Transform is the final puzzle piece to the Shorecrest Preparatory School campus: creating more than 60,000 square feet of new facilities, this new space brings our community together. From the youngest students to the oldest students; parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, family, faculty and staff, Charger Commons is a shared space for everyone to gather, learn, collaborate, share meals and create community.

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Dining Rooms

As the heart and hearth of Shorecrest, providing a place to meet and eat together fosters multi-generational relationships among our students. The first-ever Dining Rooms feature indoor and outdoor seating with a full menu of healthy choices for children of all ages.


As the heart and hearth of Shorecrest, providing a place to meet and eat together fosters multi-generational relationships among our students. The first-ever Dining Rooms feature indoor and outdoor seating with a full menu of healthy choices for children of all ages.

Innovation Center

An Innovation Center at Shorecrest will further grow our programs in STEAM, Robotics, and World Languages and it will provide teachers with a world-class facility for exploration into the newest methodologies in transformational teaching.


An Innovation Center at Shorecrest will further grow our programs in STEAM, Robotics, and World Languages and it will provide teachers with a world-class facility for exploration into the newest methodologies in transformational teaching.

Experiential School

Reimagining the facilities for teaching, learning, and playing for our youngest students, the new Experiential School will allow our spaces to match the caliber of program for which we are known.


Reimagining the facilities for teaching, learning, and playing for our youngest students, the new Experiential School will allow our spaces to match the caliber of program for which we are known.

Greenspace

With a nod to our long history as an outdoor school, the emerald gem of Transform is that we will be creating more than an acre and half of greenspace at the center of campus. This central quad will bring students together on a daily basis as they traverse a more unified Shorecrest with the Quad.


With a nod to our long history as an outdoor school, the emerald gem of Transform is that we will be creating more than an acre and half of greenspace at the center of campus. This central quad will bring students together on a daily basis as they traverse a more unified Shorecrest with the Quad.

Financial Sustainability

A campus that unites the four corners of our community and provides new, world-class facilities for all students, parents and teachers alike, assists in the Shorecrest admissions process - attracting families earlier who stay with us longer.


A campus that unites the four corners of our community and provides new, world-class facilities for all students, parents and teachers alike, assists in the Shorecrest admission process - attracting families earlier who stay with us longer.

Campaign Progress

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Reach ($10 million RAISED!)

Ground-raising, groundbreaking, exterior construction, first floor build-out; Upper and Middle School dining room, Lower School dining room, kitchen, Mike Murphy Experiential School, playscapes, LS Library and Media Center.

Rise ($4 million)

Lower School playscapes, organic gardens, Weiss Family Pavilion and greenspace. Second floor build-out; admissions / enrollment management Center, Alumni Hall, Headmaster's Office, Student Activities Center, Libraries, Media Centers and Makerspaces, The Learning Center, Shorecrest Community Association and Helping Hands workspace, Lower School classrooms for arts, music, languages and more!

Grow ($2 million)

New Innovation and STEAM Center with medical sciences, engineering, digital filmmaking, design, robotics, flex classroom spaces and more!

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

$2,000,000+

Quan and Evan Tran

$1,000,000-$1,999,999

Jennifer Vesper and Tom Andrews

$250,000-$499,999

Art Buser and Pam Greacen '84
Tara '96 and Cory Gaffney '95
Donna and Tim Main
Jan and Craig Sher
Robin and Tom Wood

$200,000-$249,999

Nadia and Jim Bunn
Sarah and Augie Ribeiro

$150,000-$199,999

Will and Stacy Sher Conroy '00
Kim and Hutch Craig '89
Nikki and Paul Pagano

$100,000-$149,999

Lorna and Forbes Alexander
Helen and Chris Barrott
Jennifer and Darla Browning-Hutton
Gary Hess and Trevor Burgess
Lauren and Doug Carlan
Susan and Ron Diner
Donna and Tom Gaffney
Tarja Takki-Halttunen and Mika Haltunnen
Halton Company
April and Court James '92
Zeina and Steve Kropf
Jessica and Jeffrey Lowe
Hilary and Patrick Marston
Tom Nelson
Gail and Fred Razook
Paul Reilly
Allen and Janet* Root H '16
SAGE Dining Services, Inc.
Elizabeth and David Samuelson
Kari and Jim Sickling

$75,000-$99,999

Jeff Freedman
Andi and Tom Mullins
Lisa and John Peck

$50,000-$74,999

Anne and Steve Anderson
Laure and Daryl Blume
Molly and James Camp
Michele and James DiMartino
Lani and Peter Ford
Matt Frey and Anne Michelle Reilly Frey '02
Natalie and Scott Gebicke
Jeannine and Jim* Hascall
Nancy and Frank Hursey
Darby '88 and Ming Jung '88
Marilyn and Allan Katz
Cristin and Mike Keane
Ginger and Mark Lettelleir '87
Levitt & Prasatthong, DDS, PA
The Marcin Family
Claudia Larrain and Matt Mosk
Liz Smith and Chip Newton
Dan Prasatthong '84
Shorecrest Community Association
Andrea and Matt Silverman
Josh Smith
Corrie '90 and Bill Stover '90
Ali and Kevin Tralins
Beth and Michael Vivio
Gina and Mike White
Ashley and Michael Wuliger

