Charger Commons has become the centerpiece of the Shorecrest campus community. Finishing the 2nd floor will allow us to provide the necessary spaces and resources to support our amazing teachers and allow students to become lifelong learners in facilities that match the quality of our program. 

Our transformation is not over!

Case for Support

Charger Commons 2nd floor awaits
Library and Makerspace in Charger Commons

The Learning Center for therapy and tutoring needs

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Arts Classrooms in Charger Commons

Space for parents and volunteers in Charger Commons

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Donor Testimonials

"This is really a momentous time. We still have a long way to go, and we need all of your help. We need the entire community to be a part of this."

~ Dennis Leary, Chair, Board of Trustees; Shorecrest Parent and Alumni Parent

“My kids are the most important thing in my life. Shorecrest is their home away from home. What they gain here through classroom learning, role modeling, honor code, friendships — all of it — will shape them as human beings.”

~ Cristin Keane, Board member and current parent

"There will be a place for children of all ages to interact with each other, faculty from different schools to interact, parents, grandparents - it's really going to be a wonderful hub for our community and provide an opportunity for everyone to meet new people and to learn about other parts of the school that they may not normally see."

~ Beth Vivio, Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Shorecrest Parent and Alumni Parent

"Transform is much more than just a building. It's finishing the campus, it's creating a place where every student is going to go throughout the day. It's creating a place where the whole community can be together."

~ Elizabeth Samuelson, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees; Shorecrest Parent

“Shorecrest itself has a need. Its infrastructure is not complete. What we are missing is the community commons, a common building with a dining hall and library  that brings the students and the entire community together. To complement the excellent faculty we have, we need the physical plant to complete that experience. It is my hope this community will rise to the occasion and get this campus completed.”

~ Tom Andrews, Past Chair, Board of Trustees; Shorecrest Parent and Alumni Parent

"This is really a momentous time. We still have a long way to go, and we need all of your help. We need the entire community to be a part of this."

~ Dennis Leary, Chair, Board of Trustees; Shorecrest Parent and Alumni Parent

“My kids are the most important thing in my life. Shorecrest is their home away from home. What they gain here through classroom learning, role modeling, honor code, friendships — all of it — will shape them as human beings.”

~ Cristin Keane, Board member and current parent

"There will be a place for children of all ages to interact with each other, faculty from different schools to interact, parents, grandparents - it's really going to be a wonderful hub for our community and provide an opportunity for everyone to meet new people and to learn about other parts of the school that they may not normally see."

~ Beth Vivio, Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Shorecrest Parent and Alumni Parent

"Transform is much more than just a building. It's finishing the campus, it's creating a place where every student is going to go throughout the day. It's creating a place where the whole community can be together."

~ Elizabeth Samuelson, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees; Shorecrest Parent

“Shorecrest itself has a need. Its infrastructure is not complete. What we are missing is the community commons, a common building with a dining hall and library  that brings the students and the entire community together. To complement the excellent faculty we have, we need the physical plant to complete that experience. It is my hope this community will rise to the occasion and get this campus completed.”

~ Tom Andrews, Past Chair, Board of Trustees; Shorecrest Parent and Alumni Parent

Supporters

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FAQs

This beautiful, new, two-story, 60,000 square foot building will serve all Shorecrest students from The Experiential School to our seniors, and as a meeting place for the whole community. The building houses Shorecrest’s first-ever kitchen and dining rooms with indoor and outdoor seating, The Experiential School classrooms and playgrounds, Lower School Library and Media Center, the Clinic and the Wonder Studio. When the second floor is completed Charger Commons will also contain the admissions/enrollment management offices, The Learning Center, Shorecrest Community Association & Helping Hands workspace, the Headmaster’s office, an Alumni Hall and Lower School classrooms for arts, music and languages.

The next phase will help finish out the second floor of the new facility to include Lower School art, music and languages, new Student Activities Center, media center, provide a space for The Learning Center and the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA), and will cultivate 1.5 acres of greenspace that includes the Weiss Family Pavilion and playscapes.

We have already made meaningful progress — more than 150 families have contributed $10 million toward our $16 million goal. More and more generous donors are stepping forward, and 100 percent of Shorecrest’s Board of Trustees and numerous staff, alumni, parents, grandparents and friends donated prior to the campaign’s public debut.

The more than 150 families who have contributed to the Transform Campaign have given gifts and multi-year pledges ranging from $1,000 to $2 million.

There is a place for everyone to be involved in the Transform Campaign! Reach out and let us know you have interest. Take a personal hard hat tour of the second floor or become an advocate for the campaign. Please contact Michael Gillis at mgillis@shorecrest.org to find out more!

Transform is funded solely by the philanthropic support of the Shorecrest community. This project is not paid for from tuition. The Transform Campaign needs everyone of the Shorecrest community to rise to the occasion and find ways to get involved. In many ways, all families are already being asked to consider a gift or multi-year pledge. Peruse the information on this website and let us know what part of Transform resonates most for your family.

In addition to one-time gifts Shorecrest accepts multi-year pledges. A pledge can be fulfilled through one payment or multiple payments scheduled over a period of time. Shorecrest is accepting campaign pledges for up to 3 years. Gifts and pledge installments can be paid for via check, online with credit card or with appreciated stock which can add benefit to donors on capital gains tax.

Yes! Shorecrest is a 501c3 non-profit institution. Please consult your financial advisor to take full advantage of your tax deductible donations to Transform and the Shorecrest Annual Fund.

Transform and the Shorecrest Annual Fund are two entirely separate funds with very distinct purposes and goals.

Transform builds community by providing new facilities. Each and every year the Shorecrest Annual Fund adds vital support for our programs inside of those buildings.

Whether it be funding new innovative teaching and learning, or adding support for new technologies and professional development for our amazing teachers, or even providing things like art supplies, the Shorecrest Annual Fund provides Endless Possibilities for all families to enhance their academic and community experience. Both need our full community support.

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More than 150 people, including Shorecrest parents, board members, faculty and staff gathered on February 28 under a bubble-filled sky to celebrate the opening of the first floor of the new 60,000 square foot facility and the building's new name — Charger Commons. The Toast & Tour event provided an opportunity to toast to the tremendous progress of the reimagined lower campus and acknowledge the Shorecrest community for all of its efforts in making the first phase of the Transform Campaign a success.

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Since the tragic loss of the Weiss family - Mitchell, Leslie, Hannah '16 and Ari '20 - last year, several families, with the support of Headmaster Mike Murphy, have worked to determine how best to honor the Weiss Family on the Shorecrest campus. After a year of careful thought and reflection, the group is proud to share plans for the Weiss Family Stage with the community.

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On Friday, January 11, a historic philanthropic evening for Shorecrest Preparatory School took place at Sea Salt in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. In one night, an event hosted by several Shorecrest families called “30 for 30” raised $1.2 million for the school’s Transform Campaign. Transform is the final puzzle piece to the Shorecrest campus: creating more than 60,000 square feet of new facilities and reimagining the lower campus to align with Shorecrest’s 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan.

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The SCA Board Hard Had tour quickly filled to max capacity - but everyone should see the new Innovation Center and Community Commons before it is in use! Interested parents/guardians and grandparents are invited to join SCA for a hard hat tour onMonday, January 28 at noon. If you haven't had a tour yet, or have not toured since before December, the building is evolving daily and you'll be WOWed by the latest progress!

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