Admissions FAQ’s


Students may enroll for grades 10 or 11.  The application period begins January 1, 2021 and ends at 2:00 p.m. on February 10, 2021.

Applications must be submitted using the links received at the Information Webinars on or before February 10, 2021 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 Webinars and complete the Student Information Survey with the link provided at the webinar attended.
  • A completed application packet must be submitted on or before February 10, 2021 by 2:00 p.m. to be entered into the lottery. Late applications will be accepted, but will not be in the initial lottery.

Admission Requirements:

Pre-Collegiate Program, Entering Grade 10- Suggested Criteria

  • Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently taking OR successfully passed Algebra I and the End of Course exam at time of application
  • Minimum College Placement Test (PERT) 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, Required Criteria

  • Unweighted of GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Minimum College Placement Test (PERT) 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
  • 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 may not shadow at this time to ensure the safety and wellness of our students and staff due to COVID-19.

Anticipated enrollment at each campus will be 240 students in grades 10-12. If more applications are received than openings available, a random lottery will be conducted at each grade level for each campus.

The application period is January 1, 2021 through February 10, 2021. Applications must be submitted by 2:00 pm on February 10, 2021.  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 submitted application packet is received on or before February 10, 2020 by 2:00 p.m., will be entered into the lottery for the campus they applied to. The computer-generated lotteries will create a list of students who will be invited to attend either SPCHS St. Petersburg or Tarpon Springs campus, as well as, a wait list. As an opening occurs, students will be invited to attend SPCHS St. Petersburg or Tarpon Springs in the order they appear on the wait list for the campus they applied to.

SPCHS St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs will conduct the computerized, random lotteries 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, 2021. Students will continue to be invited into SPCHS St. Petersburg or Tarpon Springs over the summer until August 1, 2021 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 must meet the application deadline and admission criteria to be entered into the lottery.

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 campus (either St. Petersburg/Gibbs or Tarpon Springs). 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, on the SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus or the Tarpon Springs campus. 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 for tuition, course fees, or textbooks. The application fee is waived.

  • 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 and at the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College at 600 E Klosterman Rd, Tarpon Springs. On the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus, the office and high school classrooms are located on the second floor of the Student Services building.  On the Tarpon Springs campus, the office and high school classrooms are located in the Michael and Evelyn Bilirakis College of Education 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) at each campus.  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, Wellness/Safety, and Multicultural Club. In addition, SPC has many clubs and organizations students may join.
  • Students 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 SPCHS 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 for their campus and the SPC Commencement Exercises.

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