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Pinellas now offers close to 80 school choice programs

Magnets, fundamental schools and career programs are among the options for families as Discovery Nights begin. The application period is in January.
Students study earth science using their iPads at Gulf Beaches Elementary in St. Pete Beach. The school's Center for Innovation & Digital Learning is one of about 80 choice programs offered by the Pinellas County school system.
Students study earth science using their iPads at Gulf Beaches Elementary in St. Pete Beach. The school's Center for Innovation & Digital Learning is one of about 80 choice programs offered by the Pinellas County school system. [ Times (2016) ]
Published Oct. 31, 2019

The Pinellas County school system offers some 80 special programs for families who want to venture beyond their zoned school, with options that include magnets, fundamental schools and high school career academies. The complete list for the 2020-21 school year is below.

Programs marked with asterisks have certain entrance criteria; call the schools for details. Discovery Nights, which offer a chance for students and parents to see the school and meet the staff, begin at 6 p.m. and typically last one to two hours. Some schools begin Discovery Nights earlier, which is noted in the school description.

For more information, including details on application areas, school bus service and entrance criteria, visit pcsb.org/choice.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Arts & Journalism

Center for Communications, Journalism & Multimedia Studies

This program equips students with life skills that will serve them no matter what they pursue in the future. Students learn about the world by becoming confident writers, trained photographers, effective communicators and informed, involved citizens. Young journalists explore all aspects of the evolving media, including digital technology, and build confidence through seeing their work in print (four newspapers a year), podcasting and TV publication of their work. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Melrose Elementary, 1752 13th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/melrose-es; (727) 893-2175

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

Center for the Arts & International Studies

Students at Perkins explore other cultures through vocal and instrumental music, theater, art and dance. All students have Spanish courses and the facilities include three visual arts classrooms, four music rooms, a 250-seat theater and a dance studio. Students given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications from South of Ulmerton Road only.)

• Perkins Elementary, 2205 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/perkins-es; (727) 893-2659

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

Center for Cultural Arts

Students participate in a creative, integrated art-themed K-5 program that connects academic curriculum with the visual and performing arts. A vibrant local arts culture provides opportunities for a variety of field trips. Students receive two art classes, two music classes, and a creative makerspace experience each week. They are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from South County only.)

• Midtown Academy, 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

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Discovery Night: Dec. 3

Conservatory for the Arts

Music, theater, storytelling, dance, movement and the visual arts deepen understanding, critical thinking and problem solving. All students receive dance, music and visual arts with Extended Arts Programs for grades 3-5. Community partners include Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Clearwater Arts Alliance. Students are given priority when applying to the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs Middle. (Applications accepted from North of Ulmerton Road)

• Sandy Lane Elementary, 1360 Sandy Lane, Clearwater; pcsb.org/sandylane-es; (727) 469-5974

Discovery Night: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19

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Dual Language & Literacy

Dual Language Immersion Program

This program expands student horizons by developing bilingual and biliteracy skills with bicultural awareness. The curriculum provides equal English and Spanish teaching of different subjects. Integrated cultural studies and events in art, music, physical education, language lab, Village Project, International Night and Schoolwide Enrichment Model provide extended learning opportunities. (Applications accepted from North County)

• Garrison-Jones Elementary, 3133 Garrison Road, Dunedin;pcsb.org/garrison-es

Discovery Night: Nov. 6

Center for Literacy Innovation

Designed for students with dyslexia and/or characteristics of dyslexia, this program provides a systematic, multisensory, structured approach to literacy instruction with opportunities for reading, writing and math remediation and schoolwide enrichment. (Applications accepted from North County)

• Elisa Nelson Elementary, 415 15th St., Palm Harbor; pcsb.org/nelson-es

Discovery Night: 5 p.m. Nov. 8

* * *

Fundamental schools

Fundamental schools provide a structured environment and a "back-to-basics" approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary, 5900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/bayvista-es; (727) 893-2335

Discovery Night: Nov. 6

• Curtis Fundamental Elementary, 531 Beltrees St., Dunedin; pcsb.org/curtis-es; (727) 738-6483

