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Pinellas school search 2009:

Know these key dates before school starts

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday: Information Fair highlighting all special programs, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dunedin Highland Middle School, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin. (Good overall view of what's available.)

Feb. 10: Pinellas School Board approves 2009-10 zone boundaries for regular elementary schools. (Many families will use this information to seek a special program as an alternative.)

Now-Feb. 12: Discovery nights for magnet and fundamental programs, career academies and centers of excellence. (A must for seeing a school up close.)

Feb. 16: Application period ends for magnet and fundamental programs, career academies and centers of excellence. It began Jan. 26. (Everyone applies by phone.)

March 2-13: Acceptance period for magnet and fundamental programs, career academies and centers of excellence. (Failure to accept an invitation to a program will nullify your application.)

HELP ON THE WEB

www.pcsb.org

This is your stop for several key pieces of information:

• If you're applying for a program and are new to the school system, you'll need to click on the green "Student Reservation System" button on the right to get a student ID number.

• Click on the "pcsNews" box for a district program guide or an application worksheet.

• Click on the "Schools" button at the top of the page for links to school Web sites and brochures.

www.pcsb.org/schools/dashboard1.html

This is your doorway to key school data, including:

• Annual No Child Left Behind accountability reports.

• School grades.

• "School Indicators" reports with information on teacher qualifications, student performance, suspensions and other topics.

• National education statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

Know these key dates before school starts 01/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 3:25pm]
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