Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
You’re making a huge decision about your child’s future; we get it. At Sea Crest, the partnership between home and the classroom starts with the admissions process and we’re here for any questions along the way. For some of the most commonly asked questions, read below.
- What happens with kids after school?
Sea Crest offers a comprehensive after school enrichment program. The program offers passion driven enrichment courses like drama, chess, and robotics, as well as study halls, healthy snacks, and free play time. Many of our families enroll on a regular, semi-regular or drop-in basis and the program is available until 6pm to support our families.
- How does the school handle bullying?
Because many of our students are with us for all of their primary years and middle school, we have a chance to build a strong sense of community, so bullying is an infrequent problem. Our SEL program also teaches students strong conflict resolution skills. If hurtful words or actions do arise, our staff’s location all in one building allows for a quick response to the situation and appropriate redirection of behaviors.
- Does the school provide hot-lunch?
We are fortunate to partner with a local company which provides hot lunch for families who choose to use them for some or all days. The program is flexible and you can place your order up to 6am on the day of or set a recurring order. There are a variety of options in the app to choose from with options appropriate for any common dietary restriction.
- How big are classes?
For the 2018-2019 school year, our average class size is thirteen students. The maximum size for junior kindergarten is twelve, for lower school eighteen, and for middle school twenty-four.
- Do students use technology in classrooms?
We incorporate technology in developmentally appropriate ways in line with our mission of serving 21st Century learners. In addition to our Innovation Lab where students engage with new technology like 3-D printing, our K-2nd grades have tablets for scaffolded activities while our 3rd-5th grade classrooms are equipped with laptops. Starting in Middle School, each student uses their own laptop for in-class work and homework, and students take Computer Science and Robotics. The school has a firm no cell phone policy during the school day.
- How does the school support students with learning differences?
Our small class sizes make the Sea Crest environment ideal for students with mild learning differences because they can get hands-on attention and focus from our teachers. Faculty are also given extensive professional development around differentiation. For students with more significant learning differences, we have on-campus space available for them to meet with a private specialist when needed.
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- What is the volunteer commitment for parents?
Sea Crest has thrived due to the thousands of hours that our parent body gives to all our programs and events each year. Although there are 20 required volunteer hours from each family every year, most families easily exceed that requirement for these “Honorable Hours.”
- What is an Independent School?
As an Independent school, we are not constrained by national curriculum mandates or requirements from any religious body. Instead, we are accountable directly to our families and our board. This allows for flexibility to offer new and diverse content, adjust to the needs of our children, and attract top talent to our classrooms. The school is a non-profit entity funded entirely by tuition and the generous contributions of our community.
- What is the school’s approach to diversity?
We celebrate diversity at Sea Crest. As much as possible, we strive to attract diversity of all kinds to our school community. Our Social & Emotional Learning curriculum is also a large part of creating students who embrace and celebrate difference. From our lesson plans to the books we read on campus to the way we interact with each other and others, not just diversity but inclusion is in the forefront of our approach.
- Where do Students attend High School?
Approximately 40% of our students attend Half Moon Bay High school after graduating. The remainder pursue their high school diplomas from other independent and parochial schools in the area, from Notre Dame Belmont and Serra to Mercy and Lick Wildmerding.
- Does the student body have families from outside Half Moon Bay?
Approximately two thirds of our families come from Half Moon Bay itself. Many of our families come from Pacifica, San Mateo, Pescadero, or other cities and towns in the area.
- Do students who join in later grades find their place at Sea Crest?
Each year we have a handful of students transitioning into our upper grades. Whether students move to Sea Crest because their families are new to the area, or because their previous school wasn’t meeting their needs, new students find a place quickly in our intimate, welcoming community. The 2018 graduating class was half comprised of students who had been with us since kindergarten and half comprised of students who had joined along the way.
- Can students transfer mid-year? Can you accommodate short-term placements?
Some grades do have space for mid-year additions. If you are seeking to transfer into Sea Crest mid-year, please connect with Ambar Pina in our Admissions office to confirm if the grade you are interested in has openings. Because classroom community is so important to our learning environments, we do not accommodate short-term students at this time.
- How old must my child be to apply?
Our Junior Kindergarten program is open to children who will be four years old on the first day of school. Kindergarteners who are not quite five but show developmental readiness for kindergarten will be considered for admission.
- Is Financial Aid Available?
In the interest of creating a socioeconomically diverse community, our school’s tuition is based on a flexible model with each family’s contribution adjusted based on their ability to pay. Learn More