At a Glance

At a Glance

Innovation Lab at Sea Crest SchoolGrade Levels:
Currently: JK-8

Half Moon Bay, CA

Head of School:
Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise


School Hours:
Extended Day Program: 7:45 – 8:15 a.m.
Junior Kindergarten (NEW)-Kindergarten: 8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grades 1-5: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grades 6-8: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Extended Day Program: 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.

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.

Portrait of a GraduateGuiding Principles:
• I do nothing to harm myself or others.
• I am responsible for my behavior.
• I take pride in myself and my work.
• I leave it better than I found it.
• We are each other’s keepers.

Portrait of a Graduate:
A Sea Crest graduate is:
• An innovative problem-solver who is not afraid to take risks.
• An ethical leader with the courage to do what is right.
• A critical thinker who is prepared to meet intellectual challenges.
• A thoughtful collaborator who strives to improve the community.

Characteristics of Professional Excellence:
A Sea Crest teacher is:
• An innovative educator with a strong command of subject matter.
• A lifelong learner who pursues and inspires growth.
• A compassionate professional with an understanding of child development.
• An authentic leader who demonstrates personal accountability and moral courage.

Click here to learn about our Faculty & Staff Conduct Standards (AB 500)

Strategic Plan:
Click here to read our Strategic Plan, last updated February 2017.

California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Independent School Management (ISM)
The Heads Network
Educational Directions, Inc.
CalWest Educators Placement


Program Overview

Innovative Academics:
We provide an innovative JK-8 curriculum designed to engage critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Classes participate in hands-on projects in the Innovation Lab makerspace, where they create models on the 3D printer, build roller coasters and cars, and gain confidence experimenting with physics, computer science and engineering. Technology instruction is integrated into the curriculum beginning in Kindergarten.

Character Education:
We believe that social-emotional learning is just as important as academic progress. Teachers spend time each day connecting with students and demonstrating what it means to be an impactful friend, student, and citizen. Sea Crest’s Guiding Principles, such as “I leave it better than I found it” and “we are each other’s keepers” provide a foundation for how we live, work, and play together within our community. Using the research-based Character Lab as a resource, teachers introduce these values through a Responsive Classroom model of instruction in Lower School and an Advisory Program in Middle School that includes morning meeting, positive reinforcement, and logical consequences that transform mistakes into opportunities to learn and grow.

Experiential Learning:
We give students (and teachers) the opportunity to learn through experience. Instead of simply hearing about others’ adventures, learners embark on their own and make discoveries firsthand. We offer students field trips, projects and presentations from experts in the field. Most importantly, we help students learn how to reflect on their experiences and how to take action based on the new insights they have gained.

Arts, Enrichment and Explorations:
Lower School students participate in formal Art instruction each week, and special projects are often planned to expand upon core classroom learning. Twice each week, Lower School students attend Music to develop their vocal skills and play instruments using the Orff approach. In Theatre class, students gain confidence on the stage and have the opportunity to perform in the annual all-school musical. Middle School students have the opportunity to star in the musical, sing in the choir and choose two electives each trimester (“Explorations”). Our many Explorations offerings include performing and visual arts, engineering, design, applied statistics, computer science, robotics and leadership.

Yoga at Sea Crest SchoolHealth and Wellness:
We have two recesses each day in the Lower School and our students have physical education at least four times each week. Our teachers also engage students in breathing exercises, meditation, reflection and yoga. Middle School students meet twice each week to discuss issues related to personal health and well-being. Through this specialized program, students develop a greater appreciation for the connection between mind and body and the lifelong importance of an active lifestyle.

We believe each student-athlete should be given the opportunity to play, learn and compete: after-school sports offered in Fifth through Eighth Grade include Volleyball, Flag Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Golf and Tennis.

Community Engagement:
We work hard to partner each year with local nonprofits and community leaders such as Boys and Girls Club, Coastside Hope, Adopt-A-Beach, San Francisco Food Bank, and Coastside Land Trust. In addition, we welcome and encourage family engagement, with most families far exceeding their required volunteer hours each school year.



Kindergarten TekakwithaSea Crest School was founded in 1996 with a vision to provide “an independent, well-rounded education option” for the San Mateo County coastal communities. From an initial enrollment of 22 students, the school has progressed steadily during the past two decades, and we now enroll nearly 300 students.

In January 2001, Sea Crest moved to its present site, and a new gymnasium and multi-purpose building opened in December 2001. Known as the Kohrs Family Center, the multipurpose facility has a multi-sport court, a stage for performances, and classrooms for music, drama, and the Extended Day Program. In September 2005, an additional six Middle School classrooms were added to the main building; two of those rooms have since been retrofitted as a JK-8 art room and state-of-the-art science laboratory.

The school embarked on a capital campaign called The Next Level Project in 2013-14. This project added second floor Middle School classrooms as well as the Joswiak & Ramsey Innovation Lab makerspace. During the summer of 2015, the Extended Day Program space was completely renovated to include a living room and professional kitchen. Today, Sea Crest’s facilities include 21 classrooms, a drama room, a music room, an Innovation Lab, an art room, a multipurpose gymnasium, an outdoor playing field, two conference rooms and two outdoor playgrounds.


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