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

• Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, 2229 25th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakeview-es; (727) 893-2139

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

• Madeira Beach Fundamental Elementary (K-5), 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7838

Discovery Night: Nov. 20

• Pasadena Fundamental Elementary, 95 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/pasadena-es; (727) 893-2646

Discovery Night: Dec. 18

• Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary, 400 E Harrison St., Tarpon Springs;

pcsb.org/tarponfund-es; (727) 943-5508

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

* * *

Gifted studies*

The Centers for Gifted Studies offer full-time gifted services to eligible students in grades 1-5. Advanced, integrated, accelerated gifted curriculum will be used daily with the Florida Gifted Frameworks as the foundation to provide daily gifted services. Special focus is placed on critical and creative thinking as well as social-emotional development. To be eligible, parents need to provide a copy of the qualifying IQ scores and a copy of the psychological report or a copy of their active Educational Plan to the school.

• Ridgecrest Elementary, 1901 119th St. N, Largo; pcsb.org/ridgecrest-es; (727) 588-3580

Ridgecrest students are given priority when applying to Morgan Fitzgerald Middle. (Applications from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

• Midtown Academy, 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

Midtown students are given priority when applying to Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle. (Applications from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

• Elisa Nelson Elementary, 415 15th St., Palm Harbor; pcsb.org/Nelson-ES; (727) 298-2788

Elisa Nelson students are given priority when applying to Dunedin Highland Middle. (Applications from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: 5 p.m. Nov. 8

* * *

International studies

International Baccalaureate Primary Years program

This program is offered at James B. Sanderlin K-8 and Mildred Helms IB World Schools. Its transdisciplinary approach focuses on stimulating curiosity and inquiry as students use a conceptual lens to build deeper understanding of real-world issues. Internationally-minded citizens are developed through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile. Spanish, art, and PE further develop imagination, communication, creativity and original thinking as students become lifelong learners.

• James B. Sanderlin K-8, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Sanderlin students are given priority when applying to the Sanderlin Middle Years program or John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

• Mildred Helms Elementary

561 S Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo; pcsb.org/mildred-es; (727) 588-3569

Mildred Helms students are given priority when applying to Largo Middle. (Applications accepted from mid- and north county areas.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

* * *

Montessori

The Montessori Method cultivates the child’s natural desire to learn by incorporating uniquely-designed materials into the standards based curriculum using group lessons and work plans. The kindergarten child achieves a holistic education through sensorial and practical life studies. Grace and Courtesy lessons teach responsibility, respect, and cooperative learning in all our classroom communities. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

• Gulfport Montessori Elementary, 2014 52nd St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/gulfport-es; (727) 893-2643

Discovery Night: Nov. 21

* * *

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology

This program seeks to increase student achievement and interest in science, technology and math. The program emphasizes hands-on activities in the school's computer, science and Spanish labs, as well as in the on-site pond and gardens. Students are given priority when applying to Bay Point Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Point Elementary, 5800 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-es; (727) 552-1449

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

Center for Digital Learning & STEAM

A focus on digital personalized learning ensures that lessons are geared to each student’s individual needs. Critical thinkers are created through dynamic lessons and activities integrating STEM principles with the arts for a more holistic understanding of our world. Technology-rich environment includes: Kindles, coding, production lab, STEAM lessons, Garage Band music clubs, and 3 STEM clubs. Students are given priority when applying to Tyrone Middle.

• Kings Highway Elementary, 1715 Kings Highway, Clearwater; pcsb.org/kings-es; (727) 223-8949

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

Center for Innovation & Digital Learning

A blended technology and project-based environment focuses on inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection. Critical thinking is advanced through robust arts programs and afterschool enrichment offerings. Technology available to students includes SMART Boards, iPads, Mac laptops, Dell tablets, robotic and coding devices, 3D printers, and CNC machines. Students are given priority when applying to Tyrone Middle.

• Gulf Beaches Elementary, 8600 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/beaches-es; (727) 893-2630

Discovery Night: Dec. 17

Center for Mathematics & Engineering

Jamerson offers a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) curriculum created by teachers. Students are provided opportunities to work in diverse teams completing design challenges and hands-on activities, which integrate math, science, reading, writing and social studies. Students conduct research, design solutions, construct models, test effectiveness, analyze results and communicate solutions. The STEAM focus is infused through a strong music and art program. Students are given priority when applying to Azalea and Bay Point middle schools. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary, 1200 37th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/jamerson-es.; (727) 552-1703

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

MIDDLE SCHOOL

East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering instructor Michael Dority talks to potential students about some projects students have done during a Discovery Night at the school.
East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering instructor Michael Dority talks to potential students about some projects students have done during a Discovery Night at the school. [ Times (2016) ]

Arts and journalism

Center for Communications, Journalism & Multimedia

This program equips students with valuable life skills that will serve them no matter what their future pursuits. Students become confident writers, trained photographers, effective communicators and informed, involved citizens as they explore all aspects of evolving media, including digital technology. Students develop confidence through print, podcasting and TV publication of their work. Students from Perkins Elementary will be given priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

Center for International Studies in the Arts

Students are offered opportunities to focus on dance, instrumental music, theater, visual art or vocal music. They attend “focus classes” in their chosen art, while receiving challenging and engaging core curriculum from the school’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Students from Perkins Elementary and the Center for Cultural Arts at Midtown Academy will be given priority when applying to this program.

• John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts**

This program encourages students to develop character and leadership skills in a high-level performing and visual arts program. The rigorous core academics are from the Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education program developed by the University of Cambridge. Students from Sandy Lane Elementary are given priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

• Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

* * *

Fundamental schools

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a "back-to-basics" approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. Unlike other fundamental middle schools, Thurgood Marshall offers arterial bus service. Check with the school for more details. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Clearwater Fundamental Middle, 1660 Palmetto St., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwaterfund-ms; (727) 298-1609

Discovery Night: Nov. 21

• Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7697

Discovery Night: Nov. 20

• Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Discovery Night: Dec. 17

* * *

Gifted programs

Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies*

All three middle school gifted centers are designed to deliver a challenging and detailed curriculum that promotes creativity, critical and complex thinking. Applicants must meet all state requirements for gifted placement and provide a copy of their individual educational plan upon request. Documentation of eligibility must be submitted to the schools before the application deadline.

• Dunedin Highland Middle, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-ms; (727) 469-4112

Students from Elisa Nelson Elementary will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

• Morgan Fitzgerald Middle, 6410 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/fitzgerald-ms; (727) 547-4526

Students from Ridgecrest Elementary will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county application area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

• Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Students from Midtown Academy will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 17

* * *

International studies

Cambridge Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education**

This rigorous program is designed for academically talented students in grades 6-8. The curriculum is written and administered by the University of Cambridge in England.

• Pinellas Park Middle, 6940 70th Ave. N, Pinellas Park; pcsb.org/pp-ms; (727) 545-6400

(Applications from mid-county area only)

Discovery Night: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10

• Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

(Applications from North County area only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

International Baccalaureate Middle Years program**

Provides an intellectually challenging environment that encourages critical thinking. Through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile, the program reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into global issues. Students in the school's Primary Years program get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• James B. Sanderlin K-8 IB World School, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Candidate Schools**

John Hopkins and Largo middle schools are pursuing authorization as IB World Schools. The IB Middle Years Programme provides an intellectually challenging environment in which students are encouraged to become critical and reflective thinkers in preparation for success in college, careers and citizenship. Its interdisciplinary approach builds connections between subjects, and its global focus fosters the development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and leadership essentials.

• John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

Students from James B. Sanderlin K-8 IB World School and Gulfport Montessori Elementary get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

• Largo Middle, 155 Eighth Ave. SE, Largo; pcsb.org/largo-ms; (727) 588-4600

Students from Mildred Helms IB World School get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted from north and mid-county areas only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

* * *

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

This program, offered at Azalea and East Lake middle schools, provides students with a curriculum from Project Lead the Way, which is designed to challenge and engage students' natural curiosity through hands-on experiences and exciting units of study. Students use design process to creatively and critically explore real-world issues and solve problems.

