Imagine a school where Monday mornings are just as much fun for children as are the weekends. Sea Crest School is an institution where pupils excitedly await the arrival of each school day. The enriching and innovative curriculum integrates arts and technology into core academics and empowers children to engage with each other, their teachers, and members of the local community.
Founded in 1996, Sea Crest is an independent, K-8 school that is an integral part of the scenic and welcoming San Mateo county coastside community, just minutes from both Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The school serves families from Pacifica to Pescadero and the peninsula, including the charming historic town of Half Moon Bay.
Sea Crest is a place where the childhood traits of curiosity, play, and inquiry combine to foster a joyful educational experience, where academic excellence and character-building are equally and greatly valued. We pride ourselves on small class sizes, allowing each child's individual academic and social needs to be addressed.
A solid foundation is built through Socratic debate, hands-on activities, public speaking, experiential trips, a health and wellness program, and the use of innovative technologies. Our creative faculty and staff challenge our pupils to engage curiosity, express creativity, act with compassion, and lead with courage.
DR. TEKAKWITHA M. PERNAMBUCO-WISE, HEAD OF SCHOOL
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Thank you for your interest in Sea Crest. We are excited to introduce you to our school and give you a glimpse of what makes Sea Crest unique. Sea Crest is more than just an independent K-8 school. It is a close-knit community where each student is valued as an individual, and where we strive to acknowledge and celebrate the best in everyone who spends time on our campus—students, faculty, parents and staff. Students are appreciated, encouraged and challenged within our comprehensive program. We graduate thoughtful scholars who are also conscientious citizens ready to contribute positively in high school and beyond. Therefore, we look for students who have innate curiosities, a love of learning, and a desire to better themselves and the communities around them. Our admission process is designed to ensure a good fit for all involved—student, family and school.
The Lower School program at Sea Crest is carefully designed to meet the evolving cognitive, social/emotional, and physical needs of our young students. The curriculum is rooted in the belief that children learn best by doing. Thus, experiential, hands-on learning opportunities abound.
Through core classes in history, English, mathematics, science, Spanish, and physical education, students learn valuable study and time-management skills, develop empathy and cooperative learning tools, and participate in leadership, drama, music, and visual arts experiences.
Sea Crest considers athletics to be an integral part of a well-rounded education. The Athletics program is committed to enriching each student-athlete with an enjoyable interscholastic experience, as the primary reason young athletes participate in sports is to have fun while competing together.
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As with most independent schools, tuition at Sea Crest does not cover the full cost of education. In order to make a Sea Crest education accessible to a wider population, our modest tuition is set at a level that covers only about 85 percent of the school’s annual operating expenses. The rest is generated with the help of the Sea Crest community. Sea Crest School is dedicated to providing the best in innovative education to inspire and empower our learners to engage curiosity, express creativity, act with compassion, and lead with courage. And, unlike tuition, contributions are tax-deductible. For information on other ways to support Sea Crest, please contact Michael Thompson, Director of Advancement.