At KPHS, we pride ourselves on our unique style of education. We offer core curriculum classes along with electives that are personally meaningful for our student body. We prepare them for college while also preparing them for life. Our personal approach includes an Advocacy program that allows students to choose a teacher with whom they best relate and spend personal time every day under that teacher’s guidance. During the Advocacy program each student creates their individualized plan for their future. Our teachers are trained in the best educational practices and familiar with different styles of learning so they are prepared for our unique culture.
Students must obtain four (4) credits of English, four (4) credits of Math, three (3) credits of Science, three (3) credits of Social Studies, one (1) credit of HOPE, one (1) credit of Fine Arts, and eight (8) credits of Electives within their four years of high school.
English III or AP Language and Composition
English IV or AP Literature and Composition
Pre-Calculus or Math for College Readiness
Social Studies Courses*
Music of the World
* Courses are offered on a rotating basis
KPHS provides specific accommodations based on a student’s unique needs. Our staff uses IEPs, 504s and psycho-educational evaluations to determine how those accommodations should be administered and applied in the classroom setting.
At KPHS, we offer the Florida Department of Education 24-course requirement. Within these requirements, we offer Honors credit, Advanced Placement, and Dual-Enrollment options through Hillsborough Community College and St. Pete College. We prepare students for the Bright Futures scholarship and provide credit recovery when necessary. We also have the Access Point courses in our Reussir program. In addition, we are equipped to provide additional educational options for students past the typical four years or accelerate a student to help them graduate early.
We have three tracks for our specific learners to be placed on, however we do not limit a student based on their past. We have seen many students take off like a rocket, and end up in a technical school or college when they thought it not possible, right alongside our gifted students. Students begin to realize the power of their dedication. We believe the only limits our students have are the ones they put on themselves. We don’t limit them, so be careful as parents you don’t either. Track 3 or the Honors Track is by staff recommendation only, and is not only based on grades.
- TRACK 1: Standard Track – This student feels the world must be explored but wants to do so without exertion or stress of any kind. They are happy to get their high school degree but interested in the minimal requirements. Many people think this is a bad thing but what would we do without these wonderful people who help us in everyday life? These students will go on to be successful blue collar workers getting jobs in manual labor areas such as: cashiers, child care workers, clerks, construction, custodians, factory workers, food service, grocery, housekeeping, industry, maintenance, operators, park services, retail, sanitation, transportation, and warehousing. They often work for others in businesses to make the world a better place.
- TRACK 2: Technical Track – This student wants to advance beyond just a High School Diploma, earning a skilled or technical educational level. They want to go above and beyond the basic high school requirements. They desire to be in a specific labor force, where some extra study is needed to hold jobs past the high school minimal wage level. These students exert energy and positive effort to be their best and achieve their specific dreams in a variety of fields. They often become skilled contributors as carpenters, chefs, cosmetologists, craftsmen, dental assistants, drafters, electricians, fire fighters, masons, nursing assistants, paralegals, paramedics, police officers, plumbers, soldiers, etc. after completing a technical specialized program or two-year college program. These workers are the bread and butter of life to keep it all running. They are the support staff in every occupation.
- TRACK 3: Honors Track – This student is the highest level learner, seeking personal advancement in an advanced college prep program. These students want to be independent and seek a lifestyle of personal choices other levels may not financially provide. Students on the college prep path become leaders while yet in high school, after their sophomore and junior year. They see the world through different eyes. They stop complaining and begin to see themselves as how they relate to the world not how the world relates to me. They strive to do their best in all aspects of life, whether in the more intense studying demands or their athletic competitions. They begin to think and act like the adults they are becoming during high school. They leave being silly, playing games, and complaining about teachers in middle school. They try to learn from everyone they meet. They grow more personally and evaluate others less. They have a sense of the world around them culturally and they are inquisitive. They drop giving unqualified opinions and grasp research to prove their ideas instead. They demonstrate maturity in their thinking and take personal responsibility. They are kind and helpful to other students who struggle more in their classes. They seek to use their wisdom to benefit others in some way. These students become accountants, administrators, astronauts, attorneys, biologists, chief operating officers, doctors, educators, engineers, geologists, scientists, school administrators and many more professional fields. This TRACK is an EARNED track after review by administrators and teachers based on academic and leadership skills. To be considered a part of this honors track, one must demonstrate ability and commitment through personal effort beyond just grade averages in several areas such as: academics, entrepreneurism, leadership, and service to others. Students who remain on this level rarely have behavior issues.
Keystone Prep High School has partnered with Florida Virtual School to increase the electives we can offer for our students.Our new model is a Blended Learning Community which incorporates the best of FLVS and the classroom setting. An FLVS Coordinator is in direct contact with our KPHS facilitator to properly monitor the progress of our students. In addition, all the FLVS teachers provide a weekly report regarding each student’s progress. This program allows our students to have additional support and reinforcements in their independent learning environment.
For more information about electives or credit recovery.
The Réussir Program is Keystone Prep High School’s “school within a school.” Réussir is a French word meaning “to succeed,” and that is exactly why the program exists. For students struggling in a traditional classroom, even with accommodations and interventions, the Réussir Program would be a great choice for them. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to succeed through a modified high school program, with life skills development, career readiness, and transitioning skills. In the small class with a 1:6 ratio, the students receive very individualized attention, crafted to meet their specific needs and goals. Students who participate in the Réussir Program get the unique opportunity of having a real high school experience while receiving the specific training they need to become a contributing, successful member of society. The cost of this program is higher than the standard school enrollment due to the ratio.
College Entrance Exams are an important step in applying to a college or university. Also, a score is needed in order to Dual Enroll during the Junior or Senior year. Please use these links to register for these important tests.
If your student requires accommodations for testing, please contact KPHS to inquire about the process to obtain that need.
When the need arises that a KPHS student requires additional support, our teachers are our first line of defense. Always eager to help further explain their lessons, our teaching staff has dedicated time each day when they can be accessed by a student in need. KPHS has a list of tutors that may be accessed privately either after school or on weekends. In addition, KPHS works closely with Hillsborough County Public Schools to serve those students who may receive either Title I tutoring or support services through the Parentally Placed Private School Students (PPPSS) program. We also provide specially skilled tutors in our 8th hour. Parents can request these services at a cost.