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Pinellas school programs: Magnet programs, career academies are options

Pinellas families who seek opportunities besides their zoned school or their current school can apply to get into a special program. The application period for these started Jan. 26 and will end Feb. 16. For more information on individual schools, including school Web sites, go to www.pcsb.org and click on the "schools" heading. (All grades and statistics below are from 2008. School hours are subject to change.)

HIGH SCHOOLS

Magnet programs

BOCA CIEGA HIGH

924 58th St. S, Gulfport

(727) 893-2780

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 33

Percent proficient in math: 55

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions: Students interested in careers in the medical field have the chance to intern with medical professionals and receive instruction from medically trained teachers. The Boca Ciega program serves students who live south of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and offers the district's only athletic trainer program.

ID No.: 43101

GIBBS HIGH

850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-5452

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 35

Percent proficient in math: 56

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Business, Economic Technology Academy: A blend of business and technology skills with academic coursework. Electives include business management, finance, administration, Cisco networking, Oracle, PC support, Web services and digital design. Students work closely with specially trained teachers and community partners who provide career consultation, job shadowing and internships.

ID No.: 153101

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA): Trains talented students who are interested in pursuing a career in the fine and performing arts. Students audition to major in dance, instrumental music, vocal music, performance theater, musical theater, technical theater or visual arts. The center's facilities include state-of-the-art performance spaces, studios and technology.

ID No.: 153102 for dance; 153103, instrumental music; 153104, vocal music; 153105, performance theater; 153106, musical theater; 153107, technical theater; 153108, visual arts

LAKEWOOD HIGH

1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2916

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 52

Percent proficient in math: 70

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT): Emphasis on advanced mathematics and science, computer applications and programming, multimedia and television production, and scientific research. The academic, robotics and multimedia production teams have won awards at state and national levels.

ID No.: 203101

LARGO HIGH

410 Missouri Ave., Largo

(727) 588-3758

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Schoolwide grade (2007): C

Percent proficient in reading: 41

Percent proficient in math: 68

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Exploring Careers & Education in Leadership (ExCel): In addition to traditional instruction, this newly renamed program takes a hands-on, "learn by doing" approach to learning. Students shadow professionals, including surgeons, lawyers, engineers and veterinarians as they begin exploring careers and networking. They also work in teams on interdisciplinary projects that include the use of videotaping, Web page development and PowerPoint presentations.

ID No.: 208101

Discovery night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11

PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY HIGH

1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor

(727) 669-1131

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 79

Percent proficient in math: 93

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions: Students interested in careers in the medical field get a background in medical technology and pathophysiology and firsthand clinical experience in their chosen field. The program serves students who live north of Ulmerton Road and hosts a chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America Organization.

ID No.: 468101

Discovery night: 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9

International Baccalaureate program (IB): Provides highly motivated students who live north of Ulmerton Road the opportunity to pursue a rigorous university preparatory curriculum. The IB diploma is awarded to students who complete the program's coursework and pass a special exam. Students also must present an extended essay reflecting independent research and analysis.

ID No.: 468102

Discovery night: 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9

PINELLAS PARK HIGH

6305 118th Ave. N, Largo

(727) 538-7410

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 39

Percent proficient in math: 67

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Criminal Justice Academy: Newly designated as a center of excellence in which graduates will be prepared to further their education or enter the work force. Emphasis on all areas of law education and forensics combined with general academics. The academy features two mock courtrooms, a biology and forensics lab, a crime-scene lab and a firearms training simulator. The mock trial team excels at state and national levels. Its Florida Law Honor Society has been adopted by the state for use by other law programs.

ID No.: 342101

Discovery night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5

First Responders: National Guard Center for Emergency Management at Pinellas Park High School: This new magnet program, which opens in August to a limited number of ninth graders, will focus on community service. Graduates will be trained to plan for and respond to emergency and disaster situations of all kinds. The program prepares students to continue their education or seek employment with first responders.

