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Popularity of charter schools is on the rise

Kaylee Schneider, 16, left, follows along during a chemistry class at charter school St. Petersburg Collegiate High School at 6605 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg last month.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Kaylee Schneider, 16, left, follows along during a chemistry class at charter school St. Petersburg Collegiate High School at 6605 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg last month.

The number of charter schools is steadily rising in the Pinellas County School District.

Four charter schools opened in the 2011-12 school year — the most the district ever had. That brought the total of charter schools to 17 in the district.

This fall, district officials anticipate the opening of four more charter schools, including the Ben Gamla Charter School, a Hebrew-English school approved last year.

There could be more, district officials said. Two are in the planning stages. In addition, the district has also received 14 charter school applications. Of those, the school board has approved three. Four more are being reviewed, and the rest were rejected or withdrawn, said Dot Clark, the district's charter schools coordinator.

More than 4,000 students are enrolled in charter schools in the county.

Sylvia Lim, Times staff writer

Academie Da Vinci (K-5), 1380 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; (727) 298-2778

Alfred Adler Elementary (K-5), 4515 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 329-9545

Athenian Academy (K-8), 2817 St. Mark Drive, Dunedin; (727) 298-2718

IMAGINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL/IMAGINE

MIDDLE SCHOOL Imagine Elementary (preK-5); Imagine Middle (6-8), 1950 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 821-7100

Life Force Arts and Technology (preK-4), 1390 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater; (727) 734-7304

Mavericks in Education South (9-12), 4901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; (727) 216-7757

Mavericks in Education (9-12), 1197 East Bay Drive, Largo; (727) 474-8836

NewStart High School (9-12), 2461 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; (727) 724-9709

Newpoint Charter School (9-10), 11225 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater; (727) 472-1256

Pinellas PRIMARY ACADEMY/PINELLAS PREPARATORY Academy Primary Academy (K-3); Preparatory Academy (4-8), 2300 Belcher Road S, Largo; (727) 536-3600

Plato Academy (preK-8), 401 S Old Coachman Road, Clearwater; (727) 793-2400

Plato Academy NORTH(ages 3 to 8th grade), 1601 Curlew Road N, Palm Harbor; (727) 286-6249

Plato Academy SOUTH (preK-6), 7100 142nd Ave. N, Largo; (727) 286-6244

Plato Academy Seminole (K-3), 10888 126th Ave. N, Largo; (727) 400-6885

St. Petersburg Collegiate (10-12), 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; (727)341-4610

Source: pcsb.org

Popularity of charter schools is on the rise 01/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 2:07pm]
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