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Interest builds in Pinellas schools' special programs

Pinellas families submitted more than 15,000 applications for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs this year.

Parents who applied to the special programs have until midnight Sunday to call the district's automated phone line — (727) 501-0871 — to find out whether they have been invited for the 2008-09 school year.

They must accept before the deadline or their applications will be voided.

Here and on Page 6 is a list showing the number of applications for the programs for the next school year compared with the number of applications for the current school year.

All programs showed an increase except for six: The Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High (three fewer); the IB program at Palm Harbor University High (68 fewer); the Center for Communications and Mass Media at Melrose Elementary (three fewer); the Business Economics Technology Academy at Gibbs High (10 fewer); the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High (51 fewer); and the IB program at St. Petersburg High (two fewer).

2008 2007
Elementary magnet schools
Bay Point 476 398
Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. 332 156
Melrose 159 162
Perkins 737 594
James B. Sanderlin 327 111
Ridgecrest 158 137
Elementary fundamental schools
Bay Vista 574 547
Curtis 536 345
Lakeview 533 506
Pasadena 698 690
Tarpon 320 277
Middle school magnet programs
Bay Point 476 451
John Hopkins 965 760
Middle school fundamental programs
Coachman 541 461
Southside 601 498
Thurgood Marshall 634 266
Fundamental high school
Osceola 826 668
High school career academies
Clearwater/Culture and Commerce 165 121
Dixie Hollins/Graphic Design, Printing and Graphics 190 134
Dunedin /Academy of Architectural Design and Building Technologies 188 144
East Lake/Engineering 257 229
Lakewood/Environmental Technology and Marine Science 146 92
Northeast/Finance 155 106
Northeast/Information 193 123
Northeast/Automotive 135 120
Tarpon Springs/Culinary 117 120
Tarpon Springs/Veterinary Science 156 131
2008 2007
Elementary magnet schools
Bay Point 476 398
Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. 332 156
Melrose 159 162
Perkins 737 594
James B. Sanderlin 327 111
Ridgecrest 158 137
Elementary fundamental schools
Bay Vista 574 547
Curtis 536 345
Lakeview 533 506
Pasadena 698 690
Tarpon 320 277
Middle school magnet programs
Bay Point 476 451
John Hopkins 965 760
Middle school fundamental programs
Coachman 541 461
Southside 601 498
Thurgood Marshall 634 266
Fundamental high school
Osceola 826 668
High school career academies
Clearwater/Culture and Commerce 165 121
Dixie Hollins/Graphic Design, Printing and Graphics 190 134
Dunedin /Academy of Architectural Design and Building Technologies 188 144
East Lake/Engineering 257 229
Lakewood/Environmental Technology and Marine Science 146 92
Northeast/Finance 155 106
Northeast/Information 193 123
Northeast/Automotive 135 120
Tarpon Springs/Culinary 117 120
Tarpon Springs/Veterinary Science 156 131

Interest builds in Pinellas schools' special programs 03/11/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 8:36pm]
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