Aug 11 Tampa Catholic began classes for the 2016-2017 school year with an eye-popping enrollment of 762 students. This is the highest number of students for the school in many years and slightly more than the 740 students that school leadership had determined to be full enrollment for the year. “For the first time in recent history, we have added names to a waiting list,” said TC principal Bob Lees. “After seeing three years of significant increase in enrollment, The Tampa Catholic Leadership Team looked at each grade level, the courses offered and faculty staffing requirements to determine solid overall enrollment. Our goal in this process was optimizing the educational experience of our students and we are thrilled with the results.” According to a recent article in the Tampa Bay Times, the St. Petersburg Diocese has seen an enrollment growth rate of 0.3 percent since 2011 compared to a 2 percent drop in nationwide Catholic school enrollment. With the largest enrollment of the four high schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Tampa Catholic has grown from 685 students three years ago to 762 today. TC’s tuition is the lowest of all Catholic high schools in the Bay Area and includes an iPad for each student. It’s no coincidence that enrollment has exceeded our expectations. In addition to a rigorous curriculum and robust athletic programs, virtually 100% of graduates continue on to a college or university yearly, receiving approximately $6 - $10 million in scholarship dollars. Tampa Catholic High School, Inc. is self-supporting and relies on tuition and contributions to fund its $6 million plus budget. Contributions to the tuition assistance program allow us to keep tuition the lowest in the Diocese while providing assistance to approximately 37% of our families.