Student FAQ's

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • When can I apply to the Berkeley Academy this year?

    A. Students are eligible to apply during their sixth grade year.  
  • What is the cost?

    A. The Berkeley Academy is FREE for all students who are accepted into the program. There is NO FINANCIAL COST to you or your family. The only cost for students is consistent attendance, motivation, positive attitudes, hard work and, along with the support of their families, a six-year commitment to the program. If accepted, a student will receive approximately $20,000 worth of educational and enrichment programming FREE of charge.
  • What will a typical day at the Berkeley Academy Summer Program look like?

    A. Most days will be spent on the beautiful Berkeley Preparatory School campus.  Teachers will use interactive lessons to engage students and encourage their love of learning.  Students will study four core subjects during the morning sessions: English, science, math and social studies.  They will be academically challenged AND have fun at the same time!  In the afternoons, students will be invited to explore new activities and/or to participate in ones they already enjoy.  There will be a variety of athletic and exploration classes from which to choose such as swimming, tennis, world languages and drama.  There will also be exciting field trips and special events every summer.
  • What are the dates and times of the Berkeley Academy for the 2019 Summer?

    A. The Berkeley Academy will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Monday – Friday. The Berkeley Academy will begin June 17 and end on July 24 (no classes July 4th or 5th). Daily attendance is required.

    (The times and dates of the Berkeley Academy are subject to change based on the transportation schedule and specific programming needs.)
  • What are the dates and times of the school-year, Saturday program?

    A. School-year dates and times will be released at the start of the summer program.
  • Who are the Berkeley Academy teachers?

    A. All teachers are exceptional college and high school students who have a passion for working with younger students.  With the help of the program’s directors and instructional coaches, the teachers create classes that are fun and engaging.
  • Who gets accepted into the Berkeley Academy?

    A. Admission to the Berkeley Academy is selective.  The goal of the Admissions Committee is to select committed, motivated students who show a strong commitment to their education and a passion for learning.
  • What happens after I apply?

    A. The Admissions Committee will review your application to see if you are a good fit for the Berkeley Academy. You may also be asked to attend an interview. The Admissions Committee strives to determine an applicant’s readiness and ability to succeed in the Berkeley Academy. Openings are limited. Once a decision is made, a letter will be mailed to you. Information regarding your acceptance will not be given over the phone.
  • How many students are in each grade of the Berkeley Academy?

    A. There will be no more than forty students in each grade.  You can expect approximately ten to twelve students in each class.
  • Will there be homework, tests and grades?

    A. On average, Berkeley Academy students will complete 1 to 1.5 hours of engaging exercises after the program each day that enhances the learning that took place. Students will not receive number grades nor will there be final grades.  Instead, students will receive consistent feedback on their work and final written evaluations from their teachers.
  • Is transportation provided?

    A. Currently, transportation is only provided during our summer programming for students attending our neighborhood’s public middle schools, Webb and Pierce. There is no transportation provided for Saturday programming. All other students are responsible for securing transportation to and from all Berkeley Academy programs. 
  • What is the commitment?

    A. The Berkeley Academy requires a six-year commitment.  Your personal and family schedules should be planned around the Berkeley Academy for the first three years. Middle school students (rising seventh, eighth, and ninth graders) attend mandatory Saturday and summer programs.  Once you are in high school, we expect and encourage you to be involved in activities at your school.  As a result, we have a program during the school year that includes tutoring, mentoring and informational seminars about summer jobs, interviewing skills, the college application process and the SAT/ACT.  For more details regarding our commitment to you and your commitment to us, please see the Commitment Page found in the application.
  • When are applications due?

    A. Applications are due by February 1, 2019 (they may be submitted before the due date).  Please use the provided checklist and return envelope to gather all of the parts of the application.  The envelope may then be mailed to the address below, dropped off at Berkeley’s Admissions Office, or returned to the school representative who gave you this application.
  • How should I fill out the application?

    A. There are four parts to the application:
    • You must complete the student portion, called the Student Section, of the application by yourself.  It must be your own work.  The application should be handwritten in pen, not pencil.  You will be asked to write an essay, complete some short answer questions and express yourself in a creative way.
    • You will need two teacher recommendations.  These recommendations can be provided by your fifth OR sixth grade math, English, science or social studies teachers.
    • You will need to submit the Counselor/Administrator Form to your middle school counselor or administrator, after you have it signed by your parent or guardian.
    • You will need to ask your parent or guardian to complete the Parent/Guardian Statement.

BERKELEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL

4811 Kelly Road
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 885-1673

Berkeley puts people in the world who make a positive difference.

Berkeley Preparatory School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory, Episcopal-affiliated day school for children in grades Pre-K – 12. Dedicated to academic excellence, character development, the arts and athletics, Berkeley’s curriculum is designed to support the talent and ambition of each student. Guided by the vision statement “Berkeley puts people in the world who make a positive difference,” Berkeley strives to instill a strong sense of morality, ethics and social responsibility in its students.