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Sea Crest School

Private | K-8 | 274 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $568,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,710.

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Posted October 25, 2013

My daughter moved to Sea Crest in 5th grade and now is in 7th grade and loves it! I especially love the diversity of class offerings including band, chorus, technology, drama and art and the small class size. I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

It's very simple, really. I am an artist. I work in theater as a full-time freelancer. The arts are incredibly important to me. I also speak four languages. Languages are very important to me. This is the only school in my area that consistently and systematically offers both to all grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

This school is such a wonderful place! I am consistently impressed by the quality of instrction here. Similar, if not better than many other pricier schools in the bay area. Before coming to Sea Crest, I shopped around in SF, and was astounded to see most other similar schools, (including those with MUCH higher student/teacher ratio,) had double the tuition price. Kids at Sea Crest get a well education including Spanichm art, drama, music, PE (every day!) and technology.


Posted October 21, 2013

Sea Crest is everything you would want in a school and then some. I have 2 daughters who attend the school and we couldn't be happier with the strong academic focus coupled by a fabulous "specials" program consisting of PE, drama, music, art, technology and Spanish. This is a school where the teachers and faculty are motivated and excited to be there and you feel the positive energy the minute you step onto the campus. The teachers are allowed to be creative and innovative in their teaching approach and that translates to the students. Sea Crest has a real community feel where the children are respected for their individuality and uniqueness. Both of my daugthers love this school and are challeneged but have fun at the same time. The class sizes are small so the teachers really get to know the kids and have the freedom to tailor their teaching based on individual needs, strengths and areas for development. I could go on and on. Sea Crest is simply a fabulous school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Sea Crest is a very warm and welcoming school. When my daughter did her shadow day (in first grade), she summarized it best by stating "they make learning fun!" They have PE daily, great extras such as drama, art, music, technology, in addition to strong core subjects emphasizing experiential learning. The school is also completing a second story to house the middle school as well as a new hands on innovation lab. I am impressed with the new head of school who is no nonsense and is leading the school from good to great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2012

Sea Crest is the best decision we have EVER made for our kids. We spent some time in the public school system here on the coast but after a number of disappointments, we made the decision to enroll at Sea Crest. We have been so happy with our choice. I wish every child could have the sort of education that Sea Crest provides. Small class sizes let teachers give individual attention to EVERY student. The curriculum is challening AND enriching, with PE daily, Spanish 2x a week and Art, Music and Drama weekly. The teachers are dedicated and caring. Every day when I pick up my daughter I ask her how her school day was and her response is always the same - FUN! And it's true, at Sea Crest learning IS fun. The halls ring out with songs and laughter. They teach more than academics and enrichment. Kindness, respect and good citizenship are part of the curriculum in every grade. Sea Crest is working on building an innovation lab which is going to bring our kids even more opportunities for cutting-edge, hands-on learning. There are so many amazing things about Sea Crest! I encourage everyone who is considering the school to call and arrange a visit. You won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

My children are nearing graduation but if they were younger or if we could sell our house & buy something 'over the hill' we would leave tomorrow. The social life, sports program and music/drama classes are fantastic. These are the reasons we have stayed. Classroom instruction has ranged from strong (all those teachers have left) to mediocre/weak. SeaCrest is just a decent school similar to public schools in Burlingame or Menlo Park. It does not compare to the innovative and challenging private schools in San Francisco and on the peninsula. There is little diversity and no interest in creating a "private school with a public purpose" that we find when we visit private schools in the San Francisco. There has been far too much staff turnover. Although there are lots of smiles at SeaCrest there is always something slightly oppressive and inauthentic in the atmosphere. Maybe things will perk up with the interim head who was beloved during his first tenure 6 years ago. Hopefully the board of directors will engage a visionary leader who will inspire parents and staff. And if they get another dud they need to move quickly to replace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

What a fabulous school!! Our daughter is getting the well rounded education that we remember from our childhood. Reading, writing, arithmetic, social studies, music, drama, art, technology and Spanish and all that in first grade!! Rather than be overwhelmed, our daughter, just like her classmates are comfortable and enthusiastic about school. If you are curious about the private school option check it out! I give Sea Crest five stars and two thumbs up!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Our daughter is currently enjoying her third year at Sea Crest School. Every year has been an exceptional experience with its own unique curriculum highlights. We have been especially thrilled by the hands on learning that has taken place through creative and enriching projects. Over the past few years we have enjoyed the Annual All School Musical Production, the First Grade Farmers Market, and the Second Grade World Study in which the children fill an entire passport as they travel the world learning everything from climate to culture about the countries that surround us. The conversations we have at home with our eight year old daughter are inspirational and far beyond her years. We attribute this to the outstanding teachers and faculty at Sea Crest who have opened her eyes to the many possibilities for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

