Coed, independent, PK-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Service FAQs

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How do I record/report my hours?

    Students should report their service hours on shorecrest.org at the bottom of the For Students Page using their school login, and should provide complete information on the organization served, dates and hours worked, description of work done, as well as contact information for the supervisor at the beneficiary organization.
  • Q. When can I start earning service hours?

    The 1st of June prior to the school year start date.
  • Q. How many Service hours do I need each year?

    You are required to earn and report 25 approved hours each year of Upper School, earned June 1 - May 31 (after freshman year, the summer may be used to catch up if necessary. Prior arrangements should be made with the Director of Service Learning.)

    The 100 community service hours required for graduation also count towards the requirement for the Florida Bright Futures scholarship program. 
  • Q. How many Service hours do I need to graduate?

    Students are required to earn a minimum 100 hours to graduate, with a minimum of 25 hours each year. The 100 community service hours required for graduation also count towards the requirement for the Florida Bright Futures scholarship program. 
  • Q. Do I have to earn more hours for Bright Futures?

    The hours earned for the Shorecrest annual and graduation requirement also meet the required hours for the Bright Futures scholarship. (This is secured by College Counseling for all qualifying graduates even if they are matriculating out of state, so that the money is available should the student need to return to Florida to continue college).
  • Q. Where can I volunteer?

    The hours served must be for not-for-profit organizations serving the needs of underserved populations. You can get some great ideas on where to start from our Service Partners web page. (If you have any questions, please check with the Director of Service Learning. For example, the NFL is a not-for-profit but it doesn’t qualify as “serving the needs of underserved populations”.)
  • Q. Can I volunteer on campus?

    Out of the 25 hours required each year, up to 10 may be earned within Shorecrest with approval from the Director. The limit of 10 hours also applies to Shorecrest Summer Programs - where students often serve as camp counselors, the theatre program, and student ambassadors/tour-guides for Admissions. Other programs may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

    All hours that a student earns will be counted and recorded, but the above stated policy is what will be followed in terms of the graduation requirement. Our hope is to encourage students to serve the Tampa Bay area and our global community while expanding their service experiences beyond Shorecrest.
  • Q. Can I earn all of my hours on campus?

    Upper School students are required to earn and report 25 hours annually as a graduation requirement. Out of the 25 hours per year, up to 10 may be earned within Shorecrest with approval from the Director. The limit of 10 hours also applies to Shorecrest Summer Programs - where students often serve as camp counselors, the theatre program, and student ambassadors/tour-guides for Admissions. Other programs may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

    All hours that a student earns will be counted and recorded, but the above stated policy is what will be followed in terms of the graduation requirement. Our hope is to encourage students to serve the Tampa Bay area and our global community while expanding their service experiences beyond Shorecrest.
  • Q. When is the best time to earn service hours?

    Once you know whom you want to serve, try to earn at least 2 hours per month year-round or 3 hours per month during the school year. The goal is year-round engagement so that serving others becomes a way of life.
  • Q. What if I earn more than 25 hours in one year?

    The hours you earn during a school year stays with that year, so excess hours earned during a year cannot be counted for the next year.
  • Q. What is Service Week?

    Service Week in March is a great time to earn some of your service hours! However, do not count on earning all of your hours during that time. Most programs offer at least 10 hours, so you’ll have to plan for other opportunities to earn hours.
  • Q. How do I decide on what to do?

    Our Director of Service Learning is available to help with choosing and planning for service hours. Students should choose with the goal of creating a portfolio that tells a story of developing interest, passion, initiative, leadership and year-round engagement in a cause you care about.  You can get some great ideas on where to start from our Service Partners web page. Freshman will also learn more from Senior Mentors and during Freshman Orientation. 
Do you have a question that was not covered here? Please contact 727-456-7510 or dduranmedina@shorecrest.org.

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.