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Tampa Catholic High School5
Posted March 26, 2014
- a parent
Great school, strong family values and great kids! Each child has an IPad and technology is growing! Most books are online and Edmodo is a great communicator between the teachers and students. If students are up for the challenge they can take college credits some leaving with the first year of college under their belt. This has been a great head-start and colleges love it.
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.
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.
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
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.