Upper School: Grades 9-12

I have always believed that the best high schools not only prepare their students for success in college, but also leave their students with a lifelong love of learning and a commitment to living a life of integrity. We are proud when our prepared graduates return for a visit and tell us that “college is easy”, but we are just as impressed by the many alumni who are making a positive impact in their respective communities. 
Our philosophy is quite simple: we believe that students learn best when they have some ownership over their learning. At Shorecrest, students can choose from 25 Advanced Placement offerings (more than any other school in the area), as well as electives like Sub-Saharan Africa, iOs App Development, Digital Film and many others. An Independent Study option allows students, with the help of a faculty mentor, to craft their own course of advanced study that will connect them with experts beyond our St. Petersburg, Florida, campus.

Students may also choose our Global Scholars Initiative (GSI) track, where they take courses on global affairs, connect with visiting scholars, and attend a dinner series with the Tampa Bay Council of Foreign Relations.

Each March, students and faculty use Service Week to help make a difference in other communities of need. There are over 20 programs where students can put empathy into action, from as far afield as Cusco, Peru, to the local Pinellas County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Though the curriculum is challenging and filled with exciting opportunities, there is a commitment to supporting our high school students during their journeys. Our faculty are not just master teachers, but serve as mentors. If one of our students is struggling, we create a support structure which will provide guidance through tough times. Our College Counseling Team are experts who have extensive experience in college admissions. They’re also committed to shepherding our students and parents through the difficult maze of standardized testing and college applications.
This is an exciting place to learn! If you come, you will see students who work hard, but have fun. You may see the captain of the football team take the lead role in our award-winning musical. The opportunities for growth and enrichment are plentiful, and we would love for you to visit us!
All the best,
Tom Dillow
Head of Upper School

Program Hallmarks

College Counseling
  • 100% of students accepted to college
  • Comprehensive college counseling center provides individualized attention beginning in 9th grade. Counselors offer advice on test preparation, constructing curriculum, developing list of colleges to research, and financial aid/scholarship application processes
Service and Mentoring
  • All students complete at least 25 hours of community service per year
  • All students participate in annual Service Week (In 2015, students completed 4,800 service hours while participating in 25 different programs internationally, nationally and locally.)
  • View the Class of 2015 Service Profile
Willis Family Leadership Lectures
Past presenters in the lecture series have included the following:
  • Matt Silverman, President of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball
  • Marty Petty, Publisher and Executive VP, Tampa Bay Times newspaper
  • Larry Scott, CEO of the Women's Tennis Association
  • Peter Kageyama, author of "For the Love of Cities"
  • Verónica Cáceres Chamorro, secretary pro tempore for the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs and organizations are a key part of creating Upper School leadership opportunities, time for socialization, fostering passions, and exposing students to new interests. Through these organizations, students discover what is truly important to them as well as learn lessons in determination, reliability, leadership and other team-building skills. Most Upper School clubs meet during the school day so students with after-school responsibilities may still participate in clubs.
  • At the beginning of each year, students have the opportunity to start a new club along with a faculty sponsor.
  • Some of our Upper School clubs includes: Spanish Club, Journalism Club, Astronomy Club, Clio Club, SADD, GSA, Apprentice Doctors Club, Girls STEAM Club, Rock Climbing Club and the Creative Writing Club (including Tides Literary Magazine production)
  • Typically, students join one Service club each year to help nurture our greater community and fulfill the necessary service requirement. Service Clubs include: Excel Club, Guardians ad Litem Club, Habitat for Humanity, Interact Club, ​Key Club and Leo Club 
  • Student organizations include: Model UN, Mu Alpha Theta, Thespians Troupe 3140, Youth in Government, Admissions Ambassadors, Honor Council, National Honor Society with opportunity for Middle School tutoring, Relay For Life Organizing Committee and Student Council.

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Upper School News

Hands-On Leadership

"Shorecrest has given me many opportunities... first and foremost with leadership." Ali Appelbaum, Class of 2015

Upper School Hours

8:30am - 3:30pm

School Information

Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.