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From the fleeting tickle of a butterfly’s wings, to the ripe smell of the native vegetation on our sprawling and secure campus, your child will live learning every day while at Shorecrest, forever awakening a yearning to experience this great world of ours firsthand.
Welcome to The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, where each child’s interests and ideas are valued. In our child-centered learning community, students act and interact as individual and collaborative thinkers, doers, and problem solvers, and teachers provide experiences to engage and stretch them.
In a safe, nurturing environment, through hands-on learning and connections with nature and community, The Experiential School develops the character, skills, well-being, and values needed to seamlessly grow as lifelong learners throughout Shorecrest.
Our private school teachers are specialists in Early Childhood Education and are familiar with the latest research on how children develop and learn. They recognize that each child is unique, and purposefully differentiate activities according to the needs of each child. Through a balance of guided discovery and play, the teachers support our students to ensure that they develop the interpersonal and cognitive skills and conceptual understandings that will help position them as the leading students and citizens of the future.
Students are engaged in curriculum that cultivates children's natural creativity and curiosity to promote growth through play, inquiry, exploration, observation and project-based learning.
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, children become active protagonists in their learning. Students are supported through relationship building, expression, and meaning making - understanding that the world around them has meaning and finding their sense of self within their environments.
Teachers digitally document and archive students’ work and projects into an e-portfolio. The portfolio follows the student through the course of Lower School and serves as a tool to draw connections and illustrate student progress through fourth grade.
Involving children in whole-child experiences that relate to their lives makes learning meaningful and fun. Come and see!
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Involving children in experiences that relate to their lives makes learning fun and exciting. Our Reggio-inspired approach to teaching and learning is designed to help preschool-aged students feel capable and find enjoyment in their pursuit of knowledge through hands-on learning with a balance of play and discovery, and self-initiated and teacher-initiated activities. These goals remain consistent while the curriculum evolves in response to student and teacher interests and ongoing research in early childhood education.
Students learn to ask the right questions, and the utility and reward of actively participating in finding solutions, leading to people who think both independently and creatively.
Why do we choose to teach and learn this way? Why do we engage in play, inquiry, imagination, and exploration? Some of the benefits seen in students include:
The Mike Murphy Experiential School building opened in March 2019. When designing new indoor and outdoor spaces, every decision made had student learning and growth at its core. The building houses classrooms, a teaching kitchen, a library and media center, dining rooms, and much more!
Younger students debut costumes for families and older students as they parade through the 28-acre campus. The parade is typically followed by an outdoor festival with games, rides, treats and surprises.
A few days before the all-school Homecoming pep rally, our youngest Chargers enjoy a smaller pep rally to prepare them for the upcoming fanfare. They talk to high school athletes, meet Sparky - our mascot, and cheerleaders lead them through their first Chargers cheer.
A weeklong teach-in featuring local artists, a gallery walk highlighting student artwork, class performances and more. The final feature of the week is a Shorecrest Upper School Performing Arts musical production.
As a culminating activity for Alpha's investigation of transportation and as an end of the year celebration, our youngest Chargers show off their skills on wheels. Students bring tricycles, bicycles, balance bikes, scooters and Hot Wheels to demonstrate their independence while bonding with the school community.
Flexible schedules help families that may have different needs based on their children and family work schedules.
Our Extended Day program is designed to provide a safe, nurturing and enjoyable environment for families that need childcare beyond school hours. Activities include snack, outdoor play, games and crafts. A full day Vacation Camp is offered on most days when school is closed. Learn more on our After School page.
The Experiential School students are invited to enroll in clubs (after school enrichment programs) such as soccer, karate, art, cooking and/or creative movement. Each activity meets once / week, with 4 six-week sessions during the year. Learn more on our After School page.
"Our kids are loved and nurtured here. I feel so secure knowing that our kids come to school every day and are in a safe and loving environment."
Andrea Silverman, Shorecrest Parent of Three
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