We actually took our daughter out of another fine private school when the opportunity to have her go to Sea Crest emerged. We can't say enough about the education, the dedication of the teachers, administration and the engagement of the parents. The core curriculum is outstanding. The electives including sports and especially the arts program, are really superb. As well, Sea Crest is all about helping the parents raise well rounded, confident, socially aware and responsible kids. Sea Crest's Guiding Principles are a very real part of day to day life at school. We are very pleased and blessed both of our daughters are Sea Crest kids.
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Posted May 23, 2012

Sea Crest kids benefit from a small class size of 16-17 kids and an amazing low student-teacher ratio of 10:1 on a beautiful campus in HMB. The kids benefit from art, music, drama, spanish and technology programs as well as daily PE. There is also before school care and after school care/enrichment programs. The teachers are extremely committed and caring and there is a fantastic sense of community. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Having looked at the coast side public schools and every private school from Pacifica to Woodside we were so happy to find the perfect school for us right here in our home town. My 2 boys ( in 2nd grade and K) are thriving. Its fantastic hearing them talk in spanish, learn (and LOVE) to read in a heartbeat, have the confidence to act in the musical and just feel so comfortable, safe and nurtured at school plus I use the after school care because my kids never want to come home! The school moto is Seacrest "excites curiosity, encourages creativity and critical thinking and sparks a lifelong love of learning." So true. Come see for yourself the amazing benefits of a small class size in a great school! Worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

I have two children in Sea Crest School and we love it. We just moved to the area last September and decided we would try private school for the first time. We couldn t be happier with the results. Our kids really like going to school what a relief! They are happy there because they are challenged and it is fun. The teachers are great and so are all the extras Spanish, p.e. (everyday), drama, art, music, and technology. We have been thrilled to find such a wonderful little school, with small class sizes, attentive teachers and staff, and a great group of families that feel the same way we do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

I am a huge believer that a quality education could come from anywhere. For my family Sea Crest was the perfect choice. The quality of education is unmatched and the community that is built between the teachers, students, and families is unbelievable. It is a well rounded school with small classes and a focus on a complete education, including incredible electives such as art, music, drama, and technology taught by dedicated professionals. I highly recommend this school for anyone looking for an unbelievable elementary and middle school experience for the entire family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

Every child deserves a school like Sea Crest: small classes, art, music, computer technololgy, Spanish, PE and great facilities.
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Posted December 8, 2010

Sea Crest is a great small school with big academics and personality. The parent involvement is incredible and the teachers are very engaged. The school promotes personal responsibility, respect for others and academic achievement. I personally love how the big kids help and interact with younger kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

My daughter is really enjoying Sea Crest. In addition to top notch instruction and a remarkable art program, the community is very loving and inclusive and we've been very excited to be a part of it.
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Posted December 5, 2010

Our daughter started kindergarten at Sea Crest this year, and absolutely loves it, as do we. She's very excited about the academics in school, as well as the special classes, which include Spanish, art, music, drama, technology, and daily PE. The school's curriculum incorporates social and behavioral standards that assist students in becoming responsible and considerate members of the community. The faculty are excellent and the head of school is wonderful. The staff and families are very welcoming. Tuition is also lower than that at comparable schools in SF and on the Peninsula, and financial assistance is available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Having had experience in the public schools on the Coastside and Seacrest, we can say there is no comparison. Seacrest has great academics, great community involvement, and takes on issues head on to resolve them. Our daughter enjoys the school and particularly loves the music and art programs. The only downside to the school is constant fund raising (which is equivalent to the public schools.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

We love Sea Crest for the incredibly talented and committed teachers and administrative staff. The school has a beautiful campus and strong core academics as well as extra curricular activities. Students here are taught to care for themselves, their peers and the community. It truly feels like a big family at Sea Crest. The principle greets everyone by name each morning. The school also has a strong PTA and encourages parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

We love Sea Crest! The small class sizes, amazing teachers, wonderful extras (drama, music, art, Spanish, technology, etc.) and beautiful campus are only a few things that make this school stand out. We love that the school strives to teach more than academics - they also work hard to help the children learn life skills and how to be good, happy human citizens. Way to go Sea Crest! We just wish they went through 12th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 26%
Two or more races 12% 3%
Hispanic 8% 52%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Drama

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Foreign languages taught
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School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 2:30 - 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (650) 712-9171

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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  • Judo / Other Martial Arts

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Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Drama
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  • Parents are heavily involved in sea crest through our parent association. all families are required to contribute at least 20 honorable hours per year of volunteer time. from helping with fundraising to working in the classroom to accompanying students on field trips, there are numerous opportunities for parents to become involved in our welcoming community.
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901 Arnold Way
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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