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ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY

501 Park St. N (upper school, grades 5-12, 384-5501; lower school, K-2, 346-2494)

STUDENTS: 313

WEB SITE: http://www.farragut.org

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private military

CONTACT: Larry Jensen, director of admissions

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GRADES: K-2; lower school director, Mary Graham

CLASS SIZE: 15

WHO GOES HERE: Boys and girls who are well-behaved and college bound

RACIAL MAKEUP: 70 percent white; 15 percent black; 10 percent Hispanic; 4 percent Asian, 1 percent Native American

CURRICULUM: College prep and naval science

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15

APPLICATION FEE: $150

TUITION: currently $7,500 a year grades 5-12, K-2 $5,700

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: non-denominational

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Admiral Farragut Academy Parent's Association

DISCIPLINE: demerits

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Southern Association of College and Schools and the Florida Council of Independent Students

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes, most are

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE THEY GO FROM HERE: four year college or university.

BRIGHTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

4355 Central Ave. (327-1454)

STUDENTS: 32

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Co-directors, Gayle Cooper and Faith Smith

HOURS: 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GRADES: 1-8

CLASS SIZE: 10

WHO GOES HERE: Children come from all of St. Petersburg, Tierra Verde and Feather Sound, Seminole and the beaches.

RACIAL MAKEUP: 80 percent white, 20 percent other

CURRICULUM: individualized

UNIFORMS: mandatory uniforms

APPLICATION DEADLINE: open enrollment

APPLICATION FEE: none

TUITION: currently, $4,500 per year

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: non-denominational

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization, parents are constantly involved

DISCIPLINE: individualized discipline code

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: no kindergarten

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: National Independent Private Schools Association

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE THEY GO FROM HERE: to magnet programs and area high schools or private high schools.

CANTERBURY SCHOOL OF FLORIDA

901 58th Ave. NE (upper school, grades 6-12, 525-1419)

1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE (lower school, pre-K-5, 823-5515)

STUDENTS: Lower school has 220; upper school 218

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: director Jan Murray of lower campus; Russell Ball, director of upper campus

HOURS: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.(lower school); 7:45 to 2:45 p.m. (upper school)

GRADES: pre-K to 12 at two campuses

CLASS SIZE: no more than 18 per class for lower school; no more than 15 for upper school

WHO GOES HERE: A cross-section of community. The school draws from Seminole south.

RACIAL MAKEUP: about 15 percent non-white

CURRICULUM: Computer instruction throughout the week in all classes; three computers per classroom. Phonics is stressed, as are basic skills and creativity. Upper school stresses writing throughout the curriculum. Traditional program, advanced placement courses, dual credit courses and college preparatory offered.

UNIFORMS: yes for grades one through five

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $75

TUITION: Kindergarten is $5,600 for the current year; 1-5 is $6,100; 6-8 is $6,300; 9-12 is $6,500.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Episcopal; chapel once a week. Religion is not taught in the curriculum. Creationism is not taught.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parents' Association and Booster Club; majority of parents take part.

DISCIPLINE: No corporal punishment. There is a schoolwide discipline plan in which the children must accept responsibility for their own actions.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: The program is challenging and enhancement is offered.

LEARNING DISABLED: No

ACCREDITATION: Florida Council of Independent Schools; member of National Association of Independent Schools

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: certified in specific area

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: college and universities.

CENTER ACADEMY

6710 86th Ave. N

Pinellas Park (541-5716)

STUDENTS: 50

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal, Dr. Robert Detweiler

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GRADES: 4-12

CLASS SIZE: 10 average

WHO GOES HERE: Children from throughout Pinellas County.

RACIAL MAKEUP: five nationalities represented

CURRICULUM: college preparatory

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: none

TUITION: lower school (4-8) $8,350 , high

school (9-12) $9,000

scholarships and financial aid available.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: none

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal parent association

DISCIPLINE: individualized plan

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: none

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Private School Accreditation Alliance

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: No

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: Junior college, college or universities and the military

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

4824 Second Ave. S (321-3700)

STUDENTS: 510

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: principal, Dr. Billye Joyce Fine

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.GRADES: preschool, ages 2, 3, 4; elementary K-5th grade; middle school; 6-8th grade

CLASS SIZE: 20 average

WHO GOES HERE: Children come from throughout Pinellas County. The school is a ministry of Central Christian Church, but students come from all denominations.

RACIAL MAKEUP: various races; 14 nationalities

CURRICULUM: Christian philosophy of life integrated in all subject areas; total session teaching with enhanced involvement learning; strong emphasis in phonics and math; specialists in physical education, music, band, art, Spanish, library and computer.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: enrollment begins in March and runs throughout the school year.

APPLICATION FEE: currently $120 non-refundable

TUITION: Preschool, $83 per week for full time; kindergarten is $2,400; first through fifth, $2,734; sixth through eighth is $2,884. There are numerous plans available.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Christian, see curriculum.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: yes

DISCIPLINE: A positive preventive approach is applied. A schoolwide plan for correction is followed.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: not available

LEARNING DISABLED: not available

ACCREDITATION: Association of Christian Schools International

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Elementary and middle school: ASCI; the Florida Professional Orientation Program is offered. Preschool is certified by the Pinellas County License Board.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: other private schools and fundamental

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CENTER

7700 16th St. N (328-1971)

STUDENTS: 35

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: director Wanda Belew

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: 1-7

CLASS SIZE: 10

WHO GOES HERE: The school draws most of its pupils from north Pinellas county.

