed to each student or purchased directly by the student. Teachers will provide instruction to students in their classes about how to obtain digital texts and resources during the first week of classes.

The source information for the content purchased directly by the student will be found in the course syllabus given to the student at the beginning of School in August.


Middle School Supply List

Select the appropriate grade below to download the 2018-2019 supply lists.

Sixth Grade | Seventh Grade | Eighth Grade


Upper School Supply List

There are no specific supply lists for the Upper School other than the required iPad device. Feel free to purchase typical supplies such as notebook paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, binders, index cards, etc. If there are additional specific items that will need to be purchased, the teacher will let you know during the first week of school.

REMINDER: Don't forget about Summer assignments: www.tampaprep.org/summerassignment.

What version of iPad will my student need for classes?

Bring iPads (set up and ready to use) the first day of school.

ALL students will need an iPad Air 2 WiFi with at least 64 GB of storage. Students are welcome to use newer versions of the iPad, including the iPad Pro, but the iPad Air 2 is the minimum.

Students utilize multimedia and interactive textbook content that is blended into the School's curriculum. Students will be required to create, produce and store multimedia projects. Device memory will be critical in storing all this curricular content-thus the 64 gigabyte specification.

Students must have a sturdy, protective case with a screen protector for the iPads. External keyboards and a stylus may be used, but are not required. Note that folio keyboard cases do not offer adequate device protection. For more information please refer to the iPad information page.

All iPads should be set up with a personal Apple ID (please refer to our documentation on Apple IDs and Accounts) prior to the start of school. Note that in order for students to have personal Apple IDs, they must be 13 years of age. Instructions for setting up a new iPad are available online here. Please note that any purchase/download you make with an Apple ID is permanently tied to that Apple ID. You may not transfer books, music, apps, etc., from one Apple ID to another. You might wish to consider purchasing additional information about insurance options. Please refer to the iPad Insurance Information section for additional information about insurance options.

What if my student needs extra help?

EXTRA HELP

All teachers stay their classrooms until 4:15 p.m. every day to be available for extra help.


UPPER SCHOOL ADMIN
Director of the Upper School: Carl Carlson, ccarlson@tampaprep.org
Dean of Students: Christine Jisha, cjisha@tampaprep.org
Assistant to the Director of the Upper School: Kristy Steel, ksteel@tampaprep.org

UPPER SCHOOL FAQ

What is the Upper School dress code?

Please see the Guide for Academics and Student Life for the full list of dress code expectations.

All clothes must be neat and in good repair (no rips or frays). Sweatpants, warm-up suits, swimwear and athletic shorts are not permitted. Appropriate shoes for school include loafers, deck shoes athletic shoes, sandals or dress shoes. Shoes must be worn at all times. For safety purposes, feet must be completely covered in the science labs. Facial hair (beards, mustaches and goatees) and unusually long sideburns are not permitted. No extreme hairstyles and colors are allowed. Earrings or a small stud in the nose is permitted. No visible tattoos are permitted. Hats are not allowed during the school day.

  • Upper School Boys Dress Code: Dress code-appropriate tops for boys include a collared shirt or a Henley shirt. Shirts must be buttoned within the first two buttons. No other shirts are acceptable unless there is a designated t-shirt day at school. Dress code-appropriate bottoms for boys include Bermuda-length shorts, jeans, khakis and dress pants. Undergarments must not be visible.
  • Upper School Girls Dress Code: Dress code-appropriate tops for girls include a blouse, collared shirt or an appropriate tailored shirt with sleeves. Shirts with buttons must be buttoned within the first 2 buttons. No other shirts are acceptable unless there is a designated t-shirt day at school. All shirts must have sleeves or a jacket or sweater must be worn over sleeveless tops at all times. Shirts must be long enough to cover the midriff area at all times and offer appropriate coverage in the mid-chest area. Undergarments must not be visible, and see-through or mesh fabrics may not be worn unless a student has an appropriate shirt or slip underneath. Dress code-appropriate bottoms for girls include skirts, Bermuda-length shorts, jeans, khakis and dress pants. Leggings, tights and jeggings are not permitted at any time. Dresses may be worn as well, as long as they have sleeves and an appropriate neckline. Skirts, dresses and shorts must come within 5" of the top of the knee.

What trips to Upper School students take?

Grades 9, 10 and 12. At the beginning of the academic year, freshmen, sophomore, and senior classes engage in a variety of team-building and bonding activities such as ropes courses and outdoor challenges. These on- and off-campus activities are designed to re-engage students in school activities and experiential learning.

Grade 11. Junior spend four days and three nights camping and hiking in Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. This trip is a graduation requirement.

What are the Upper School athletic policies and procedures?

Tampa Prep Athletics Department’s vision is to be a catalyst for fostering and advancing the School’s core values (Honesty, Respect, Kindness and Responsibility). Student-athletes, coaches, support staff and parents are tasked to focus on successful athletic contests, as well as on their practice and support of the School’s core values.

REQUIRED FORMS
School forms must be submitted prior to participating in athletics. While we understand that it can be a cumbersome process to get all of this information filled out, it is necessary for us to have all of these on file at school. Students will NOT be allowed to participate in any tryouts, practices or contests until all of these forms are on file with Tampa Prep’s Health Coordinator.

ACADEMICS AND EXTRA HELP

Everyone involved with Terrapin Athletics understands the importance of academics. Hard work leads to successes in the classroom just as it does in the athletic arena. We encourage our student-athletes to attend extra help sessions with their academic teachers when needed. We want to deliver a clear message that academics take priority over athletics. It is important that the student-athlete communicate with their coaches prior to attending any extra help session. From time to time, a student-athlete may feel challenged by the time demands of their sport and their academics. When this presents itself, the student-athlete should communicate with his/her coach and advisor so they can all work together to evaluate the student’s use of time and develop a plan that can lead to success in the classroom and in athletics.

