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K-8
Private
Half Moon Bay, CA
Students enrolled: 274
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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901 Arnold Way
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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(650) 712-9892
(650) 712-9171
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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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
August 15, 2011
Every child deserves a school like Sea Crest: small classes, art, music, computer technololgy, Spanish, PE and great facilities.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 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
December 07, 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.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 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
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
November 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
October 21, 2009
We chose an independent over public because we felt our child would receive the attention he deserved in and out of the classroom. Because Sea Crest is extremely active in standing behind the philosophies and policies we were informed of when interviewing the schools, we have found that was the best decision could have made. Right from the start in Kindergarten, he went from a shy, average reader to top in his entire class with a fondness for reading aloud. He lagged a bit in math, but we are amazed with his skills now in first grade. He is adding by groups of five with singles visually. He is confident in measuring in fractions. His understanding of math concepts is sometimes more than we possess! Sea Crest stays ahead of the times with adopting sound behavioral & social programs. Since the entire faculty is trained, the entire student body is held to the same standards. I am constantly impressed with our son's ability to handle himself when he's frustrated, feeling impatient, and how he handles hurt feelings. He is taught to express himself in a constructive style that produces self esteem building results. His relationship with the older student body is absolutely adorable. The older children show a great reverence for the younger ones. Because of how he is treated, I am thrilled to see that he too is developing compassion and appreciation for others. We love that he has formal physical education everyday. His coaches not only teach the sport, but how to be a sportsman. On a very personal note, our family suffered a significant tragedy last school year where we were unable to have any type of birthday celebration for him. I felt such a family love from his teacher and after school facilitator. Of course, they gave our son the appropriate bravado for the day, but knowing our circumstances, they allowed him a few extra privileges that made him feel celebrated and loved. He never missed the 'Chuck E. Cheese' party if you will and I never felt like we let him down. Our son is receiving the perfect education from Sea Crest. Everyday he comes home happy, excited to share the events of the day - even when he's been reprimanded for something. He knows that everyone makes mistakes when they are actively participating and that mistakes are simply learning lessons. He compares them to baseball hitting drills. Clearly, he is being taught to think, not just 'to do'. Days that are challenging - he's just tired, never overwhelmed or fearful on any level. He knows his purpose is real. If there were any flaws at Sea Crest in the past, I would never know it. The current administration of the past 6 years, has apparently responded correctly to give rise to the experience I have stated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Sea Crest is great school with strong academics and small class sizes. The have committed, caring teachers who work to foster an environment for academic achievement and civic responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Sea Crest is a wonderful place for kids to grow and learn. Not only does it shine in its academics, but it offers great extracurricular programs as well: art, music, drama, technology, Spanish, and every day PE. I love the neighborhood feeling of the school. Everyone knows your kid and is looking out for him or her. In this time of so many cutbacks to our educational system, Sea Crest stands out as a great alternative. Go Seals!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Sea Crest offers our children a warm, caring environment for learning - from the staff and administration, to the classroom teachers and all the teachers in the arts, sports and spanish. The interrelationships between the middle school children and younger children with service projects and academic learning is amazing, and allows the older children to find a great deal of esteem in being able to mentor and nurture the younger students, while allowing the youngest students to feel comfortable in the setting and know that there's more than just a teacher looking out for them and cheering them on. The school administration and faculty focuses on teaching critical thinking in the context of being a part of the community, and it is amazing to me how sophisticated even the youngest students think about the world around them. Sea Crest really promotes a life long love of learning, and encourages real learning, not just rote memorization or learning to a test. The curriculum is well-integrated between subjects, and progresses appropriately and cohesively through the grade levels. Middle students graduating from Sea Crest are well-prepared for high school in so many ways that I never realized until I had a student in that position. Besides having outstanding academic preparation, particularly in Spanish, Math & Writing, they are able to organize and complete major projects and