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Guide to Pinellas County public schools' specialized programs

 
Published Jan. 11, 2013

Ten days remain before the deadline to apply for Pinellas County public schools' specialized programs. The offerings include magnet programs, fundamental schools and high school career academies. The district refers to these as "application programs."

This deadline does not apply to those who plan to attend their zoned school in the 2013-14 academic year. Students already registered with the district will automatically receive notices about zoned school assignments. New zoned school students, including incoming kindergarteners, can register beginning March 5.

But for those who want to try for an application program, now is the time to apply. For more information about application programs, consult this guide or go to pcsb.org and download a copy of the District Application Programs Guide for 2013-14. You can apply for up to five programs and must rank your choices one through five in order of preference.

Before you go online to apply

• Have or get a User ID and password. If you misplaced yours or don't have them, you can get them at any nearby school with a photo ID. Only one User ID and password is needed per family.

Apply online by Jan. 23

• Go to pcsb.org and log on to the Student Reservation System, known as SRS.

• Pick and rank the programs you want.

• All high school magnet programs — and some middle school magnet programs — have entrance criteria. (See the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org for details.) Deliver all documentation of eligibility by the close of the school day, Jan. 24.

Check status/accept invitation

• Log on to the Student Reservation System (SRS) between Feb. 13-20 to accept a program invitation. If you do not accept during this time, your application becomes invalid.

• Once a program's invitation is accepted, the student's name will be removed from all other lists (except the Center for Gifted Studies).

• Families can change their selection before Feb. 20.

• You don't need to accept waiting list spots.