ID No.: 342102

Discovery night: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 5

ST. PETERSBURG HIGH

2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-1842

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 64

Percent proficient in math: 78

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

International Baccalaureate program (IB): The first IB program in the state, it provides highly motivated students who live south of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard the opportunity to pursue a rigorous university preparatory curriculum. The IB diploma is awarded to students who complete the program's coursework and pass a special exam. Students also must present an extended essay reflecting independent research and analysis.

ID No.: 378101

TARPON SPRINGS HIGH

1411 S Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs

(727) 943-4900

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 51

Percent proficient in math: 73

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts: Allows students to develop leadership skills, receive advanced instruction in the performing arts, learn effective use of technology and undertake challenging academics whether their postgraduation interest is college, technical school or the work force. Open to students without formal training who want to develop their talent.

ID No.: 452103, leadership through vocal music; 452104, leadership through instrumental music.

Discovery night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 4

Fundamental program

OSCEOLA HIGH SCHOOL

9751 98th St. N, Seminole

(727) 547-7717

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 51

Percent proficient in math: 83

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

After a phasing-in process, Osceola will be a full-fledged fundamental school in 2009-10 — the county's only fundamental high school. Also new: more electives and expanded culinary and TV production programs. The district describes it as "a quiet, well-disciplined and structured learning environment" where rules "are strictly enforced." Guidelines include a dress code that exceeds the regular code and required parent attendance at conferences and monthly meetings. Arterial bus transportation is provided.

ID No.: 303101

Discovery night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 12

Career academies

CLEARWATER HIGH

540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater

(727) 298-1620

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 47

Percent proficient in math: 73

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Career Academy for International Culture and Commerce: Program offers exposure to international business with an emphasis on international studies and multicultural diversity. Students work with local business leaders, who offer internships. Students leave prepared to enter the workplace or continue their education in international business.

ID No.: 71101

DIXIE HOLLINS HIGH

4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 547-7876

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 31

Percent proficient in math: 59

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Graphic Arts Academy: Courses in printing, graphic design, Web design and digital design prepare students for careers in the graphics industry. The program offers internships, job shadowing, apprenticeships and the chance to work with business partners.

ID No.: 103101, graphic design; 103102, printing and graphics

DUNEDIN HIGH

1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin

(727) 469-4100

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 45

Percent proficient in math: 71

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Academy of Architectural Design and Building Technologies: Newly designated as a center of excellence, this program gives students the opportunity to learn the skills associated with the industrial drafting tools and instruments of the architect. Architecture students learn to use drafting tools and other instruments. Architectural design students learn computer-assisted drawing. The Electrical Technologies Program trains students in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of residential electrical and cable systems. The Building Technology program offers students hands-on experience with masonry, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, HVAC, tiling, drywall and painting.

ID No.: 108101 for architectural drafting; 108102, electrical wiring/technology; 108103, building construction technology

Discovery night: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10

EAST LAKE HIGH

1300 Silver Eagle Drive, Tarpon Springs

(727) 942-5419

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 66

Percent proficient in math: 86

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

Academy of Engineering: Newly designated as a center of excellence. Focus on science, technology, engineering, math and robotics. A four-year curriculum provided by Project Lead the Way through the Rochester Institute of Technology offers an introduction to engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, principles of engineering, civil architecture, and engineering design and development. Students can qualify for college credit.

ID No.: 618101

Discovery night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 3

LAKEWOOD HIGH

1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2916

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 43

Percent proficient in math: 60

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Academy for Marine Science and Environmental Technology: Emphasis on environmental sciences, ecology, marine biology, water resource conservation and problem-based, hands-on learning. Program makes use of a 5-acre outdoor classroom that includes a natural spring-fed pond.

ID No.: 203102

Discovery night: 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10

NORTHEAST HIGH

5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 570-3138

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 38

Percent proficient in math: 62

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Automotive Academy: Students are introduced to careers in the automotive industry, including automotive service technician, automotive sales representative, dealership manager and insurance adjuster. Advanced education includes cooperative education experiences and on-the-job training.

