18105 Gunn Highway
Odessa, FL 33556
Phone: 813 264 4500
Fax: 813 963 0675

About KPHS

Mission

To offer a different approach to high school, where students with unique learning styles thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Message from Head of School

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On behalf of our entire community, welcome to Keystone Prep High School. Keystone Prep is an EXTRAORDINARY PLACE, dedicated to serving young adults who think and learn differently. We are a regular college prep high school that specializes in helping students who need specific accommodations and supports, to achieve their best educational success. We are in northwest Tampa Bay, in the heart of Hillsborough County. Our students come to us from many areas and cities: Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Land O’ Lakes, Lutz, New Port Richey, Odessa, South Tampa, Trinity, St. Petersburg, Wesley Chapel, and Westchase. Some schools may think our students challenging or they seem unable to really provide the in-depth services we offer. Those schools may overlook when students isolate or withdraw, an act that can easily lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness or school failure when feeling insecure. Other teachers may not see a student as bright due to their learning challenges. The entire staff at Keystone Prep High School are dedicated to teaching students who may see themselves as less than or “different.” Being different at KPHS is what we are all about. We want our students to be themselves but the best and brightest version they can be.

We encourage our students to explore their uniqueness and do not expect or want them to be cookie-cutter students who act and think alike. Many parents tell us before attending KPHS, their child was often very frustrated and misunderstood at other schools. Their learning success was limited … but not so at KPHS. We do not allow our students to be overlooked.

We maintain a student-teacher classroom ratio of eight students to one teacher. We hire top-quality educators, many with Master’s Degrees, who have previously worked with creative learners. They embody and model compassion, empathy, kindness, and patience with students. They are chosen for their relational expertise and their ability to find the best in each student. The staff looks deeply into the heart of every student and encourages their individuality, while guiding them as they explore their personal passions. This professional team works diligently to create Individualized Learning Plans that foster each student’s personal success. Average students who prefer smaller classes and more individualized learning supports attend KPHS. Gifted students attend who want to focus more on their passions. Many students getting lost in the sea of numbers at bigger schools or who off track due to wrong peer influences, thrive here. While students at KPHS do not require an official diagnosis to attend, our staff hold mental health certifications and are frequently ESE certified or hold a Mast Degree in Special Education, in addition to their different subject area qualifications. We have ESE Accommodation Specialists on staff too, who review all the learning quotients. We are the best place for students who need supports for Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Executive Functioning Deficits, Inconsistent or Low Achievement or Motivation, Low Self-Esteem, Mild Learning Disabilities, Receptive Language Delays, Social Anxieties, and others.

KPHS is uniquely qualified to serve specific types of learners, some who do not thrive in traditional educational settings. We work with young people whose educational ability ranges from that of average intelligence to the extremely gifted, to help students find purpose and direction in school and after graduation. The blend of the typical student learner not doing their optimum in big schools, and the diagnosed student learner needing accommodations, creates a school where everyone is accepted and valued. KPHS desires to be one of the finest high schools in the nation serving students who often get lost in other schools. Partner with us to make your child all that he or she can be at Keystone Prep High School. Welcome aboard!

 

 Mrs. Petrillo – Head of School

Keystone Prep High School
18105 Gunn Highway
Odessa, Florida 33556
(813) 264-4500

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