Overview

  • PRINCIPAL/ADMINISTRATOR: Barbara Fillhart

    Phone: (813) 272-3020
    Fax: (813) 272-3027

    Student Hours: 9:35 AM to 4:30 PM

    Uniforms: Mandatory Uniforms

    Before School Program: Yes
    After School Program: No

Tuition-Free Application-Only Program

  • South Tampa Academy at Monroe Middle Magnet is an exciting new middle school option aiming to develop active learners and internationally minded students. Launching with Sixth Grade in the Fall of 2020, students will be guided by the International Baccalaureate IB World School Philosophy. This rigorous academic program empowers students to pursue lives of purpose and meaning, while striving to be open-minded, principled thinkers. Students throughout South Tampa Academy can also pursue unique Electives like our Robotics, Computer Modeling & Simulation Program, the first of its kind in Hillsborough Schools. Our rigorous Scholar Quest high school credit courses challenge our students in a range of subjects. Classmates connect through our many sports teams and clubs, such as LEGO Mindstorms, EV3 Robotics and STEM Guitar Building. Our Sixth Grade Structure creates a supportive transition into middle school, starting with Fifth Grade STEAM Day, where students experience a day in the life of a sixth grader and feel at home in their new learning environment.

    Learn more about this exciting new middle school opportunity on our Frequently Asked Questions page . To apply to South Tampa Academy, families must fill out a School Choice Application. Applicants will be selected by random drawing based on available space in this new program. The IB program is planned to expand to add 7th Grade in 2021-22 and 8th Grade in 2022-23.

School History

  • In 1957, James Monroe Junior High School was opened in South Tampa to serve the students in the area surrounding and including MacDill Air Force Base.

    "Monroe was named after James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States, who was in office from March 4, 1817 to March 4, 1825. James Monroe served as president during a time when the United States was focused on domestic affairs. He helped the United States settle many boundary issues, including acquiring Florida in February of 1819. While president, five new states were admitted to the union: Mississippi, Illinois, Alabama, Maine, and Missouri.

    Monroe was the first junior high in the district to convert to a middle school in 1991, and has undergone major renovations and improvements in 1994 and 2012.

    During the 1990's, the middle school established a Junior ROTC program, and at that time Monroe was the only school in Florida with this program. Into the 2010's, Monroe started to shift focus towards technology and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs to help prepare students for their futures in a fast-paced world."