CONTEST TIMES

Contest times vary for different sports. Student-athletes and their families should take contest schedules into consideration when committing to a sport. Most contests start in the late afternoon to early evening Monday through Friday. There are some exceptions to note. Sports such as Swimming, Volleyball, Wrestling, Rowing, Track and Baseball may have contests on Saturdays. There are also instances when your child may need to leave school early. We find that Golf, Bowling, Tennis, Track and Softball have the most instances where students will need to leave school during 7th period to get to their contest/meet. All contest schedules can be found by going to our department’s athletic schedules and results page: www.tampaprep.org/athletics-schedule

PRACTICE TIMES
Practices will start during the 4:00 p.m. hour Monday through Friday. Some sports will have Saturday morning practices.

TRYOUTS, TEAM CROSSOVER AND MORE

Please contact the Varsity coach with questions about each team. The start date listed is for both JV and Varsity tryouts. All student-athletes are required to be present on the first day. The only exception to this policy is if a student-athlete is participating in a Tampa Prep sport in which the season has not concluded. If this is the case, no student-athlete will be allowed to start one Tampa Prep sport season until the previous one is completed. The student-athlete is responsible for communicating their intent with coaches of both sports prior to the end of the first season. If there are further questions about how to navigate this crossover, please contact Michael Flynn, Director of Athletics.


MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMIN
Director of the Middle School
: Joe Fenlon, jfenlon@tampaprep.org
Associate Director of the Middle School: Patricia Embry, pembry@tampaprep.org
Assistant to the Director of the Middle School: Kim Souza, ksouza@tampaprep.org

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAQ

What is the Middle School dress code?

Please see the Guide for Academics and Student Life for the full list of dress code expectations.

All clothes must be neat and in good repair (no rips or frays). Sweatpants, warm-up suits, swimwear and athletic shorts are not permitted. Appropriate shoes for school include loafers, deck shoes athletic shoes, sandals or dress shoes. Shoes must be worn at all times. For safety purposes, feet must be completely covered in the science labs. Facial hair (beards, mustaches and goatees) and unusually long sideburns are not permitted. No extreme hairstyles and colors are allowed. Earrings or a small stud in the nose is permitted. No visible tattoos are permitted. Hats are not allowed during the school day.

  • Middle School Boys Dress Code: All shirts must have a collar. Shirts with buttons must be buttoned within the first 2 buttons. No other shirts are acceptable unless there is a designated t-shirt day at school. Dress code-appropriate bottoms for boys include Bermuda-length shorts, jeans, khakis and dress pants.
  • Middle School Girls Dress Code: All shirts must have a collar. Shirts with buttons must be buttoned within the first 2 buttons. No other shirts are acceptable unless there is a designated t-shirt day at school. All shirts must have sleeves. Shirts must be long enough to cover the midriff area at all times and offer appropriate coverage in the mid-chest area. Undergarments must not be visible, and see-through or mesh fabrics may not be worn unless a student has an appropriate shirt or slip underneath. Dress code-appropriate bottoms for girls include skirts, Bermuda-length shorts, jeans, khakis and dress pants. Leggings, tights and jeggings are not permitted at any time. Dresses may be worn as well, as long as they have sleeves and an appropriate neckline. Skirts, dresses and shorts must come within 5" of the top of the knee.

What trips to Middle School students take?

  • Grade 6. In September, students travel to Tree Trek Adventure Course, Disney’s Youth Education Series Program at Animal Kingdom-Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation, Medieval Times and Kennedy Space Center.
  • Grade 7. In April, students culminate their study of marine science in the Florida Keys.
  • Grade 8. In October, students visit Boston, Massachusetts, to further enhance their study of American History and American Literature.

What are the Middle School athletic policies and procedures?

Middle School Athletic Policies and Procedures

Tampa Prep Athletics Department’s vision is to be a catalyst for fostering and advancing the School’s core values (Honesty, Respect, Kindness and Responsibility). Student-athletes, coaches, support staff and parents are tasked to focus on successful athletic contests, as well as on their practice and support of the School’s core values.

ATHLETIC OPTIONS
All Middle School students are required to participate in athletics during the school year. Students can select from a list of options each athletic season to fulfill this requirement. Please keep in mind the following when making your selections:

  • Each student must participate on at least one team during the school year.
  • There are some options that will have limited roster spots based on facilities available. Athletic Team practices usually run until 3:45 p.m. Physical Education is offered only during Fall and Spring seasons. P.E. ends at 3:30 p.m. Study Hall Athletic Conditioning (SHAC) is limited to 30 students and ends at 3:30 p.m. each day. A student may choose the study hall option only once per school year. This ends at 3:30 p.m.

REQUIRED FORMS
School forms must be submitted prior to participating in athletics. Students will NOT be allowed to participate in any tryouts, practices or contests until all required forms are on file with Tampa Prep’s Health Coordinator. See a list of forms.

TEAM GEAR & BILLING
At the end of each season, the student’s billing account might be charged for various items. If you have any questions about what type of items that they may be, please communicate with your student’s coach at the beginning of the season. Items can include: Team Pictures, sports equipment, T-shirts, etc.

VARSITY SPORTS

All Middle School student-athletes who wish to try out for a Varsity team must get prior approval from the Middle School Director of Athletics. then fill out this form.

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