Family Discovery Day Open House - January 13, 2019
Join us at 10:30 a.m. on January 13, 2019, for our Family Discovery Day Open House. Get a complete overview of Shore, hear from our Head of School Clair Ward, explore the campus with a community member, and engage our teachers in discussions. This event is perfect for first or repeat visits.
Supported by the Office of Secondary School Counseling, Shore graduates successfully matriculate at all kinds of high schools: day, boarding, public, parochial, and independent. A majority of Shore students, after enjoying the classrooms, programs, and community of Shore, opt to remain in independent school settings. Those entering public school typically transfer into top academic sections and quickly find their appropriate peer group. In our local, highly competitive day, or day and boarding school options, Shore graduates are well represented. Approximately half of Shore’s graduates choose boarding schools around the northeast. New England’s rich assortment of schools is ideal for the varied interests, passions, and strengths of Shore graduates! Selection is tailored on the basis of appropriate personal style and program, and our students are often ready for this new stage of independence. Visit this page to learn more information about where our students head after graduation, and read this news story about recent success in finding the best high school for each Shore student.
Shore’s Pre-K curriculum is a one or two year program. Our youngest learners in Pre-K 1 are at least 3 years 6 months at the start of the school year in the fall. Pre-K 2 class is designed for our older preschool children who need an additional year of school before Kindergarten.
With an academic curriculum that includes the foundation work for literary and math skills as well as SAIL (our Science and Art Integrated Learning curriculum), Spanish, music, physical education, library, and health, the Pre-K classes takes time for developmental growth within the richness of a full day schedule. The approach remains strongly experiential and multi-sensory at the same time as children travel campus-wide to take advantage of Shore’s varied facilities and specialist teachers. Structured time is carefully balanced with time for play and exploration. High fives and excitement abound as students acclimate to the formalities of the traditional school day. Still growing toward a fullness of independence, Pre-K children treasure both the extra attention of their fifth grade “brothers and sisters” and the personal focus provided by the 7:1 student to teacher ratio in this special grade or program.
Pre-K students enjoy physical education classes three days a week, and all grades from Kindergarten through Grade Nine attend physical education or sports four or five days per week. Energy and focus for learning are further enhanced by two daily breaks for recess in all grades, and seventh and eighth graders use the physical stretch of Project Adventure sessions for group problem solving and personal challenge. Learn more.
Technology learning permeates all levels of a Shore education. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 use iPads in their classrooms for a wide range of learning activities. Chromebooks are provided for Grade 4 as a transitional device used for collaborating, writing, and keyboarding. Each student in Grades 5-9 is provided with a MacBook Air laptop as part of Shore’s Student-Assigned Device program, which is used extensively throughout the school day. Learn more.
Spanish is taught at all grade levels, Pre-K through Grade 9, and Latin is an additional opportunity in Grades 8 and 9. Typically, Shore eighth grade graduates enter high school Spanish level II, and graduates from Grade 9 enter level III. In our youngest grades, emphasis is on oral and cultural experiences as they connect to both the daily and curricular experiences of our students. In our Upper School grades, equal balance is given to the development of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. In Shore's Lower School after-school program, SEA Shore, students additionally can elect weekly sessions in Chinese or French.
Shore’s ninth grade originated at a time when various high schools did not begin until grade ten, but today it remains a premier setting for the pursuit of one’s freshman year. Shore ninth graders are asked to step up in every way: academically, extracurricularly, and, above all, personally. Their curriculum contains choices in the arts, language and history, and students' selections of either advanced studio or advanced theater art places them in a full, major, academic art course that is yearlong in duration. Our grade ten matriculants enjoy smooth, confident academic and personal transitions; they are ready for an environment of older adolescents, and they are already experienced in navigating the elevated expectations of high school. Learn more about Shore's ninth grade.
Shore attracts students from over 40 different towns and communities. While our largest representations are from Beverly, Hamilton, Marblehead, Lynnfield, and Manchester, students hail from as far north as Newburyport, Andover, and Hampton, NH; south to Revere; west to Lexington; and east to Rockport. Attending an independent school such as Shore is an opportunity for the variety of exposure created by drawing families from so many different settings.
Supporting students arriving from 40 different communities, Shore families make use of five bus routes originating in Andover, Marblehead, Newburyport, Lexington, and Gloucester. Further detail regarding bus routes can be found here. Other families will complete drop-off and pick-up while many still coordinate carpools with other families from their town. Shore is happy to help families contact each for help within their geographic area and to avail themselves of parents with years of driving wisdom to share!
