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Late applications start Monday for special programs in Pinellas schools

Published Mar. 28, 2014

The Pinellas County School District will start accepting late applications Monday for students who still want to get into a magnet, fundamental or high school career program next school year.

The accompanying charts provide a look at how elementary and middle school programs fared during the regular application period that came to a close last month.

The Times published a similar list for high schools on March 23.

The "seats left" column shows which programs still have space. The numbers are based on a statistical snapshot of the system taken March 3, meaning that a few programs have since filled some seats by calling students from their waiting lists.

But district officials say hundreds of seats in a variety of programs remain open.

For updated numbers on open seats, parents can contact the coordinators of the programs.

The district will accept late applications until Dec. 31.

To apply, visit

For additional information about the applications, contact the district's student assignment office at (727) 588-6210 or visit

* Programs often invite more students than they have seats for, knowing some students will decline invitations. ** The district has lifted geographic restrictions for these programs during the late application period, but bus service is not guaranteed.

*** Applicants enter the Ridgecrest gifted program in first grade.

**** Invitations still being processed from first application period. Late applications will be accepted too.