Berkeley Preparatory School
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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.
Berkeley Preparatory School
4811 Kelly Rd
Tampa, FL 33615
CEO/President: Joseph W. Seivold
Chairman: Scott Fink
Board size: 26
Founder: Edgar T. McCleary
Year founded: 2011
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: No
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Berkeley is nationally recognized as an independent school leader with an innovative curriculum that inspires intellectual curiosity, empathy, resilience, and wonder in our students. We attract, develop, and retain the most skilled, committed, diverse, and innovative educators and staff from around the world. And we encourage a strong sense of social responsibility in our school community to serve others. In short, Berkeley puts people in the world who make a positive difference.
To establish and maintain a school dedicated to providing the best possible environment within which to nurture the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development of each student; to aid students attending the school to achieve academic excellence in preparation for higher education, and to instill in them a strong sense of morality, ethics and social responsibility so that they may eventually attain their highest potential as human beings; to offer a challenging and demanding curriculum which will stress the importance of religious values and will provide comprehensive programs in the sciences, arts and athletics; and to promote the moral and spiritual values of the Christian tradition as professed by the Episcopal Church.
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Berkeley was established in 1960 by Tampa Bay-area families who wished to begin an independent co-educational day school as an alternative to the boarding experience. They were convinced that an independent day school could best combine the elements considered essential to a complete education: an academic institution consisting of fine facilities, superior faculty and sound program, capable, motivated students, and supportive families.
Edgar T. McCleary, founding Headmaster of Berkeley (1960-1978), came to Tampa from Asheville School in North Carolina and modeled Berkeley on the concept of a New England boarding school. He and the Board of Trustees were committed to our mission statement of "providing the best possible environment to nurture the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development of each student and to instill in them a strong sense of morality, ethics and social responsibility so that they might attain their highest potential as human beings."
Classes began in 1961 at St. Andrew's Parish House with 140 students in grades seven through 12. Shortly thereafter, Berkeley moved to a site on Davis Islands, where it remained until 1979. The Lower Division was established in 1967 and was housed at St. Andrew's Parish House. In 1979, a new campus was built on Kelly Road for the Middle Division and Upper Division as a result of a $2 million capital campaign. By 1983, another $840,000 was raised to add the Lower Division facilities and unite the school on one campus in 1984.
In July 2011, the school welcomed Joseph W. Seivold as the sixth Headmaster of Berkeley. In October 2018, Berkeley announced it had achieved a milestone fundraising total of $65 million as part of Above & Beyond: The Campaign for Berkeley Preparatory School. The campaign helped fund campus-wide transformation and growth under the guidance of the Board approved Master Plan. In 2021, the school announced the Berkeley Now, Berkeley Forever campaign with a goal of $22 million. The 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.
Today, Berkeley is home to an 86-acre campus with approximately 1,400 students in grades Pre-K through 12. The 2021-22 school year marks the 60th Anniversary of the school.