- About Us
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- Celebrating 100 Years!
All visitors during the regular school day, from 7:30am-3:30pm, are required to check in at a school office or at the main reception desk in the Raymund Center. Upon arrival, visitors age 16 and over will be asked to present valid photo identification, such as a driver's license, before entering campus. All visitors must visibly wear a photo identification badge issued by the office while on campus.
The Shorecrest campus spans 28-acres in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida, a mid-sized city that is part of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area of nearly 3 million residents. One campus is home to all grade levels and programs of the PK-12 school.
In 2019, the school community celebrated the opening of the first floor of a new 60,000+ square foot building, Charger Commons. The first floor of Charger Commons features two dining rooms where students of all ages can enjoy healthy meals and special events. The first floor of Charger Commons also houses the Haskell Library and Technology Center, the nurse's Clinic, the School Store, and The Mike Murphy Experiential School with state-of-the-art classrooms and playspaces for The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, the 3, 4, and 5-year-old program at Shorecrest.
The second floor of Charger Commons houses the Hess Library and Technology Center, Smith Center for Innovation with makerspace, Upper School classrooms, the Center for Academic Excellence, Ohana Community Room, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and business offices.
Built in 2008, Landy Hall was the first two-story building on campus, and includes Upper School classrooms, a computer lab, and the College Counseling Office. Adjacent to Landy Hall is the Peck Center for Medical Sciences with specialized furniture, equipment, and technology to engage students in an applied biological sciences curriculum.
The Middle School Center for Arts and Sciences opened in August 2009, and includes classrooms, music and drama rooms, and a covered outdoor pavilion. Teachers in the 5th-8th grade Middle School have reimagined their classroom spaces to allow for co-teaching, cross-curricular learning, collaboration, and project work.
The Shorecrest Athletic Center opened in October 2011. The facility includes a competitive gym, recreational gym, workout center, locker rooms, concessions and a ticket booth, as well as office space for athletic staff. Shorecrest Chargers athletic teams also practice and play on 4 fields around campus.
The Janet Root Theatre is a state-of-the-art facility and centerpiece of Shorecrest's vibrant performing arts program. It is part of the Raymund Center which also includes Lower school art, music and Spanish classrooms, as well as offices for the Head of School, Enrollment, Marketing and more.
Shorecrest is home to a number of outdoor playspaces and gathering areas. In spring 2015, Walker Willis '19 gathered his Middle School peers to help transform an underused part of campus to build The Native Classroom. The three-phase project included the eradication of approximately 1,000 Australian Pines, an invasive species to Florida. Phase two involved planting 500 mangroves, cabbage palms, slash pines, and other native species to enrich habitat, insure soil conservation, and improve water quality. In the final phase, Walker improved an existing educational area by building a channel-side observation ground platform and providing a freshwater source for science students.
Outdoor gatherings and performances happen frequently on the Gaffney Green and in the Weiss Family Pavilion. Outdoor learning and gardening take place in the Experiential and Lower School Outdoor Classrooms.
In January 2013, Shorecrest and Critical Intervention Services (now Gardaworld) initiated an informal partnership that was formalized in October 2013. Together, we developed a school-wide comprehensive safety, security and protection program that retains the open and welcoming atmosphere of our independent school campus while enhancing all levels of safety for the Shorecrest community.
Gardaworld audited the Shorecrest physical campus, our emergency communication systems, our crisis and emergency plans and our professional development program that focused on emergency planning. In addition, Gardaworld identified School Protection Officers (SPO’s) with unique skills, interest and training to serve as on-campus leaders for the safety, security and protection initiative.
Our School Protection Officers are essential in the identification and prevention of instances before they occur. While trained and prepared for medical emergencies and physical assaults, the primary role of the officers is to know the community and support all aspects of the school safety operations without disrupting normal school activities. They are familiar, friendly faces able to offer assistance at a moment's notice.
Gardaworld is able to monitor our security cameras if an emergency were to occur. Shorecrest also utilizes an individualized, on-campus emergency notification system for all faculty and staff. The faculty has received training and guidance on best practices to ensure the safety of all students and visitors.
Shorecrest and Gardaworld are pleased to have developed this comprehensive school safety, security and protection program and along with our Campus Safety & Security Coordinator, are pleased to offer guidance and support to other schools.
Director of Facilities
Marcus has extensive experience in campus operations, safety and facilities management. He came to Shorecrest in May 2021 from Christian Heritage School in Dalton, Georgia, where he served as the Director of Facilities and Campus Safety.
Mr. Holmes has first-hand knowledge of the life and operations of independent schools, having worked at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, for 12 years. There he served as Dean of Residential Life, Head of House, and had extensive safety and security responsibilities. During his tenure at Darlington, Marcus also held positions as Residential Dean and Desktop Support Engineer. Prior to working in education, he served as a project manager, estimator, and superintendent at Holmes Enterprises, a company specializing in commercial and residential construction.
Marcus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. He and his wife, Melinda, have two daughters.
Campus Safety & Security Coordinator
Shane Collins has a background in both law enforcement and school security. Over the past year he built relationships with our school community as GardaWorld’s lead school protection officer. Previously he worked as a part-time police officer in Massachusetts and served in the United States Army as a military police officer. Shane will soon complete a degree in criminal justice and looks forward to his new role as the Campus Safety & Security Coordinator for Shorecrest.
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