We’re building a bright future.
Someone wise once said the children are our future, and, well, they were right. Education is understandably a hot topic amongst parents, even parents of toddlers who haven’t quite reached the K-12 education system yet. In St. Pete, it’s all about choice.
A program for every child.
Pinellas County Schools offers a diverse range of magnet and charter options, as well as high performing neighborhood schools and programs for students with exceptionalities. Residents also take advantage of a wide variety of independent schools, with strong sports programs, in addition to homeschooling cooperatives and alternative learning options. During school vacations, you will find a vast choice of camps for every interest, from film schools to sailing camps.
A strong education system focused on the future.
Pinellas County Schools: Neighborhood, Charters and Magnets
Magnets and charter schools in St. Pete include the nation’s #1 STEM school, Jamerson Elementary, and the best performing school in the county, Perkins Elementary — a magnet school for international studies and the performing arts. A full-time Gifted program serves students K-12, as do International Baccalaureate schools from elementary through high school. You will also find numerous excellent Fundamental programs across the K-12 grade spectrum. St. Petersburg is also home to a number of A-rated neighborhood schools.
Throughout the city you will find a number of excellent independent day schools, including preparatory, non-sectarian, denominational, for- and non-profit options. There are a variety of focuses offered, from experiential learning, STEAM and technology programs, Montessori and world school programs. A number of independent schools offer very strong sports, drama and music programs. You can also find Spanish bilingual options or schools where languages including Mandarin are a high priority.
St. Pete is home to numerous secular and non-secular homeschooling cooperatives. This highly engaged community takes advantage of St. Pete’s strong cultural scene and vibrant tech amenities to provide homeschooled students a well-rounded education. Alternative Learning Programs Pinellas County Schools offers an “Educational Alternative” program as an alternative to traditional schooling for students in grades three through twelve. Many families take advantage of this flexible program. Preschools A wide selection of preschools beginning in PK3 and VPK are available — from faith-based programs, to Magnet affiliated preschools, and independent non-denominational programs. Play-based, experiential, bilingual, traditional and Montessori programs are offered within close proximity to central St. Pete.
Childcare that fits your family.
Summer and Vacation Camps
Educational opportunities don’t slow down over the summer. Abundant camp options exist across the city — from theater-based performing arts camps, music camps, sailing and marine camps, environmental camps, sports camps, and nature-based camps. STEM, robotics and coding camps keep kids sharp on break. The City of St. Pete offers excellent, affordable camps for every school vacation at its 17 neighborhood recreational centers.
After School Care Options
Most public and independent schools in St. Petersburg offer extended day programs or after school care. There are multiple sports-focused after school programs that pick up your child at dismissal and transport them to the sports facility until as late as 6pm. Enriching programs give parents the flexibility to grow their careers.