Tampa Preparatory School exists to provide young men and women in grades six through twelve with rigorous intellectual training, and to instill values of fairness, decency, honor, diligence and academic curiosity within an orderly and humane environment.
The School is first of all a diverse community of people. It possesses a special quality arising from its relative smallness, with all that this implies in developing close, personal relationships. The faculty is composed of teachers of high caliber, who assist the students in achieving the greatest personal growth. In addition to fine scholarship and enthusiasm for their fields, they have an abiding interest in young people and their influence extends far beyond the classroom. The opportunity for students and teachers to know and respect one another as individuals is one of the greatest strengths of independent education in general, and of Tampa Preparatory School in particular.
Classes are taught as seminars, labs and lectures in which students form and express ideas rather than merely receive and dispense information. Classes are frequently taught in the Socratic manner so that maximum participation is encouraged. The School stresses the development of self-confidence, a sense of worth and the importance of a sense of humor — of having fun in the pursuit of ones goals. This approach provides a fertile environment for the growth of academic excellence, and encourages students to develop life-long habits of industry and intellectual curiosity through the discovery of new interests.