Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Doing the Math for Tuition

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Oct 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

You’ve found the school! It offers an outside the box approach to curriculum, and a relatively convenient location. There are fantastic teachers and special programs. It's an independent school, and that means tuition. You are sure your child will thrive in this learning environment, if you can manage the cost. Don't let tuition be the deciding factor for which school your child will attend.  Putting the pieces together may be easier than it seems.

Schools like Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, understand that the cost of school can be a hurdle. While some families may be in a position to simply write a check, that certainly isn’t the case for every family who is part of an independent school community. Many independent schools are committed to helping families manage tuition costs, and offer a number of payment options.

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Topics: Indpendent Schools, Financial Aid

The four P's of Parenting Digital kids

Posted by Dr. Anna Baralt on Sep 26, 2018 8:07:00 AM

It may not surprise parents and teachers that social media use among middle schoolers and teens is growing. Yet, many of us struggle to make sense of what our kids are doing online. We don’t understand what the fuss is about, and can’t seem to keep up with all the new apps and tools that are popping up. Often teens are more savvy than we might give them credit for. Common Sense Media, a website offering expert, parent and child reviews of technological entertainment, reports that 72% of teens believe that companies manipulate users into spending more time on their devices. 

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Topics: Student and Faculty Perspectives, Technology, innovation in schools, Social-Emotional Development, Education Best Practice, Parenting

Our Image of A Child

Posted by Lisa Bianco on Sep 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When I vacation with my daughter, Mila, I always look for a local playground. Although she is a good travel buddy, I know my child can only take so much of being a tourist. Watching her play in a group of children, I often find myself reflecting on her childhood and education. My role as Head of the Experiential and Lower Schools for Shorecrest puts me in a unique position to consider how our image of a child informs what we, as parents and faculty look for in a school.

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Topics: Student and Faculty Perspectives, Elementary School, design thinking, Arts in Schools, culture

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

Shorecrest Values in Action

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Aug 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The end of the school year leads us to anticipate new experiences and reflect on the year. Have we learned all we can learn to be prepared for what is to come?  Did we manifest our core values and carry out our mission as a school in this academic year?

Emilia Fieseler of Friedrichshafen, Germany, recently spent five weeks as a guest student in the Upper School of Shorecrest Preparatory School. Her time at Shorecrest was a new experience for her and for the students who got to know her. Emilia’s thoughts on her time at Shorecrest give us a more objective lens for reflection on whether the community at Shorecrest lives up to its philosophy and mission. Emilia shared her impressions and opinions with us.

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Topics: Diversity and Inclusion, Guest Bloggers, Core Values, culture, shorecrest, High School, Student Perspectives, Student and Faculty Perspectives