— Sharing Great News

Sea Crest students are delightful for their sweetness, curiosity, compassion, creativity, and sense of joy.

–CAIS Visiting Team

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Sea Crest School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In order to retain full membership in CAIS and WASC, Sea Crest undergoes a lengthy peer review process that enables us to define goals and objectives based on our mission.

Our most recent report from the accreditation committee was overwhelmingly positive. After a four-day visit in which the CAIS/WASC committee met with pupils, faculty, staff and trustees, they summarized Sea Crest’s strengths in key areas. We anticipate receiving the final term results from CAIS by the end of June and WASC has informed us that we have received the highest term, seven years. Please read below for excerpts from their report.

“Sea Crest is a warm and welcoming community that strives to include all members — faculty, administration, board members, parents, and students.”

Kindergarten Family Parade

“The school’s Parent Association supports this warm and engaging environment, and the active involvement of parents in the daily life of the School strengthens the overall sense of community. Sea Crest also strives to incorporate alumni, grandparents, and local community members into the life of the school.”

“Sea Crest’s clearly defined mission statement sets the tone for student learning. Sea Crest’s faculty and program encourage students to apply their innate curiosity and imagination as they learn actively, think critically, and solve problems creatively.”

Third Grade at Sea Crest School

“The school has made funding available to faculty for professional development, innovative curricular projects, and pursuit of advanced degrees.”

“Collaborative and creative problem solving among the administrative team models the mission for the learning community. Administrators are living the mission in their own work, both individually and as a team.”

Fifth Grade at Poplar Beach

“The Head of School has navigated the School through a time of transition, maintaining a focus on the School’s mission and its student-centered approach.”

“The Board of Trustees has effectively managed facility allocation and has capitalized on its limited space to provide a learning environment that aligns with the school’s innovative educational goal.”

Sea Crest School Innovation Lab

The accreditation process engaged our community in clarifying Sea Crest’s purpose and plans for the future. We will utilize the accreditation report, our community surveys and feedback from Teas with Tekakwitha to formulate our new Strategic Plan.

Thank you to the dedicated faculty, staff, trustees, parents and alumni who contributed to this process. Together, we are committed to providing the best in innovative education.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise
Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise
Head of School

Innovators’ Symposium 2016

Sea Crest School’s Second Annual Innovators’ Symposium will take place throughout the day on Friday, February 5th. Nineteen scientists and innovators will be on campus to lead hands-on workshops for our Middle School students.

We encourage you to read in detail about the workshop sessions, which include “How Neurons Grow,” “Pollution at Pillar Point,” and “Design Thinking and Innovation.”

The Keynote Speaker from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. will be GenHERation Founder and CEO Katlyn Grasso. Ms. Grasso speaks nationally about entrepreneurship, technology, and the advancement of women. She has been a featured speaker at the Forbes CMO Excursion, the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy CEO Round Table, and many more events at the intersection of innovation and community.

The Symposium session leaders are:

  • Dr. G. David Adamson, Medical Director of Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Physicians of Northern California
  • Will Agramonte, venture capitalist and Sea Crest School alumnus
  • Tim Allan, Water Resources Engineer
  • Elizabeth Andruszkiewicz, ‎Graduate Researcher at Stanford University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Stephen Baccus, Associate Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Neurobiology
  • Dr. Barbara Brott, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Biology at Stanford University
  • Dr. Scott Brozell, software package contributor and researcher focused on theoretical and computational model development
  • Dr. Loretta Camarano, Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing
  • Katlyn Grasso, Founder and CEO of GenHERation
  • Dr. Adam D. Hughes, Drug Discovery Project Leader and Senior Director in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Dr. Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University Relations for Google
  • Bryan Kohrs, Research Associate in Discovery at Amunix, Inc. and Sea Crest School alumnus
  • Dr. Dan Marquess, Chief Scientific Officer at UNITY Biotechnology
  • Christopher McKenzie, Senior Development Engineer with Oxford Instruments, X-ray Technology
  • Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Program Manager of the Nutrition Studies Group at Stanford University
  • Dr. Elizabeth C. Squiers, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Dr. Antitsa Stoycheva, biotech research scientist with a focus on computational drug design and bioinformatics
  • Dr. Carol Winograd, Professor Emerita of Medicine and Human Biology at Stanford University and Vice-chair of the J Street National Board
  • Dr. Terry Winograd, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University and founding faculty member of the d.school

As part of the day’s events, Middle School students will take notes and draw sketches about their chosen workshop sessions. At the end of the Symposium, students will meet in their Advisory houses to reflect and share feedback with faculty.