maintain academic discipline, while at the same time, learning how to consultant with teachers as advisors, not intimidating figures. Through the service learning program that is integrated into the classroom, they learn to focus outward on issues in society and how they can help others directly in so many different ways, while learning the political and societal factors that contribute to these issues. The integration of the drama, art and music departments in presenting an annual all-school musical allows the children, starting at kindergarten, a way to develop poise and comfort in being in front of an audience, find that it is amazing what can be done as a team, and allow children to develop talents that may well have stayed hidden in a different environment. The school offers after school programs, including a full gamut of sports, and leadership opportunities in student government as well. It is truly a multi-dimensional education, and I'm pleased to have my children in this program. Three cheers for Sea Crest!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
The quality and breadth of education at Seacrest in Half Moon Bay is astounding. Starting in kindergarten, Seacrest student's are receiving education in multiple languages, the arts, music, and physical education. This is not to mention the quality education in standard subjects such as Humanities, Math and Science.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
My son just started 1st grade at Sea Crest this year and I have been amazed with the school's outreach and inclusion of the parents. The classrooms are small and the students are offered amazing programs including Spanish, Art, Music, Drama....PE everyday! I am very happy with this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Great curriculum and activities, great kids and teaches appropriate behaviour towards others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
The staff are so well trained and caring. The principal is a present and active force!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Sea Crest is so much more than academics (which are great). It is about nurturing children to grow into responsible, compassionate, creative, and fully aware adults. Drama, art, music -- those aren't just 'fun' extra classes. They are an integral part of the curriculum. They help every child find their true talents, and give them the tools they need to thrive in the real world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Sea Crest School has outstanding teachers teaching in a caring, giving and safe environment for my kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Sea Crest offers an unmatched blend of top-notch academics, athletics and arts/enrichment programs. The tremendously low teacher to student ratios ensure a classroom experience for each child that challenges and rewards his or her unique learning needs. The empowering guiding principles are interwoven throughout the academic and community service endeavors. Sea Crest is truly focused on the whole child - helping each reach his or her full potential, in school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Outstanding programs and faculty. Most well-rounded educational experience I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Terrific community and kind, smart, sharing teachers, administrators and students.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
This school is outstanding. I am a second year parent and could not be happier. The staff is wonderful & truly dedicated to their work. The hands on involvement really allows them to teach to the individual & really make a strong connection to help your child grow. I would recomend this school to anyone who wants the best for their child.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
What a wonderful place to go and learn. The school is friendly, the students show manners, and the teachers are so welcoming. The school teaches to the students and is challenging.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2008
I have two children attending Sea Crest and they love the school. It is the best offering here on the Coast. My children are excited about school and look forward to attending everyday. The program is challenging yet individualized. The children have PE everyday, which sad to say, is not offered at our public school. In additional they have art, music, tech and drama, not to mention the opportunity to participate in additional after school sports and enrichment programs. This is the school I wish I went to when I was a kid! Of course it is not free and you pay for all of this wonderful education, but it is worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I have been at the school for the past three years. With the change in leadership it is heading in the right direction! The Head of School is involved with the kids from when they are dropped off each morning to when they get picked up. The faculty spend time 'teaching' good character skills such as respect (which is rare to find!). And overall the school's academics have improved tremendously over the last three years. My child is being challenged at the appropriate level that is good for him, but understands the need to have rigor. What a great choice!!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
This school has the friendliest set of kids I have ever seen. I believe that some people may be shocked to see what goes on in other schools. I have experienced nothing but great things at this school. The teachers care, they know your child, their strengths, their weaknesses.things from

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January 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