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: A Beka is basic curriculum; full range of subjects

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $60

TUITION: Currently $1,750 per year, plus $250 for books and supplies; various payment plans available.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: none; all denominations welcome; morning prayer and 30 minutes Bible study per day; school opens with Pledge of Allegiance and prayer; creationism is taught.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization.

DISCIPLINE: redirection, time out, positive reinforcement and parental conferences

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: one class

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: no

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: other Christian schools or public.

CREATIVE LEARNING CENTER

4969 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park (541-5437)

STUDENTS: 100

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: director Jennifer Smart

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

GRADES: K-6

CLASS SIZE: about 15

WHO GOES HERE: most pupils are from Pinellas Park and vicinity

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: Uses phonics; individual classroom teachers instruct pupils in computer use.

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: an activity/book fee, varies

TUITION: $90 per week

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: none

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organized group

DISCIPLINE: time out

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: yes

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: most go to a private school

FIRST BAPTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

5495 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park (541-2785)

STUDENTS: 374

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: director Nancy A. Woods

HOURS: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. grades K-7; 8:25 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. 8-12

GRADES: preschool (age 2)-12

CLASS SIZE: about 20

WHO GOES HERE: most pupils are from Pinellas Park and vicinity

RACIAL MAKEUP: multicultural

CURRICULUM: A Beka and A.C.E., accelerated Christian education

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $120 currently

TUITION: $260 a month

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Baptist, non-denominational curriculum

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organized group

DISCIPLINE: time-out, referrals

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: yes

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: junior college or college.

GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

6300 62nd Ave. N, Pinellas Park (546-2850)

STUDENTS: 60

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: administrator Marian Foulks

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: 1-12

CLASS SIZE: two teachers and one aide

WHO GOES HERE: children from Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg

RACIAL MAKEUP: mostly white

CURRICULUM: Individual computer instruction, dual enrollment for high school, Spanish taught in middle school, phonics and art for all grades.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $75

TUITION: $170 per month plus book fees

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Grace Brethren Church, religion taught in classroom

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization

DISCIPLINE: No corporal punishment. There is a schoolwide discipline plan.

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: participatory status with FACCS

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: certified with FACCS

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: most go to private college or a junior college.

GRACE LUTHERAN SCHOOL

4301 16th St. N (527-6213; 526-2538 for Grace Children's Center, which includes kindergarten)

STUDENTS: 390

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: principal Mary Lou Wells

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: pre-kindergarten (includes 3-year-olds)-8th

CLASS SIZE: 15-28

WHO GOES HERE: outreach throughout community and church members

RACIAL MAKEUP: multicultural

CURRICULUM: Gospel oriented, broad based curriculum with emphasis on phonics

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1

APPLICATION FEE: $125, non-refundable; pre-K, $50

TUITION: Non-members pay $3,327 for K-5 this year; 6-8 pay $3,510; pre-K pay $2,680 per year; members get a reduced rate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Lutheran; chapel once a week; all denominations are welcome

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Teacher League

DISCIPLINE: unified discipline plan

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained classrooms

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: state certification

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes, part time

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: other Christian schools, magnet schools or zoned middle school.

GULF COAST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

6355 38th Ave. N (345-3448)

STUDENTS: 175

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: director Bill Alsup

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: preschool through 7th grade.

CLASS SIZE: maximum of 15 per class

WHO GOES HERE: 40 percent are members of Church of Christ in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area

RACIAL MAKEUP: mainly white; 4 percent black; 3 percent Asian; 4 percent Hispanic

CURRICULUM: Combination phonics and whole language; Math is their Way; manipulatives; physical education; computers in each classroom, three pupils per computer; music specialist.

UNIFORMS: yes, K-7

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1

APPLICATION FEE: $100

TUITION: K-5 is $2,950; 6th and 7th is $3,150, including books and activities

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Church of Christ; daily Bible class; weekly chapel program; devotional each morning around the flagpole; prayer; Christian point of view; creationism is taught.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Teacher Friends Association.

DISCIPLINE: time out; good communication between home and school; ultimate goal is self-discipline; no corporal punishment; loss of privileges

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained program; blended class, preschool and kindergarten.

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: National Christian School Association

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: other private schools or zoned middle school.

GULFCOAST SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL

6001 Seventh Ave. S (345-2141)

STUDENTS: 30

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Angela Peoples

HOURS: Mon-Thurs. 8 a.m. to 2:45; Fri. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

GRADES: K-8

CLASS SIZE: 10

WHO GOES HERE: 70 percent are members of Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Petersburg area

RACIAL MAKEUP: 50 percent white, 25 percent Hispanic and 25 percent other

CURRICULUM: phonics, reading, language, math, social studies and science. Two computers in each classroom.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $110 for kindergarten and $150 for 1-8 including books

TUITION: $1,550 to $2,250. Seventh-day church members receive discount.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Seventh-day Adventist. Daily Bible class.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Home and School Association

DISCIPLINE: detention, suspension, varys by grade.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: multilevel

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist School

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: Forest Lake Academy in Orlando or Tampa Adventist Junior Academy.

