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.
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.
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.
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.
With another on the books, now is the perfect time for reflection. It’s easy to be so detail-driven that we miss the greater picture of what this week means. Service Week is heavily focused on our students, families and our community partners.