The following is our (my family) experience with Shorecrest Preparatory in St. Petersburg, FL. I share this because selecting a school for your child is important and private school is expensive, especially Shorecrest. So you want to be sure your child is getting a great education, quality experience and you are getting an ROI on the investment.
Overall, our experience with Shorecrest was dismal. I would NOT recommend to anyone.. However, I would say that the Shorecrest could be a fit for you IF the following are key attributes you seek:
- NO GOD in the school
- You think the US is a bad country (you are part of the Woke and Cancel Culture)
- You prefer to live your life in fear
Else, there are many options. We found the teachers were irrationally biased and unwilling to accept alternative viewpoints for discussion, the protocols over the last year were inconsistent and draconian and the athletics lacked serious support.
Below is my letter to the Head Master after she requested an "exit interview" since my son was leaving the school. The irony is she was unwilling to even talk to me in the earlier part of the year when I requested it.
Selecting a school is difficult.....each school has challenges...however, LEADERSHIP allows the best to truly rise to the top.
Email response: 040921
Ms. Spencer (Head of School),
Thank you for the offer to meet for feedback about Jackson not returning to Shorecrest next year. At this point, I find your request interesting and perplexing, especially considering a primary driver of the change for Jackson was instigated by your unwillingness to have a discussion with me in the fall regarding your reasons for not allowing attendees to an outside football game.
At that time, I was requesting a sound reason for such a draconian protocol that was NOT aligned with the peer schools in our region. Instead of discussing, you referred me to a silent committee that ignored my request for the data to support the decision.
This spawned a critical view of the school, philosophy, and leadership, and we concluded:
Again, interesting that you suddenly care, while it was common knowledge by the Athletics department since February that Jackson was leaving the school. My perspective is that you are just executing your “check list” for closing the year, sending the request, rationalizing your decisions, and hoping the future is easier. Perhaps it will be, but realize that your decisions have a ripple effect on the future of the school. You have lost a student, athlete, donor, customer, and equally important, a promoter of the school…actually your leadership has created a demoter and I have shared these views with a few other parents.
Good luck with Shorecrest. Use this information and the last year as an opportunity to truly assess your leadership, identify areas of improvement and get a positive outcome of growth from it.
Surely this will suffice as a valuable exit interview without the fluff.
Father of Jackson Hollis
From: Nancy Spencer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, April 2, 2021 2:53 PM
To: Melanie Hollis <email@example.com>
Cc: Julie Meyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Shorecrest Exit Interview
Dear Dr. and Mrs. Hollis
I understand from the Admissions department that Jackson will not be returning to Shorecrest next year. I am sorry that your child will be moving on from the Shorecrest community and I wanted to invite you to meet with me for an exit interview. My goal for this conversation is to learn from your perspective, to discover what went well for your family at Shorecrest, and also gather feedback about where the School has opportunity for growth.
If you are interested in speaking with me, please contact my assistant Julie Meyer, whom I am cc’ing, to set up a time for us to talk. Many thanks for considering this request.
All the best,
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast | St. Petersburg, FL 33703
727-522-2111 x 102 | phone
An Apple Distinguished School
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