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

Keys to Educating Young Adolescents

In 2010, the Association for Middle Level Education,, created a document entitled “This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents”. This document outlines sixteen characteristics of the most successful schools for young adolescents. These characteristics are gathered under the all-important headings of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Leadership and Organization; and Culture and Community. These headings and the sixteen characteristics that follow underscore all that we value in our Middle Division.

We cannot underestimate the importance of the journey a child takes from Grades 5-8. This time is transformational in a young, impressionable life: the most successful and supportive middle division environment provides life lasting skills for success, critical thinking, understanding, social functioning, collaborative problem solving, and ultimately, and most importantly, self-knowledge.

Please review the characteristics of the optimum middle school environment below, so you will understand what drives our best practice and all our work, every day.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them.
  • Students and teachers are engaged in active, purposeful learning.
  • Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant.
  • Educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches.
  • Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it.
Leadership and Organization
  • A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision.
  • Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about this age group, educational
    research, and best practices.
  • Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration.
  • Ongoing professional development reflects best educational practices.
  • Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships.
Culture and Community
  • The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all.
  • An adult advocate guides every student’s academic and personal development.
  • Comprehensive guidance and support services meet the needs of young
  • Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-side programs, and related
  • The school actively involves families in the education of their children.
  • The school includes community and business partners.
We believe that strong programming, leadership, culture building, and community provide middle school students with everything they need to succeed. Through teacher professional development, research based learning, strong leadership, and the creation of a strong teacher/family/student culture through our new advisory programming, we can work to meet these outstanding goals for your child’s success today and tomorrow. Help us through ongoing communication to make your child’s experiences in Grades 5-8 the cornerstones of a successful life.

As you work with all of us, as you parent more, not less during these crucial years, we will create the village it takes to raise your unique, beautiful, precious child. Thank you for appreciating what we do and working with us as we all grow and learn every day.

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.