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Students may enroll for grades 10 or 11. The application period begins January 1, 2018 and ends at 2:00 p.m. on February 9, 2018.

Applications are due to the SPCHS office on or before February 9, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. If you are mailing the application it must be received in the SPCHS office on or before 2/9/18 by 2:00 p.m.

  • Applicant must complete the 9th or 10th grade while attending a public high school, a valid private high school or home education program within the Pinellas County School district.
  • The student and parent must attend one of the Information Sessions and turn in the “blue card” before leaving the meeting.
  • A completed application packet must be submitted on or before February 9, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. to be entered into the lottery. Late applications will be accepted, but will not be in the initial lottery.
  • Students must meet the entrance criteria below:

 

Admission Requirements:

Pre-Collegiate Program, entering Grade 10

  • Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Successfully passed Algebra I and the End of Course exam at time of application
  • Minimum College Placement Test scores of:
    • 92 in Reading
    • 92 in Writing
    • 100 in Mathematics
  • Preferred that you have passed:
    • Biology l and the End of Course exam
    • Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE)
    • Geometry and the End of Course exam
    • Students who have not had the opportunity to take the End of Course exams will take them at SPCHS after the school year begins.

 

Collegiate Program, entering grade 11

  • Unweighted of GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Minimum College Placement Test scores of:
    • 106 in Reading
    • 103 in Writing
    • 114 in Mathematics
  • Successfully passed Algebra I and the End of Course exam
  • Successfully passed Geometry and the End of Course exam
  • Successfully passed Biology l and the End of Course exam
  • Students who have not had the opportunity to take the End of Course exams will take them at SPCHS after the school year begins.

Yes, students may participate in any of the art, music, dance, and/or drama opportunities that SPC has to offer. Students who are invited to attend SPCHS are encouraged to speak to Mrs. Betts regarding the process for an audition. You may reach Mrs. Betts at 727-341-4285.

Students who have been invited to attend SPCHS as sophomores may shadow. Please call Ms. Dessipe at 727-341-4610 or email her at Dessipe.martha@spcollege.edu to schedule a shadowing date. Students may bring a lunch or bring money to purchase lunch in the college cafe: a typical lunch costs $5.00 to $6.00. School hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parents must pick-up visiting students at dismissal in the office. A letter to request the absence be excused is available the day you shadow from Ms. Dessipe.

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Anticipated enrollment will be 230 students in grades 10-12. If more applications are received than openings available, a random lottery will be conducted.

The application period is January 1, 2018 through February 9, 2018. Late applications will be accepted, however, they will not be considered until the wait list is exhausted.

Students who meet the entrance criteria and whose completed application packet is received by the SPCHS office on or before February 9, 2018, by 2:00 p.m., will be eligible to be entered into the lottery. The computer generated lottery will create a list of students who will be invited to attend SPCHS, as well as, a wait list. As an opening occurs, students will be invited to attend SPCHS in the order they appear on the wait list.

SPCHS will conduct the computerized, random lottery in late February after all applications are received and verified.

Students will receive either an invitation letter or a notification of wait list status by March 1, 2018. Students will continue to be invited into SPCHS over the summer until August 1, 2018 as openings occur.

Students are not invited into SPCHS during the school year and the wait list is dissolved once school begins.

Yes, applications will be taken each year for open positions in grade levels 10 and 11.

Students who are not selected for entrance into SPCHS for the sophomore year, must contact the office for a new application packet; however, they do not need to attend a second Information Session.

Students entering in grade 10 are placed in the Pre-Collegiate program. Their classes will be taught by certified high school teachers on the SPC St. Peterburg/Gibbs Campus. Their course of study will be based on course progressions initiated during their ninth grade year to ensure they will meet Florida high school graduation requirements. Students may also take a one or two college courses which will be taught by college faculty.

Students who have passed the college placement test (CPT/PERT), have an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, have met all entrance criteria, and who are entering grade 11 are placed in the Collegiate Program. Collegiate-status students will take college courses, with regular college students, offered at the SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, located at 6605 5th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. College course selection will be guided by the Academic Advisor and/or Guidance Counselor to ensure students meet Florida high school graduation requirements and course requirements for the Associate’s degree from St. Petersburg College.

Juniors and Seniors:

  • Juniors and seniors follow their college class schedule, attend a mandatory weekly seminar, and spend 2.5 hours in the SPCHS Learning Lab each week.
  • Students follow the SPC calendar and usually attend class four days per week; Monday through Thursday.

Sophomores:

  • Sophomores are in high school classes between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. five days per week.
  • They follow the SPCHS calendar which is aligned to the SPC calendar.

There is no cost to apply, for tuition, course fees, or textbooks.

  • In the Pre-Collegiate Program, students will be taught high school courses by state certified high school teachers and take one or two college courses which are taught by college professors.
  • In the Collegiate Program, students will be taught by college faculty with a doctorate or master’s degree.

SPCHS facilities are located on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus of St. Petersburg College at 6605 5th Ave N. in St. Petersburg. The high school classes will take place on the second floor of the Student Services building.

  • Students are eligible to join and hold leadership positions in both SPCHS and SPC clubs and student organizations. They are welcome to participate in all high school and college events and activities. SPCHS has an active Parent,Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) and School Advisory Council (SAC). Parents are encouraged to assist with extracurricular activities, join and serve on PTSA and/or SAC. The SPCHS staff sponsor several clubs for students including Interact, National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Take Stock in Children, Reflections, Multicultural Club, and Ultimate Frisbee. In addition, SPC has many clubs and organizations students may join.
  • Students are not allowed to try out for SPC athletic teams; however, they are encouraged to participate in the campus intramural activities and may serve as cheerleaders for the college teams.
  • Students may be able to participate in high school athletic teams at a high school assigned by Pinellas County Schools, schedule permitting. Please contact your zoned Pinellas County School and speak with the coach or assistant principal to request a try-out. Parents/students are responsible for transportation to and from school and extracurricular events.

All SPCHS students are also considered college students so their SPC ID will provide free transportation seven days per week on PSTA buses. Parents must sign a Bus Transportation Form prior to students riding a PSTA bus.

Yes, students who meet the requirements for graduation will participate in the SPCHS Graduation Ceremony and the SPC Commencement Exercises.

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