ID No.: 264101, automotive technology; 264102, automotive collision repair and refinishing

Discovery night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11

Academy of Finance: Newly designated as a center of excellence. A college preparatory program with coursework in computers, economics, finance, accounting, banking and financial planning. Students take specialized courses each semester and dual-enrollment courses during their senior year. They participate in job shadowing and paid internships and gain real-world experience working in an on-campus credit union.

ID No.: 264103

Discovery night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11

Academy of Information Technology: A broad-based program designed to provide the computer skills needed in today's workplace. The curriculum focuses on six areas: technical support, networking, databases, programming, Web design and multimedia. In its fourth year, the program incorporates hands-on labs, field trips, integration of academic courses, job shadowing and a paid internship.

ID No.: 264104

Discovery night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11

TARPON SPRINGS HIGH

1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs

(727) 943-4900

Hours: 7:05 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

School grade: D

Percent proficient in reading: 51

Percent proficient in math: 73

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy: Students gain restaurant and food service skills through academic and workplace experiences that prepare them for careers in the restaurant and food service industry.

ID No.: 452102

Discovery night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 4

Veterinary Science Academy: Provides preparation for careers including veterinarian, veterinary surgical assistant and veterinarian assistant. Students assist veterinarians during animal surgery in the school's surgical suite. They also operate a dog day care and grooming facility.

ID No.: 452101

Discovery night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 4

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Gifted studies

These centers, new for 2009-10, are designed to meet the needs of adolescent gifted students. They initially will be available to incoming sixth-graders only but will be open to seventh- and eighth-graders over the next two years. The full-time programs will be delivered in the core subjects of mathematics, English, science and social studies. Elective courses will be developed to meet the interests and learning needs of gifted students. Applicants must meet all state requirements for gifted placement and have a current gifted Individual Educational Plan.

DUNEDIN HIGHLAND MIDDLE

70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin

Hours: 9:45 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 62

Percent proficient in math: 59

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

ID No.: 109101

Discovery night: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12

MORGAN FITZGERALD MIDDLE

6410 118th Ave. N, Largo

Hours: 9:45 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

School grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 53

Percent proficient in math: 53

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

ID No.: 128101

THURGOOD MARSHALL FUNDAMENTAL MIDDLE

3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg

Hours: 9:45 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 61

Percent proficient in math: 49

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

ID No.: 463102

Discovery night: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10

Magnet programs

BAY POINT MIDDLE

2151 62nd Ave. S

St. Petersburg, FL 33712

(727) 893-1153

Hours: 9:45 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

Schoolwide grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 66

Percent proficient in math: 65

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology: Emphasis on math, science, technology and world language. Qualified gifted students are enrolled in Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students (MEGSSS) in grades 6-8. Qualified gifted students in grades 7-8 are enrolled in Integrated Mathematics and Science with Technology (IMAST).

ID No.: 17101

JOHN HOPKINS MIDDLE

701 16th St. S

St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-2400

Hours: 9:45 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 58

Percent proficient in math: 50

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for the Arts and Communication Studies: Opportunities for students in three strands: fine and performing arts, literary arts and global studies. Facilities include a professional-quality theater, an arts complex for the visual and performing arts, labs for advanced studies in science, computers and multimedia technology, a newsroom for journalism students and a fully equipped TV studio.

ID No.: 406108 for literary arts; 406109, global studies; 406101, art; 406102, dance; 406103, instrumental music; 406104, piano; 406105, theater; 406106, vocal music; 406107, orchestra

Discovery night: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 4

Fundamental programs

COACHMAN FUNDAMENTAL MIDDLE AT KENNEDY MIDDLE

1660 Palmetto St., Clearwater

(727) 298-1609

Hours: To be determined

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 86

Percent proficient in math: 84

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 73101

Discovery night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 5 at the current Coachman campus, 2235 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater

MADEIRA BEACH MIDDLE

591 Madeira Beach Causeway, Madeira Beach

(727) 547-7697

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 67

Percent proficient in math: 67.

