Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Middle School: Grades 5-8
Welcome to the Middle School at Shorecrest!
The Middle School years are an opportunity for remarkable growth. During this stage of development, students are naturally academically curious, while at the same time a tremendous amount of social and emotional learning occurs. This combination gives us an opportunity to challenge our students with a vigorous yet progressive curriculum. Our Middle School intentionally spans grades five through eight. That structure affords the students a four year period in which to develop organization, independence and autonomy.
We engage your children by providing choices. Throughout Middle School, students have the opportunity to choose various projects like Science Fair, National History Day, Drop Everything and STEAM Week, and many other cross-curricular, grade level projects. Each grade level has a rigorous curriculum that incorporates Project Based Learning. This provides students an opportunity to explore in-depth the concepts they learn in class daily. We create a balance in all we do including arts, academics and athletics. We offer art and technology together in our Innovation and Design Studio, in addition to our music, drama and debate classes. We have a strong physical education program that will help develop skills that are important in our Middle School years and beyond and prepare students for Varsity athletics if they choose. As for clubs, we offer Model UN, Jr. Thespians, Forensics, LEGO Robotics and more.
At Shorecrest, we support students with an advisory program called Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). Each morning the students start their day with an advisory group which supports their social and emotional development. Our seventh and eighth grade students are developing a Peer Mediation Program which helps students become empathetic problem solvers.
We continue our CPR experience by focusing on grade level field experiences. The eighth grade travels to Washington, D.C. for an amazing four-day trip to our nation’s Capital. This gives students a more hands-on experience of American History and current events. The seventh grade spends three days in St. Augustine, Florida, studying early American History and its ties to our state. Sixth graders problem solve on their trip to Busch Gardens. Fifth students take a one-night trip to NASA for a science program and sleep under a space shuttle.
Any well-rounded curriculum is lacking without Service Learning. In the Middle School at Shorecrest, our students engage in authentic service learning that is tied directly to the curriculum. Each grade has at least one major cross-curricular project that results in a component of service.
Fifth grade students explore how water scarcity impacts access to educational opportunities and quality of life in various areas of the world while reading "A Long Walk to Water," set in Africa. Along with many cross-curricular activities connected to events in the book, fifth graders participate in a "Long Walk with Water" around Shorecrest's campus to raise awareness of the issues they have learned about.
Sixth grade has a cross-curricular project built around Hispanic, African, Indian and Chinese folktales and fairytales. Students work in small groups to ideate a simple story including a moral, a problem and a solution. Their scripts include some of the common themes found in the culture that the group researched. A local puppeteer worked with students to build rod puppets from recycled materials to represent the characters in their stories. The sixth graders presented their shows to residents at the VA Community Rehabilitation Center.
Seventh grade delves into solving a health-related problem in the community, creating curriculum in every discipline that leads to a Community Health Improvement Plan Project or "CHIP Project" for short. Students develop a project that will identify a specific health concern, determine the needs of the individual or group, and then create a way to solve at least one health-related need of that individual or group. Students share their projects with the communities that are most impacted.
Shorecrest has developed a signature program in eighth grade through the Entrepreneurial Design Institute, where students are exposed to design thinking, idea generation, ideation and action, creating economic and social value in the local and global community.
Our Middle School is a place where we engage, support, challenge and problem solve daily. Come visit us and see for yourself!
Kristine Marquez Grant Head of Middle School
Our Middle School Arts and Sciences Center includes a new Innovation and Design Studio combining hands-on visual arts and technology, a patio with a kiln, music and drama rooms, science and computer labs, classrooms, and a covered, outdoor pavilion.
Interdisciplinary, grade-level teaching teams provide a stimulating and integrated course of study.
Our advisory program provides every student with a faculty advisor who becomes their point person for academic, social and emotional issues.
February 4, 2017, marked the ribbon-cutting of the new Innovation & Design Studio in the Middle School at Shorecrest.
“Hosting the ribbon-cutting in early 2017 tied in beautifully with our new Apple Distinguished School distinction and our hosting of St. Pete STEAMfest,” says Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology, Dr. Anna Baralt. “Plus we loved that the timing allowed us to have lots of concrete examples of the space in action and incredible results for students.”
The Innovation & Design Studio is the result of a major renovation of what was formerly the Middle School Art Studio. The impetus to overhaul the space came from two forward-thinking Shorecrest Middle School teachers, Art Teacher Cindy Williams and Christine Scoby, Instructional Technologist and Curriculum Dean. The two have worked collaboratively over the past three years to implement a curriculum that merges Art and Technology to activate deeper learning across curricula and grade levels. [more]
Eighth graders paired up with students from Ramon y Cajal, a school in Madrid, Spain, that hosted an exchange program with Shorecrest last year. Spanish students left each other video messages on Flipgrid about their daily routines, favorite sports, birthday celebrations, how they spend their free time and more.
by: Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
Shorecrest parent Nick Banko has been a member of the Shorecrest community for 16 years. His son Kole graduated in 2018 and younger son Jett is in the Class of 2021. Jett, a Shorecrest Chargers Athlete, has learned many lessons through athletics that he will carry into college and throughout his life. As a parent, Nick has seen that first hand.
Among our many blessings as a school, we are grateful that we have remained open safely and have largely kept COVID-19 off of our campus. We aspire to continue that pattern into the winter. Each community member has a role to play in making that possible.
Shorecrest Middle School Jr. Thespians Troupe 88197 experienced their first Virtual Thespians Festival this year. 24 of their acts/technical designs received a score of "Excellent" and 8 received "Superior" ratings and will move on to the Florida State Festival in March.