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Catholic schools are the choice for many

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Published Jan. 5, 2016

Catholic schools in Pinellas County make up the biggest school system outside of the public schools. The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg operates 15 schools in Pinellas — 12 for prekindergarten through eighth grade, two high schools and one school for students with special needs.

Catholic schools offer some of the same special programs that have gained popularity in public schools. Clearwater Central Catholic High, for example, has an International Baccalaureate program, while St. Cecelia Catholic School in Clearwater and St. John Vianney Catholic School in St. Pete Beach offer IB programs for middle school students.

Many Catholic schools offer campus tours or list open houses on their websites for the 2016-17 school year. Information on financial aid is available at dosp.org/schools. The Catholic schools in Pinellas are:

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

11501 66th Ave. N, Seminole; early childhood 4, VPK, K-8; blessedsacramentcatholicschool.com; (727) 391-4060

Cathedral School of St. Jude

600 58th St. N, St. Petersburg; early childhood 2-4, VPK, K-8; cathedralofstjude.org; (727) 347-8622

Clearwater Central Catholic High School

2750 Haines Bayshore Road; 9-12 co-ed; ccchs.org; (727) 531-1449

Espiritu Santo Catholic School

2405A Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor; early childhood 3-4,VPK, K-8; escschool.org; (727) 812-4650

Guardian Angels Catholic School

2270 Evans Road, Clearwater; VPK, K-8; gacsfl.com; (727) 799-6724

Holy Family Catholic School

250 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; early childhood center for ages 2-3, VPK, K-8; holyfamilycatholicschool.com; (727) 526-8194

Morning Star Catholic School

4661 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park; Special Education; morningstarschool.org; (727) 544-6036

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

730 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin; early childhood 4, VPK, K-8; myoll.com; (727) 733-3776

Sacred Heart Catholic School

7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park; early childhood 3 and 4, K-8; sacredheartpinellaspark.org; (727) 544-1106

St. Cecelia Catholic School

1350 Court St., Clearwater; early childhood 3, VPK, preK-8; st-cecelia.org; (727) 461-1200

St. John Vianney Catholic School

500 84th Ave., St. Pete Beach; early childhood 4, VPK, K-8; sjvcs.org; (727) 360-1113

St. Patrick Catholic School

1501 Trotter Road, Largo; early childhood 3 and 4, K-8; stpatrickcatholic.org; (727) 581-4865

St. Paul Catholic School

1900 12th St. N, St. Petersburg; early childhood 3-4, K-8; stpaul1930.org; (727) 823-6144

St. Petersburg Catholic High School

6333 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 9-12 co-ed; spchs.org; (727) 344-4065

St. Raphael Catholic School

1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg; early childhood 4, VPK, K-8; straphaelschool.net; (727) 821-9663

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