This year’s Innovators’ Symposium was organized by Head of School Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise, Director of Marketing and Communications Kat Clark, Science Teacher Rob Kashima, Technology Integration Specialist Ellyn Kohrs, Spanish Teacher Michaela O’Connor, Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher Emma Samuels, and Director of Admission and Development Michael Thompson. A special thank you to Administrative Assistant Cathy Greenwald and parent trustee Sarah Griego Guz for helping to make this day possible.

If you know an innovator interested in speaking at next year’s Symposium, please contact Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise.


Annual Report 2015

Annual ReportOur school is much more than a building. It’s more than a report card, an agenda, or a single lesson plan. It’s a Lower School class and a Middle School chorus, a partnership of parents and a team of faculty and staff. We are a community of people committed to the education of nearly 300 students spanning nine grades. Together, we are Sea Crest School.

As we move forward into 2016, we are grateful for the foundation built over the past two decades. We are thankful for a strong spirit of innovation and for a warm tradition of service. Most of all, we are inspired by our students, who engage curiosity, express creativity, act with compassion, and lead with courage.

Please click here to view our Annual Report, which celebrates your contributions. Printed copies of this calendar are available at the front desk.

This year, and every year, we celebrate our community.

Happy New Year!


Celebrating 20 Years of Coastside Education

Our Welcome Back Celebration on September 2nd, 2015 featured fun for the whole family: art, balloons, bounce castles, face painting, a magic show, obstacle courses, a petting zoo, rock climbing, and more.

Read more about this special first day of school celebration in The Half Moon Bay Review:

“Sea Crest celebrates two decades of Coastside education.”

Sea Crest School third-grader Shane McGuirk was just putting his shoes back on after jumping through the bounce house when he heard that this party at his school was to celebrate the new year and the school’s 20th anniversary.

“That’s really old!” said a wide-eyed McGuirk.

The “really old” private school in Half Moon Bay kicked off the 2015-16 school year on Sept. 2 with an outdoor celebration after the first day of school. Complete with a petting zoo, rock climbing wall and a popcorn maker — McGuirk’s favorite part of the party — the event served as the kickoff for Sea Crest School’s recognition of its 20th year educating Coastside kids.

Sea Crest School was founded in 1996 by Ginger Girvin, Rick and Diane Mazer, and Bob and Joni Williamson. Originally housed in the Mazer’s basement, the school moved into its first formal campus on Monte Vista Lane in Half Moon Bay in the fall of 1996. It’s been at its current location on Arnold Way since January 2001.

Third-grade teacher Kathe Bybee was one of the school’s founding teachers.

“The time has gone so fast,” Bybee said. “It seems like yesterday we had 26 kids and a house. Everything we could have imagined, Sea Crest is.”

The school has its own campus now, and there are more than 10 times the students than it had when it opened. But through two decades’ worth of growth and change, Bybee says one thing hasn’t changed.

“We’ve always kept the same vision — to provide an innovative education for kids, challenge them and keep them curious,” she said.

Sixth-graders Ryan Rose and Sam Knowles, standing in line for their crack at the climbing wall, said they both appreciate the variation in how their teachers teach.

“It’s really unique,” Knowles said. “They always find a way to make something exciting. I feel like this is a great school.”

Sea Crest School will mark its 20th year in a number of ways, says its head of school Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise. The theme of its anniversary is, “Celebrating Community,” and the school intends to find ways to connect with its neighbors and the city at-large throughout the academic year. It will also focus on environmental stewardship and promoting awareness of health and wellness. One way the school is addressing the latter is by expanding its use of mindfulness exercises, incorporating them into teacher meetings and assemblies.

As for celebrating its 20th year, the school plans to hold special events for alumni and incorporate the anniversary into its annual events. Middle-schoolers will also make a documentary about the school’s founding and its last 20 years.

“Everything we do will have the ‘celebrating community’ theme, meaning Sea Crest and the Half Moon Bay community,” Pernambuco-Wise said.

That sense of community was evident to Bybee as she looked out across the blacktop that afternoon.

“Just looking at the number of people here is gratifying,” Bybee said. “It’s like (in the movie) ‘Field of Dreams.’ ‘If you build it, they will come.’”

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