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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Magnet School?
A magnet school is a public elementary, middle, or high school whose curricula are theme-based and technology-rich. Magnet school teachers are specially trained not only in theme integration but also in innovative and rigorous academic instructional methods. Magnet schools offer students opportunities to discover, explore, and refine their talents and interests while focusing on excellence in academics. Magnet schools support the district’s mission to provide all students the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their highest potential.

Is your entire school magnet? Or is it a school within a school?
100% of our student population is magnet. There is no “assigned attendance area” portion of Boys Preparatory Academy. All Hillsborough County male students are welcome to apply to our magnet school.

What is Boys Preparatory Academy’s theme?
Our theme is College Preparatory.  We deliver our theme in a single gender environment.

What is a ‘College Prep” theme?
The Boys Preparatory Academy offers a college preparatory culture in a single gender environment. ~Students work in a technology rich learning environment where teachers guide instruction with Smartboards in every classroom and where students use iPads to participate in a rigorous curriculum. ~The focus on academic excellence promotes achievement, pre-AP readiness, professionalism, self-confidence and motivation in a stimulating atmosphere that prepares young women for success and allows them to grow as leaders while developing a positive self-image. ~After school, students have the opportunity to extend their learning and expand their horizons through Enrichment Academies.

What grade level configuration is at Boys Preparatory Academy?
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

What are the school hours?
School operates from 7:30 AM -2:55 PM Tuesday through Friday. Students are released at 1:55 PM each Monday.

Do students wear uniforms?
Boys Preparatory Academy has a mandatory uniform policy (see the policies and procedures tab for more information).  Students wear a blue Oxford, collared, button-down shirt, khaki bottoms, a grade level tie, white socks, and solid dark shoes.  On Fridays, students may opt to wear a school spirit shirt with their khakis.

Where is your school located?
Boys Preparatory Academy is located at 3915 E. 21st Avenue. A map can be accessed on our School Information page.

Do you provide transportation?
All Boys Preparatory Academy students who live 2 or more miles from school are provided with transportation.  Magnet students use a hub system.  A neighborhood bus will pick students up in the morning and take them to one of four hubs in the county.  At the hub, supervised students will transfer to the bus that takes them to school.  The process reverses when students go home. Magnet bus routes are subject to change from school year to school year.

What high school credits do you offer?
Currently, Boys Preparatory Academy students could potentially graduate with Geometry, Algebra I, IPS (Physical Science), Spanish I, and a Computing for College and Career high school credits.

What languages do you offer?
We offer Spanish.

Do you have a gifted program?
Yes. Just like most Hillsborough County Middle Schools, gifted students are placed in the highest level class offered at the school for Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  In 6th grade we offer an accelerated math class where students receive both 6th and 7th grade math content.  This then prepares students for the high school credit classes of Algebra I in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th grade.  Unlike many other schools, Boys Preparatory Academy offers these with a face-to-face instructor as opposed to taking these courses virtually as some site offer.

What elective classes do you offer?
Students can choose from Spanish, Art, AVID, Band, Computer and Business Classes, Public Service and Law Studies, and Yearbook.

Do 6th graders get to choose their electives?
For the first semester, 6th grade students participate in a SEL (social emotional learning) design with the opportunity to focus on as well as be introduced to each of the electives that Boys Preparatory Academy offers.  Before Winter Break, students will be given a choice selection sheet to sign up for the elective they want for the second semester.

Do you have sports?
At Boys Preparatory Academy, we offer the following extramural sports: basketball, volleyball, track, soccer, and flag football.

In our After-School Enrichment program, other sports programs may be offered.  Previously we have offered baseball, soccer, flag football, tennis, and golf.

What is the After-School Enrichment Program?
Just like other schools have clubs after-school, Boys Preparatory Academy offers free enrichment opportunities Tuesdays- Fridays from 3:00- 4:30 PM.  Students can sign up for the enrichments they want.  Enrichments include Academic Tutorials, Strategic Games, Model United Nations, the Arts and many more based upon student interest.

When do students eat lunch?
Our current lunch times are between 9:35 AM and 12:11 PM Mondays and Fridays, and 10:32 AM and 12:52 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays.  

Do you offer an After-School HOST program?
Yes. HOST runs from 2:55 PM-6:00 PM. The cost for HOST is $5 a week for Mondays Only and $27 a week for Mondays-Fridays.

How do I apply?
The Choice and Magnet School Application Period opens at noon on April 4, 2017 and closes at midnight on April 14, 2017.  Students who are currently in Hillsborough County Public Schools can apply online at

Students new to Hillsborough County Public Schools need to download and submit a paper application.

How and when do I find out if I get an offer?
Typically, notification is sent by US Mail in mid-February. If an offer is extended to your child, a response to reserve your seat is required by the deadline date listed on the notification letter.

How can I accept or decline my magnet offer?
You can accept or decline by returning the letter you receive via U.S. Mail or by responding online.

Do I have to confirm my magnet offer?
Yes. Failure to accept the offer will result in losing the seat offered.

What if I have questions about the lottery process or need assistance?
Call the Choice and Magnet Information Line at 813 272-4692.

How can I sign up for a tour?
Call or email the Magnet Lead Teacher, Kathy Wasserman, at or 813-744-8108 ext. 266 to schedule a tour.