How to Apply

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know your child throughout the admissions process. Every applicant is an exciting new puzzle, and the admissions process helps us put the individual pieces together to create a completed picture for each new face.

Applying to Shorecrest is easy. While applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, we encourage you to complete your application by November 1. We look forward to receiving your application and getting to know you and your family through our admissions process.

Schedule a Visit

Call or email to schedule a tour at any time. An Admissions Representative will show you around our campus and answer all of your questions. After submitting an application, students may be invited to shadow in the classroom.

Action Items

List of 4 items.

  • Complete an online application

    Sign in here to complete our application. Applications must be submitted before scheduling visits.
    A completed application places the child in our applicant pool. Applicants for the Alpha class must be three years old before September 1 of the year entering and toilet trained before school begins. Applicants to Junior Kindergarten must be four years old before September 1 of the year entering. First consideration for The Experiential School of Tampa Bay spaces is given to siblings, faculty and alumni.

    A teacher works individually with each applicant to assess the child's readiness skills. In addition, applicants spend a morning with us in January for a comfortable classroom experience and observation. Parents applying after the January evaluation period should call the Admissions Office to schedule their child's Kindergarten evaluation.
  • Schedule class visit (Applicants for Grades 1-12)

    Call our office at (727) 456-7511 or email us at
    Grades 1-5
    Each applicant spends two consecutive days visiting Shorecrest. These visits give children a chance to become acquainted with our school and meet classmates. They participate in all activities and get to see what it is like to be a Shorecrest student. Visitors in grade 4 will take our admissions test during their visit. Download a Two-day Visit Form.

    Grades 6-12
    Each applicant spends one day visiting Shorecrest, shadowing one of our student ambassadors to classes. We will match them with a student of similar interests. This is a great way to experience student life at our school. Applicants will be scheduled for an interview while they are visiting. Download a Visit Form.
  • Schedule testing (Applicants for Grades 6-12)

    Call our office at (727) 456-7511 or email us at
    We offer our Admissions Test on the 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am. Call our office to register for testing.

    We also suggest the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). Be sure to request that your scores be reported to Shorecrest Preparatory School Code 7358. Register online at

    Applicants for the junior and senior year may submit PLAN, PSAT or SAT scores.
  • Check the status of the application action items to see if everything has been completed

    The Admissions Committee will meet regularly to make decisions on completed files beginning March 1st.

Admissions Policy

Shorecrest Preparatory School seeks students who will benefit most from attending Shorecrest and who will contribute to the well-being of the school community.

The School adheres to the Principles of Good Practice as outlined by the National Association of Independent Schools.
Admission is based on selective criteria that may include standardized testing, classroom observation, prior school record, teachers’ recommendations and good character. In making a decision, the Admissions Committee may give special consideration to faculty and/or staff children. While we welcome all inquiries and applications, we regret we are not able to accept every qualified applicant based on our capacity.

Shorecrest Preparatory School accepts applications from students regardless of age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socio-economic status, national or ethnic origin.

International Students

Requirements differ for non-U.S. citizens. Please visit our International Students page for more information.


Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year; however, each division varies. The Upper and Middle School have time restrictions and monthly deadlines. After the student’s application file is completed, the Admissions Committee reviews the file. The decision to offer admission is made with consideration for the student’s qualifications and the availability of openings. All acceptances are contingent upon the student’s satisfactory completion of the current school term.

The Wait Pool

If space in a grade is not available, admissible students will be notified of wait pool status. Students are not ranked or ordered in a list for available places. If a space becomes available, the Admissions Committee will review all of the applicants in the wait pool and make a decision based on the current profile needs of that class.

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 Age 3 through Grade 12, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.