Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

College Counseling at Shorecrest

Shorecrest's College Counseling Office (CCO) is designed to be personal, individualized, and focused on the student. We are firmly committed to supporting and coaching toward the best match between students and the college or university that meets their needs, interests, and expectations. Researching colleges, completing applications, and navigating scholarship and financial aid sources can be exciting but also challenging. It is the goal of our College Counseling Team to provide information, assistance and support while capitalizing upon the collaboration between students, parents, teachers and counselors.

Our motto is: We guide, you decide.

Shorecrest’s College Counseling Office is one of the most successful in the Tampa Bay area, with a student-to-counselor ratio of 30:1 and 100% of our seniors accepted to colleges of their choice. View our 2018-2022 College Acceptances list of higher education institutions where our students have received admission.

In addition to one-on-one guidance from our College Counseling Team, the CCO is also equipped with Cialfo, a software program designed specifically for research, organization, and communication during the college admissions process. The College Counseling Team individualizes each student’s Cialfo account with a Shorecrest College Handbook, reminders of important deadlines, advice for student athletes, scholarship information and helpful links.

Shorecrest continues to invest in its college counseling program to offer students and families the best individualized college counseling in the region. The number of college counselors doubled in 2022, and our robust college counseling offerings continue to expand for earlier grades, with a focus on grades 8-11. 

College Center Sessions

Throughout the year sessions held by the College Counseling Team provide information on a variety of topics for students and their families including: 
  • Freshman Foundation: Building a Foundation for College
  • Sophomore Strategies: Beyond the Transcript
  • Junior Journey: Navigating the College Process
  • Junior GPS
  • Senior Recharge
  • Senior Launch: Countdown to College
  • The Art of College: Pursuing the Arts at Shorecrest and Beyond
  • Playing the Field: What it Takes to Play Sports in College
  • Money Matters: Financial Aid & Affording College
We also host an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) college fair, participate in Tampa Bay Case Studies, and connect students and families with the BAIS (Bay Area Independent Schools) College Fair and other college events. 

College Visitors to Shorecrest Campus

College admissions representatives visit the Shorecrest campus each fall to meet with juniors and seniors. In 2022-2023, in-person visits will resume after several years of virtual visits due to COVID-19 protocols. 

Shorecrest hosts visits from approximately 100 colleges each year, including selective and highly selective institutions, Florida public and private colleges, and international (non-U.S.) universities. We also connect our students and families to additional opportunities such as local college fairs and receptions. At the end of 2022-2023, we can provide a list of college visitors.

College Charge Podcast

Tune in to Shorecrest College Counseling on their podcast, College Charge!

Journey with us on the exciting and daunting path to higher learning and the college admissions process! In this bimonthly podcast series you will hear from Dan Burkett, Shorecrest's Assistant Director of College Counseling, his colleagues, and other college admissions professionals as they give insight on all aspects of the college application, selection, and matriculation process. (On the The National Association for College Admission Counseling recommended listening list.)

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Shorecrest CEEB code: 102026
"The college application process has evolved so much and it can prove to be a daunting, complex and uncertain web for even the highest performing students. The Shorecrest College Counseling team places a structure around the students' experiences and decisions from the first day of high school to put students along a winning path and one that will result in the right fit for each individual.

One-on-one and student-parent-counselor meetings proved very beneficial to give us clarity and help us feel secure that we were doing the right things at the right time. I'm very grateful for the personal attention my oldest son received in order to achieve his engineering scholarship and I look forward to enjoying more of the same with my younger son."
- Mary Heckert, 2019

Shorecrest Preparatory School

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

Privacy Policy | Faculty

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

Shorecrest acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities. Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Kristine Grant, Head of Middle School, 5101 First Street Northeast, St. Petersburg, Florida 33703, (727)-522-2111, or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Please refer to the School’s Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR.