Gulfport Montessori parents ask for a feeder pattern
Several parents from Gulfport Montessori Elementary asked the Pinellas County School Board Tuesday to establish a feeder pattern for their magnet program to draw in more parents.
Holly Tracy, who has a fifth grader at the school, said Gulfport is losing parents because it doesn't have a clear path for students from elementary to middle to high school. She said she sent her kindergarten student to another magnet this year because of that issue, and other parents feel the same.
"The very reason we lose people is because of the lack of a feeder," she said.
Parents didn't suggest a particular program to feed into, and there aren't Montessori programs for older students in the public schools. Other special programs, such as gifted or fundamental, have a clearer trajectory for students to move into middle and high school.
Gulfport's Montessori magnet is available, by application, to parents who live in the southern part of Pinellas County.