Pinellas County students have yet to take their spring break, but they already may start planning for the summer and next school year.
Starting today, parents of eligible students may register them for the free Summer Bridge program on the school district’s website. The elementary, middle and high school programs are designed to prevent summer learning losses and to prepare students in need of extra academic support to enter the next grade level. Most classes will run Monday through Thursday, June 17 to July 24.
The application period for the new Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning at Kings Highway and Gulf Beaches elementary schools runs through March 17. Students entering kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2014-15 school year may be registered online on the school district website. Students at both Kings Highway in Clearwater and Gulf Beaches in St. Pete Beach will use cutting-edge electronic devices and work on more collaborative, hands-on classroom projects. The “flipped classrooms” will require students to complete lessons at home and use class time applying those lessons in activities to boost critical-thinking skills.
The school district’s other application programs, as well as three new middle school programs and programs at John Hopkins Middle, will accept late online applications on March 31. The school district will hold several open houses before the application period for students interested in the new middle school programs.
Those events include:
• The Pre-Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program at Pinellas Park Middle School, 6:30 p.m. Thursday 6940 70th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, (727) 545-6400
• The Leadership Conservatory for the Arts with the Pre-Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program at Tarpon Springs Middle School, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 501 N. Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-5511
• The Middle Grades Engineering Gateway to Technology program at Azalea Middle School, 6 p.m. Monday, 7855 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 893-2606.
• The Center for the Arts program and the Center for Journalism & Multimedia program at John Hopkins Middle School, 6 p.m. March 20, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg, (727) 893-2400.