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The Pinellas County School District offers a number of magnet programs with specialized curricula. Generally these programs are open to students countywide, but some are open only to students in certain application areas. Some programs have special entrance criteria and eligibility requirements. For more details, see the District Application Programs Guide for 2013-14 at pcsb.org.

The district has one full-time gifted elementary program, the Center for Gifted Studies, which starts in first grade. The curriculum is based on real-world problems and situations. A qualifying IQ score and psychological report are required for first grade. A gifted education plan is required for applicants in Grades 2 through 5.

Grades K-5. Intellectually challenging approach stimulates curiosity and encourages learning outside traditional subjects. Spanish, art, music and physical education teachers promote imagination, communication, creativity and original thinking.

Grades 6-8. Encourages students to think critically, to reflect and to understand the connections between traditional academic subjects and the real world. Students are required to study their mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. Expanding to include eighth grade in 2013-14.

Students explore other cultures through music, theater, art and dance and participate in hands-on learning through violin instruction, daily Spanish courses and three visual arts studios. Students have a feeder assurance into the arts magnet at John Hopkins Middle.

Students learn about the world around them by becoming better writers and communicators and more informed citizens. They receive hands-on experience with laptop computers and digital cameras. Students have a feeder assurance into the journalism magnet at John Hopkins Middle.

Students integrate math, science, reading, writing and social studies into their assignments to complete engineering design challenges, projects and activities. They conduct research, design and communicate solutions, construct models, test effectiveness and analyze results.

Children explore through hands-on learning materials and understanding beyond memorization. Grace and courtesy lessons teach children to treat each other with respect. The program seeks to build character and a sense of responsibility to the school.

Students in the Center for Arts can focus on one of nine areas: art, band, dance, drama, guitar, orchestra, piano, vocal music and world drumming. Students in the Center for Journalism and Multimedia contribute to a national award-winning school newspaper and explore print, television and Web-based media.

Students learn business and technological skills in a hands-on curriculum that encourages critical thinking. They can earn industry certification in one of three "pathways:" International Business/Business Supervision and Management; New Media Technology; and Cisco (Network Support Specialist).

This program focuses on leadership development and career exploration through hands-on learning that students can later apply to real-world situations. Students learn through projects, career shadowing and other opportunities outside the classroom.

Instruction in this four-year program focuses on broad, transferable skills in the first responder fields. Students can earn certification in first aid, CPR, the use of automatic external defibrillators, Homeland Security and the National Incident Management System. After graduation, students will be ready to enter college or the workforce or continue their technical training.

College prep courses emphasize science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students are required to complete Advanced Placement and/or college dual enrollment courses before graduation. They also will choose one of three study areas leading to industry certifications in the fields of cyber security, biotechnology and digital video/multimedia.

These programs provide a structured environment and a "back-to-basics" approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences and monthly meetings.

High school career academies are four-year programs designed to blend a student’s required academic courses with the career technical program of the academy. These programs prepare students for national-industry certifications, Pinellas Technical Education Centers, two-year colleges or universities and entry into their chosen field.

In the architectural program, students gain skills through the use of drafting tools, computer-assisted drawing, landscaping and other areas. In the electrical technology program, students explore wiring techniques and alternative power sources. In the building construction technology program, students explore masonry, carpentry, roofing, plumbing and other fields.

Focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The program format is provided by Project Lead the Way through Rochester Institute of Technology. It offers an introduction to engineering, aeronautical engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, principles of biotechnology engineering, civil architecture, and engineering design and development.

Introduces students to the financial services industry offering college preparatory courses in computers, economics, finance, accounting, banking and financial planning. Students work with mentors from the business community, and they staff the on-campus Viking Branch, a real credit union sponsored by Achieva Credit Union. They also help prepare tax returns for the community.

Introduces students to international business with an emphasis on global studies and multicultural diversity. The program offers courses in information technology, Business Software Applications, international business systems, accounting, international finance and law. Also available: industry certification in Microsoft Office Specialist.

This academy blends graphic arts and technology, offering students skills that prepare them to be a Web developer, graphic designer, illustrator, bindery operator, offset press operator, silk screen operator, digital production artist and more.

This 11,600-square-foot facility includes two teaching kitchens with 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen-auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room-restaurant. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue advanced culinary training or start careers in the growing field of food preparation and restaurant management.

Prepares students for careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary day care, grooming and agility, and veterinary technology as veterinarians, veterinary surgical assistants and technicians. Students operate a doggy day care, groom animals and serve as surgical assistants to veterinarians.

Provides students with skills needed in the IT field with a focus on computer system set up and support, networking, workplace efficiency, digital design, Web design and security. Students can earn industry certification in Microsoft Office, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Server+.

Students in grades 9 and 10 explore different aspects of the construction field including masonry, carpentry, plumbing and electricity in a hands-on environment. Students in grades 11 and 12 choose a construction major and spend part of their school day attending building construction classes at PTEC St. Petersburg.