Sessions explore magnet, fundamental, career academy programs
After a break for Thanksgiving week, the schedule for school discovery nights picks up again in the coming days with 14 special programs opening their doors to Pinellas families.
Discovery nights are for students, parents and guardians interested in exploring magnet, fundamental and career academy programs for the 2014-15 school year. They give families a chance to see the schools and talk with educators who staff and run the programs.
The sessions continue through Jan. 8, when the application period for special programs begins.
Separately, many programs also offer tours and opportunities for prospective students to "shadow" older students during a school day. Families should contact individual programs for information on these visits.
To learn more, go to pcsb.org.
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Dates to remember
Jan. 8-17: Application period for magnet, fundamental and career programs.
Jan. 17: Deadline to submit documentation of eligibility for programs with entrance criteria.
Feb. 6-13: Acceptance period. Students who get invited to a program must accept the invitation or their application will be voided.
Discovery nights this week
Discovery nights begin at 6 p.m. and usually last 60 to 90 minutes.
• Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary
• Center for the Arts at John Hopkins Middle
• Center for Journalism and Multimedia at John Hopkins Middle
• Curtis Fundamental Elementary
• Center for Gifted Studies at Dunedin Highland Middle
• Center for Gifted Studies at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle
• Boca Ciega Fundamental (school-within-a-school) at Boca Ciega High
• Center for Wellness and Medical Professions at Palm Harbor University High
• International Baccalaureate at Palm Harbor University High
• Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology at Baypoint Elementary
• Center for Wellness and Medical Professions at Boca Ciega High
• Center for Journalism and Multimedia at Melrose Elementary
• Middle Grades Engineering Gateway to Technology at Azalea Middle
• Exploring Careers and Education in Leadership at Largo High