The Shine’s On Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg

Posted On 10/31/2016 by St. Pete Chamber

Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg is a rigorous private middle school for students qualifying for need-based scholarships in St. Petersburg, Florida. Academy Prep students attend school 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, 11 months a year. Academic classes are taught separately by gender.

Their mission is to inspire and empower students qualifying for need-based scholarships to become future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support. Academy Prep of St. Petersburg is approaching their 20th anniversary.

The vision of Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg is to be a Beacon of Excellence by guiding all students to: achieve academic excellence from middle school through college; foster personal integrity and commit to a lifelong service to their communities.

In Tampa Bay, many remarkable young people dream of a real opportunity for success and fulfillment. These children are talented, creative, and have the will to transform their lives – lives that will in turn transform our community. However, these kids live in some of the more impoverished areas of St. Petersburg. Most live in single-parent households and know few people who have graduated from college. Many of their families live day to day struggling to make ends meet. These tenacious youngsters live among us – just down the road.

Academy Prep is transforming lives in the community, one child at a time. Most Academy Prep graduates enter high school at least two years ahead of grade level in reading and math. Academy Prep graduates attend some of the most prestigious high schools in the area and in the country, including Chatham Hall School, St. Andrew’s School, Florida Air Academy, and Admiral Farragut Academy. Academy Prep has a 97% high school graduation rate in an area where less than half of adults hold a high school diploma. 71% of their graduates go on to college and 7% join the armed forces.