• Azalea Middle, 7855 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/azalea-ms; (727) 893-2606

Students from Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary get priority when applying to the Azalea program. (Applications accepted from the south and mid-county areas only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 20

• East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, 1200 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-ms; (727) 940-7624

(Applications accepted from the North County area only)

Discovery Night: Nov. 6

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology**

CAST offers a rigorous academic program in which engineering is integrated through advanced math, science, world languages and technology classes. Many students participate in science, math and technology competitions. Students who attend Bay Point and Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Point Middle, 2151 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-ms; (727) 893-1153

Discovery Night: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning

The center focuses on gearing lessons to each student's needs through project-based lessons, interactive online activities and face-to face lessons that encourage critical thinking. All students learn using electronic devices, and families play an important role in the use of technology both in the school and at home. Students who attend Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tyrone Middle, 6421 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/tyrone-ms; (727) 893-1819

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

HIGH SCHOOL

Pots and pans lay in a heap at the conclusion of a competition at the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High.
Pots and pans lay in a heap at the conclusion of a competition at the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times ]

Arts

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts*

This four-year program creates a discovery zone for developing musicians, dancers and artists, with a course of study that combines leadership skills, performing arts, rigorous academics and technology. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA)*

Students choose a focus on dance, design technology, instrumental music, musical theater, performance theater, visual arts or vocal music. Through individual instruction, performances and exhibitions, students are trained to pursue an arts profession and/or continue their studies in college. Applicants must complete an audition. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Nov. 21

Academy of Entertainment Arts

This career and college preparatory academy is designed for students with an interest in the creative fields of cinematography, photography, graphic design, 3D animation, gaming production and digital music development. Courses are taught by instructors who have worked in the creative field. The students will produce real-world work while using industry standard equipment and may earn industry certifications in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876

Discovery Night: Nov. 20

Commercial and digital arts

This program is for creative, career-oriented students interested in taking their existing artistic skills to the next level. Tech High provides a working design studio environment for students to study the entire spectrum of digital art and graphic design. This includes use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software as well as studying many facets of advertising, illustration, art history, typography, branding and package design, outdoor ads, color theory, logos, posters, billboards, t-shirt design, illustration and more. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

* * *

Automotive, Manufacturing & Marine Technology

Automotive Manufacturing Technology Center

This program offers two tracks: automotive service technology and advanced manufacturing. Academic and technical studies are integrated into all courses. The service technology track prepares students to work in the automotive repair industry, while the advanced manufacturing track provides foundational skills and career exploration through hands-on projects in robotics, mechatronics, machining, electronics, blueprint reading and theoretical learning. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

Marine Service Technology

The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as marine mechanics and is aligned to meet current industry needs. Students will learn skills in outboard, inboard and personal watercraft service as they navigate the marine repair industry. A marine electrical certification is available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

* * *

Construction

Academy of Architecture, Robotics and Construction

Provides students with opportunities to develop real-world skills that can be applied to jobs in architecture, robotics and construction. In architectural design, students receive instruction in computer-assisted drawing and major design concepts. The robotics program gives students hands-on instruction in robots that perform a variety of functions. The construction program focuses on all aspects of building, including masonry, plumbing, carpentry and electrical operations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Dunedin High, 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

Center for Construction Technologies

Students in grades 9 and 10 explore five aspects of the construction field in a hands-on environment — masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Students in grades 11 and 12 choose a construction major and spend part of their school day attending building construction classes at Pinellas Technical College St. Petersburg, where they can earn certification and pre-apprenticeship hours. (Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

• St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

Construction technology

The building and construction technology program at Tech High lets students explore potential careers in construction, entrepreneurships and carpentry. Upon completion, students can enter the construction industry as carpentry helpers or first-year construction workers. Topics also include drywall work, plumbing, blueprints and masonry Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

Electricity

This program at Tech High covers the basics of electricity and circuit wiring. Students will solve problems and develop projects while engaging in hands-on learning. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

* * *

Culinary arts

The programs at Northeast and Dixie Hollins high schools provide students with hands-on training in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Students will explore and study worldwide cultures while developing specialized skills in food identification, selection, purchasing and preparation. They also can get certified in culinary work.

