"Private, co-ed, independent school with arts, athletics, service -- Be More!"
Students enrolled 975
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School leader Mike Murphy
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5101 1st Street Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33703

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(727) 522-2111
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4 stars
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June 28, 2014
I lived in Feather Sound and was referred to Shorecrest by the community as being the best school in town. My children began at 3 and 4 years old. They are now in 10th and 11th grade and beginning to look for colleges. I can truly say that they have prepared my children both academically and social/emotionally to meet the challenges of life and will be well prepared for their futures. The money was a great investment in my children.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
Now that we are moving out of Tampa Bay and having had to find a school for the children (ages 5 and 8) in a different part of the state, we can say that Shorecrest Early Childhood and Lower Division did a terrific job preparing both kids academically and socially. Terrific leadership, challenging academic curriculum, and family atmosphere made this place a perfect environment for raising our kids, it truly became a second home to them. Thank you, Shorecrest family, for giving them wings. We are gonna miss you...

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
Having moved here from another state and attended public school there, we find Shorecrest average at best and certainly not worth the big tuition required. It is extremely hard to mainstream in if your child begins after lower division as kids and parents have been together and formed relationships already, and there is no real effort to get to know new families. Teachers present curriculum rather than teach, and we find a lot of parents need to supplement with outside tutoring at additional costs or teach themselves at home. Many teachers have children who also attend there which makes it an insular community. On the upside, there is a lot of school spirit.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2012
I have been highly disappointed with this school and can now compare what a dedicated and loving environment is about in the current school my children attend. The excellence that they promote is only related to fundraising. The lack of interest on the child as a whole is shocking. The school is all about showing off instead of nurturing the minds and hearts of the children. If you are interested in promoting your business, then this is your school. If you are interested in the education of your child and having them enjoy and grow in a welcoming environment, would look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
Shorecrest hires their teachers according to diploma prestige, giving additional priority to teachers who have taught overseas. As a result, very few of their teachers can actually teach to the broad range of learning styles that make up a classroom of students. To fill this gap, Shorecrest offers private tutoring - $80 for 30 minutes. Free help after school does not exist. The school actively promotes an elitist attitude, focusing on building a "state-of-the-art," "look at us," campus, to the detriment of providing an education to all the students which they have contracted to educate. Tuition is upward of $17,000 yearly and everything else is extra. Shorecrest's fund raising efforts are the forefront of their communication with parents. Community service projects rely on parents' purchasing power as opposed to students' hands-on efforts; accordingly, there is no altruistic learning. After 4-years at Shorecrest, we have decided to send our child elsewhere for high school. My husband and I both come from families of educators, although education is not our chosen profession.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2011
II dis agree with the post about colleges not looking at how challenging courses are! Currently in the college search process, that is one thing they absolutely look at!! The weight your GPA based exactly on the difficulty of your course liad giving Shorecrest students a great advantage!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
I attended this school from K-12 and must say that this is an excellent school compared to others in the area. On several occasions "A" students from other schools transferred and found that it isn't easy to earn an "A" at Shorecrest. I have gone on to get undergrad and graduate school, and hands down, Shorecrest challenged me more. Their are negatives: the ciriculum is very tough so it is hard to earn great grades and colleges don't consider that you went to school that has higher standards. So if a college is looking for someone with a 3.7 gpa you have a much better shot of getting that grade at a public school, NSCS, or Canterbury. There is a sense of elitism at this school. Many kids are spoiled beyond belief. The sense of entitlement can drive a "normal" parent crazy. Most of the kids have never heard the word No with is dishearting. Just go to the 12th grade parking lot....you probably won't find a car that is older than 5 years. Above all, if you instill strong family values at home and want a strong education go with Shorecrest.

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2011
I can only give this school and average mark for the following reasons: the teachers are not there because they want to be. They are obviously heavily influenced by the wealthy parents. This is not a school I will allow my student to attend any longer. The richest 1% of the nation truly does dictate public policy. Even down to the grade school level. This is absurd and not something I am willing to allow my child to be subjected to. It is not the real world as we are not wealthy parents. I dare say even if we were we would not instill within our children the elitist mentality so many of the other parents instill upon their spoiled brats.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
Not sure where the comment about teachers lacking passion came from in a previous comment. I've been very impressed with the faculty at Shorecrest and consider them the reason to send my kids to school there. While no school is perfect, I know that my two kids are challenged and supported by a caring group of educators. The opportunities outside the classroom are spectacular as well. How many other schools can offer sports teams, middle school plays, clubs, and even weekend activities for pre-schoolers?

