"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 - 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 more than 50 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.
You can see the campus for yourself and learn more about Tampa Catholic by calling the Admissions Department (ext. 121) and scheduling a personal tour.
Step 1: Complete An Application
Please save your log-in information, as you will use this throughout the application process.
Step 2: Take the HSPT Admission/Entrance Test (Incoming Freshman only)
Preparation is suggested but not required; HSPT test prep books are available at local bookstores/Amazon - Google HSPT prep or study guides
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
Results of the HSPT are sent with the Admission Status Notification if your student took test at TC
The required documents include:
The records release (to allow a school to share information with TC)
The Principal, Math and English evaluation forms (parent gives these to the school). The school will send these back to TC
6th-8th Grade academic history (report card, transcript). Your children's current school will send these to TC
Standardized test scores (your children's current school will send these to TC)
Support plan documents, if applicable (IEP/504)
Student Support Information: Students who have documented special needs must provide the complete results of a psychological-educational evaluation. Specific information from our Student Support Team will be provided. Please fax or email the information to the Admissions Office. Information is confidential.
Step 4: Admissions Committee review
The Admissions Committee reviews an applicant's HSPT results, academic history, standardized test scores, Principal, Math, English Evaluation forms, 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!
- Admissions Department will send notification of admission status via email after the Admissions Committee review.
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 1-2 % 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.
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 / If the scholarship is rescinded for any reason, it cannot be renewed in a subsequent year.
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.
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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 year’s Open House, will take place on Thursday, November 4th, 4:30 pm or 6:30 pm (two sessions-same date).
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, thus 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.
Great Ways to Experience Tampa Catholic
Crusader For A Day - 8th Grade Shadow Program
8th grade students have the opportunity to become a Tampa Catholic High School student - Lead 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: October 7th, October 14th, October 21st, November 18th and January 20th.
Open House will be held on Thursday, November 4th