August 18, 2015
I have two children (a boy and a girl) who transferred to Shorecrest from another private school in the 9th grade. We were very happy with the high school experience there, and neither of our children had difficulty adjusting or fitting in. To the contrary, we found that, because only a few students transfer to the school at the high school level, our kids were treated like the shiney new toy and got plenty of attention.
For academically gifted students, the academics are truly top-notch. Most of the teachers, with a few exceptions (as in any school), are excellent as evidenced by the extremely high passing rate on AP exams (about 85% across the board). Both my children were able to take nine AP courses, and they are in excellent colleges now and were admitted to almost all of the schools to which they applied, with the exception of a handful of true "reach" schools. They both felt completely prepared for their college courses.
Although my children did not participate in it, the theater and arts program is by far the best in the area. The theatrical productions are amazing. Sports, on the other hand, are spotty, given the small size of the high school (about 350 students). But, on a positive note, students who join the sports teams will get an opportunity to play, and most students do participate in at least one sport.
We think that Shorecrest is truly the best school in the area, rivaled only by Berkeley Prep on the other side of the bay. As some have mentioned, though, you will encounter students there who come from extremely privileged backgrounds--some of the wealthiest in the area. There's a real downside to that, as many students do have a sense of entitlement. The school does have a handful of scholarship students, too. And we found that most students had two working parents there, unlike the other private school that my children attended, where most of the moms stayed at home and hovered around the school a bit too much.
Overall, we had a great experience at Shorecrest and regularly recommend it to parents in both Tampa and St. Petersburg.
- submitted by a parent