Shorecrest Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational day school enrolling 950 students from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through the twelfth grade. Located near I-275 in northeast St. Petersburg, Shorecrest serves families residing throughout the Tampa Bay area. Among the oldest independent day schools in Florida, Shorecrest seeks diversity in its students, faculty and administration, and our school community reflects the ethnicities, religions, social classes and lifestyles to be found on Florida's West Coast. We welcome applications from candidates who exhibit talent, intelligence, professionalism and dedication to teaching. Shorecrest is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and by the Florida Kindergarten Council; it is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
St. Petersburg is located at the hub of the larger Tampa Bay area which also includes the cities of Tampa, Clearwater and Sarasota. A system of major roads and multiple bridges spanning the Bay itself makes the entire region easily accessible. An overall population of over two million supports a wide variety of year-round cultural, athletic, entertainment and shopping opportunities. Here you'll find a variety of museums, a zoo and Busch Gardens; and in addition mid-state attractions such as Sea World and Walt Disney World are less than two hours away, while Florida's Atlantic Coast and Cape Kennedy are a three hour drive due east.
Florida's warm, sunny climate is legendary, and Tampa Bay's climate is no exception to this general rule. St. Petersburg enjoys 361 sunny days per year on average, and our mean temperature varies from about 60°F in winter to about 88° F in summer. The rainy season runs from June through the end of November, but the typical summer weather pattern sees long sunny days punctuated by afternoon thunderstorms which reduce the temperature and generally clear before sunset. Virtually all outdoor sports and activities can occur year-round here, and St. Pete places a high premium on providing and maintaining municipal recreational facilities including tennis courts, swimming pools, golf courses, and the Pinellas (Bicycle) Trail. Twenty eight miles of white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico provide additional opportunities for sunning, strolling, shelling and just plain relaxing.
Florida's financial climate is as "user-friendly" as its natural climate. There are no state or local personal income taxes, no occupational privilege taxes, and the relatively low sales tax (6.5% statewide; 7% in Pinellas County) exempts groceries, medicines, household fuels, and most services.
There is a thriving cultural life in the Tampa Bay region with various museums and theaters showcasing the visual and performing arts. St. Petersburg is home to the Dali Museum, the Florida International Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and a Chihuly Collection. Tampa is well-known for its Museum of Science and Industry; and the John and Mable Ringling Museum located in Sarasota houses a major collection of European masters. Smaller specialty museums also abound throughout the region. The Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts host the Florida Symphony Orchestra in its September through May season. Van Wezel Hall is home to the Florida West Coast Symphony. These versatile halls also offer a continuing menu of musical, theatrical, athletic and entertainment productions on tour. Playhouses in each of the Bay area's cities provide opportunities for local actors and directors to showcase their skills. Our mild climate also makes possible a series of outdoor celebrations of the arts. Highlights include juried arts and crafts shows, theatre-in-the-Park, concerts in parks along the Bay, a First Night Celebration and a Springtime Renaissance Fair. And don't even get us started on the innovative, family-owned restaurant scene in DTSP! (That's how the locals refer to downtown St. Pete.)
The region also has several institutions of higher education which promote the continuing life of the mind. Eckerd College, Stetson University's College of Law, the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and the University of Tampa are probably the best-known of these. There are also a variety of religiously-affiliated colleges within reasonable commuting distance.
Tampa Bay has much to please the sports enthusiast. At present, the area is home to the 2002 Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, arena football (Tampa Bay Storm), and ice hockey (Tampa Bay Lightning). The area has long provided winter training seasons for various major league baseball teams, and St. Petersburg has its own professional baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays, which began play in 1998 as the Devil Rays. In 2012, the Rowdies won the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship after a thrilling shoot-out victory in front of a sold out crowd at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. The area also hosts PGA golf tournaments, NCAA basketball playoffs, sailing regattas, Grand Prix auto racing as well as a wide range of amateur athletic competitions throughout the year. Numerous running races and triathlons use our pretty roadways, and local run clubs are a great way to meet people.
Shorecrest is located in the midst of all of this, very near the geographic center of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the Southeast. We offer regionally competitive salaries which enable a high quality of life in a very desirable environment. A career at Shorecrest offers both professional and personal satisfaction; living in the St. Pete/ Tampa Bay area is a pleasure in its own right. After all, some 4 million tourists annually come to visit what those of us who live and work here call home! We appreciate your interest in our school and wish you well in your job search.