Academy of Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

Center for Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the mid-county area only.)

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876, ext. 2097

Discovery Night: Nov. 20

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy

In addition to preparing food, students learn about nutrition, marketing, the hospitality industry, restaurant designing, catering, and management. The program features an 11,600-square-foot facility with two teaching kitchens, 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen-auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room-restaurant. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue advanced culinary training or start careers in the field of food preparation and restaurant management. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

* * *

Education

Center for Education and Leadership

This program promotes teacher training opportunities and academic rigor by preparing students for academic and career areas requiring postsecondary education. Students will take teaching assisting courses for all four years of high school to explore and develop instructional delivery. They also will spend a minimum of 150 observation hours and participate in focused learning activities. Students may earn college credits as part of the program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

• Seminole High, 8401 131st St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/seminole-hs; (727) 547-7536

Discovery Night: Nov. 20

Exploring Careers & Education in Leadership (ExCEL)**

This program focuses on leadership development and career exploration through hands-on learning that students can later apply to real-world situations. Students learn through projects, career shadowing and other opportunities outside the classroom. The program embraces the approach of the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, known as AVID, by building a culture of positive peer influence and support, along with tutoring and mentoring. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; excel.pcsb.org; (727) 588-4622

Discovery Night: Nov. 18

* * *

Environment

Academy for Aquatic Management Systems and Environmental Technology

Geared to students with a strong personal commitment to the study of environmental and marine sciences. Offers special training in ecology, environmental sciences, marine biology, agroponics, aquaculture and water resource conservation. The program features an on-campus, 2-acre outdoor classroom. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

* * *

Finance

Academy of Finance

Introduces students to the financial services industry, offering college preparatory courses in computers, economics, finance, insurance, accounting, banking and financial planning. Students work with mentors from the business community in job shadowing and internships, and they staff the on-campus Viking Branch, a real credit union sponsored by Achieva Credit Union. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

* * *

Fundamental programs

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a “back to basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. Parents are required to attend meetings each month and have regular communication with teachers. The curriculum is heavy on homework and there are high expectations for student behavior and cooperation. In addition, the dress code is more strict than at other high schools. (Applications for all three high school fundamental programs are accepted countywide. For details on transportation, visit pcsb.org/choice.

• Boca Ciega High (School-within-a-school program), 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

• Dunedin High (School-within-a-school program), 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

• Osceola Fundamental High (Schoolwide program), 9751 98th St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/osceola-hs; (727) 547-7717

Discovery Night: Dec. 2

* * *

International studies

Cambridge Program - Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)*

Developed by Cambridge University, the AICE program offers a curriculum with a global perspective, preparing high school students for further education while offering them the opportunity to tailor their studies to their interests, skills and goals. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

• Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620. (Applications accepted from mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 20

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

International Baccalaureate (IB) program*

The IB program provides a rigorous college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum. There are six areas of study — language (English), second language (Spanish or French), individuals and societies, experimental sciences, math and the arts. The core of the program is the Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay and a community service component. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

• Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; pcsb.org/largo-hs;(727) 588-3758. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

• Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor; Phuhs.org; (727) 669-1131. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

• St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

Career Academy for International Culture & Commerce

Introduces students to international business with an emphasis on global studies and cultural diversity. Offers courses in information technology, business software applications, accounting, international finance and law. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

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Journalism

Center for Communications, Journalism & Multimedia

The Center for Journalism and Multimedia (CCJAM) at Lakewood High School is a career academy designed for students with a strong interest in journalism, communications and technology. Students focus on real-life journalism experiences, building writing skills, photography, videography and design, for publication in print and on the web. Industry certifications offered. This program equips students with valuable interpersonal, professional and employability skills that will serve them no matter what their future pursuits. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave.S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

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Medicine

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions**

Prepares students for careers in the medical field and helps them develop a commitment to personal wellness and the prevention of disease. Students have the opportunity to prepare for college or pursue entry-level medical and wellness jobs after high school. (See the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice for information on how your home address affects which program you apply to.)

