Berkeley Preparatory School has been named the overall FHSAA Academic Team Champion for Class 3A after three athletic teams earned individual Academic Team Champion honors throughout the 2021-22 year. The overall champion in each classification was decided after points were tallied for each team who earned a top-10 finish in their respective sport. Ten points were awarded to teams who had the highest GPA in their sport and classification. With 130 points, Berkeley had the second highest total of all schools in every classification. This marks the 10thtime in 12 years that Berkeley has earned the overall classification champion award. We are proud to recognize the success of our student-athletes both on and off the playing field!
The Berkeley Preparatory School chapters of the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recently recognized their newest members in two separate convocation ceremonies.
Specifically, 116 members of the junior and senior classes were recognized as the newest members of the National Honor Society. In addition, there are 50 students from grades 7 and 8 in the Middle Division who were recognized as members of the National Junior Honor Society.
When Berkeley Preparatory School opens the 2022 football season, it will do so on a new, state-of-the-art synthetic turf football field inside Stanford J. Newman Stadium due to the generous philanthropy of Berkeley parents, Alison Bisk and Brian Turkel. The transformation of one of Berkeley’s most iconic sports venues would not be possible without the unwavering support of the Bisk – Turkel Family. Their love for Berkeley, and in particular, respect and support for Coach Ciao, motivated the family to leave their legacy in the form of this gift to the school.
Newsies won eight Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway, and launched the careers of some well-known Broadway talent. With its energetic score and large-scale dance gymnastics, Newsies hits a note lost between the pop-fantasy and ragtime of Bugsy Malone, and the realism of Gangs of New York. With toe-tapping and jaw-dropping dance numbers, catchy melodies, and stories based on real events, this is a show that all will enjoy.
Since 1992, Berkeley students have earned numerous national writing awards and have consistently received multiple regional awards 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 students from the school’s Middle and Upper Divisions. In all, Berkeley garnered 14 writing awards that were recognized in four award categories ranging from “Honorable Mention” to “American Visions Nominee” in the writing competition. The competition is widely regarded as the most distinguished of its kind in identifying the country’s top literary talents.
The 2022 Headmasters’ Challenge between Berkeley Preparatory School and Tampa Preparatory School marked the eighth consecutive year the Buccaneers have won or shared the cup. Berkeley hosted this year's Headmasters' Challenge on Friday, January 7, and Saturday, January 8, 2022. The competition featured 15 separate winter sports with student-athletes representing Middle Division, junior varsity, and varsity teams. Winning points were tallied throughout the day. This year, the Buccaneers "kept the cup" winning a convincing 13-7 point victory.
Sixteen student-athletes from Berkeley Preparatory School have committed to continuing their athletic endeavors at some of the best colleges and universities in the country in front of a standing-room-only crowd of classmates, faculty, and family members. Those committing to compete for a Division 1 program signed the National Letter of Intent. Berkeley live streamed the event that can be viewed on the Berkeley Broadcast Network.
Berkeley Preparatory School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2021–22 for incorporating Apple technology into its expansive and interdisciplinary curriculum. Innovating education through the use of technology is so essential that Berkeley included it within the primary goal of the school’s strategic plan. The goal, A Transformative Educational Journey, is supported by strategies that invite students to be central participants in their own learning, becoming adept at goal setting, critical thinking, problem solving, and reflection.
Each year, an individual or group in the Berkeley Preparatory School community is presented The Carol Kennedy Pro Communitate Award in honor of the late Carol Kennedy, a Princeton-bound Berkeley senior (’84) who tragically lost her life in an automobile accident.
The award is given to those who best exemplify the spirit of our school — just as Carol Kennedy had — and who have done the most to strengthen the ties that bind us together as the Berkeley community.
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 1,400 students gather here from the greater Tampa Bay area to form ONE Berkeley.