"I believe Tampa Catholic is the right school for me because it will help shape who I am in the future. I want to take honors classes and AP classes at this school. I would also like to participate in sports. I believe I will grow in faith at Tampa Catholic and become closer to God. It will give me the full high school experience and let me accomplish my goals." (Applicant - Class 2024)
Tampa Catholic High School is a co-educational school of the Diocese of St. Petersburg dedicated to providing our students with "Veritas et Caritas" (truth and charity) through educational excellence in a Christ centered environment. Our more than 700 students come from all areas of neighboring counties and represent both Catholic and non-Catholic families. For 60 years, TC has built upon our traditions of Faith, Excellence and Family. Our commitment to excellence is also reflected in our continuing efforts to improve our facilities and our technology infrastructure.
Step 1: Complete An Application
Please save your log-in information, as you will use this throughout the application process.
The required documents include:
The Principal, Math teacher, and English teacher evaluation forms (parent digitally requests these after applying in the admissions portal.) TC will receive the evaluation as soon as it is completed online. Parents can track the status, and re-request if necessary, in the application portal. Additional recommendation letters are not accepted.
6th-8th Grade academic history (report cards, standardized testing, discipline records.) Your child's current school will send these to TC after you print, sign, and submit the TC Records Release Form to the school. After submitting an application for an admission, the Records Release Form is emailed to you and is also available in your admission portal to print.
Support plan documents, if applicable (IEP/504/SSP,) uploaded to in the admissions portal or provided directly to Tampa Catholic.
Student Support Information: Students who have documented special needs must provide the complete results of a psychological-educational evaluation. Information is confidential.
Step 3: Take the HSPT Admission/Entrance Test (Incoming Freshman only)
HSPT AT TC: Saturday, December 10th, 2022 and
Saturday, January 21st, 2023.
Registration for TC's HSPT is fulfilled when completing an admissions application. On the application you will select a test date and this serves as registration for the test.
Results of the HSPT are only sent with the Admission Status Notification if your student took the test at TC. HSPT results are not provided to parents/guardians before this time.
The test is ~3.5 hours long, including short breaks, and students must arrive on TC's campus between 7:30 and 7:45am. Most students are dismissed between 11:15am and 12 Noon. Additional information will be emailed closer to your student's selected test date.
If your student requires additional time for standardized tests, submit their IEP/504/SSP indicating this at least 3 weeks prior to their scheduled TC HSPT test date. As long as this is submitted, they will receive additional time on the test day.
Preparation is suggested but not required. HSPT test prep books are available or you can Google HSPT prep or study guides. We advise getting familiar with the format, timing, and pace of the test.
The HSPT admissions test may only be taken once.
HSPT scores may be shared with other schools using the same test, at parent's request. All Catholic high schools in the area use the same test.
If you are unsure of what test date you registered your student for, log in to your admissions portal. On the right-side column click “Step 1” to view your application. Scroll down to view the “Entrance Exam Date” you selected. To change the test date, please contact the admissions office.
STEP 4: ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE REVIEW
The Admissions Committee reviews an applicant's academic history, three evaluation forms, HSPT results, support plan (if applicable) and makes the final decision on admission to Tampa Catholic.
STEP 5: NOTICE OF ADMISSION STATUS - IT'S GREAT TO BE A CRUSADER!
The Admissions Department will send notification of admission status via email after the Admissions Committee review. Notification is typically provided in the beginning of February.
Scholarship OPPORTUNITIES -
Pope Francis Merit Scholarship Opportunity - The Tampa Catholic High School Pope Francis Merit Scholar Award is designed to attract and retain students entering 9th grade whose scores on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) are in the top 20% nationwide and who demonstrate exceptional scholastic ability. Tampa Catholic High School will provide Pope Francis Merit Scholarship recipients with an annual award for each of their four years at Tampa Catholic. Pope Francis Merit Scholar awards are separate from and, in some cases, supplementary to need-based financial aid awards offered by the Diocese of St. Petersburg and Tampa Catholic High School. These awards are offered at varying levels. If the scholarship is rescinded for any reason, it cannot be renewed in a subsequent year.
- To renew the award each year, a Pope Francis Merit Scholar must achieve the following:
- Maintain a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5
- Be enrolled in Honors, Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses in English, Math, Science and Social Studies
- Complete all required community service by the designated dates
- Remain free of serious disciplinary referral
Elsa Zarate Memorial Scholarship Program - The Zarate family established the Elsa Zarate Memorial Scholarship Program in 2007 to honor the memory of their mother. The program is designed to provide needed financial assistance to those families whose child wishes to pursue a Catholic education at Tampa Catholic High School. Awards (if any) are competitive within the eligibility criteria of this scholarship program. The program is focused on assisting qualified applicants who are well rounded students, who show the importance of giving back to the community and fully participate in the mission of a Catholic education. All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply. Download the Elsa Zarate Memorial Scholarship program brochure.
Application deadline April 1.
Other financial aid opportunities and scholarships are explained on the "Tuition/Finance" page of this website. Click here to view current tuition information, assistance options, and to access contact information for Tampa Catholic's Finance office.
Share with your Neighbors, Friends & Co-Workers!!
Each year, Tampa Catholic hosts an evening for prospective students and their families to tour the campus and learn about Tampa Catholic’s academic and student life.
This event is designed for students presently in Grades 7 or 8 and their families. After a brief introduction, visitors are separated into smaller groups for a tour of the campus. Guided by students, each group will learn about academic departments, extracurricular activities and student life. Current students speak at these tour stops, giving visitors an image of the school from a student’s perspective.
To assist in planning for this event, we ask you to register prior to attending. For additional information please contact the Admissions Office at 813.870.0860.
Crusader For A Day - 8th Grade Shadow Program
8th grade students have the opportunity to become a Tampa Catholic High School student at Crusader For A Day. Led by a team of Student Ambassadors, prospective students participate in academic activities, learn about extracurricular opportunities and student life.
This program is a valuable instrument to help students identify important questions that arise when making their high school selection. This program also serves to encourage students to excel during their eighth grade year as it plays a significant role in their high school course selections.
CFAD will be held on Thursdays from 7:45am-11:45am: November 10th,
November 17th, 2022 and January 19th, 2023.
The final Crusader for a Day on January 19, 2023 has reached registration capacity. Please email the admissions office to be added to a waitlist for this event. Additional shadow days are not available.