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 Four more are being reviewed, and the rest were rejected or withdrawn, said Dot Clark, the district's charter schools coordinator.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