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

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 22 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!

Don Paige
Head of Upper School

Program Hallmarks

Academics
College Counseling
  • 100% of students accepted to college
  • Comprehensive college counseling center provides individualized attention beginning in 9th grade. Counselors offer advice on test preparation, constructing curriculum, developing list of colleges to research, and financial aid/scholarship application processes
  • Alumni and local business leaders present to Upper School students each spring for Career Day
Service
  • All students complete at least 25 hours of community service per year
  • All students participate in annual Service Week, where students complete over 5,000 hours of service across local, national and international locations. 
  • View the Class of 2018 Service Profile
Willis Family Leadership Lectures
Past presenters in the lecture series have included the following:
  • Matt Silverman, President of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball
  • Marty Petty, Publisher and Executive VP, Tampa Bay Times newspaper
  • Larry Scott, CEO of the Women's Tennis Association
  • Peter Kageyama, author of "For the Love of Cities"
  • Verónica Cáceres Chamorro, secretary pro tempore for the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles
  • Indira Lakshmanan, Washington columnist for "The Boston Globe" and the Poynter Institute's Newmark Chair for Journalism Ethics
  • Jennifer Pharr Davis, long-distance hiker, author and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

Upper School Hours

8:30am - 3:25pm
9am - 3:35pm on Tuesdays

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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.