Jan. 6-15: Application period for magnet, fundamental and career programs for the 2016-17 school year. Apply by logging into the Student Reservation System at reservation.pcsb.org.
Jan. 19: Deadline to deliver required documentation to schools that have programs with eligibility criteria. Note: Make sure your student meets eligibility criteria before including a program in your ranking. Otherwise you could be wasting one of your ranked choices.
Feb. 3-10: Period when families can accept invitations to programs for which they have applied. Note: This requires families to mark their calendars and take the proactive step of signing back into the Student Reservation System. The Pinellas County School District will not send out individual reminders. Failing to accept an invitation will render a student's application invalid.
Help is available
Parents who need help with the application process can attend one of three Application Assistance Nights offered by the school district:
• 6-8 p.m. Jan. 7, Sandy Lane Elementary, 1360 Sandy Lane, Clearwater
• 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13, Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg
• 4:30-7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the district's Student Assignment Office, 301 Fourth St. SW, Largo. The extended hours are in addition to Student Assignment's regular 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule.
For more information, consult the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice, or contact Student Assignment at (727) 588-6210. For detailed information about district policies regarding these programs, go to pcsb.org/choice and click on "District Application Programs Procedures."
Note to parents of all incoming kindergarten students
Not planning on applying for a special program? The school district is inviting you to register for kindergarten at your regular zoned school. Families can start registering their kindergarten student Jan. 11 for the 2016-17 school year. The district is planning "Kindergarten Roundup" open houses Jan. 12-14 at regular elementary schools. Families will be able to register, visit a classroom and discuss the kindergarten experience. Visit pcsb.org/kg for Kindergarten Roundup locations and times.