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School Search: The Times’ annual guide is your starting point for 2020-21

Helping you explore education options in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
School Search is a guide for families with children entering kindergarten, middle or high school who want to explore options beyond their zoned public school. [Shutterstock]
Published Nov. 1

The 2020-21 school year seems like a long way off, but now is the time to be paying attention if your child will enter kindergarten, middle or high school next fall. For many families, the choice is preordained: They’ve decided on their zoned school. But for the thousands wanting to explore a growing list of other options in the Tampa Bay area, School Search can be a helpful first step. This guide is an annual project of the Tampa Bay Times.

Below is a comprehensive look at choices for K-12 schools across the Tampa Bay area.

As the choices grew, so did School Search

Florida’s school voucher programs offer many families another path

Hillsborough County

School district choice programs

Dates to remember

Charter schools

Private schools

Catholic schools

Pinellas County

School district choice programs

How to apply for a Pinellas school choice program

Dates to remember

Charter schools

Private schools

Catholic schools

Pasco County

School district choice programs

Dates to remember

Charter schools

Private schools

Hernando County

Public, private and charter school programs

Dates to remember

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  1. Transgender student Drew Adams speaks with reporters outside of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Adam's fight over school restrooms came before a federal appeals court Thursday, setting the stage for a groundbreaking ruling. Adams, who has since graduated from Nease High in Ponte Vedra, Fla., won a lower court ruling last year ordering the St. Johns County school district to allow him to use the boys' restroom. The district has since appealed. RON HARRIS  |  AP
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  2. Representatives from the United School Employees of Pasco, on the left, present their latest pay request to the district's bargaining team during talks on Oct. 24, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff
    Teachers have yet to reach a deal on their contract.
  3. The Florida House Education Committee focuses on early education in its first meeting of the 2020 session. It has met just once more since then. The Florida Channel
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  4. FILE - In a Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 file photo, transgender teen Drew Adams, left, leaves the U. S. Courthouse with his mother Erica Adams Kasper after the first day of his trial about bathroom rights at Nease High School, in Jacksonville, Fla. The transgender student's fight over school bathrooms comes before a federal appeals court Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, setting the stage for a groundbreaking ruling. Drew Adams, who has since graduated from Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, won a lower court ruling in 2018 ordering the St. Johns County school district to allow him to use the boys' restroom. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File) WILL DICKEY  |  AP
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    The discourse is more civil and respectful, two weeks after a session that many deemed hate-filled and vile.
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  8. "Miss Virginia," a film about school choice, will be screened at the Tampa Theatre on Dec. 10.
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  9. Florida Senator Tom Lee, R- Thonotosassa. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES
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  10. Jennifer Dixon, Pasco County's 2020 Teacher of the Year, thanks her students for making her job 'the job that I love.' JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff
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