Upper School: Grades 9-12
Greetings, and welcome to the Shorecrest Upper School.
As stated in our school’s philosophy
, we work hard to achieve choice, support, and balance for our students. We know the modern high school student is busier and more sophisticated than ever before, as evidenced by how often parents/guardians tell me, “We never got to do that while I was in high school!” At Shorecrest, students can choose from over 20 Advanced Placement offerings
(more than any other school in the area), as well as electives like Women’s Studies, Robotics, Digital Film and many others. An Independent Study option allows students, with the help of a faculty mentor, to craft their own course of advanced study. Independent studies in the past year ranged from the creation of a car detection device that provides warning for cyclists, to a deep dive into the digital currency possibilities in Argentina.
Students may also choose our Global Scholars Initiative
(GSI) track, where they focus on global affairs; or delve into The Center for Medical Sciences
for applied anatomical and medical knowledge. Each March, students and faculty use Service Week to help make a difference in communities of need. There are over 20 programs where students can put empathy into action, from as far afield as Peru to the local Pinellas County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
We also know that the modern high school student needs support and balance to successfully navigate all of the choices in the curriculum, particularly when they are coupled with the demands of athletics, the arts, college admissions, and family life. At Shorecrest, students are provided with faculty advisors to guide them through high school and provide them with an age specific life skills curriculum. Our recently revamped schedule is designed to provide ample breaks throughout the day, recognizing the latest research in how to optimize student learning and well-being. Also, our College Counseling and student leadership team guide students to find the activities and leadership opportunities that best actualize the student’s passions and skills. From there, we will help the student navigate the complex field of college admissions and standardized testing.
Our mission is to create lifelong learners. When people ask me, “What does a Charger know when they cross the stage at graduation?” I like to respond, “They know that they have only begun to taste the amount of knowledge available in the world, and they can’t wait to find out more.”
Our talented faculty and support staff will help you gain the skills to find all that knowledge, so you can truly be a lifelong learner. This is an exciting place to learn! If you come, you will see students who work hard but have fun. The opportunities for growth and enrichment are plentiful, and we would love for you to visit us!
Head of Upper School