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

A letter from the Board of Trustees; May 26, 2020

Dear Shorecrest Community, 

The Shorecrest Board of Trustees and Administration are committed to returning to school in-person, on-campus for the 2020-2021 school year. We are doing all we can to ensure that your children will return to a healthy, safe and vibrant school environment.

Shorecrest Trustees and Administrators have received and read each and every response to the recent NAIS survey on families' experience during distance learning. We have carefully considered the survey responses and other forms of feedback in developing the plans provided in this update. This letter outlines important steps in our pathway toward reopening the school.

Plans will be re-evaluated and additional details will be published as new information becomes available. Families may expect updates on the 1st and 15th of the month throughout the summer. 

A May 26th letter from the School addresses three important elements regarding the return to school in August:
  1. Health and Safety
  2. Financial Planning
  3. Communication

Shorecrest Health & Safety Task Force

Goal: Collectively establish policy recommendations for approval by Shorecrest Administration to ensure a safe reopening of campus amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donna Conroy, RN: School Nurse
Nancy Spencer: Incoming Head of School
Dr. Greg Hahn: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital; Shorecrest parent & Trustee
Dr. Ali Messina: Chairman of the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital 
Dr. Adam Prawer '01: Medical Director for the Westminster Communities, Family Physician; Shorecrest parent & alumnus 
Dr. Adam Befeler: Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Anthony's Hospital, a member of the COVID-19 hospital task force; Shorecrest parent
Ms. Kristine Grant: Head of Middle School
Mr. Michael Gillis: Director of Advancement
Dr. Sherri Danyali: Head of Experiential School
Mr. Dave Sharlow: Operations Director
Mr. Jeremy Simpkins: Shorecrest Food Services Director, SAGE Dining
Mrs. Donna Novell: Director of Human Resources
Mrs. Rachel Barrett: Director of Marketing & Communications
Mrs. Jennifer Casanta: Shorecrest parent & SCA Board member
Dr. Sarah Ribeiro: Covid Strategy Committee Chair, Shorecrest Board of Trustees; Shorecrest parent & trustee, Former Deputy Mayor of Schools and Policy - City of St. Petersburg

Social and Emotional Health Task Force

Led by Shorecrest counselors Courtney Ellis '02 (Upper School) and Kate Fierce (Lower and Middle Schools), the Social & Emotional Task Force is creating a plan to support the emotional and mental wellness of our families through the summer months and as we transition back to school.

On the counselors’ PowerSchool Learning pages, you can find a vetted list of outside counseling providers as well many resources to support students and families during turbulent times. The counselors will continue to advise the faculty and administration on ways to support students' emotional and mental wellness during the transition back to school.

More detailed information will be available to families as we get closer to August.

Shorecrest Campus Closed

Shorecrest facilities remain closed through June, and staff is working remotely. Haskell Library is staffed by essential employees Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm during the closure for those who need access to WiFi or tech support.

Our faculty and staff led the way in distance learning throughout spring of 2020 with a can-do spirit! Times like these remind us of what is important and how strong our community is. We are #ShorecrestTogether.

Contact TLC

Request a consultation via phone, Zoom or email with The Learning Center at Shorecrest to help determine the best ways to support your learner this summer. 


Mike Murphy, Headmaster

Lisa Wylie, CFO
Dave Sharlow, Operations Director 

Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

Shorecrest Preparatory School

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
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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.