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL

250 78th Ave. NE (526-8194)

STUDENTS: 230

WEB SITE: http://home.tampabay.rr.com/hfs/

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Sister Florence Ann Marino, principal

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

GRADES: K-8

CLASS SIZE: maximum of 30

WHO GOES HERE: most come from northeastern St. Petersburg; parishioners' children are admitted first, followed by other Catholics who do not attend Holy Family, then other denominations

RACIAL MAKEUP: 93 percent white, 4 percent Hispanic; 2 percent Asian; 1 percent black

CURRICULUM: Literature-based integrated language arts program; manipulative based math in primary grades through algebra 1 honors in grade eight; social studies, science, physical education, art, music, Spanish, religion, computer instruction in all grades and parochial league sports.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none; kindergarten begins in November; registration for grades 1-8 begins in March

APPLICATION FEE: $150, non-refundable; tuition reduced $100 when school begins

TUITION: $2,675 for parishioners, $3,075 for non-parishioners, currently. Will increase in 1999.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholic, but open to all faiths. Students actively plan and participate in weekly school Masses.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent-school partnership in education. Parent participation is encouraged. Home and School Association meetings three times a year.

DISCIPLINE: School teaches standards of self-discipline, responsibility and accountability; positive actions rewarded.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: St. Petersburg Catholic, Clearwater Catholic or zoned public or magnet program of their choice.

HOLY NAME CATHOLIC SCHOOL

5825 17th Ave. S, Gulfport (347-1774)

STUDENTS: 163

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Mrs. Karen Evjue

HOURS: 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GRADES: K-8

CLASS SIZE: 20 to 25

WHO GOES HERE: children from the beach communities, Gulfport, Pasadena and the southern region of St. Petersburg

RACIAL MAKEUP: 80 percent white; 12 percent black; 5 percent Hispanic and 3 percent Asian.

CURRICULUM: Stresses basics; phonics is emphasized, but the whole language approach is used as well; computer lab, and after-school sports and band.

UNIFORMS: 1-8

APPLICATION DEADLINE: no deadline, registration begins in March

APPLICATION FEE: $150 non-refundable

TUITION: Currently $1,900 for parishioners; currently $2,200 for out-of-parish families; $3,000 for other families

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Roman Catholic, but welcomes children from other denominations; weekly Mass and emphasis on prayer.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Home and School Association; all parents are expected to belong.

DISCIPLINE: assertive discipline program; parental conferences, demerits system for middle school grades.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: All teachers have degrees in their teaching areas and Florida certified.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes, two days a week

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: St. Petersburg Catholic High School and area public schools and magnet programs.

KESWICK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

10101 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (393-9100)

STUDENTS: 720

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Registrar Tanya Moore

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

GRADES: 3-year-olds through 12

CLASS SIZE: as small as 12 in preschool; as high as 28 in high school

WHO GOES HERE: children from throughout Pinellas county

RACIAL MAKEUP: white 91 percent; Hispanic 3 percent; Asian 3 percent, black 3 percent

CURRICULUM: Strong emphasis in elementary grades on basics of reading and math; college preparatory curriculum used in high school; dual credit, advanced placement and honors courses. Computer instruction begins in second grade.

UNIFORMS: K-12

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Enrollment begins in February and runs until school starts.

APPLICATION FEE: none

TUITION: Current figures: junior kindergarten (3- and 4-year-olds), $150 to $300 a month; kindergarten, $3,444 a year; grades one through six, $3,720 a year; grades seven and eight, $4,008 a year; grades nine through 12, $4,140 a year.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Non-denominational with emphasis on evangelical Protestant Christianity; Christian philosophy of life is integrated in all subject areas; weekly chapel all students; creationism is taught.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parents Assisting, Loving and Serving, a volunteer organization.

DISCIPLINE: self-discipline and personal accountability

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Association of Christian Schools International

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: accepted at public private and military universities.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

9401 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg (576-9635)

STUDENTS: 200

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Helen Wilson

HOURS: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 (extended hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

GRADES: 2-year-olds through third grade (adding 4th grade in fall)

CLASS SIZE: 15 average

WHO GOES HERE: mostly children from northeastern St. Petersburg; no particular denomination

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: A Beka, with stress on phonics; computer instruction

UNIFORMS: K-3

APPLICATION DEADLINE: end of February through end of March

APPLICATION FEE: New rates go into effect in January; currently $55 for preschool, $120 for kindergarten, $150 for grades one through fourth grade

TUITION: $60 a week for elementary pupils; $65 a week for preschoolers; $80 a week for 2-year-olds.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Non-denominational; children attend weekly chapel service; creationism is taught; strong religious emphasis; but each child is taught faith is a personal part of his life.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization

DISCIPLINE: time out, demerits for elementary pupils

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: American Association of Christian Schools

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Bachelor's degrees in elementary education; those who teach preschool hold a Child Development Associate's degree.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: not available.

LIFE SKILLS LEARNING CENTER

441 33rd St. N. Suite C (821-0341)

STUDENTS: currently five students; a projection of 20 maximum

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Elihu Brayboy, headmaster

HOURS: 8:30 to 4 p.m.

GRADES: 3-12

CLASS SIZE: 10 or less

WHO GOES HERE: mostly children from south Pinellas county

RACIAL MAKEUP: 60 white and 40 percent black

CURRICULUM: School of Tomorrow, an accelerated program with emphasis on fundamentals. Individual education plan and dual enrollment and GED test preparation.

