This school is lacking in many areas. Academically the grading system is not consistent and subject to many subjective grades that can kill the "nonbrown nosers" GPAs. Predominantly girls, predominantly Hispanic. Irritating to see athletes you know are getting a "free ride" with tuition so high. Quality of teaching is lacking. They do not coordinate and overburden the students with too many assignments on one day. There is a HUGE lack of course selection and not the right school AT ALL for a STEM student as the math/science departments are pretty on the outside but lack substance and quality teaching.. As others have said, the parents who give the most or the alumni families are the ones who get catered to especially in the sports systems where football especially, is completely "daddy-run" (hopefully will change next year). Parents are afraid to speak up bc most are "Good Catholics" or afraid of the repercussions to their children. There is no real sense of school spirit as many of the students have no time to get involved (because of a ridiculous multitude of stupid assignments) The guidance department is a joke. And the school will not listen to parents re change.
Just finishing up at TC. It has been terrific! The teachers and administrators do an exceptional job of individualizing the education and motivating students to excel. It is part of the culture of the school. School spirit is high, many sports to choose from including lacrosse and rowing from their private dock. Can't beat the outcome - college and full scholarship. Thank you TC!
Tampa Catholic offers a top education far surpassing other private schools in the area. TC caters to each student and the individual attention is wonderful. In addition, the only private high school where your child can graduate with a year of college under their belt. The classes are taught by college professors who come to TC, not easy but your child will be challenged. The principle is great.
Great school! We visited other private high schools and were impressed by what TC had to offer. It offers dual enrollment (earn college credits), a guidance counselor whose sole role is to assist students in preparing for college (applications help, class choices) and a warm, nurturing environment. Best of all the college s who came to visit were the best, such as Princeton. Science building blew me away!
TC was a great school for my son. He was able to choose from selective colleges and played two sports (He wishes he had played more). If you are a chronic troublemaker or you test positive for drugs they will give you the boot. So consider the source of some of these posts. Frankly, as a parent, that was one of the positives. TC does have some deep roots. Many of the parents went there as well. I found them to be very welcoming.
i love this school so much, the sports and academics are excellent. go to tc.
Moving to Florida to attend TC? What a huge mistake- there are far better Catholic schools particularly in the Northern part of the country. Very very political- has been known throughout Tampa as "Tiny Cuba" instead of Tampa Catholic for decades and with good reason. The administration is the WORST! The Principal is a total joke who only listens to parents with big wallets or baseball player sons... In my opinion a school should not be allowed to call itself Catholic if it is ran by lay people.
Our child will be entering TC next year. We toured the school, spoke with faculty and administration, and observed students. We think TC is the best education we can get for our child. We are moving to Tampa from out-of-state for TC
This school's motto should be "The Golden Rule: He Who Has The Gold Makes The Rules"
I went to TC and found the school to be ethnicly polarized and rough on outsiders. There was an elitist attitude that was encouraged by the faculty and the school administration extorts permission from parents to use very intrusive tools to violate student civil rights such as selective, no notice drug tests. The school has had no band program since 1982 and has no desire to create one. Academics are on par with area public schools although public schools have many more resources. As with most private religious schools there is the never ending solicitation for donations but where as most other schools use those funds to the benefit of students, TC's colected donations benefit the Diocese.
I would like to give my feedback after reading others' thoughts. I left after my Junior year and went to a boarding school. I struggled at TC on the academic side b/c I felt we were not pushed, we constantly slowed down for others and had to water down the material. Classrooms are mixed with very slow learners and poor teachers, there are exceptions to the latter. I felt that many of the students were there to socialize. I rarely did homework and found it easy to get by with B's. When I attended, the sports program was stellar and we had many athletes. I played Basketball and two other sports for TC and they were all fulfilling in their own way. **Dubbed "Tiny Cuba" , for TC, because of its Spanish contingent.
My son graduated from TC. He loved every minute of it. He rowed on the Crew team and formed very special friendships that are still strong. He visits his former teachers and helps where he can when he is home from college. The wonderful teachers, along with dual enrollment and AP programs were a great benefit to our son. he carried great grades throughout his 4 years at TC. Parent involvement is also strong which helps to build character in the students. I would recommend TC highly to anyone thinking of going there for high school.
I love TC. Im a freshmen there right now and the teachers are awesome. Of, course theres teachers I don't like but they actually teach and if were missing assignments they tell so we can make them up. The people are great and I absolutely love it there! CRUSADER PRIDE!
Currently in grade 11, tampa catholic is a fine school. Really no drugs at all, tobacco here and there but no one hustles you. There is just simply no room for it. Especially with random testing. Plenty of great teachers, better then any public school by far. Where you might have 2 or 3 tests a year at freedom, you have one every 2 weeks here. There is plenty of room to improve grades. You pay for an education here, and you receive one. I speak the truth, i know almost everyone in my entire class. I know what kind of kids walk down the halls. There are never any fights fist fights at tc, maybe a push here and there. Everyone knows what will happen.
Tampa Catholic is a good school. If your into academics it's pretty standards but if it's sports you want you may need to look elsewhere. They have lost to Jesuit 8 years a row in football and don't even have a wrestling team.
Tampa Catholic is a great school which both of my children enjoyed. The academic program is strong with quality teachers, many have advanced degrees. Their AP/dual enrollment program is a plus. Their is strong parental involvement in the school and many opportunities to volunteer. On the downside the school lacks a music department and arts program. My main complaint about the school is the lack of a strong guidance department, especially the college guidance department. My personal experience was that I did not feel that the staff was always ready and willing to help, especially in a timely manner. In closing, I think it is a school full of spirit and pride and both my children enjoyed their high school years.
Very well disbursed as far as the buildings. Good education, good atmosphere for the students and parents.
As a graduate of Tampa Catholic High School, I have to say that I loved going to school there. TC has incredible teachers, a great faculty, and a wonderful campus. I truly enjoyed every moment I spent there, and was sad to graduate. I still go back and visit the wonderful teachers and faculty.
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