Monday, November 20, 2017
Education

Private schools are an option for many Pinellas families

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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

(homeschool program)

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.

Center Academy

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.

LiFT Academy

(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 tobin@tampabay.com.

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