$25,000-$49,999

Anonymous (3)
Charlene Hosseini and Tony Aboud
Natalie and Marshall Ames
Maureen Ayral
Kris and Mike Brengs
Jenna '99 and Michael Cibran '95
Diana and Marshall Craig
Christi and Jay DeGeare
Beth and Eric Diner '91
Emily and Tash Elwyn
Angela and Jim Estes
Vanissa Ma and John Floto
Danielle and James Flynn
Joan Forrest
Chris and Marc Fratello
Donna and Felix Fudge '78
Michelle and Jason Green
Lisa and Greg Hahn
Krista Waitz and Mark Halliwell
Patty Ann and Eric Hamblen
Mary and Charley Harris
Amy and Donagh Herlihy
Troy and Judy Stanton Holland '78
Jennifer and Sean Kelly
Karen and Matthew King
Kristin and Dennis Leary
Jennifer and Paul Manfrey
Beth Mantooth and Bill Mantooth
Kelley and Brooks Matheson
Leslie and Jay Mathews
Tiffany and John Ofenloch
Karen and Don Peterson
Martha and Chas Reynolds '81
Valerie and Gerry Rice
Mary Anne Reilly and Ross Roeder
Maya and Brahmesh Siva
Johnathan Stanton
Christy and Jason Stross '96
Allison and Rose Trowbridge
Jen and Alon Varsha
Heather and Bob Whirley
Sherry Williams
Sally and Bob Willis '77
Laurie and Scott Wisotsky

UP TO $24,999

Anonymous (3)
Rebecca Armacost
Sam Aspinwall
BCH Mechanical, L.L.C.
Sharon and Eric Bailey
Nick Banko
Christine and Ron Barton
Irina Beliaeva and Dmitry Baschinsky
Lisa Bianco
Jackie and Mark Bircher
Aliza and Chaim Bloom
Kay and Joel Bronstein
April Cabral
Cecilia Bueno-Canizares and George Canizares
Ashley and Frank Casano
Jennifer and Mark Casanta
Darrel Christian
Dawn and Mark Chronister
Ace Padian and James Click
Amy and William Cobb
Mary Lee and Fred Coble
Doug and Maureen Cohn
Helen Cook-Consoni and Rudy Consoni
Lorie and Jose Cura
Whitney Singer and Jon Daou
Raffi and Brian Darrow
Jeanne and Hunt Davis
Erika and Luciano Deangelo
Katy Deegan
Maggie Doley
Janice and Mike Donahue
Samantha and William Drake
Cheryl Lee and Steven Dupré
Sandy and Jay Epstein '84
Jen DesRuisseau and Arom Evans
Tami Evans
Diane and Chris Ewing
Adrianne Finley Odell and Rich Odell
Toni Jeffrey-Fort and Kenyon Fort
Amy and Lee Friedman
Deborah and David Gatherum
Nicole and Dave Gaus
JP Getting '01
Stephanie Slavick and Joe Gierlach
Dotty Gill
Rosalind and Michael Gillis
Steven and Meredith Razook Granese '93
Rochelle and Reid Graves '00
Margie and James Green
Mary and Ken Gruber
Bobbie and Casey Harrington
Valarie Nussbaum-Harris and Laurie Harris '82
Maribel and Jack Hawkins
Ron Heller
Sarah, Derrick, and Jack Heyl
Leah Carlson and Alex Hodges
Melanie and Ron Hollis
Alison Hounshell
William Hounshell
Mandy and Lucas Howell
Kim and Lee Hudson
Jenny and Steve Hufford
Karyn and Sal Ingrande
Angel Novikov-Jank and Wolfgang Jank
Ande and Eric Johnson
Shelby and Chris Jones
Heidi Joswig
Marti Collins and Peter Katcha
Miko and Jon Kepko
Julie and Scott Klavans
Diane and Rob Klingel
Heather and Rob Klingel
Sebnem and Kamil Koc
Tyler and Chris Kornatowski
Denise and Kenneth Kowalski
Lindsey and Patrick Lamb
Leigh and Michael LaRosa
Catalina and Nicholas Laryngakis
Kori Locicero and Alexander Lavoie
Winnie and Dick Leary
Ken Leiner
Joan and Harry Lerner
Lauryn and Darren Leverenz
Trish and Bill Loughery
Kristen Maddox
Brailee '29, Dalton '31 and Rigsby '31 Mantooth
Mindy Yergin and Jason Margolin
Lynne Flanagan and Ernest Marquez
Clark and Monica Bridgeford Mason '88
Jean and George Matz
Kathy and Mark McKeage '79
Elayne and Isaac McKinney
Inga and Michael Mendelsohn
Ben Meng
Julie Meyer
Chris Moore '16
Courtney Moore '17
Karen Moore
Margaret and Jonathan Morgan
Fatima Morlando
Patches Morris
Paul and Colleen Morris
Robin and Mike Murphy
Tony Napodano
Sidy Ndiaye
Sandra and Robert Nelke
Mary Jo Nelson
Rebecca Nowak
Suzy and Ray Olson
Bruce and Stacy Orloff
Miriam and Todd Pardoll
Danielle Parrott
Paul C Jensen Attorney at Law LLC
Maggie and Daniel Penello
Debbie and Michael Picker
Cynna and Scott Plantz
Tricia and Alex Plotkin
Dulani and Benjamin Porter
Mitchell Posk
Allen Powell
Jeremy Reiskind '13
Marc and Laurie Slomka Reiskind '83
Elizabeth and Tom Richmond
Erin and Perry Ross
Peggy Crawford and Josh Rovin
Tarja Koskela and Ernest Saasto
Kathy and Rick Sanders
Kathy and Joe Saunders
Tati and Mike Sax
Meghan and Erich Schneider
Natalia and Greg Schratwieser
Bebe and Michael Schulman
Patricia and Michael Serbanos '92
James Sewell
Daniel Kim and Sue Shin '94
Anna Lapidus and Dima Simkin
Sandy and Mike Slomka
Smith & Casady Inc.
Connie and Brian Smith
Ashley Rhodes-Courter and Erick Smith
Michelle and Burks Smith
Michele Sobota
Steve Sobota
Kristin and Tony Sochet
Dan and Natalie Peck Spada '96
Robbie and Jon Specter
Durga and Leor Sptaru
Barbara Stewart
Julie and Charles Stewart
Amna and Greg Stoici
Anna and John Stoner
Tampa Bay Trane
Tampa Winsupply
Nancy and Tom Thomas
Alice and Jim Thompson
Lorraine and Scott Thorpe
Tom Barrow Co
Paul and Denise Tomey
Martin Traber
Tanya and TJ Tucker
Dominique and Chris Tuleen
Leah Udwin
Joanne Lee and Ethan Updike
Bill Van Law
Mercedes and Eric-Paul van Woerkom
Kristi Aussner and Nathan Vonderheide
Nicole Chandler and Nicolai Vuxinic
Mark Walker
Karen and Skip Wallace
Bibby Weiss
Carol and Norm Welch
Sam Wells '07
Suzanne Wells
Julie and John White
Kristin and Brian White
Thuy La and Stephen Wilcox
Lynn and Lee Williamson
Vivian and Steve Wilsey
Nancy and Donald Wilson
Kathy Xie
Linda and Andy Zolper
Eva Zwack

