Slow start for new high school programs in Pinellas
Results from the school choice acceptance period in Pinellas are out. And they reinforce what the application numbers suggested a month ago: Parents like the new fundamental schools-within-a-school, but have a lukewarm response to some of the other new programs.
One hundred and two accepted seats in the new fundamental at Boca Ciega High and 71 signed up for the new fundamental at Dunedin High, according to district numbers released to The Gradebook today. (The acceptance period ended March 20.) Both programs were listed as having 100 slots.
Meanwhile, students filled 47 of 95 seats at Largo's IB, 26 of 95 slots at Countryside's iSTEM, 35 of 95 a Dixie Hollins' AICE, 24 of 95 at Tarpon Springs' AICE and 10 of 95 at Clearwater's AICE.
School board member Lew Williams said the response may have more to do with a lack of marketing than lack of interest. "I do remember the discussion where we were saying if we’re going to do this, we really need to get it out there," Williams said. "I’m not sure if we did in a timely manner.”
To see the number of seats accepted, click on the attachment below. To see the slot numbers, go to this previous post. For convenience, we're trying to put the accepted seats and slot numbers on the same spreadsheet. We'll post that as soon as we can.