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

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Shorecrest seeks students who will benefit most from attending the school and who will contribute to the well-being of the school community along with their families. Choosing Shorecrest means becoming a part of a vibrant community where we integrate our challenging academic curriculum with a multitude of opportunities to discover and nurture individual interests. While we welcome all inquiries and applications, we regret we are not able to accept every qualified applicant based on our capacity.

Admission is based on selective criteria that may include standardized testing, classroom observation, prior school records, teachers’ recommendations and good character. In making a decision, the Admissions Committee may give special consideration to faculty and/or staff children and siblings of current students. Shorecrest Preparatory School accepts applications from students regardless of age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socio-economic status, national or ethnic origin.

We can't wait to share our community with you!

How to Apply to Shorecrest

While applications for the 2022-2023 school year have closed, we have limited availability in certain grades. If you are interested in this school year, please email admissions@shorecrest.org and include the grade(s) you're interested in and we'll get back to you right away.

Otherwise, apply now for the 2023-2024 academic year! Applying early is encouraged. Completed applications submitted after February 1, 2023, may be subject to a waitlist.

APPLICANT FAMILY CHECKLIST

The following checklist for applicant families is designed to be user-friendly as well as to move you through a process that allows Shorecrest to get to know you and your child(ren) as well as for you to obtain a deeper appreciation for the values-based education offered by Shorecrest.

List of 5 items.

  • Inquire

    The Admissions Team is excited to share our school community with you. Complete our inquiry form and we’ll be in touch to help you learn more about what it means to be a Charger!
  • Visit Us

    We love welcoming prospective families to our beautiful campus! We invite you to explore Shorecrest online.

    There you can sign up to tour the campus in-person or virtually, whichever is best for you. We also host a variety of Open Houses, Virtual Lunch and Learns, and other on-campus community events so be sure to join our email list or return to this site frequently for additional opportunities to learn more about Shorecrest.
  • Online application

    While applications for the 2022-2023 school year have closed, we have limited availability in certain grades. If you are interested in this school year, please email admissions@shorecrest.org and include the grade(s) you're interested in and we'll get back to you right away. Otherwise, apply now for the next academic year!
    Our application is online. Along with the application a photograph, birth certificate or passport, and $75* application fee are required for all grade levels. Additional required steps to complete an application are listed below.

    *The application fee for International applicants is $200.
  • Submit Required Documents

    The following documents can be submitted via email (admissions@shorecrest.org), fax, mail, or in person. All check-list items must be completed by February 1 to be considered for the first round of admission. Once we have a completed application, the Admissions Committee will make an admissions decision. Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a space available basis.

    Experiential School (Alpha - JK, ages 3-5)
    • In-person visit
    • Report Card/Progress Report (if applicable)
    • Teacher Recommendation(s) (if applicable)
     Lower School (Grades K - 4)
    • In-person visit
    • Applicants to Kindergarten take an assessment.
    • Report Cards (prior academic year and Fall semester of current school year)
    • Teacher Recommendation
    Middle School and Upper School (Grades 5-12)
    • Student Questionnaire
    • In-person shadow visit
    • Interview
    • Report Cards (prior academic year and Fall semester of current school year)
    • Teacher Recommendations (English and Math for 7-12 grades) 
    • Applicants applying to grades 6-12 will share current standardized test score results (i.e. ERB, MAP, Terra Nova, PSAT, ACT or SAT). If your child did not take a standardized test for the current school year, then register online for the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).
    • Students applying for grades 6-12 are required to submit a Character Snapshot. Assessments taken by January 25 will be considered in the first round of admissions decisions. Assessments received after January 25 will be considered in the second round of admissions.
  • Shadow Visits

    Once we receive an application, your child will be invited for an in-person shadow visit to get a taste of the Chargers Experience! This is a great opportunity for your child to experience Shorecrest and get a glimpse into what it is like to be a Charger! It’s also a chance for us to get to know your child. Call our office at 727-456-7511 or email us at admissions@shorecrest.org to schedule a shadow visit. Requirements differ for non-U.S. citizens. Please visit our International Students page for more information.