* Deceased

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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Mike Murphy Experiential School Ribbon Cutting

The morning of March 18 was an exciting one for Shorecrest’s Alpha and Junior Kindergarten students and their families as The Experiential School of Tampa Bay settled into its permanent home in the Mike Murphy Experiential School building. On the first day back from Spring Break, Chargers gathered for a celebration to acknowledge this special moment.

Toast and Tour

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.

Milestone Celebration reveals Charger Commons and much more!

On the morning of Thursday, February 28, 2019, the full Shorecrest community gathered to celebrate a major milestone in the Transform Campaign. Almost one year to the day of the campaign's public launch, the school community celebrated the opening of the first floor of the new 60,000 square foot facility and the building's new name - Charger Commons

Weiss Family Memorial

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.

Shorecrest Announces Historic Philanthropic Evening

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.

Hard Hat Tours

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!

Shorecrest Announces Record-Breaking Philanthropic Gift

Anonymous $2 million gift to the Transform Campaign is Single Largest in School's History.

Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce it has received an anonymous $2 million gift to the Transform Campaign. The gift is the single largest in the school's 95+ year history and brings the total raised for Transform to more than $9 million.

Kindergarten Construction Project

Even before students move in to the new Innovation Center and Community Commons, the Transform Campaign has already made a positive impact on the Shorecrest student experience. Kindergarten offered a prime example of this positive impact, as they followed their curiosity about the construction outside their classroom doors to pursue an in-depth investigation of construction - their driving question, "What's going on behind the green fence?"

Transform

Now is the time. After many months, our plans to add the missing pieces and complete the Shorecrest campus are available to all members of the community...

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On Friday, March 2, the full school community gathered for the public launch of the Transform Campaign. While some families and students knew the campaign...

Why We Believe in Transform

We want Shorecrest to be the place where children are inspired to learn, are with teachers who will stretch their imaginations, and are with peers who will be trusted and interesting friends...

Getting There

I am convinced our Shorecrest school community is united in wanting high quality, academic, value focused, safe, college preparatory educational programs...

We Are Transforming

Transform is no longer some future notion or hoped-for community endeavor waiting to unfold! It is here. It is real and Transform is 100% tangible. And by this fact alone, we are forever changed...

Transforming Together

It has been said that lighting a lamp for someone else will also brighten your path in return. No more true than for the Shorecrest giving community, with the Transform campaign igniting innovation and building community right before our eyes! ...

See it to Believe It

The old adage, "You gotta see it to believe it!" holds true with Transform. There is a growing chorus of excitement for the dynamic construction that changes daily at the crest of our campus...

Shorecrest Annual Fund + Transform

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