By clicking the graphic below, you will learn more about Berkeley, Safe and Together, our comprehensive plan to return to school for the 2020-21 academic year. Please note: The first day of school is now Tuesday, August 25, not Wednesday, August 26.
The commencement for the Class of 2020 was as unique as the school year that preceded it. However, that did not diminish the energy and excitement for the 153 graduates who accepted their diplomas as they crossed the stage located on Dickey Field in front of a socially distant and limited crowd (two guests per graduate). The day was magical for all considering the event marked the first Berkeley Commencement ever held during a pandemic.
Berkeley Preparatory School has earned the overall FHSAA Academic Team Champion for Class 3A for 2019-20. This marks the eighth year out of the last 10 that Berkeley has achieved this honor. Berkeley earned the runner up title for two of those years.
Berkeley Preparatory School is proud to announce the naming of the Lasher Business Institute as a result of a generous gift from Karessa and Stuart Lasher. Stuart Lasher is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Quantum Capital Partners, Inc. and has long been a prominent philanthropist in our community. The family’s support will be used for endowing the program and providing need-based scholarships.
Students in the Honors Engineering Design class at Berkeley recently reached out to their teacher with an idea to use the school’s 3D printers to produce medical-grade facemasks for healthcare workers. Almost simultaneously, another student in Berkeley’s Middle Division 3D Printing Club reached out to his club sponsor with a similar request and added that he wanted to print protective ear guards to make the masks more comfortable.
As Berkeley Preparatory School transitions from our beautiful campus to a remote learning environment, we want to be here for our families as you transition along with us. To make the process a little easier, we have created our new Remote Learning Resource web page. Here you can find many of the things you need for remote learning, keeping your family safe, and even some helpful links for your peace of mind and wellbeing – all in one convenient place.
I hope this note finds you well and navigating what for many of us has been an unusual spring break, to say the least. Keeping our students and families foremost in our minds at all times, we’ve continued to work hard here to envision and craft a terrific and impactful next phase of the 2019-20 school year, which is an interesting challenge in a time when there are still so many unknowns.
March 18 Community-wide Statement: Berkeley Preparatory School will commence school on Monday, March 30 using a variety of remote learning methodologies. Divisional leadership will soon be in detailed communication with our families to outline next steps in preparing our students to restart school remotely. Please know that we remain steadfastly committed to providing the best possible education to each child in our charge. As such, in this time of global strife, we are eager to rise to the challenge before us.
We will continue to evaluate this fluid and evolving situation as matters unfold, with our goal being to join together again in community on Kelly Road as soon as our understanding of the state of things allows us to do so.
As we continue to pay close attention to the latest developments in the outbreak of COVID-19 (commonly referred to as the novel coronavirus), Berkeley is focused on possible impacts on our students, faculty, and staff. To ensure our sound and careful decision-making, we are monitoring global and local health organizations, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), as well as regional, state, and national advisors. This includes staying alert to travel notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, we have employed Berkeley’s Emergency Management Team to ensure we are informed and ready.
Since 1992, Berkeley art students have earned numerous national awards and have consistently received multiple regional awards annually from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards hosted annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This year was no different for the talented group of fine arts students from the school’s Middle and Upper Divisions. In all, Berkeley garnered 88 awards that were recognized in 12 award categories ranging from “Honorable Mention” to “American Visions Nominee” in the visual arts competition. The competition is widely regarded as the most distinguished of its kind in identifying the country’s top artistic and literary talents.
Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory day school located in Tampa, FL, for boys and girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Approximately 1,380 students gather here from the greater Tampa Bay area to form ONE Berkeley.