What were the toughest programs to crack in Pinellas in 2013?
Superintendent Mike Grego is making an aggressive push to expand educational programs in Pinellas County for the 2014/15 school year, with four new middle school programs and the possibility of two schools reopening as technology magnets.
The district application process opens again Jan. 8-17, so this seems like a good time to look at just how competitive it was to get into Pinellas County's most coveted schools in 2013.
Not surprisingly, fundamental schools still were among the most popular - and the toughest to get into. (Grego has said, however, that he doesn't plan to create more fundamental schools. He'd rather expand or introduce other programs.)
At Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary, 1,313 students applied, but only 179 were invited to enroll. At Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 1,126 applied, but 226 were invited. At Osceola Fundamental High, 1,310 students applied, but 593 were invited.
The Center for Gifted Studies also was popular at Thurgood Marshall. There were 459 applications and 143 invitations.
International Baccalaureate programs also were popular at the high school level. St. Petersburg High, which has the oldest IB program, had 481 students apply, with 193 invited to enroll. At Palm Harbor University High, 397 students applied and 200 were invited. The IB program at Largo High, which still is new, had 205 applications and 108 invitations.