The Berkeley Now, Berkeley Forever campaign includes the construction of the Forsyth Center for Elementary Education, the Berkeley Chapel, renovations to various classrooms in the Dev Family Lower Division Complex, and the renovation of the Lykes Center for the Arts. The campaign will also significantly increase Berkeley’s endowment in perpetual support of the new buildings and all programs.
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To learn more, contact Laura Harrison, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement by emailing HarriLau@berkeleyprep.org.

The Dev Family Lower Division Complex and the Forsyth Center for Elementary Education

When Lower Division spaces were built in the mid-1980’s, teaching and learning looked quite different. Since then, we have learned a great deal about effective instruction for children of this age, and our passionate and expert teachers have adapted their practices to meet the needs of the students. However our spaces still reflect a different era in teaching and learning.
 
With your support, the Lower Division will experience transformational improvements including:
  • The new, two-story Forsyth Center for Elementary Education with 12 new state-of-the art classrooms housing grades 2 - 5
  • The new Dev Family Center for Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Renovations to existing enrichment spaces
  • New locker rooms
  • New BEEP space for after school activities

The Berkeley Chapel

Spiritual inquiry and service are key to self-discovery and developing empathy for others. Inclusiveness, compassion, kindness, integrity – these are values that are taught, modeled, and instilled throughout the Berkeley experience. Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique value and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. This intentional welcome is a hallmark of our mission as an Episcopal community. All Berkeley students of every age will attend events, services/observances, classes, and convocations in this space throughout the school year, bridging faith and learning in a powerful way.

As we raise support for the Berkeley Chapel, we have determined our need to build a facility that will adequately accommodate the many wonderful activities we have planned for that space. The following design elements will be included:
  • Two-story building totaling over 8,000 square feet
  • Seating to accommodate 440 adults
  • 36-seat Side Chapel for smaller gatherings
  • Prayer Nook for quiet reflection
  • Meeting Room
  • Labyrinth
  • Sacristy
  • Gallery/Archival Space
  • Bell Tower
  • Zen Garden and Gethsemane Garden

Lykes Center for the Arts

Opened in 1998, the Lykes Center for the Arts has supported the cultural and educational endeavors of generations of Berkeley students. From daily convocations to full-scale theatrical productions, the 634-seat theatre has served the needs of our growing school community for the past 25 years.

Efforts to renovate the Lykes Center for the Arts are already underway so that future generations of students can benefit from this space for decades to come. Those renovations include:
  • The addition of a 175-seat balcony
  • Updated lobby
  • New restrooms
  • Updated hallway, work shop, office suite, sound studio
Berkeley Now Milestones

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  • $4 Million

    Planning
  • $18 Million

    Break Ground
  • $22 Million

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In the Berkeley Forever portion of the campaign, to date we have secured over $2.7 million in donor restricted gifts to Berkeley’s endowment as well as $3.8 million in planned gifts.

To learn more, contact Laura Rowe Grams, Director of Institutional Advancement by emailing GramsLau@berkeleyprep.org.

Endowment Support

Our most critical strategic asset, the Berkeley Endowment is comprised of nearly 65 individual funds, each one a gift to the School from those deeply committed to Berkeley’s mission and purpose. The Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees carefully manages these funds to meet current operational needs while protecting the investment.

An endowment is an investment in our commitment to our current and future school endeavors regarding our people, programs, and place. The school’s investment policy allows only a portion of the fund earnings to be used while retaining the balance to maintain earnings growth. The school’s endowment spending policy is equal to four percent (4.0%) of the rolling three-year average of the fiscal year-end endowment fund balances.

Scholarship Support

A key initiative of the Berkeley Preparatory School mission is providing transformative experiences to talented, diverse students. The depth of our program allows students to explore broadly and develop passions deeply leading to a transformative educational experience. We are committed to admitting students who demonstrate academic merit, strong character, and great potential, and who contribute to a vibrant and talented student body.

An endowed scholarship provides a permanent and personal way to make a meaningful difference in the life of a student. By establishing an endowed scholarship at Berkeley, you can provide an opportunity to a student who possesses the academic capacity to succeed but may not have the financial resources to pursue an education here.
 
A named endowed scholarship at Berkeley can be established with a gift of $100,000, which would provide partial aid; or $750,000 or more fully endows a scholarship, and thus fully funds the yearly costs of a Berkeley education. 

Planned Giving

Planned giving presents an opportunity for donors to structure a gift that not only provides for the future of our young people but also achieves a variety of financial objectives. Deferred gifts include bequests, life insurance, trusts, and gifts of stock or real estate.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the various planned giving opportunities at Berkeley.

Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a beneficiary.

If you name Berkeley in your plans, please use: Legal Name: Berkeley Preparatory School Federal Tax ID Number: 59-1292802

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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.