This year for the first time, Tampa Bay area private schools used a tactic that public school systems have employed for years: They held a fair where families could get information about multiple schools and their programs in one stop. Organizers of the Nov. 1 event, held at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, now plan to make it an annual tradition in their quest to attract more students.
While enrollment at private schools has generally been down nationally over the last few years, many families continue to turn to them as alternatives to traditional public schools and charter schools.
Over the next few weeks, many private schools in Pinellas County will hold open houses to welcome potential students, just as public schools have been doing. Some of them are listed below. Catholic schools are listed separately.
The Florida Department of Education keeps a complete list of private schools. It can be found at floridaschoolchoice.org/information/privateschooldirectory.
Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg
2301 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 5-8; academyprep.org/stpete; (727) 322-0800.
Admiral Farragut Academy
501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg; preK-12; farragut.org; (727) 384-5500.
Allendale Academy Private School
2655 Ulmerton Road, Suite 402, Clearwater; K-12; allendaleacademy.com; (727) 531-2481.
Calvary Christian High School
110 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; 9-12; cchs.us; (727) 449-2247.
Canterbury School of Florida
Hough Campus (preK-4), 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg, and Knowlton Campus (5-12), 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; canterbury-fl.org; (727) 525-1419.
Palm Harbor location (4-12), 34054 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor; (727) 781-2986; Pinellas Park location, (5-12), 6710 86th Ave. N, Pinellas Park; centeracademy.com; (727) 541-5716.
Classical Christian School for the Arts
4981 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park; K-12; ccsa.us; (727) 547-6820.
Clearwater Academy International
801 Drew St., Clearwater; preK-12; clearwateracademy.org; (727) 446-1722.
Cornerstone Christian School
317 Milwaukee Ave., Dunedin; preK-12; cornerstonechristianfl.org; (727) 733-1438.
Countryside Christian Academy
1850 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; preK-8, plus a virtual high school program; myccacademy.org; (727) 799-1618, ext. 1901.
Delphi Academy of Florida
1831 Drew St., Clearwater; preK-12; delphifl.org; (727) 447-6385.
First Lutheran School
1644 Nursery Road, Clearwater; preK-8; flcclearwater.org; (727) 462-8000.
Grace Lutheran School
4301 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; preK-8; glsfl.org; (727) 527-6213.
Indian Rocks Christian School
12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo; preK-12; ircs.org; (727) 596-4342.
Keswick Christian School
10101 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg; preK-12; keswickchristian.org; (727) 393-9100.
Lakeside Christian School
1897 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater; K-12; lakesidechristianschool.org; (727) 461-3311.
(Traditional and students with neurodiversities) 13400 Park Blvd., Seminole; K-12; liftacademy.org; (727) 434-8322.
Lutheran Church of the Cross Day School
4400 Chancellor St. NE, St. Petersburg; preK-8; lccdayschool.com; (727) 522-8331.
New Horizons Country Day School
2060 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor; preK-5; newhorizonsprivateschool.com; (727) 785-8591.
Northside Christian School
7777 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; preK-12; www.nck12.com; (727) 541-7593.
Oldsmar Christian School
650 Burbank Road, Oldsmar; K4-12; oldsmarchristianschool.net; (813) 855-5746.
Our Savior Lutheran School
301 58th St. S, St. Petersburg; preK-8; osls.net; (727) 344-1026.
Palm Harbor Montessori Academy
Nebraska campus, 2355 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor; ages 1-14; floridamontessori.com; (727) 786-1854.
Safety Harbor Montessori Academy
2669 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; preK-8; shma.us; (727) 724-1767.
Saint Paul's School
1600 St. Paul's Drive, Clearwater; preK-8; st.pauls.edu; (727) 536-2756.
St. Petersburg Christian School
2021 62nd Ave. N; preK-8; stpetechristian.org; (727) 522-3000.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First St. NE, St. Petersburg; preK-12; shorecrest.org; (727) 522-2111.
Skycrest Christian School
129 N Belcher Road, Clearwater; preK-8; skycrestchristianschool.org; (727) 797-1186.
Suncoast Waldorf School
1857 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor; preK-5; suncoastwaldorf.org; (727) 786-8311.
Sunflower Private School
5313 27th Ave. S, Gulfport; nongraded elementary; sunflowerprivateschool.com; (727) 321-7657.
Westlake Christian School
1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor; K-8; westlakechristianschool.org; (727) 781-3808.
If your school is not listed here and you would like it to be included in the future, please write to [email protected]