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: open enrollment

APPLICATION FEE: $100 non-refundable

TUITION: $300 a month

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: non-denominational

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization

DISCIPLINE: discipline is handled on a one-on-one basis

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: no

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: college prep curriculum.

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE CROSS DAY SCHOOL

4545 Chancellor St. NE (522-8331; 525-8364 preschool)

STUDENTS: 300

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: director Holly Carlson; Linda Bassett, assistant director of preschool

HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

GRADES: preschool to fifth grade

CLASS SIZE: eight in 2-year-old class, 12 in 3-year-old, 16 in 4-year-old through fifth grade.

WHO GOES HERE: most children come from northeastern part of county; no particular denomination

RACIAL MAKEUP: 95 percent white; 4 percent Asian: 1 percent black

CURRICULUM: Balanced language arts program; phonics; whole language philosophy; hands-on child-centered programs; math is a manipulative-based program; computer training available for four-year-olds through fifth grade and after school computer available.

UNIFORMS: yes, K-5

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 1-12 for current students and those who attend Lutheran Church of the Cross; Feb. 15 for others until classes are filled.

APPLICATION FEE: $75, preschool; elementary $100. Non-refundable

TUITION: Currently for preschool, $100-$225 a month, depending on length of day and number of days a week; elementary, $3,650 per year for the 1999-2000 school year. Scholarships available for elementary.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Lutheran; strong emphasis on religion, but open to all faiths; service held Wednesdays for all children; creationism is not taught.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parents automatically become members of Parent Teacher Organization when they enroll their children.

DISCIPLINE: time out.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: process of getting accreditation.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Each teacher holds either a bachelor's or master's degree in elementary or early childhood education.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: first class to graduate this school year.

MORNING STAR SCHOOL OF PINELLAS PARK

4661 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park (544-6036)

STUDENTS: 60

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Mary Giacobbe

WEB SITE: http://www.morningstarschool.org

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

GRADES: 1-8

CLASS SIZE: 11 per teacher

WHO GOES HERE: a school for children with special learning disabilities.

RACIAL MAKEUP: mostly white

CURRICULUM: instruction is individualized in the areas of language arts, math, spelling, writing, science and social studies. Also included in the curriculum are a physical education program, computer lab use, library skills, art, music, speech therapy, sensorimotor skills and guidance.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $75 non-refundable

TUITION: Currently $4,500 to $5,200 per year.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholicism is taught. Children attend Mass once a week.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parents for Morning Star

DISCIPLINE: positive reinforcement

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: none.

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: public schools.

MT. ZION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

955 20th St. S, St. Petersburg (894-4311)

STUDENTS: 83

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Derek Cooper, headmaster

HOURS: 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: K-8 (9th grade in fall of 1999)

CLASS SIZE: 15 to 20

WHO GOES HERE: mostly children come from south St. Petersburg

RACIAL MAKEUP: 100 percent black

CURRICULUM: A Beka, computer lab, field trips and activities

UNIFORMS: yes, K-8

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Aug. 15

APPLICATION FEE: $110, non-refundable

TUITION: Currently $2,460 per year plus book fees of approximately $250 a year.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Christian-based curriculum. Baptist affiliation. Chapel service every week.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Christian Parent Organization

DISCIPLINE: time out and demerits, loss of privileges, corporal punishment as last resort.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained.

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: no

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: continue on with education at Mt. Zion High School

NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

7777 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg (541-7593)

STUDENTS: 980

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: registrar

HOURS: 8:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. for elementary school; 7:55 to 3:15 for high school and middle school

GRADES: Pre-K-12

CLASS SIZE: 18-1, ratio

WHO GOES HERE: Students come from throughout Pinellas County. The school is a ministry of Northside Baptist Church, but students are from all denominations.

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: college preparatory in high school; phonics taught in elementary school; computer instruction offered at all grade levels

UNIFORMS: yes, K-5

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan. 31 for fall term

APPLICATION FEE: $50

TUITION: K-12 ranges between $3,775 to $4,540

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Baptist; chapel service; Bible classes for all grades; strong religious emphasis.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Teacher Fellowship, participation varies; at least 90 percent of students are represented by their parents at some time during the year.

DISCIPLINE: time out, detention, suspension, rare expulsions, no corporal punishment

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: advanced placement high school courses

LEARNING DISABLED: limited

ACCREDITATION: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Association of Christian Schools International

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: not available

OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL

5843 Fourth Ave. S, St. Petersburg (344-1026)

STUDENTS: 170

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Jesse Crosmer

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (extended 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

GRADES: preschool (ages 3) through fifth grade

CLASS SIZE: preschool, 15 to 1; prekindergarten, 20 to 1 teacher and 1 part-time aide; kindergarten, 22 to 1 teacher and one full-time aide; first through fifth grades, usually 20 to 1

WHO GOES HERE: mostly students from Tyrone area and Gulfport

RACIAL MAKEUP: 89 percent white; 2 percent Asian; 3 percent black; 1 percent Hispanic and 5 percent multicultural

CURRICULUM: phonics, computer instruction, Spanish, music, traditional classrooms, inter-scholastic sports program

UNIFORMS: yes, K-5

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 31 for early registration

APPLICATION FEE: Currently, $185

TUITION: currently, $270 a month for K-5; $250 a month for preschool and pre-K. Extended day additional cost. Discounts available for additional children and annual payment.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Lutheran; chapel service; religion is taught every day; strong religious and academic emphasis.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Teacher Fellowship

