Two west Pasco schools likely to get accelerated programs
Two west Pasco schools that some parents are fighting to keep their children out of are in line to add a new, rigorous curriculum.
Anclote High and Paul R. Smith Middle, which share the same campus in Holiday, are looking to introduce the Cambridge Program in the fall. Officials met Monday to discuss the concept, and decided to apply to participate.
Adding such an challenging offering, which is seen as an alternative to the more widespread Advanced Placement option, could ease the minds of families that might be rezoned from crowded Mitchell High and Seven Springs Middle into Anclote and Paul R. Smith. Some parents who attended a rezoning committee meeting for the schools said an accelerated magnet program at the schools might help with any transition.
But that's just one factor, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.
"We have it on the east side, and we've been wanting to offer it on the west side," Cobbe said of the Cambridge model. "This is a good time to beef up those schools."
Pasco High and Pasco Middle adopted Cambridge in 2014, after some parents complained their children had to travel to Land O'Lakes for International Baccalaureate if they wanted tougher coursework. It has proven successful and popular, so the district is now looking into expanding it into San Antonio Elementary next fall.