This will be our last year. It is too bad that we stayed too long because the math program in lower grades was not really 'one grade level above', as we were told. In fact recent outside testing proved that the program was low level. Thankfully our child responded well to tutoring but when I think of all the years of struggle and confusion I am very upset. As another parent said the social climate is challenging and not at all what we expected from a private school with small classes. Very dissatisfied by how the principal handled several issues important to the school and all children. Some teachers are very nice but this is not consistent in all grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
A red flag should go up when a school has a very high turnover rate in all areas - students, faculty, and administration. SeaCrest's young life has been plagued by turnover, spotty talent in the teacher pool, inconsistency in leadership and parent 'involvement' that is often disruptive. Having experienced both SeaCrest (for several years) and public school, we have found SeaCrest to compare unfavorably to a top rated public school in most areas. In our experience (left <1yr ago), SeaCrest's math and language arts programs are set such that a student capable of more than standard curriculum is missing an opportunity. Saying the school has a functioning library is a big stretch. Science lab is all but nonexistent in lower grades. Technology program could be stronger. Prospective families should evaluate and decide whether their money might be better spent on a house in a neighborhood with a good public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
The academic programs at this school are strong and stimulating. The music program is excellent. The current head of school appears to be demonstrating strong leadership and is finally taking on the issues around bullying. The social climate is challenging. If your child has interests that involve baseball, soccer, basketball or dance and horses (for girls) and is of average or better weight/appearance, he/she will probably fit right in. If your child does not fit this description, he/she may struggle to find friends or break into the cliques.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
My child has been at Sea Crest for five years now and his educational experience has been superior. He loves school and is a confident, caring, successful student. The small class environment combined with the exposure to the drama and arts is worth the tuition alone. At Sea Crest he receives PE daily, music, art, drama, Spanish, and technology. Add those classes up and the tuition is very reasonable. Finally, in addition to the excellent academics our child has come to understand and live by The Guiding Principles. A code of conduct established a few years ago which states: 1)We are each other keepers. 2) I leave it better than I found it. 3) I do nothing to harm myself or others. 4) I am responsible for my behavior. 5) I take pride in myself and in my work. That is what makes this school so unique and special!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2007
Overall academics are pretty good, and getting better. Some teachers are outstanding, others only OK. Specials (art, music, drama) are excellent, and a big plus. Social atmousphere is competitive, clique-y and 'noveau riche.' You can find down-to-earth people here but they're on the fringes. The major social events revolve around alcohol, which is good for fund-raising but problematic if you don't enjoy drinking to excess. Although my child has enjoyed the academics and teaching, he finds the social atmosphere competitive and harsh.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2007
Sea Crest has had fits and starts becoming established in the community. It's expensive so the student population tends towards wealthy Caucasians. Teacher quality, in general, is good. Constant dunning of parents for donations while touting its low-cost compared to other private academies. I do not recommend Sea Crest unless you have endless cash and high tolerance for small-town politics.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2007
This is our fifth year at Sea Crest and we couldn't be happier. Our children are enjoying their time in school, and their progress is amazing. The academic program is comprehensive to begin with, but the school also offers art, drama, music and technology enrichment. The atmosphere at the school is warm and friendly, and there is a high level of parent involvement. It's fun to be in the classroom and see all the exciting projects underway--so different from when I was a child. Honestly, I wish I could have gone to Sea Crest School.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
I think Sea Crest school provides quality academic programs. I am slightly concerned about the math program. Music and art program are excellent. I love the small class sizes. Teachers know all the kids and there is a close relationship between them. There is a high level of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
We have two children at Sea Crest School. Not only are the academics top notch, but the art, music & drama departments are outstanding. The classes are small and I think this fosters close friendships among classmates & gives way to in-depth teacher-student relationships. Teachers are enormously dedicated and you get the feeling that they love what they do. The school has grown a lot in the past few years, becoming more established and more organized. The school facilities are very nice, with a beautiful gymnasium and new middle school classrooms. We're waiting for the science lab and art room to be finished.--Other: Currently students do not wear uniforms and there is no cafeteria so students bring their snack/lunch.

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Sea Crest School
901 Arnold Way, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019
(650) 712-9892
Last modified Sea Crest School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Sea Crest School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top