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New Pasco magnet schools draw strong interest



Pasco County's newest magnet schools, set to open in the fall, drew a healthy dose of parent interest during the application window last month.

Many of them are likely to win a seat, especially at Centennial Middle School in Dade City.

Centennial received 171 student requests to attend its new STEM magnet, and it has 104 seats available through the lottery but can grow to accommodate up to 247 more children, officials said. The school has open classrooms and also will be bringing in portables for the new program.

Bayonet Point Middle School, which also is launching a STEM magnet when it reopens after renovations, has many fewer chances for new students, particularly in the upper grade levels. It got 218 applications, but has only 110 seats available. Of those, 90 are for sixth graders, with 10 more for seventh grade and another 10 for eighth grade.

Families should receive word of their status on Friday.

[Last modified: Monday, February 8, 2016 3:32pm]


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