Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

The Power of “and": Time, Talent, and Resources

Posted by Stacy Alexander on Dec 4, 2019 7:57:05 AM

Each day, a student’s and family’s experience at an independent school is made possible by tuition AND a school’s annual fund. For that reason, creating a culture of philanthropy is essential to the growth and well-being of independent schools. The National Association of Independent Schools Guide for Independent School Families asks, “Why do independent schools ask for tuition "and" a tax-deductible gift?” 

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Topics: Private School, Education Best Practice, shorecrest, Indpendent Schools, Professional Development, Community, Parent Involvement, Volunteer, Education with Values

Communicating with Children: Voice Lessons for Parents [Book Review]

Posted by Dominique Craft on Oct 30, 2019 12:04:00 PM

Establishing collaboration between parents and teachers can only serve to benefit our students. At Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, FL, Dominique Craft, the Dean of Curriculum for the Lower School engages parents in a book club. This time the discussion centered on a book by award winning author Wendy Mogel, PhD, called Voice Lessons. Mrs. Craft has written a review of this book and taken notes on this month’s conversation.

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Topics: Student/Faculty Perspectives, Community, Elementary School, Parent Involvement, Education with Values

Getting into the Rhythm of High School

Posted by Don Paige on Oct 23, 2019 11:51:00 AM

The start of a new school year is exciting, and it can be a little overwhelming. To a high school student, the academic pressure can feel especially heavy. Don Paige, Head of the Upper School at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, has some tips for parents to help high schoolers make the most of academics.

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Topics: High School, Parenting, teens, Student and Faculty Perspectives, Parent Involvement

Homecoming Competition Builds Leaders and Community

Posted by Don Paige on Oct 17, 2019 4:15:00 PM

Often when we think of high-schoolers, we are reluctant to single one out over another, or lump several students into a group. After all, college admissions, class standings and athletic achievement can put enough pressure on our kids. But, sometimes, being part of a team, and working together to win a good natured competition is just the thing to bring a group of classmates together and build memories that will keep them coming home.

The Homecoming Spirit Week tradition at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida is a frequent feature in the speeches of graduating seniors, spoken of as one of the best group experiences for their class, and something they hold dear.

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Topics: High School, teens, Social-Emotional Development, traditions, Core Values, Indpendent Schools, Community, Student and Faculty Perspectives, Education with Values

Does Attending Private School Help to Win a College Scholarship?

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Jun 10, 2019 11:20:26 AM

As high school seniors across the country decide where to go to college, their parents are faced with helping them decide how to manage the costs of an undergraduate degree. The fees can be daunting, and parents of upcoming graduates may wonder what can be done to improve their student’s chance of winning a scholarship.

Attending one of the top private schools in your area, like Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, won’t guarantee you a college scholarship. However, smaller class sizes, individual attention, and close relationships with faculty and advisors will ensure that your student has the best opportunity to find the school that is right for them. A school that offers a wide range of athletic, cultural and extracurricular opportunities also ensures a chance for your student to discover the activities that interest them most and to excel in those areas.

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Topics: Private School, High School, Parenting, Indpendent Schools, Education with Values