Welcome to the Middle School at Shorecrest!
The Middle School years are a remarkable growth opportunity for children. Only the first two years of life mirror the broad development a child experiences from Grades 5-8.
It is our intention in Middle School to support your children, to give them choices over the years (science fair, history fair, project work) and most importantly to create balance in all that we do including the arts, our academics and athletics. Our wheel classes offer the best in art, technology, music, drama and debate. Our PE program is vibrant, rich and builds on skills as your child matures through junior high school years. Our clubs range from Model UN to Jr. Thespians to Forensics. Every year our student leadership group proposes new activities for students to participate in.
Each morning, groups of students meet with advisors in the Circle of Power and Respect (CPR), part of our advisory program. These first twenty minutes include games, activities, conversations and parties. It is a time to allow your child to “settle in” with the company of friends before we start our day. Grades 7 and 8 model the Upper School as we gather at the pavilion for a community-sharing event every Friday.
In the Middle School, we focus on field experiences
as ways to strengthen our CPR bonds and allow every student to feel trusted and respected. Our students in eighth grade go to Washington DC for four amazing days to experience the monuments, the museums, the White House, the Capitol Building and Williamsburg - for a more hands-on experience reliving American History and our country’s role in the global world. In sixth grade, our students do an overnight at Pathfinders in January to build on community and trust, utilizing high and low ropes course elements, tree climbing and kayaking. Seventh grade heads off to the Florida Keys in April to spend three warm and water-filled days at Marine Lab. Throughout the year in fifth grade there are day trips around St. Petersburg that include mangrove planting and SPCA work. Students benefit from this wealth of experiences as they connect with nature in a personal and hands-on way.
Our Middle School is a vibrant place with students learning and discovering daily. Come visit us!
Kristine Marquez Grant
Interim Head of Middle School