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Pinellas school news: Many seats remain open for school choice programs

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Published Mar. 17, 2016

Many Pinellas choice programs still have room for next school year

The Pinellas County School District this week began accepting late applications for magnet, fundamental and career programs for the 2016-17 school year. Of the district's 70 choice programs, 46 still have open seats in the entry-level grades — kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade. In addition, families can still apply to be added to waiting lists for programs that currently do not have open seats. To apply, visit Schools will contact applicants if students are accepted into their programs. Parents can also contact program coordinators at the schools for information about programs or open seats. For a list of programs with available seats, visit

More chances to learn about new SAT

Parents can still take advantage of the Pinellas County School District's program to educate parents about the redesigned SAT. The program supplies information on how students can use an online SAT practice site developed by Khan Academy. Two "KHANnect With Your Future" nights remain: March 29 at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo, and March 30 at Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater. Both begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information and SAT resources, visit

Oak Grove Middle showcases the arts

The public is invited to Oak Grove Middle School's International Knight of the Arts, an event featuring local professional artists, student artwork, and choir, band, jazz, orchestra and dance performances. Light refreshments will be available, and donations will be accepted at the door. The event will be at 6 tonight at the school, 1370 S Belcher Road in Clearwater. For more information, call the school at (727) 524-4430.

Good news for Tarpon High, Sanderlin

Pinellas County Schools and the city of Tarpon Springs will hold a ground-breaking ceremony at 2 p.m. March 31 for the Tarpon Springs Community Pool, a collaborative project that will provide a swimming pool to be used by city residents and Tarpon Springs High School. … James B. Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School has been named a "School of Distinction" by the Magnet Schools of America, a national nonprofit professional education association.