A coed, independent, Episcopal day school in Tampa, Florida, educating students in pre-k through twelfth grade

Headmaster’s Welcome

It is my honor to welcome you to the online version of our outstanding school community. What you will see as you explore our deep and comprehensive website are glimpses of the brilliance that Berkeley Preparatory School offers daily to the students and families with whom we work, and a suggestion of the stellar professional community that we have collectively formed. You will see testament, in words, pictures, and videos, to our rich and broad program, our rigor and community engagement, our passion and commitment, optimism and positive energy, respect, kindness, and desire for excellence. You will see on display copious evidence that our core values—Discipline, Diligence, and Integrity—ring as true throughout our school culture today as they did when the school was founded in 1960. And you will see that we are all most proud of the fact that we really do put people in the world who make a positive difference. Guided by our mission statement, Berkeley is driven to provide the best possible environment for the children in our care; that, too, will be clear as you explore our site.


Of course, this is just a website, and as thorough as it might be, it is not the same as being here. I certainly hope that you will be intrigued and excited by what you see, and that as a result you will come visit us; we look forward to the opportunity to host you here for a tour and some rich conversation. Welcome to Berkeley!


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Joseph W. Seivold


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Learn More About Headmaster Joseph W. Seivold


head of school sitting on bench, private school, tampa flaJoseph W. Seivold joined Berkeley Preparatory School as its sixth Headmaster in 2011. He oversees a thriving, 86-acre campus that is home to students in pre-k through twelfth grade and approximately 300 faculty and staff. Under his leadership, Berkeley has grown into a nationally regarded, top-tier independent day school. Guided by an ambitious school Master Plan aimed to enhance the campus infrastructure and grow the endowment, Mr. Seivold played a key role in fundraising during two capital campaigns, securing $65 million in the Above & Beyond campaign and nearly $30 million during the Berkeley Now, Berkeley Forever effort. He has also helped launch and implement innovative programs and services like the Berkeley Academy, Berkeley’s Center for Advanced Experiential Learning, the Berkeley Food Pantry, the Leadership Academy at Berkeley, and various age-appropriate, STEM-based learning programs.


In addition to leading Berkeley, Mr. Seivold serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of Independent Schools and teaches in FCIS’s Prospective Heads Institute. He is also on the advisory board of Theorem Media LLC and the Board of Directors of the Temagami Regional Economic Development Corp. Mr. Seivold graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in history and holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. While at UNC, Mr. Seivold was an Academic All-American and a four-time All-American lacrosse player, and in October of 2021 he was inducted into the USA Lacrosse National Hall of Fame.