Temple College Preparatory School's

Temple College Preparatory

Private School at The Memorial Education Center

Preparing Todays Student For College and Life

Temple College Preparatory School's

About Temple College Preparatory School

What Is Temple College Preparatory

The Temple College Preparatory (TCP) was established in 2008 and is a Florida Department of Education approved private school for children ages Kindergarten through 12th grade. Preparing students for college, professional career and life is the focal point of our school’s. The school is conveniently located near Interstate 95 and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

TCP accepts the Step Up For Students Florida Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship, Family Empowerment Scholarships for annual student tuition and fees. Currently TPC does not require parents or guardians to make any additional payments beyond what the state scholarship awards for each student. State scholarships awards approximately $7500 for student.


  • Create interactive mentoring opportunities for high school students and local professionals.
  • Improve graduation percentage rates of students in Duval County.
  • Change the educational learning environment for students and the surrounding community.
  • Provide STEAM courses that will enhance students’ knowledge of the world.
  • Enhance the health, safety and welfare of students and the community.
  • Provide college educational opportunities for high school students while they are still in school.
  • Establish dual enrollment relationships with local colleges.


  • Use state established standards and innovative pedagogy (teaching methods) to benchmark “Best Practices” in teaching.
  • Provide degreed teachers, enhanced teaching tools and supports services as it relates to student needs increasing their opportunity for growth and development.
  • Incorporate guest speakers, teaching workshops and special training for staff development introducing modal (diverse) methods into various learning environments.
  • Coordinate with local, governmental agencies, and other stakeholders in providing health and welfare services for guardians and students.
  • Provide in school Title I/ ESE IDEA daily tutoring services, after school parent workshops, GED, and computer technology classes for adult learners.
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Dr. James E. Parris, Jr., RA, CGC, AIA, NCARB

TCP Founder, Principal & STEAM Technology Director

Dr. James E. Parris, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Architecture. He has a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, a Master of Design in Architecture, a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Parris worked as an Architect for one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in northeast Florida. During his time at this company, he acquired knowledge in large scale commercial, industrial, retail and institutional projects. Dr. Parris then proceeded to work for a fortune 500 Design/Build construction company. At this company Dr. Parris held the title of project architect, project coordinator, project principal and construction project manager.

In 1997, after many years with the fortune 500 company, Dr. Parris founded his own firmcalled The Parris Company. Today his firm provides architectural, engineering, planning, cost estimating, general contracting, construction management and design build services. Dr. Parris has an NCARB national architectural registration that is valid in 48 states. Dr. Parris is also a state certified general contractor.

Notable TPC projects include the Jacksonville Main Library, the Duval County Courthouse, Jacksonville Aviation Authority Administration Building, Jacksonville Coliseum and Baseball Park, and Jacksonville Alltel Stadium Upgrades for Super Bowl XXXIX. Mr. Parris personal notable projects include project manager for the Jacksonville National Football League Stadium, Volusia County Courthouse Facility (Design Award), Ft. Lauderdale New River Middle School (design Award) and The Care Center Assisted Living Facility (Community Design Award).

Temple College Preparatory School

Dr. Parris founded Temple College Preparatory School, in order to help students succeed academically and professionally. He has used his leadership development skills over the years to help staff, teachers, and students achieve their goals. Dr. Parris designed and constructed the Temple College Preparatory School building. The building is named after his father Bishop James E. Parris, Sr. His roles as Director and Philanthropist of TCP School includes developing the school’s education standards, interview and hire teachers and staff, management TPC policies, implement office procedures, enforce Code of Ethics Policies, develop the school’s curriculum, and establish and manage the school’s annual budget.

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Mary E. Parris

Assistant Principal

  • Bachelor’s Degree, University of North Florida Education
  • High School Diploma, Douglas Anderson School of The Arts
  • Earned the Civitan Award
  • Earned the English Writing Award
  • Chaplain, Treasurer and President of the Civitan Club Experience

2004 – 2008 Educator, Baldwin Middle Senior High School

  • Create lesson plans for 6th through 8th grade.
  • Educated students in Mathematics, Science And American Sign Language 1 and 2
  • Contacted parents regularly about students’ academic performance.
  • Analyzed data to drive instruction.
  • Prepared students for state assessments.
  • Prepared IEP and help IEP meetings with all stakeholders.
  • Communicated with students, counselors, guardians, lawyers, therapists, and teachersf.

2008 – 2019 Educator, Terry Parker High School

  • Created lesson plans for 9th through 12th grade.
  • Assisted ESE students in inclusion classes with their assignments.
  • Provided after school academic support.
  • Taught Mathematics, Science, Health, American Sign Language, English, Literature.
  • Contacted parents regularly about students’ academic performance.
  • Prepared students for state assessments.
  • Prepared students for state assessments.
  • Prepared IEP and help IEP meetings with all stakeholders
  • Communicated with counselors, legal guardians, lawyers, therapists, and teachers.

2019 – Present Educator, Temple Preparatory School

  • Coordinate remote learning classes and create lesson plans for 7th through 12th grade.
  • Educate students in English, Grammar, Communication, Literature and Mathematics
  • Contact parents regularly about students’ academic performance.
  • Analyze data to drive instruction.
  • Prepare students for state assessments.
  • Communicate regularly with students, counselors, legal guardians, and teachers.
  • Prepare lunch meals and lunch menus.

TCP School Building Design Features

Temple College Preparatory was constructed in 2004 using state design standards in accordance with the Florida State building code and National Life safety code. The construction system consists of full height concrete panels with an interior steel and concrete floor system. Each classroom is separated from the corridor by full height fire rated walls.

The Temple Prep has a state approved fire alarm system and a fire sprinkler system on all floors. Night light security is provided by using automatic timers and flood lights. Other design features are as follows:

Design Features:

  • Small classrooms for personalized teaching.
  • Emergency egress window is provided in each classroom.
  • Large Bathrooms in each classroom that incorporates the latest handicap standards.
  • Contemporary Classroom Design with spacious cabinetry and storage compartments.
  • State-of-the-Art Commercial Kitchen designed to serve 300 people.
  • High Tech Security System using cameras on each floor and around the building.