Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

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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Building Bilingual Students in Middle School

Posted by Amy Brill on Apr 21, 2016 3:38:21 PM

Here is a joke for you. What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language? American.

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Topics: Private School, Middle School, Student Travel, World Language, Student and Faculty Perspectives


Posted by Mike Murphy on Apr 19, 2016 12:47:00 PM

 students working at Florida private school

A checklist can be a helpful tool when evaluating a new school for your child and your family. Websites and admissions materials can give parents and children insights into what a school values. Videos and other visuals found on the websites of schools can be very useful. But nothing is more important than the person-to-person interaction with students, teachers, parents and past parents of the school.

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Why Rankings Miss the Target

Posted by Mike Murphy on Nov 10, 2015 11:50:00 AM

November is when college football fans, players and coaches can get totally distracted by the formulas used to create the college bowl championships. If not for the vast amounts of money involved, it’s doubtful that many institutions of higher education would even consider asking student-athletes and coaches to tack on another month of preparation for one game. Regardless of the computer models and human energy invested in getting the top teams aligned, there is inevitable controversy and often huge disappointment. In the final analysis very few people will remember who played in the bowl games. The coaches and their players will have the bonds and memories they created over a year or years of preparation and competition. Those relationships and lessons will far outlast any single game.

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Topics: Private School, Rankings