The Diocese of St. Petersburg operates 48 Catholic schools and early childhood centers in the Tampa Bay region, with a total enrollment of more than 12,000 students. Nineteen of those schools are in Hillsborough County.
That makes Catholic schools the area’s second-largest network of schools next to the public system, but they welcome students of all faiths.
“The mission of Catholic Schools and Centers is to provide a faith-filled community where students can grow spiritually, academically, and socially. They reflect the richness, diversity and strength of our Catholic church,” the diocese states on its website.
The diocese also notes that its schools are accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference. And it highlights the student/teacher ratio of Catholic schools, which is 14:1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Many Catholic schools participate in state school voucher programs like the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships for families that qualify financially. In addition, they accept McKay and Gardiner scholarships, which are state programs for students with special needs. Information on financial aid is available at dosp.org/schools.
Over the next three months, many of these schools will begin offering tours and open houses on their websites in preparation for 2020–21. Here is a list of Catholic schools in Hillsborough:
Academy of the Holy Names Elementary School
3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa; preK–8, coed; holynamestpa.org; (813) 839–5371
Academy of the Holy Names High School
3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa; 9-12, girls; holynamestpa.org; (813) 839–5371
Christ the King Catholic School
3809 Morrison Ave., Tampa; EC4–8; cks–school.org; (813) 876–8770
Corpus Christi Catholic School
9715 N 56th St., Temple Terrace; K–8; cccstt.org; (813) 988–1722
Cristo Rey Tampa
6400 E Chelsea St., Tampa; 9-12; cristoreytampa.org; (813) 621–8300
Incarnation Catholic School
5111 Webb Road, Tampa; K4–8; icstampa.org; (813) 884–4502
Jesuit High School
4701 N Himes Ave., Tampa; 9–12, boys; jesuittampa.org; (813) 877–5344
Morning Star Catholic School
210 E Linebaugh Ave., Tampa: special education; morningstartampa.org; (813) 935-0232
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School
17534 Lakeshore Road, Lutz; K–8; motherteresacatholicschool.org; (813) 933–4750
Nativity Catholic School
705 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon; EC3/4–8; nativitycatholicschool.org; (813) 689–3395
Resurrection Early Childhood Center
6819 Krycul Ave., Riverview; ages 2-4; (813) 672-0077
St. Joseph Catholic School
2200 N Gomez Ave., Tampa; EC3/4–8; sjstampa.org; (813) 879–7720
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St. Lawrence Catholic School
5223 N Himes Ave., Tampa; EC3/4–8; stlawrencecatholicschool.org; (813) 879–5090
St. Paul Catholic Preschool
12708 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; ages 2-4; stpaulchurch.com/preschool/welcome; (813) 264-3314
St. Peter Claver Catholic School
1401 Governor St., Tampa; EC3/4–8; stpeterclavercatholicschool.org; (813) 224–0865
St. Stephen Catholic School
10424 Saint Stephen Circle, Riverview; EC4–8; ststephencatholic.org; (813) 741–9203
St. Timothy Early Childhood Center
17512 Lakeshore Road, Lutz; ages 2-4; (813) 960-4857.
Tampa Catholic High School
4630 N Rome Ave., Tampa; 9–12, co–ed; tampacatholic.org; (813) 870–0860
Villa Madonna Catholic School
315 W Columbus Drive, Tampa; preK–8; villamadonnaschool.com; (813) 229–1322