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

Upper School Field Experiences

Freshman Retreat

In the beginning of their ninth grade year, freshmen have a two-day, one-night retreat. The retreat provides the entering freshman class with a series of bonding activities under the auspices of Pathfinders Outdoor Education counselors and chaperoned by Shorecrest administrators and faculty members. Students undertake a series of outdoor challenges to solve problems together and develop leadership skills. Some of the activities will include the High Ropes Challenge, a Zip-line, canoeing, a bonfire, and a night hike. These experiences are designed to enhance class unity and develop friendships with the new Shorecrest students and US Shorecrest teachers.

Service Week

Upper School students are invited to a variety of national and international trips during Service Week. Opportunities have included: 
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • France
  • Peru
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Charleston, SC
  • Panthertown Valley, NC
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Read more on the Service Week 2017 page.


Summer trips to Europe are frequently offered to our Upper School students.

Middle School Field Experiences

Students in Grades 6-8 participate with their teachers in extensions of classroom learning through overnight field experiences. These programs are at the heart of best educational practice providing real world opportunities through integrated learning. It is anticipated that all our students will participate in our field experiences at each grade level (Grade 5 students will have a variety of day trip experiences enriching their academic programs.)

Note: There is no school coverage for students not participating in field experiences. Families must make alternative arrangements for their children during these time periods for non-attendees.

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  • Eighth Grade: Washington DC

    A four-day/three-night excursion to our nation’s capital. Eighth grade trips to Washington DC are a rite of passage in many independent schools, and our trip is an important link to our students’ understanding of our country, our culture, and America’s role in the global community. This trip builds beautifully on two years of global studies in Grades 5 and 6 social studies and two years of American experience in Grades 7 and 8. Integrating social studies, English, world languages, art, architecture, math and science, students visit historical sites such as the Capitol, historical monuments on the Mall, and many museums including Smithsonian sites.
  • Seventh Grade: Marine Lab

    This three-day/two-night experiential marine science and environmental studies opportunity located on Key Largo in the Florida Keys. This trip bridges Life Science (Grade 7) with Marine Science (Grade 8). Students study marine life and water ecosystems in still pools, as well as in and around coral reefs. Students' time is divided among lab work, snorkeling, playing and studying. Awareness of the  fragile nature of our marine environments is a cornerstone of the marine lab mission and this program fosters critical thinking and hands on awareness of real world challenges.
  • Sixth Grade: Common Ground Adventures

    A two-day/one-night field experience, Common Ground Adventures is a bonding, team-building opportunity. The trip focuses on critical thinking, decision making, and providing students with the opportunity to take risks and accept challenges in an outdoor learning environment. This experience includes canoeing and high/low ropes courses.
  • Alternative Spring Break: French Immersion

    More information coming soon for March 2017 trip to France visiting 7/8th grade French pen pals.

MS International Travel

For the last two years, Middle School students have had the opportunity to travel during Spring Break to Cuba for service or France for a French immersion trip.

Middle School Local Field Trips

Architectural Tour of Downtown St Petersburg
Bloom Art Center
Shell Midden on Boca Ciega Bay
The Salvador Dalí Museum
Lowry Park Zoo
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Weedon Island Preserve
various seagrass planting expeditions

Lower School Field Experiences


Señora Emili Jaime-Allwood, the Lower School third and fourth grade Spanish teacher, will be taking fourth grade students to Spain in the summer of 2017. Fourth grade families are invited to be part of this momentous field experience. Contact

Lower School Local Field Trips:

American Stage Theatre
Animal Hospital
Animal House Pet Shop
Architectural Tour of Downtown St Petersburg
Boyd Hill Pioneer Settlement Garden
Crisp Park
Dentist's Office
Dolin's Garden Center
Fire Station
Florida Aquarium
Lowry Park Zoo
The Museum of Fine Arts
Pumpkin Patch
Pinellas County Waste Management & Landfill
Salvation Army Family Shelter
Sawgrass Lake Park
St. Pete Museum of History
Tampa Bay History Center
Weedon Island Preserve

Experiential School Local Field Trips

Bob Lee's Tire Company
Crisp Park
a Dentist
a Fire Station
Museum of Fine Arts
Pioneer Gardens
a Pumpkin Patch 
Spa Beach

School Information

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.