DISCIPLINE: time out and positive and negative consequences for their behavior

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: National Lutheran Schools

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes, state of Florida

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes, part time

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: half to private schools, half to public

PASADENA COMMUNITY CHURCH SCHOOL

112 70th St. S, St. Petersburg (345-3167)

STUDENTS: 163

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Diane Knoke

HOURS: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and elementary 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: preschool to 5th

CLASS SIZE: 20 maximum

WHO GOES HERE: students from St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Seminole, the beaches, South Pasadena

RACIAL MAKEUP: 95 percent white and 5 percent multicultural

CURRICULUM: Elementary school emphasizes language arts, math, science, social studies, computer, daily P.E. weekly chapel, music and library experiences.

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: Currently, $120 for elementary; $75 for preschool, includes registration and supply fee.

TUITION: $75 a week for K-5; $52 a week for preschool. Extended day additional cost. Discounts available for annual payment.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: United Methodist, weekly chapel services, Bible studies.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent and Partnership and Parent Advisory Committee

DISCIPLINE: Positive discipline practices, consequences for misbehavior and time out.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Elementary in process of becoming accredited.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: part time

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: private and public middle schools.

PINELLAS COUNTY JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

1775 South Highland Avenue, Clearwater (588-0100)

WEB SITE: http://home.integracom.net/pcjds/pcjds.htm

STUDENTS: 145

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Rabbi Barry Bank, head of school

HOURS: 8:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

GRADES: K-8

CLASS SIZE: 13

WHO GOES HERE: students seeking Jewish and general studies

RACIAL MAKEUP: predominantly white

CURRICULUM: Enriched Jewish and general studies

UNIFORMS: yes, K-4

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1

APPLICATION FEE: Currently, $160 for kindergarten, none for the older grades.

TUITION: $5,850 for K-3; $6,300 for 4-5; $6,500 for 6-8, plus book fees. Scholarships available.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Jewish

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Boosters Association

DISCIPLINE: consequences for misbehavior

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Florida Council of Independent Schools and Solomon Schechter Day School Association

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: IB or magnet schools

PINELLAS PARK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

7685 66th St. N, Pinellas Park (546-2807)

STUDENTS: 28

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Kent Austin, administrator

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: 4-12

CLASS SIZE: 14 average

WHO GOES HERE: Central Pinellas area

RACIAL MAKEUP: 92 percent white; 4 percent Hispanic; 4 percent black

CURRICULUM: back to basics, phonics, Accelerated Christian Education, computer instruction

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: One-time registration fee, $100, then $50 in subsequent years; one-time $25 testing fee.

TUITION: $200 a month on a 10-month contract, less for students who attend preschool, half-days; annual materials fee, $25; students pay for workbooks as they are used.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Non-denominational; chapel once a week; devotional time every morning; scripture lessons integrated throughout the curriculum.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization

DISCIPLINE: no corporal punishment; children earn and lose privileges, such as field trips

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: none

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Accelerated Christian Education

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Accelerated Christian Education

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: junior college, colleges and in to the work force.

PINELLAS PARK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

4981 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park (546-9075)

STUDENTS: 89

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Michael Austin, principal

HOURS: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: K-12

CLASS SIZE: eight in kindergarten; no more than 25 per class in combined grades, first and second, third and fourth and fifth and sixth

WHO GOES HERE: Children are from families belonging to Pinellas Park Baptist Temple; most live in Seminole, St. Petersburg, Largo and Pinellas Park.

RACIAL MAKEUP: white

CURRICULUM: computer instruction available.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $15

TUITION: Elementary, $2,200 for first child, $1,650 for second child, $1,500 for third child and $1,250 for fourth child; middle school and high school, $2,350 for first child, $1,750 for second child; $1,600 for third child and $1,300 for fourth child.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Baptist

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization

DISCIPLINE: mainly conduct referrals, detention

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: deaf class

ACCREDITATION: none

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: none

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: most of them go to Christian colleges.

ST. JOHN'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

500 84th Ave., St. Pete Beach (360-1113)

STUDENTS: 240

TYPE OF SCHOOL: parochial school

CONTACT: Sister Joan Brennan, principal; Barbara McMahon, secretary

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

GRADES: preschool (4 year old)-grade 8

CLASS SIZE: kindergarten, maximum of 25; grades 1-8, maximum of 30

WHO GOES HERE: Children from St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Madeira Beach, Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde and Seminole

RACIAL MAKEUP: 95 percent white: 5 percent other

CURRICULUM: language arts, math, science, English, computer, social studies, Spanish, religion, physical education and a afterschool program.

UNIFORMS: yes, K-8

APPLICATION DEADLINE: None. They will be accepted starting the second week in March.

APPLICATION FEE: $125 fee for registration and books plus $35 computer fee.

TUITION: $2,219 for one year for one pupil; $3,790.80 for two; $4,779.50 for three or more; $5,196.30 for four; $3,708 per child year for out of parish. Pre-K is $2,585 per child.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholic.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Resource Board, parent advisory board.DISCIPLINE: Principal becomes involved after three reprimands.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: St. Petersburg Catholic High School, CAT at Lakewood High School and IB at St. Petersburg High School or fine arts program at Gibbs High School or to the area zoned high school.

ST. JUDE CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

600 58th St. N (347-8622)

STUDENTS: 506

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal, Sister Patricia Caulfield; Penny Kelley, secretary

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

GRADES: preschool (ages 3)-8th

CLASS SIZE: kindergarten; maximum of 20; grades 1-8, maximum of 30

WHO GOES HERE: St. Jude Cathedral School is a Catholic school serving the parish communities of St. Jude, Holy Cross and St. Matthew's.

RACIAL MAKEUP: mainly white, small percentage black

CURRICULUM: The academic program supports active learning as the most appropriate way for students to acquire and integrate knowledge. The full range of Florida required subjects are taught.

UNIFORMS: yes, grades 1-8

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $20, non-refundable

TUITION: $2,150 per year for one pupil; $3,750 for two; $4,830 for three; out of parish Catholic, $3,150 per child; non-Catholic, $3,400 per child.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Curriculum is the four-fold purpose of Catholic Education: to teach doctrine, to build community, to foster service and to pray and worship. Regularly scheduled Mass and daily religion class.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: FAITH, Families Actively Involved Together Here

DISCIPLINE: Assertive Discipline policy

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: 60 percent attend St. Petersburg Catholic High School; 40 percent attend the magnet schools.

ST. PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

1900 12th St. N, St. Petersburg (823-6144)

STUDENTS: 317

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Sister Kathleen Stagnaro

HOURS: 7:55 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

GRADES: preschool (4 years old)-8th

CLASS SIZE: 30 average

WHO GOES HERE: predominately from northeastern and southeastern St. Petersburg; most are parish members from St. Paul's and Blessed Trinity Catholic churches

RACIAL MAKEUP: 95 percent white, 5 percent others

CURRICULUM: Use integration, very skill-based; offers physical education, art, band, music, computer instruction twice a week; computers in each classroom.

UNIFORMS: yes, K-8

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $235 per child, includes registration, student activity fee, book rental

TUITION: $3,278 per child, out of parish; eligible children from St. Paul's or Blessed Trinity, $2,123 a year. Special rates for more than one child.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholic doctrine and scripture; daily religion class

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: St. Paul Home and School Association meets four times a year.

DISCIPLINE: Positive reinforcement; teacher's discretion might include time out or a visit to principal's office.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes, in specific subjects

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: either St. Petersburg Catholic High, the IB program at St. Petersburg High or the CAT program at Lakewood High

ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

6333 Ninth Ave. N (344-4065)

WEB SITE: http://www.spchs.org

STUDENTS: 530

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Barbara Rusin, assistant principal

HOURS: 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: 9-12

CLASS SIZE: 25 average

WHO GOES HERE: Mostly Catholic but some non-Catholics. This is the only Catholic high school in St. Petersburg. Students come from Seminole, Largo, St. Petersburg the beaches and Pinellas Park.

RACIAL MAKEUP: 90 percent white, 10 percent other

CURRICULUM: College preparatory in general, religion class, attend Mass on various occasions and special holidays.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $200 per child, currently

TUITION: Currently, $4,300 per child supporting parish rate; $5,800 non-supporting rate per child. $600 discount for families of two or more students.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholic; daily religion class; introductory courses offered on the following subjects: law enforcement, medical professions, insurance and applied economics.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: WINGS, We're Involved In Giving Support (all parents are members) and Booster Club.

DISCIPLINE: time out, detention, suspension

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: majority go to colleges

ST. PETERSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

2021 62nd Ave. N (522-6658)

STUDENTS: 454

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: registrar, Russann Cram

HOURS: 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. kindergarten

8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. for elementary

8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for middle school

GRADES: K-8

CLASS SIZE: 22 for elementary and kindergarten; middle school is 26

WHO GOES HERE: Children come from as far as Tierra Verde and Palm Harbor; the families represent many denominations.

RACIAL MAKEUP: 80 percent white; 8 percent black; 8 percent Asian; 4 percent Hispanic

CURRICULUM: Kindergarten and elementary programs use an accelerated curriculum. An individualized reading program propels children into above grade level reading success. Hands-on math experiences and honors level instruction are available through grade eight. Spanish, music, computer, physical education, art and visits to the library are offered beginning in kindergarten.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Enrollment begins at open house on Jan. 31 and continues until classes are full.

APPLICATION FEE: $120 per student

TUITION: Currently $2,895 for kindergarten, $3,395 per year for grades 1-5; $3,595 for grades 6-8

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: A ministry of Suncoast Cathedral, Assembly of God; school does not emphasize any specific doctrine but teaches Biblical principles and values.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Teacher Fellowship.

DISCIPLINE: positive expectations, consistent rule enforcement eliminates most discipline needs; Lee Canter's Assertive Discipline is used.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Florida League of Christian Schools; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: accepted in to the IB program at St. Petersburg High School and other magnet programs and other Christian schools.

ST. RAPHAEL SCHOOL

1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE (821-9663)

STUDENTS: 296

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Carol A. Huff

HOURS: 7:55 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

GRADES: K-8

CLASS SIZE: 30 in kindergarten; 35 in 1-8

WHO GOES HERE: mostly parish children from Shore Acres, Snell Isle and Old Northeast

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: Follows guidelines of Diocese of St. Petersburg; uses integration approach that also emphasizes skills; offers Spanish, physical education, art, band, music (vocal and instrumental), parochial league sports; one to four computers in classroom; computer lab twice a week.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: $100, currently

TUITION: Currently, $2,700 for first child from parish families; $3,840 for non-parishioners; prorated for additional children.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholic, daily religion class

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Home School Association meets four times a year; attendance is voluntary.

DISCIPLINE: Positive reinforcement; teacher's discretion might include time out or visit to principal's office.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: in specific subjects

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: most go to St. Petersburg Catholic

SACRED HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL

7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park (544-1106)

STUDENTS: 252

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Jo Ellen Caldwell

HOURS: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GRADES: pre-K-8th

CLASS SIZE: maximum of 35, kindergarten 30 children to one teacher and one teacher aide

WHO GOES HERE: Students from Pinellas Park, Largo, Seminole, and Clearwater. Parishioners and feeder parishes' children are admitted first; then those who do not attend these parishes and other denominations.

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: Along with state required courses, computer, art, music, Spanish, library and physical education classes are offered. Students in grades three through eight also can learn a musical instrument once a week for a nominal fee, Title 1 Remedial program is offered to students who qualify and a variety of competitive sports teams and other programs to enhance student studies.

UNIFORMS: yes, K-8

APPLICATION DEADLINE: none

APPLICATION FEE: no

TUITION: Current figures: $2,125 for supporting parishioners, $3,580 for non-supporting parishioners.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholic, prekindergarten through eighth has a strong religion emphasis. Grades 1-8 attend Mass once a week; prekindergarten attends Mass on special occasions and holy days. Creationism is not taught.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Active Home and School Association

DISCIPLINE: Schoolwide discipline code is enforced. Students are taught

self-discipline and accountability for their actions.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: majority go to St. Petersburg Catholic or Clearwater High.

SHORECREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL

5101 First St. NE (522-2111)

WEB SITE: http://www.shorecrest.org

STUDENTS: 850

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Mary Booker, head of school, and Diana Craig, director of admissions

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Lower School)

7:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. (Middle and Upper School)

GRADES: preschool (age 3)-12

CLASS SIZE: Pre-K to 6th grade: 18 to 20 student average per classroom (with two teachers in pre-K and K); Grades 7-12: average 15 per class

WHO GOES HERE: College prep students from throughout all areas of Pinellas county and some from Tampa

RACIAL MAKEUP: 85 percent white; 2 percent black; 5 percent Hispanic, 8 percent Asian

CURRICULUM: Lower School curriculum includes language arts, math, science, social studies, Spanish, computers, art, music, physical education. Kindergarten offers a balanced language arts program, phonics-based; math is taught with hands-on approach, using manipulatives. Networked computers in every classroom, all grades; computer labs, kindergarten-12. Middle & Upper School curriculum is traditional college preparatory, with additional emphasis on technology and fine arts.

UNIFORMS: Pre-K through middle

APPLICATION DEADLINE: rolling admissions

APPLICATION FEE: $50 non-refundable

TUITION: Kindergarten is $6,550. Tuition ranges from $5,700 for prekindergarten to $8,930 for high school. Financial assistance available.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: none

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Automatic membership in Parent Association; many volunteer opportunities; The Booster Club supports the school's athletic program.

DISCIPLINE: Clear expectations for conduct and responsibility; students held to high standards of character, honor and accountability; Parent/Student Handbook; Honor Code.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: Program is challenging; enrichment program offered.

LEARNING DISABLED: School offers some remediation.

ACCREDITATION: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, Florida Kindergarten Council, National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: all go to college

SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

3624 Queensboro Ave. S (327-2691; fax 321-2981)

STUDENTS: 64

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Richard Jackson

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: 1-5

CLASS SIZE: 16

WHO GOES HERE: countywide

RACIAL MAKEUP: 100 percent black

CURRICULUM: A Beka

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: None

APPLICATION FEE: $60 plus books that range $209 to $160.85

TUITION: $58 per week, or $230 per month.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Baptist; chapel service every Friday.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Parent Teacher Organization meets monthly; attendance is mandatory.

DISCIPLINE: Preventive approach; time out is first step; in extreme cases, child is sent to director.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Association of Christian Schools International

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: in specific subjects

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: other private or fundamental schools.

SUNFLOWER PRIVATE SCHOOL

5313 27th Ave. S, Gulfport (321-7657)

STUDENTS: 60

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Nancy Dowling

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GRADES: K-5, multi-aged classes, non-graded

CLASS SIZE: maximum of 13

WHO GOES HERE: children from throughout south Pinellas; housed at a Presbyterian Church, but nonsectarian

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: Basic skills are taught in small groups. Daily Spanish for all ages, computers for all, arts, crafts drama and music; including an annual Shakespeare production, environmental studies, emphasis on hands-on learning and writing.

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Classes fill early on a space available basis. Call to schedule a visit.

APPLICATION FEE: Applicants pay first week's tuition and supply fee of $125.

TUITION: $4,750 per child

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: non-religious

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization but parent participation encouraged.

DISCIPLINE: responsibility and accountability for actions

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: school is non-graded

GIFTED SERVICES: Program geared for gifted.

LEARNING DISABLED: School offers individual academic help as needed.

ACCREDITATION: none

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: no

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: Other private schools, zoned middle or apply for magnet program.

THOM HOWARD ACADEMY

4500 43rd St. N, (526-5700)

WEB SITE: upcoming

STUDENTS: 45

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Douglas Osborne

HOURS: 8:25 a.m. to 2 p.m.

GRADES: 7-12

CLASS SIZE: average 10

WHO GOES HERE: co-ed, countywide including international students.

RACIAL MAKEUP: not available

CURRICULUM: college preparatory, standard, and learning disabled curriculum.

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: open enrollment

APPLICATION FEE: $25.

TUITION: $5,400-$5,900

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: none

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization but parent participation encouraged.

DISCIPLINE: responsibility and accountability for actions

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: National Independent Private Schools Association

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: not required

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: part time

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: four-year colleges, junior colleges, careers or military.

TRANSFIGURATION PARISH SCHOOL

4000 43rd St. N (527-2880; Fax 522-1328)

WEB SITE: http://www.transfiguration.base.org

STUDENTS: 224

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Joanne Clarie, principal; secretary Kimbra Bertucci

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: K-8

CLASS SIZE: 29, with one full-time teacher, one full-time teacher's assistant

WHO GOES HERE: a parish Catholic school, but other denominations welcome

RACIAL MAKEUP: 1 percent Asian, 1 percent black, 10 percent Hispanic, 88 percent white

CURRICULUM: Follows guidelines of Diocese of St. Petersburg; thematic approach, very skill-based; offers physical education, art, band, music; at least one computer in each classroom; computer lab class for grades three through eight.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Registration opens Jan. 27; first parish children, then Catholics; then non-Catholics.

APPLICATION FEE: $210 includes registration, books and computers use.

TUITION: $2,100 for parish members; $3,650 for non-Catholic, non-supporting; various payment plans available.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: Catholic

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Educational Support Association, an activities-based group, has mandatory meetings four times a year.

DISCIPLINE: The school and student code of conduct reflect the Gospel values and Catholic morality.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: yes

ACCREDITATION: Florida Catholic Conference

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: in specific subjects

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: half go to St. Petersburg Catholic; half go to public schools.

YVONNE C. REED CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

4116 34th St. S (867-4529)

STUDENTS: 39

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Admistrator Yvonne C. Reed

HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: K-3 (4th grade in fall of 99)

CLASS SIZE: 18 maximum

WHO GOES HERE: all from the area around school. All denominations welcome

RACIAL MAKEUP: all black

CURRICULUM: A Beka Christian curriculum

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: no

APPLICATION FEE: kindergarten is 100; 1-4 is 200

TUITION: $240 per month for 10 months.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: a combination of Christian and academic education. Bible study daily

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: parent meetings once a month

DISCIPLINE: strict discipline, time out, phone call to parents, corporal punishments

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: no

LEARNING DISABLED: no

ACCREDITATION: Association of Christian Schools International

CERTIFICATION: yes

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: this is the school's first year.

WALDEN SCHOOL

2728 53rd St. S, Gulfport (321-7441)

STUDENTS: 16

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Judi Jemison and Cyndi Vickers

HOURS: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GRADES: 6-8

CLASS SIZE: 16 pupils with two teachers

WHO GOES HERE: countywide

RACIAL MAKEUP: 100 percent white

CURRICULUM: Language arts, general math, pre-algebra, will include algebra, science, physical education, U.S. history, French, drama, and visual arts. Grades are integrated, except for math. Investigations are the core of the academic program. Students are required to complete several investigations each year chosen from different subject areas. These investigations stress the processes of learning: research, writing comprehensive papers, meeting deadlines, analyzing data, oral communication and visual presentation.

UNIFORMS: no

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1

APPLICATION FEE: $50 plus $150 for books and computer use.

TUITION: $3,800 per year

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: none

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: no formal organization

DISCIPLINE: No set plan, but it is a cooperative effort including the student, parents and teachers of the school.

GIFTED SERVICES: School offers some remediation.

LEARNING DISABLED: School offers some remediation.

ACCREDITATION: Not yet; second year.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: one yes, one no

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: no

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: most go to the public magnet programs or private high schools.

WELLINGTON SCHOOL

8000 Starkey Road, Seminole (397-4565)

4450 51st Ave. N, St. Petersburg (528-8717)

WEB SITE: http://www.wellingtonschool.com

STUDENTS: 200 in St. Petersburg; 200 in Seminole

TYPE OF SCHOOL: private

CONTACT: Principal Cynthia Moon

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GRADES: junior kindergarten (4 years old by Sept. 1)-8

CLASS SIZE: 16

WHO GOES HERE: countywide college preparatory students

RACIAL MAKEUP: 75 percent white; 25 percent other

CURRICULUM: Strong emphasis on phonics, reading, writing and math. Computer science in a lab, Spanish, music and physical education, library and art. Two computers are in each classroom in addition to the labs.

UNIFORMS: yes

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 15

APPLICATION FEE: $500 application fee, with a percentage credited toward tuition.

TUITION: Currently $4,770. Payment plans available.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND CURRICULUM: non-denominational

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Helping Hands, a parent organization.

DISCIPLINE: Problem solving sessions with students, parents and teachers.

KINDERGARTEN CLASS STRUCTURE: self-contained

GIFTED SERVICES: yes

LEARNING DISABLED: School offers a sophisticated program incuding computerized remediation headed by a learning specialist.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: all certified

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: yes

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: parochial schools or magnet programs offered by high schools

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