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Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Sign-up help available for high-demand Pinellas schools


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Parents hoping to enroll their student in a highly-sought after magnet, fundamental or career program next school year still have several opportunities to be guided through the process.

The Pinellas County school district will host multiple classes and events on special application programs for students and their parents throughout December and January. The application period for the school district’s academies and special programs is Jan. 8-17. Parents must apply online on the school district’s website.

Many schools provide tours, opportunities to shadow students currently enrolled in programs and “Discovery Nights” that showcase what particular programs have to offer, school district spokeswoman Lisa Wolfe said in a release. Parents and students can contact schools of interest to arrange visits.

The school district has also scheduled three Application Assistance Nights to provide parents personal assistance completing the online applications.

The events will be on Jan. 9 at Sandy Lane Elementary School, 1360 Sandy Lane, Clearwater; Jan. 14 at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg; and Jan. 16 in the school district’s student assignment office, 301 4th St. SW in Largo. The time for each will be 6 to 8 p.m.

High school students interested in attending the Career Academies of Seminole can attend an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the CAS campus, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole.

The Career Academy allows students to forgo their normal high school schedule for classes that provide technical training and industry certifications in carpentry, commercial arts and graphics, electricity, engineering energy solutions, environmental technology, horticulture and veterinary assisting.

During the open house, parents and students can tour the campus, learn about specific programs and hear about an air conditioning, heating and refrigeration program that will launch next school year. All high school students and current eighth-graders who will be attending Largo, Osceola and Seminole high schools next year, or plan to apply to programs at those schools, may attend the open house.

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