    Experiential School
    Prospective students applying for Alpha (PK-3) spend 30 minutes with peers in the Experiential School. An Alpha applicant must be 2 1/2 years old in order to shadow. A visit may be scheduled after an application has been submitted.

    Prospective students applying for Junior Kindergarten (PK-4) spend an hour visiting our classrooms with current students. A visit may be scheduled after an application has been submitted.

    Lower School (Grades K - 4th)

    Kindergarten
    Prospective students applying for Kindergarten spend a morning with peers in our Junior Kindergarten classroom. The JK students are in the same peer group as your Kindergarten applicant. A visit may be scheduled after an application has been submitted.

    First - Fourth Grades
    Prospective students applying for first-fourth grades spend a day with peers in the Lower School. The day consists of visiting classes, connecting with peers and having lunch in our dining room to see what it is like to be a Charger! The day will also consist of taking a few assessments to evaluate readiness. A visit may be scheduled after an application has been submitted.

    Middle School (Fifth - Eighth Grades)
    Prospective students applying to our Middle School spend almost a full day visiting our classes, connecting with peers and having lunch in our dining room to see what it is like to be a Charger! The day will also consist of taking a brief math placement test, providing a writing sample, and if time permits an Admissions Interview with a member(s) of the Admissions Committee. A shadow visit may be scheduled after an application has been submitted.

    Upper School (Ninth - Twelfth Grades)
    Prospective students applying to our Upper School spend almost a full day visiting our classes, connecting with peers and having lunch in our dining room to see what it is like to be a Charger! The day will also consist of having an Admissions Interview with a member(s) of the Admissions Committee. A shadow visit may be scheduled after an application has been submitted.

International Students

Requirements differ for non-U.S. citizens. Please visit our International Students page for more information.

Get to Know Shorecrest

Click here to schedule a tour to visit Shorecrest. An Admissions Team Member will share our community with you and answer questions that you may have. Students are invited to shadow in the classroom after submitting an application. In the meantime - get to know us! You can join us at an event, follow Shorecrest on Facebook, join our newsletter email list, come to a sporting event, view our year in photos, or watch a performance in our theatre.

Decisions

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for expansion grades (Alpha, JK, and 5th). Admissions decisions are shared as they are determined by the Admissions Committee. Admissions is on a space available basis, and once a grade is full students may be placed in the wait pool.

For all other grades, completed applications must be received by February 1 in order to be considered for the first round of admissions decisions. First round admissions decisions are shared in late February after the current student re-enrollment period has ended.

Completed applications received after February 1 will be considered for admission on a space-available basis and students may be placed in the wait pool. The second round of admissions decisions will be shared after March 1.

The Wait Pool

If space in a grade is not available, admissible students will be notified of wait pool status. If a space becomes available, the Admissions Committee will review all of the applicants in the wait pool and make a decision based on the current profile needs of that class.

Admissions Policy

Shorecrest Preparatory School seeks students who will benefit most from attending Shorecrest and who will contribute to the well-being of the school community
along with their family.

The School adheres to the Principles of Good Practice as outlined by the National Association of Independent Schools.
 
Admission is based on selective criteria that may include an admissions interview, standardized testing, classroom observation, prior school record, teachers’ recommendations and good character. In making a decision, the Admissions Committee may give special consideration to faculty and/or staff children. While we welcome all inquiries and applications, we regret we are not able to accept every qualified applicant based on our capacity.

Students who are in the wait pool at Shorecrest and then are admitted after the start of extra-curricular or athletic programs according to Florida State Statutes and FHSAA Bylaw 9.3.2.3 place the authority of transfers on the receiving school. This determination must be made by Shorecrest Prep, referencing any policy and administrative procedure the school may have in place regarding students coming from a waiting pool.

Shorecrest Preparatory School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin in admissions policies, financial assistance, athletic and other school-administered programs.

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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.