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

ID No.: 226101

SOUTHSIDE FUNDAMENTAL MIDDLE AT MADEIRA BEACH MIDDLE

591 Madeira Beach Causeway, Madeira Beach

(727) 547-7697

Hours: To be determined

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 84

Percent proficient in math: 84

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 423101

THURGOOD MARSHALL FUNDAMENTAL MIDDLE

3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 552-1737

Hours: 9:45 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 61

Percent proficient in math: 49

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

ID No.: 463101

Discovery night: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Magnet programs

BAY POINT ELEMENTARY

5800 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 552-1449

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 71

Percent proficient in math: 62

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology: Emphasis on math, science, Spanish, technology and hands-on experience. School built in 2001. Features include science and computer labs, daily Spanish instruction in all grades and TV production studio.

ID No.: 16101

Discovery night: 6-7 p.m. Feb. 3

MELROSE ELEMENTARY

1752 13th Ave. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2175

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

School grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 52

Percent proficient in math: 52

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for Journalism and Mass Media: Students in all grades learn to be news reporters, photographers, editors and better communicators. Taught by journalists in residence, they produce a newspaper in a real newsroom setting with laptops and digital cameras.

ID No.: 237101

Discovery night: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12

PERKINS ELEMENTARY

2205 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2659

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 70

Percent proficient in math: 63

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for the Arts and International Studies: After early-grades instruction in music, art, dance, theater, keyboard, violin and band, fourth- and fifth-graders choose an arts focus. Campus includes a 250-seat theater. Daily Spanish instruction. Older students get their own laptops.

ID No.: 147101

Discovery night: 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10

RIDGECREST ELEMENTARY

1901 119th St. N, Largo

(727) 588-3580

Hours: 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 86

Percent proficient in math: 83

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

Center for Gifted Studies: First- through fifth-graders who qualify as gifted learn "at an accelerated pace in an intellectually challenging environment." Spanish-inclusion program in all classes. School has magnet and nonmagnet students.

ID No.: 351101

Discovery night: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4

JAMES B. SANDERLIN ELEMENTARY

2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 552-1700

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

School grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 60

Percent proficient in math: 50

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme World School: The program "focuses on the development of the whole child." A hands-on liberal arts curriculum encourages students to ask questions, be creative, think critically and solve problems.

ID No.: 376101

DOUGLAS L. JAMERSON JR. ELEMENTARY

1200 37th St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 552-1703

Hours: 8:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 58

Proficient in math: 55

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for Mathematics and Engineering: Math and engineering are emphasized in all grades, and engineering concepts are used to teach all subjects. The program promotes teamwork and fosters interaction among students of different social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds.

ID No.: 182101

Area magnets

(Available only to south county residents)

CAMPBELL PARK ELEMENTARY

1051 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2650

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 62

Percent proficient in math: 62

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Marine Science Center: A marine science theme is part of the daily curriculum, using touch tanks, hands-on learning, study trips and guest speakers. The school, rebuilt in 2003, has aquariums in every classroom and a marine science lab. Spanish is taught daily.

ID No.: 48101

Discovery night: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 11

GULFPORT ELEMENTARY

2014 52nd St. S, Gulfport

(727) 893-2643

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

School grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 53

Percent proficient in math: 45

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Montessori Academy: Available to incoming kindergarteners and other eligible students only. Montessori teachers guide students through individual and small group lessons emphasizing connections between areas of study.

ID No.: 169101

Discovery night: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 9

LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY

4151 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2196

Hours: 8:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

School grade: C

Percent proficient in reading: 50

Percent proficient in math: 46

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Center for Medical Science and Wellness: The theme of medical science wellness runs through a curriculum that incorporates topics including anatomy and physiology, the history of medicine, personal health, emotional wellness and environmental stewardship.

ID No.: 202101

Discovery night: 6-7 p.m. Feb. 5

MAXIMO ELEMENTARY

4850 31st St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2191

Hours: 8:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 47

Percent proficient in math: 57

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

MicroSociety and Visual Arts: The school's MicroSociety theme aims to put learning in a real-world context. Students study traditional academic subjects in the morning, then apply them "on the job" during the afternoon, learning to run businesses, apply technology, develop government and social agencies, and create cultural and arts organizations.