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
My child attends Shorecrest and every day I feel fortunate that she is able to receive her education in such a wonderful environment, with so much to offer! She is is faced with healthy challenges every day and has grown astronomically since entering the school. The parent support network is fantastic and warm and the lessons go far beyond academics. I would (and have) recommend Shorecrest to anyone. It really is the best education I can provide for my child!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
Shorecrest is tops in the early childhood, but as you progress to middle school, you have quite a few inexperienced teachers and lack of passion for teaching. If you have an above average student place put them in public school where they will be challenged. Be prepared to hire tutors if your student needs help, you will not find any extra help after school.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
This is an incredible school. Far beyond any expectations I could ever dream. The teachers are excellent, some with MASTER degrees!! The campus is virtually all new. The classes offered during and after school are fantastic! The Headmaster and all of the Division Heads are personable and genuine. School work is definitely above grade level to public school. There is a strong influence on writing, the arts, and sports. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
This school was ammazing for college preparation! I've seen teachers set aside time to personally talk with students and parents. Plus, they are as experienced as any proffessor. Not only does Shorecrest have an amazing academic program though, it has afterschool athletics and a great student body! Take my word for it, I was a student!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 16, 2009
The teachers at Shorecrest are the best. The Upper Division teachers prepare the students so well for their college classes that my son ended up tutoring many of his classmates on how to write papers, study, etc. Additionally, the teachers have great relationships with their students and the kids stay in touch for many years. Our experience has been outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
This is a great school! They understand how to prepare our kids for the future.

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June 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 25, 2009
Teachers have great credentials but are not skilled at teaching. Most are professionals that lack the passion and gift of truly being able to reach and inspire children. Teaching is a calling not something ones does for a tuition discount. To date, there are no programs for challenge gifted students. Perhaps an OK school for average student with above average motivation. This school should be so much more.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2009
Our experience has been great. All of the teachers our children have had in the Middle and Lower Divisions were dedicated and challenged our children in every way. Facilities are wonderful, with significant athletic opportunities. Unlike some other comments, I have thankfully seen the school enforce rules and requirements equally and fairly regardless of one's wealth.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
The school has little regard for the students. Parents that are major contributors have their own agenda and freely impose their will on teachers and administrators. The school is great at teaching students that if you have enough money, you can control almost any institution.

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November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
Below average marks for some new LD teachers this year... Lots of teacher turn-over in the Lower Division school. Some new teachers are not so nice... A disappointing year....

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March 03, 2008
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February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 06, 2007
i love shorecrest. i've been there my whole life. everyone there is so nice!

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
The school is fabulous for academically driven students. The school is established in the community and operates like a well-oiled machine. While the school embraces and celebrates the arts, the rigorous college preparatory program (starting in about 3rd grade) comes first! This includes multiple hours of homework. A child must fit the traditional mold and be driven, or will not survive; Nor, have the time to enjoy the arts or co-curricular activities that are offered. Wonderful for some, but beware.

- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
Shorecrest is an institution committed to providing students with opportunities to grow intellectually and morally, to find artistic fulfillment, to achieve physical fitness and to develop a sense of their responsibility to local and global communities. It is an excellent school, with a low student teacher ratio, and committed faculty and staff. An excellent place to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

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June 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Excellent academics and high-quality arts programs.

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March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
Impressive school. Faculty and parents are particularly warm and caring for such a prestigious school. Test scores are high and they teach at an advanced level.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
I can't say enough good things about this school. In addition to the usual subjects, the children participate in art, Science projects, music, Spanish and more on a weekly basis. Emphasis is given to timely, worldly topics, as well. The faculty and parents are all warm and caring individuals. Fabulous school!

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October 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Shorecrest has probably the best history of any west-coast Florida prep school. The size is great because it is small enough to maintain a great teacher-student ration, but large enough to feel like a school whereas many smaller private schools tend to feel quaint. Athletic competitiveness is an A+. Shorecrest has a serious committment to winning. Also has a decent arts program. The campus, which has recently been largely redesigned (and more is on the way), is beautiful.

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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
This is a wonderful school, with excellent teachers and outstanding academics.

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August 26, 2003
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Student Profile: 100% of seniors are accepted to college; with 76 students of the Class of 2014, 397 AP courses were completed; 86% AP examination pass rate (48% Florida average); Average GPA: 3.84. National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars in 2014: 9, National Merit Scholars: 2. $7.5 million in scholarships offered to 97% of the Class of 2014. Athletics: 49 competitive athletic teams for Middle School, Jr. Varsity, and Varsity

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Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 1st Street Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL  33703
(727) 522-2111
Last modified Shorecrest Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Shorecrest Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews.