Numbers game: A chart that helps you play the Pinellas school choice lottery

To play the school choice lottery in Pinellas County, it helps to know the numbers. Our chart tells you which programs are the hardest and easiest to get into.
A chart produced annually by the Tampa Bay Times shows the number of applications received over the last two years by each school choice program in the Pinellas County school system. It also shows how many students got invited to each program last year. The information can be helpful as families fill out applications over the next few days for the 2019-20 academic year. [istockphoto.com]
A chart produced annually by the Tampa Bay Times shows the number of applications received over the last two years by each school choice program in the Pinellas County school system. It also shows how many students got invited to each program last year. The information can be helpful as families fill out applications over the next few days for the 2019-20 academic year. [istockphoto.com]
Published January 9
Updated January 9

The chart on this page can be used to help families decide which five programs to list in order of preference when applying for a Pinellas County magnet, fundamental or career program for 2019-20.

The application period begins today and ends on Jan. 18.

The columns compare the number of applications for each program over the previous two years. They also list the number of invitations given during the last application cycle in early 2018. The information can help gauge a student’s chances of getting an invitation.

For more competitive programs, which generally have many more applications than invitations, families have decision to make when they list their preferences for the school district’s choice lottery. Do they use their first preference on a competitive program? That’s a choice that carries some risk of not getting in. Or do they use it on a less competitive program where they stand a better chance of getting in?

The first preference is important because it carries more weight than the second through fifth choices.

For more information on the application process, visit pcsb.org/choice or call the school district’s Student Assignment office at (727) 588-6210.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

     
 

Applied 2017*

Applied 2018*

Invited 2018

Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary

464

433

106

Center for Advancement Sciences and Technology, Bay Point Elementary

263

242

150

Center for the Arts and International Studies, Perkins Elementary

541

549

86

Center for Gifted Studies, Ridgecrest Elementary

84

62

36

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning, Gulf Beaches Elementary

238

199

48

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning, Kings Highway Elementary

93

95

45

Center for Journalism and Multimedia, Melrose Elementary

27

37

23

Center for Mathematics and Engineering, Doug Jamerson Elementary

496

498

86

Curtis Fundamental Elementary

341

361

99

International Studies at Mildred Helms Elementary

96

78

55

IB Primary Years Programme, Sanderlin IB World School

455

522

50

Lakeview Fundamental Elementary

385

368

46

Madeira Beach Fundamental Elementary (K-5)

612

547

64

Montessori Academy at Gulfport Elementary

117

173

110

Pasadena Fundamental Elementary

513

463

70

Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary

176

176

36

       

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

     

Center for the Arts, John Hopkins Middle

254

194

194

Center for Gifted Studies, Dunedin Highland Middle

206

202

146

Center for Gifted Studies, Morgan Fitzgerald Middle

155

172

122

Center for Gifted Studies, Thurgood Marshall Middle

305

363

152

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning, Tyrone Middle

281

378

83

Center for Journalism and Multimedia, John Hopkins Middle

254

60

60

Center for Advancement of Sciences and Technology, Bay Point Middle

548

640

138

Clearwater Fundamental Middle

660

717

292

East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering

383

408

133

IB Middle Years Programme, Sanderlin IB World School

454

549

66

International Studies at John Hopkins Middle

136

144

144

International Studies at Largo Middle

114

120

120

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts with Pre-AICE Curriculum, Tarpon Springs Middle

132

178

178

Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle

847

851

224

Middle Grades Engineering Gateway to Technology, Azalea Middle

213

210

210

Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education (Pre-AICE), Pinellas Park Middle

122

152

152

Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle

809

898

177

       

HIGH SCHOOLS

     

Academy for Aquatic Management/Environmental Technology, Lakewood High

92

89

89

Academy of Architecture, Robotics and Construction — Architectural Drafting, Dunedin High

80

82

80

Academy of Architecture, Robotics and Construction — Construction, Dunedin High

61

32

30

Academy of Architecture, Robotics and Construction — Robotics, Dunedin High

129

110

109

Academy of Culinary Arts, Northeast High

215

202

49

Academy of Engineering, East Lake High

504

509

222

Academy of Entertainment Arts, Dixie Hollins High

229

202

200

Academy of Finance, Northeast High

309

301

85

Academy of Information Technology, Northeast High

306

287

84

Automotive Academy — Auto Technology, Northeast High

110

116

50

Business/Economics/Technology Academy (BETA), Gibbs High

194

197

196

Cambridge Program — Advanced International Certificate of Education, Clearwater High

209

214

214

Cambridge Program — Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Dixie Hollins High

248

211

152

Cambridge Program — Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Tarpon Springs High

131

157

138

Career Academy for International Culture and Commerce, Clearwater High

164

141

141

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT), Lakewood High

380

369

234

Center for Construction Technologies, St. Petersburg High

138

177

55

Center for Culinary Arts, Dixie Hollins High

123

130

130

Center for Education and Leadership, Seminole High

241

200

200

Center for Journalism and Multimedia, Lakewood High

141

121

96

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions, Boca Ciega High

509

480

194

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions, Palm Harbor University High

670

668

202

Criminal Justice Academy, Pinellas Park High

474

495

211

Exploring Careers & Education in Leadership (ExCEL), Largo High

378

460

201

First Responders program, Pinellas Park High

277

320

181

Fundamental School-Within-a-School Program, Boca Ciega High

451

409

192

Fundamental School-Within-a-School Program, Dunedin High

193

199

199

IB program, Largo High

309

352

189

IB program, Palm Harbor University High

347

380

219

IB program, St. Petersburg High

419

455

221

Institute for Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math, Countryside High

231

311

235

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy, Tarpon Springs High

84

68

67

Jacobson Technical High — Commercial Arts/Digital Design

**

29

29

Jacobson Technical High — Construction

**

22

21

Jacobson Technical High — Electricity

**

5

5

Jacobson Technical High — Nursing

**

54

54

Jacobson Technical High — Veterinary

**

83

74

Jacobson Technical High — Video Game/Simulation

**

122

46

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts — Instrumental Music, Tarpon Springs High

100

96

96

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts — Vocal Music, Tarpon Springs High

45

30

30

Osceola Fundamental High

992

1134

490

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA), Gibbs High

249

119

129

Veterinary Science Academy, Tarpon Springs High

171

162

161

* Total number of applications, preferences one to five, in the entry grades — kindergarten, sixth and ninth.

** Program did not exist in 2017.

NOTE: This chart does not include information on four programs that are new this year: the Conservatory for the Arts at Sandy Lane Elementary in Clearwater, the North County Center for Gifted Studies in Palm Harbor, and the gifted and cultural arts programs at Midtown Academy in St. Petersburg.

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