Sea Crest School is an accredited independent school in Half Moon Bay offering classes for students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.
We provide an innovative K-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 rollercoasters and cars, and gain confidence experimenting with physics, computer science, and engineering. Technology instruction is integrated into the curriculum beginning in Kindergarten.
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.
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, Enrichments, 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 Drama class, students gain confidence on the stage and have the opportunity to perform in the annual all-school musical at Coastal Repertory Theatre. 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.
Health 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.
Our service learning program focuses on environmental stewardship, literacy, social justice, and hunger – topics that have both local and worldwide relevance. Students reach out to the neighborhood senior center and adopt causes such as wildlife conservation. Our Eighth Grade students participate in a yearlong service learning project on hunger and homelessness, during which they provide support to local food banks. Our dedication to service learning fosters a sense of empathy, compassion, and empowerment in our students.
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.