Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

The Value of Investing in a Private School Education

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Sep 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Parents today have myriad options for educating their children. Choosing the right school involves considering a number of factors relative to each student’s academic temperament. Considerations for parents include the quality of education, class size, social environment and cost. Independent schools come with unique costs, such as tuition, books, supplies and uniforms, and they offer unique benefits that easily outweigh their cost. Schools like Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, offer an experience that cannot be matched.

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Topics: Indpendent Schools, Private School, Financial Aid

Choosing Community at Shorecrest

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Aug 22, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Making a School Choice     

The sound of children working intently, their laughter on the playground, their happy voices in conversation at lunch, the sight of a teacher helping a student one on one: these are things we all think of, when we think of school. Finding a learning environment where your child is engaged in their studies and surrounded by supportive adults and peers is important to every parent.  Choosing among Tampa Bay’s myriad options can be overwhelming. According to, independent schools like Shorecrest Preparatory School, serve almost 20,000 students in Pinellas County.

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Topics: Indpendent Schools, Core Values, culture, st petersburg, pinellas, relocating, tampa bay, Inside Shorecrest, Private School, Rankings

What to Expect at an Independent School Open House

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Nov 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Open House events are easy, low-commitment ways to get a glimpse of a school community. While websites, social media, and print materials all help tell a school’s story, most parents will say that they knew a school was ‘The One’ when they stepped onto the campus.

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Topics: Private School

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Independent School

Posted by Brian Steele on Nov 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When choosing an independent school, there are a number of factors that a parent must take into consideration. As an Admissions Officer, the top four elements of fit that I see most often are: Educational Fit, Safe Environment, Geographical Location, and Value of Education. 

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Topics: Private School

What is an Independent School?

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Apr 26, 2016 3:35:00 PM

As you research schools for a young child just starting preschool, or perhaps as you look to find a school in a new city, you may come across a number of different categories of schools. In today’s evolving school landscape, you’ll find public schools, charter schools, parochial schools, online schools, homeschool options, private schools, independent schools and more.

As a school admissions director, I meet with parents everyday who are in the school search process and many are unclear on what exactly an independent school is. Independent schools like Shorecrest Preparatory School are not dependent on the national or local governments to fund any part of school operations. This means independent schools do not receive taxpayer assistance. Instead, schools like Shorecrest receive funding through endowments, donations, and tuition.

Shorecrest is a proud member of the National Association of Independent Schools. The NAIS defines an independent school in five ways:

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Topics: Private School