• Boca Ciega High, 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

• Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor; pcsb.org/phuhs; (727) 669-1131

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

Nursing

Hands-on training in the lab and health care facility provide skills required for the Florida State Board of Nursing’s Certified Nursing Assistant Licensure exam. EKG certification and LPN Certification is available for some advanced students. You will experience a thoroughly rigorous health care curriculum that includes anatomy and physiology, disease prevention, training in ethics and patient privacy, basic patient care, proper use of medical equipment, and hands-on skills training.

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

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Public safety and law

Criminal Justice Academy **

This four-year program is for students focused on careers in law, law enforcement and related fields. Students learn about police operations, court and corrections procedures, civil law and crime scene investigations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/CJA; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

First Responders: National Guard Center for Emergency Management**

Instruction in this four-year program focuses on broad, transferable skills in the first responder fields. Students can earn certification in first aid, CPR, the use of automatic external defibrillators, Homeland Security and the National Incident Management System. After graduation, they will be ready to enter college or the workforce or continue their technical training. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/pp-hs; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

The format for this four-year program is provided by Project Lead the Way through Rochester Institute of Technology. It offers an introduction to engineering, aeronautical engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, principles of biotechnology engineering, civil architecture, and engineering design and development. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• East Lake High, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-hs; (727) 942-5419

Discovery Night: Dec. 9

Academy of Information Technology

Students will develop skills on how to use Microsoft Office, build a computer, program computers, and use Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Students apply image and web design principles and use the principles of cybersecurity with ethical hacking. There are 2 tracks: digital media technology, where students learn all the principles and basics of digital storytelling and work on the school TV program, and music technology and sound engineering, which gives students the opportunity to learn acoustics and develop skills in critical listening, recording and audio editing. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

Business Economics Technology Academy (BETA)**

This program blends business and technological skills with a hands-on curriculum that encourages critical thinking. Students can earn industry certification in their chosen pathway, including business supervision and management, digital media technology, digital design and programming for game simulation. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Dec. 11

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT)**

This college preparatory program prepares students for entry into engineering, medicine, science, multimedia, communications and computer science careers. Students experience hands-on projects with robotics, satellite communications and multimedia technologies. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

Gaming simulation and programming

This program is project-based and focuses on game design, storyboarding, the business side of gaming, programming for single- and multi-user environments, and collaboration. Students will create several games, make digital career portfolios and enjoy classroom visits from industry professionals. Microsoft Tech Associate certifications are available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (ISTEM)**

This program offers a technological and a scholar track, based on student academic profiles. The technological track prepares students for college majors in the IT field. Students focus on one of four strands: computer systems and information technology, game and simulation, web design or digital design. The scholar track integrates STEM into all academic courses, and students focus on one of three fields: cybersecurity, biotechnology or engineering technology. Students in either track have opportunities to earn college credit or industry certifications. (Applications from the North County area only.)

• Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater; pcsb.org/countryside-hs; (727) 725-7956

Discovery Night: Nov. 6

Veterinary Science Academy

Prepares students for careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary day care, grooming and agility, and veterinary technology. Students operate a doggy day care, groom animals and serve as surgical assistants to veterinarians during surgery in the on-campus surgical suite. Students who complete the program can sit for the Certified Veterinary Assistant test through the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.(Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 19

Veterinary sciences

Students work with live animals in a hands-on environment. This course also stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the veterinary assisting industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety and environmental issues. Students who complete the program can sit for the Certified Veterinary Assistant test through the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. A new veterinary sciences building is scheduled for completion on campus in 2020. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

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* Program has academic entrance criteria

** Program has a recommended academic profile