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Pinellas Schools still offering seats in 'choice' programs

A ballet class at Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg.
A ballet class at Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg.
Published Mar. 18, 2015

Of the 70 "choice" programs offered by the Pinellas County school system, half of them still have open seats for the 2015-16 academic year, and the district is urging students to apply during its late application period, which began March 16. For some programs, the district is lifting requirements that normally limit applications to students from certain geographical zones. Visit for more information. Here is a list of programs with available seats and/or no waiting list:

High school

Cambridge program, Clearwater High

Center for Computer Technologies, Countryside High

* Science/Technology/Engineering/Math program, Countryside High

Cambridge program, Dixie Hollins High

Architectural drafting program, Dunedin High

Construction technology program, Dunedin High

Electrical wiring/technology program, Dunedin High

Business/Economics/Technology Academy (BETA), Gibbs High

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA), Gibbs High

Aquatic management program (AMSET), Lakewood High

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT), Lakewood High

* Journalism program, Lakewood High

Careers/Education in Leadership (ExCEL), Largo High

IB program, Largo High

Automotive technology program, Northeast High

Criminal Justice Academy, Pinellas Park High

First responders program, Pinellas Park High

Construction technologies program, St. Petersburg High

IB program, St. Petersburg High

Arts program/instrumental music, Tarpon Springs High

Arts program/vocal music, Tarpon Springs High

Cambridge program, Tarpon Springs High

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy, Tarpon Springs High

Middle school

* Gateway to Technology/Pre-Engineering, Azalea Middle

Science and technology program, Bay Point Middle

Gifted studies, Dunedin Highland Middle

Center for the Arts, John Hopkins Middle

International studies, John Hopkins

Journalism program, John Hopkins Middle

Gifted studies, Morgan Fitzgerald Middle

* Pre-Cambridge program, Pinellas Park Middle

* Pre-Cambridge program, Tarpon Springs Middle

Elementary school

Science and technology program, Bay Point Elementary

Journalism program, Melrose Elementary

* International studies, Mildred Helms Elementary

* The district has lifted geographic restrictions for applicants, which means students across the county can apply if they meet the program's criteria.