The Experiential School: Ages 3-5

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.

The Experiential School of Tampa Bay engages its students 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, we believe that children are active protagonists in their learning. The curriculum fosters development of the whole child and supports students’ relationship building, expression, and meaning making - understanding that the world around them has meaning and finding their sense of self within their environments. 

Involving children in experiences that relate to their lives makes learning meaningful and fun. Come and see!

Dr. Sherri Danyali
Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay


Project-based Investigations in Alpha classes have included:
  • Food: From Garden to Table
  • Transportation Study
  • Identity: Study of Self 
  • Community and People in our Neighborhood
Project-based Investigations in Junior Kindergarten classes have included: 
  • Habitat Study
  • Garden Study
  • Weather
  • Ocean Life
  • Alphabet Study
  • Airplane Study

Come explore with us in our new home!

In March 2019, Shorecrest's Experiential School students settled into their brand new Mike Murphy Experiential School building. When designing new Experiential School 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!

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"I visited my son's Alpha class yesterday. When I walked in, children were building skyscrapers with real wooden blocks, kids were playing in the "Bakery" with real flour spiced with ginger and cinnamon, and another group of children were working on painting a collaborative mural... and that was just 3 of the many amazing choices that were available. This happens EVERYDAY at The Experiential School!" 
~ Shannon Lipan
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
~ Fred Rogers

School Information

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.