Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

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

"Don't Follow Your Dreams" Remarks from Career Day 2017

Posted by Mary Greene '83 on Mar 2, 2017 4:46:45 PM

Thank you, Mr. Haskell, Mr. Murphy, and Ms. Merritt for the wonderful, warm introduction and for giving me this great honor. I was afraid I was going to be a little late because I couldn’t find my parking space. I decorated and painted it in 1983.

What happened?

Well, I do want you to know how special it is to be back on this campus, a place where I felt safe to explore and learn and grow . . . and become.  

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Topics: Inside Shorecrest, Core Values, Student and Faculty Perspectives

Learning about Compassion in the Preschool Classroom

Posted by Betty Gootson on Nov 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As we think about how much we have to be thankful for and how lucky we are, one can also reflect back to our core values - compassion, in particular. A large part of being compassionate relates to empathy. Though some people are innately empathetic and caring towards others, for many children it is something that needs to be taught and learned. Since young children are egocentric, we must help them become aware of the feelings and needs of others. It is important for them to learn to do good for the sake of helping others, rather than for any reward other than the good feeling they get as a result. They may not even be aware of that intrinsically good feeling unless we talk about it or point it out.

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Topics: Preschool, Core Values

Learning About Integrity in the Preschool Classroom

Posted by Betty Gootson on Nov 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When addressing each of our Core Values with our youngest students, it seemed most appropriate to save integrity for last. Certainly not because it was the least important, but because it is all encompassing. A person with integrity knows the difference between right and wrong and chooses to do the right thing, even when it is a hard choice and/or no one is looking. A person with integrity is honest, trustworthy and has strong moral principles. People with integrity are the ones we want our children to look up to, emulate and become.

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Topics: Preschool, Core Values

Learning About Knowledge in the Preschool Classroom

Posted by Betty Gootson on Oct 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The Experiential School of Tampa Bay addresses one of Shorecrest’s five Core Values and how it relates to young students.


While respect, responsibility and compassion typically appear on lists of Core Values, knowledge appears far less frequently. For Shorecrest, however, it could not be a more fitting inclusion, as it is our mission not only for our students to acquire knowledge in school but to develop a passion for learning. Knowledge includes facts, information and skills acquired and understood through experience and education. To pursue it, minds must be curious and questioning.

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Topics: Core Values