The Tampa Bay-area is home to some of Florida and the nation’s top private schools. Many offer unique courses to suit a variety of interests, but the schools also aim to create good citizens.
Academy of the Holy Names
3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa
The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic coeducational
elementary school and a college prep high school for young women. At the academy,
teachers integrate technology, encourage artistic expression and actively
engage students in exploration and inquiry. Students also are challenged to grow
spiritually and engage in community service.
Bayshore Christian School
3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
Bayshore is a nondenominational Christian school established in 1971 to provide
top quality, Christ-centered education for students from prekindergarten through
12th grade. The school boasts a college prep curriculum, including high honors, advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses, and athletic programs. The school offers a 20 percent discount to military families.
Berkeley Preparatory School
4811 Kelly Road, Tampa
Berkeley Preparatory, a prekindergarten through grade 12 independent coeducational day school, is dedicated to putting people in the world who make a positive difference. Twice designated a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, Berkeley provides comprehensive programs in the academics, fine arts and athletics. To schedule a tour of one of the best private schools in Tampa, call or visit their website today!
Cambridge Christian School
6101 N. Habana Ave., Tampa
Cambridge Christian is a college preparatory school serving preschool through 12th grade students. The school is committed to teaching from a Christ-centered worldview, pursuing excellence in academics, athletics and fine arts.
Carrollwood Day School
1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa
Carrollwood Day School is the only school in Florida, and the sixth in the
United States, authorized to offer the complete continuum of the International Baccalaureate programming, from preschool through grade 12. CDS is recognized nationally for its academic excellence and its school-wide emphasis on character development.
Central Baptist Christian School
402 E. Windhorst Road, Brandon
CBCS opened in 1980 and serves prekindergarten-3 through 12th grade. The curriculum is based on a biblical worldview. Its middle school sports program holds six league championships, competing in soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, flag football and cross country. CBCS strives to create an environment of security, distinction and academic excellence.
Christ the King Catholic School
3809 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa
Christ the King is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade community that encourages students to reach their full potential. For more than 60 years, students have thrived in an engaging environment with enhancements that include music, art, foreign language, physical education, public speaking and more.
St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School
Three locations in Tampa
Providing academic excellence in a nurturing Christian environment, St. John’s was founded in 1951. The school maintains high goals and standards for academic and behavioral performance, serving students from prekindergarten through eighth grade. St. John’s says it’s shaping future generations to solve tomorrow’s challenges.
Tampa Preparatory School
727 W. Cass St., Tampa
Tampa Prep is an independent, coeducational college prep school, serving sixth through 12th graders. For more than 30 years, it has been a place to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond.
The Montessori Children’s House of Hyde Park
2416 W. Cleveland, Tampa
Established in 1996 and led by Amanda Linton-Evans, the school is dedicated to providing a quality Montessori education in a small environment for children ages 3 -12. The school, accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale, aims to create a philosophy of learning which will enable children to become lifelong learners.
Academy at the Lakes
2220 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes
Academy at the Lakes is a learning community of shared values dedicated to the success of each individual at school, in the community and in the world. The school, which serves students in prekindergarten through 12th grade, aims to inspire lifelong learning and is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Bishop Larkin Catholic School
8408 Monarch Drive, Port Richey
Serving students in prekindergarten through eighth grade for more than 20 years, BLCS offers an educational experience that is rooted in academic excellence and spiritual, physical and leadership development. BLCS has state-of-the-art computer and science labs, an art room, music suite and large media center.
Admiral Farragut Academy
501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg
A co-educational, college prep school, the academy serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, with a five- and seven-day boarding program available for students in grades six through 12. The curriculum emphasizes the STEM classes: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Electives include sailing, marine science and aviation.
Alegria Montessori School
3200 58th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Alegria, affiliated with the American Montessori Society, provides hands-on integrated curriculum to children age 2 through 3rd grade. Alegria offers a strong individualized academic program as well as focusing on the interests and needs of the whole child.
Canterbury School of Florida
990 62nd Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg
Founded in 1968, Canterbury School of Florida offers a diverse and challenging curriculum for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. The curriculum includes 24 advanced placement courses and a unique marine studies program providing hands-on experiences for students at every grade level.
Delphi Academy of Florida
1831 Drew St., Clearwater
Through a curriculum that focuses on strong academic basics and unique study skills, Delphi keeps students learning, happy and able to apply what they learn. The school also offers extracurricular activities, year-round enrollment and summer camps.
Espiritu Santo Catholic School
2405A Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor
Founded in 2001, ESCS provides co-ed education for prekindergarten through eighth grade in a Christian environment. All students are challenged to reach their full potential while developing Catholic values and a rich faith life. State-of-the-art facilities and a
beautiful campus enhance students’ learning experience.
Sacred Heart Interparochial School
7951 46th Way N., Pinellas Park
Sacred Heart, founded in 1959, is a prekindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg and is accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference. The school offers a rich curriculum that includes Spanish, music, art, technology and enrichment and athletic programs.
Seffner Christian Academy
11605 U.S. 92 E., Seffner
Seffner Christian aims to provide a challenging educational program based on the principles of God’s word. The academy is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Temple B’nai — Israel Early Childhood Center
1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater
Temple B’nai Israel Early Childhood Center is nationally accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The preschool and prekindergarten programs are based upon a core half-day preschool program that utilizes developmentally appropriate activities to encourage children to explore their expanding world.
Four bay area locations
Founded in 1968, the academy is committed to optimizing the giftedness of every student. Educators use an individualized curriculum and teach “learning to learn” skills that can last a lifetime. Center Academy is SACS accredited and provides a small, safe setting designed to help students to focus, organize and learn.
Discovery Point Child Development Centers
12 bay area locations
Discovery Point Child Development Centers offer programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, including the Florida VPK program, summer camp, before and after-school care with pick-up/drop-off service provided to many Tampa-area schools. The centers’ philosophy of caring for children is rooted in the three As: attention, affection and approval.
La Petite Academy
Nine bay area locations
La Petite Academy provides educational child care. The schools focus on nurturing seven skill areas that help your child develop critical-thinking skills and intellectual curiosity to fuel success in primary school and beyond.
The Goddard School
Two bay area locations
The Goddard School encourages a child’s lifelong love of learning. Serving children from 6 weeks to 6-years-old, lesson plans are brought to life in fun and imaginative ways in learning centers including music, dramatic play, creative art, science, computers, math and writing.