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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.
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, 2019

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