Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Education

Pinellas County Schools by the numbers

7th

largest district in Florida (out of 67)

103,242

students, preK-12 for 2016-17 school year

15,506

full- and part-time teaching and support staff

399

administrators

$1.5 B

total budget for 2016-17

80%

graduation rate

74

elementary schools

21

middle schools

3

elementary/middle schools

18

high schools

19

charter schools

5

exceptional schools

Sources: Pinellas County School District, Florida Department of Education

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