Fortunately for Shore and its students, parents have a strong tradition of involvement in their children’s education. Teachers and administrators expect to be in communication regarding students, and outside of our biannual parent/teacher conference schedule, parents are welcome to convene with teachers anytime that it is needed. Especially in our early grades, parents often enjoy bringing a special project to the classroom or being an extra set of helping hands for celebrations. We welcome parents to sit in on their child’s daily experience on occasion during the year or simply to join their child for a lunchtime visit. Parent volunteerism is strong at Shore, and our program is greatly enhanced by parents’ time, efforts, talents, and contributions. Our library staff is greatly assisted by a well-trained group of library volunteers. Our active Parents Association has involvement to offer even our busiest of families!
Shore’s comprehensive tuition is designed to be all-inclusive. Fees for classroom supplies, field trips, snacks and lunch, school photos, and the like are already accounted for in the figures listed. Only those supplies that vary by individual need, such as Upper School books or athletic clothing, are billed above and beyond Shore’s comprehensive tuition.
Our aim to help children grow from their experiences. Within the classrooms of the Lower School or the advisee groups of the Upper School, Shore works hard both to articulate our daily expectations for children and to responsively engage them in problem solving. For individual discipline, children are addressed quickly and personally; our desire is not to remove them from their peer group. Repeated or more serious circumstances will bring a student into the presence of their Division Head and quickly involve parents.
Shore does not administer the MCAS. In place of state mandated goals, we adhere to the policies put forth by the National Association of Independent Schools, and our ten-year, institutional evaluation is overseen by the Association of Independent Schools of New England. As with all independent schools, Shore’s curriculum is framed by the intersection of basic skills with stretch and creativity. While accountability and curriculum are enhanced by annual standardized testing that begins at Grade Two, teaching is neither mandated nor constrained by test goals such as the MCAS. Shore utilizes the Comprehensive Testing Program of the ERB in Grades 2-6; students in Grades 7-9 are scheduled for the SSAT each year.
Although it may feel awkward asking your child’s current teacher for information that will expedite your child’s departure from his or her current setting, it is a requirement that all school information be communicated directly and confidentially between current school and potential, future school. Considered a Principle of Good Practice, through this direct exchange, teachers are unfailingly supportive of and honest about the students they shepherd each day. Current school information provides one of the cornerstones for effective evaluation. Likewise, personal conversations with teachers offer valuable resources should questions arise during the discussions of a candidate.
Make-up sessions are quickly scheduled, and Shore makes every effort to be as accommodating as possible. Candidates from outside of the region can be scheduled for testing that coincides with holiday travel or house-hunting expeditions.
Happily, over 90% of our sibling candidates qualify for enrollment on an annual basis. Candidates of current families receive priority for available spaces. If you are a current Shore family and would like to apply for another sibling, please contact the Admissions office.
The school works hard to ensure the comfort of each entering child. New students are welcomed for individual classroom visits, as desired, throughout the spring. During the summer, one of Shore’s current families with a child at the same grade level will formally extend their welcome as a Host Family. Once school is underway, teachers are especially mindful of social inclusion, classroom pairings, and academic transitions. Shore’s returning students are remixed into new class configurations each year, and all look forward to getting reacquainted or newly acquainted with classmates in September.
Three-quarters of applicants to Shore are strong students and are qualified for entrance. Two-thirds of those who are qualified will be offered the opportunity to enroll. Pre-K 1, Pre-K 2, Kindergarten, Grade One, Grade Five, and Grade Six continue to be our most accessible points of entry.
The best preschool setting for your child is one where your child will feel happy, engaged, and safe each day. Shore’s new Pre-K 1, Pre-K 2, and Kindergarten students enter from as many as 20 different programs each year. Specific academic preparation is not necessary. Some of our entering students have never attended a preschool; others have attended for one year; some have been in programs from infancy.
Shore is eager to enroll candidates from its Waiting Lists, and every candidate in this category is considered comfortably qualified for Shore’s curriculum. At the same time, in an effort to avoid over-enrollment, the school is conservative about how many initial offers it makes beyond spaces available. As a PK-9 school that annually enrolls its largest groups of new students in Pre-K 1, Pre-K 2, and Kindergarten, these grades' Waiting Lists are our most fluid. We openly encourage interested candidates to wait as long as they have the option to do so, as the odds are strongly in their favor for eventual enrollment!
Shore does require that candidates retest in a subsequent admissions year. We want to place every candidate in their best position to flourish. Having up-to-date information is usually the best means to this end. Twelve months’ growth represents considerable change in a child. As well, should a candidate then enroll at Shore, our first hand information about them is fresh and applicable to their upcoming transition into our program.
For candidates for the 2019-2020 school year who submit all application components prior to February 1, 2019, decisions will be announced on March 8, 2019.
Independent School Questions
Shore is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). The web sites of both organizations contain information for families looking to discover more about independent schools. Each site has a section for Frequently Asked Questions, and Shore encourages prospective families to deepen their explorations by visiting these additional resources.