ID No.: 228101

Discovery night: 6-7 p.m. Feb. 2

Fundamental programs

BAY VISTA FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY

5900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2335

Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 83

Percent proficient in math: 90

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 23101

LAKEVIEW FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY

2229 25th St. S, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2139

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 86

Percent proficient in math: 85

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 196101

Discovery night: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 4

PASADENA FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY

95 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 893-2646

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 91

Percent proficient in math: 83

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 328101

MADEIRA BEACH ELEMENTARY

749 Madeira Beach Causeway, Madeira Beach

(727) 547-7838

Hours: To be determined

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 78

Percent proficient in math: 82

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 225101

CURTIS FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY

531 Belltrees St., Dunedin

(727) 738-6483

Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 91

Percent proficient in math: 90

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 313101

Discovery night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 3

TARPON SPRINGS FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTARY

400 E Harrison St., Tarpon Springs

(727) 943-5508

Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 94

Percent proficient in math: 93

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

ID No.: 466101

Discovery night: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4

Charter schools

Charter schools are public schools operating under a contractual agreement with the local School Board. Parents interested in this option should contact the charter school directly about application procedures. Applications to these schools are not part of the choice computer match process.

ACADAMIE DA VINCI

1380 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin

(727) 298-2778

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 92

Percent proficient in math: 89

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

Program description: For children in grades pre-K through 5. Arts are integrated into the academic curriculum in a variety of ways, and every student takes part in music, dance, drama and visual arts classes. All students also participate in shows twice a year.

ALFRED ADLER ELEMENTARY

4401 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 329-9545

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

School grade: New school in 2008

Percent proficient in reading: N/A

Percent proficient in math: N/A

Program description: "Multisensory stimulation" to build social and interpersonal skills for grades K-5.

ATHENIAN ACADEMY

2817 St. Mark Drive, Dunedin

(727) 298-2718

Hours: 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.

School grade: B

Percent proficient in reading: 74

Percent proficient in math: 55

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Program description: For children in grades K-7. Students learn Greek and Spanish through the immersion method. During some periods, math classes are taught in one of the two foreign languages only. At other times, math is taught in English. Other subjects are taught in English, often using hands-on activities.

IMAGINE CHARTER

1950 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 821-7100

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

School grade: New school in 2008

Percent proficient in reading: N/A

Percent proficient in math: N/A

Program description: Basic reading skills, moral and character education for grades K-5.

PINELLAS PREPARATORY ACADEMY

2300 S Belcher Road, Largo

(727) 536-3600

Hours: 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 70

Percent proficient in math: 70

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Program description: For students in grades 4-8. Curriculum includes language arts, math, science, social studies, music, art, Spanish and advanced math. Teaching focuses on creativity, interdisciplinary approaches to learning and fostering of each student's talents.

PLATO ACADEMY

401 S Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

(727) 793-2400

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 91

Percent proficient in math: 88

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

Program description: For students in grades preK6. The focus is on reading, math and Greek as a second language. Other subjects include science, the humanities, music, drama and art. Teachers use the Socratic method, emphasizing discussion and dialogue.

ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL

6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg

(727) 341-4610

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

School grade: A

Percent proficient in reading: 85

Percent proficient in math: 100

Adequate Yearly Progress? Yes

Program description: For serious students in grades 10-12. Each student follows an individualized program that melds high school and college-level coursework. Some students graduate having completed college-level work; others graduate with an associate's degree in addition to their high school diploma.

LIFE SKILLS CENTER

4901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

(727) 322-1758

Hours: 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

LIFE SKILLS CENTER NORTH PINELLAS

2471 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater

(727) 724-9709

Hours: 7:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; 11:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

School grade: N/A

Percent proficient in reading: 13

Percent proficient in math: 14

Adequate Yearly Progress? No

Program description: For students having difficulties with traditional high schools. Curriculum combines academics, life skills preparation and workplace training. Students attend a four-hour session each day, five days per week, plus five hours of "learning opportunities" in volunteering, counseling and other areas.

Pinellas school programs: Magnet programs, career academies are options 01/31/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 2, 2009 7:56pm]
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