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

Travel and Field Experiences

Much like projects and experiential learning in a classroom take students out of textbooks and into self discovery, travel opens student minds to memorable learning. While adventuring, students may be exposed to culture, outlooks, customs, terrain, language, activities and natural wonders that they can discover in ways unlike a classroom allows. They'll remember the experience, and be fueled for the start of something bigger.

Upper School Field Experiences

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  • 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:
    • A 23-year exchange program with a school in Châlons-en-Champagne, France
    • Costa Rica
    • Cuba
    • Peru
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Charleston, SC
    • Panthertown Valley, NC
    • Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
    Read more on the Service Week 2019 page.
  • Summer

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

Middle School Field Experiences

Students in Grades 5-8 participate with their teachers in extensions of classroom learning through overnight field experiences. These programs provide real-world opportunities through integrated learning.

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  • Eighth Grade: Washington, D.C.

    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: St. Augustine, Florida

    A three-day/two-night experiential history and environmental studies opportunity located in and around St. Augustine, FL. Students explore the Castillo de San Marcos, Old Town, Fort Mose, and other historical sites in America's oldest city. Students will also study the North Florida environment and how it related to the development of the area. A major focus second semester in seventh grade is the class project on disease and history, and the field experience provides students the opportunity to explore the impact of disease on the Spanish colonial town.
  • Sixth Grade: Busch Gardens

    Students will use their wildlife knowledge, puzzle-solving abilities and navigational skills at Busch Gardens during an overnight adventure. They will camp out at Tiger Lodge with round-the clock tiger viewing and have morning interaction with zookeepers and tigers. The visit also includes animal encounters with endangered species and a scavenger hunt and relay race.
  • Fifth Grade: NASA's Kennedy Space Center

    In this all-new program, students travel to the Red Planet for a day to live and work on Mars Base 1. Set in a landscape of the future, Rookie Astronaut teams have the unique opportunity to travel to Mars through the Mars Transporter Vehicle. Once there, work through the challenges of living on the Martian surface: manage the Base Operations Center on Mars, grow and harvest plants in the Botany Lab, and collect and analyze data that will be sent to real NASA scientists.

    Rookie Astronauts will also need to optimize energy intake for the Base by programming robots to clear debris from solar panels.

    It is an experience unlike any other on the planet! 

MS International Travel & Student Exchange

The Global Explorers Student Exchange & Hosting Program designs opportunities for Lower and Middle school students and their families to learn while traveling, join annual exchange programs, and host overseas students.

Shorecrest Middle School students have:
  • Traveled during Spring Break to Cuba for service and Spanish immersion
  • Visited France for French immersion trips
  • Hosted Argentinian students since 2004
  • Hosted and visited students from Madrid, Spain, as exchange students 
Contact: Señora Emili Jaime-Allwood, Global Explorers Chair and Lower School Spanish Teacher

Middle School Local Field Trips

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

Lower School International Travel

Señora Emili Jaime-Allwood, the Lower School third and fourth grade Spanish teacher, travels with fourth and fifth grade students and parents to Spanish speaking countries in the summer. Trips include:
  • 2020: Spain (Canceled due to COVID19)
  • 2019: Mexico
  • 2018: Costa Rica
  • 2017: Spain

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
Fire Station
Museum of Fine Arts
Pioneer Gardens
Pumpkin Patch 
Spa Beach

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.