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More students than seats for Pasco County magnet schools



One in four new applicants to Pasco County magnet programs has won a place in their school of choice, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said Monday.

All told, 354 students of 1,359 who applied were accepted into one of Pasco's three STEM magnet schools -- Sanders Memorial Elementary, Bayonet Point Middle and Centennial Middle -- for the 2017-18 school year.

Sanders, which opened in 2015, had the bulk of the requests but very few seats available in grades other than kindergarten. The school had 1,047 applications, and offered 142 kindergarten spots, 4 first-grade seats and 3 third-grade positions.

Bayonet Point and Centennial, each of which launched their magnets in the fall, also had limited availablility outside the entry grade of their programs. The west side campus accepted 25 sixth graders, 9 seventh graders and 9 eighth graders. The east side school had more seats open, offering spots to 123 sixth graders, 20 seventh graders and 19 eighth graders.

Parents should be getting their notifications if they have not already. If they do not accept, the next children on the list will be invited to attend.

The district continues to run its open enrollment application process, for students who want to move to schools with open space outside their attendance zone, through the end of February. Specialty programs including International Baccalaureate and Cambridge are operating their own admission lotteries, Cobbe said.

[Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2017 2:45pm]


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