Countryside High School Magnets

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Countryside High School offers two technology oriented magnet programs to provide an accelerated education for students. The primary focus of each strand is to develop skills that will make students employable, and distinguish them from others both in the workforce and in college applications. All strands in both programs offer opportunities to earn high level certifications that can be used to start a career. These programs create graduates and professionals.

Important Dates

Initial Application Period

January 4-13, 2017

ISTEM/CCT Parent Night

Countryside HS Media Center
January 19, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Application Acceptance Period

February 8-15, 2017

Late Application Period Opens

March 22, 2017

Application Information

How to Apply

Step 1: Get a Parent I.D. and Password

Step 2: Apply Online Jan. 4-13

Step 3: Accept Invitations Feb. 8-15

FAQ:

Q: May I apply to more than one program?

A. Yes, you may apply to up to five programs in order of preference, with your first choice as the top choice. Priority preferences will only apply to your top choice. There are some programs that have eligibility criteria that applicants must meet. The District Application Programs procedures manual contains the entrance criteria for each program. You can find it at www.pcsb.org/choice.

Please Note:

  • You may only apply to one of the Center for Wellness and Medical Professions Programs at Boca Ciega High or Palm Harbor University High or The Centers for Innovation & Digital Learning at Gulf Beaches Elementary or Kings Highway Elementary (based on student’s address).
  • For application area programs, parents may only apply to the program located in the application area in which they live.

Q. How long can my child stay on a waiting list if no invitation is received?

A. Applicants stay on the waiting list for all of the programs to which they apply until they accept an invitation to one of the programs. Accepting an invitation to a program automatically removes a student’s name from all other waiting lists (except for the Centers for Gifted Studies). For grades K-7, waiting lists expire on March 1. For grades 8-12, waiting lists expire on the 11th day of the second semester.

If I apply to a magnet or fundamental, does my child lose the seat at the current school?

A. No, students do not lose their current seat by applying alone. The seat is surrendered for the following year only if the parent receives and accepts an invitation to a program.

Q. Is there any advantage to applying early in the application period?

A. No, applications are NOT processed on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications during the application period Jan. 4-13, 2017, are given equal treatment.

Q. What happens if my child is invited to a program but I do not log back into the Student Reservation System (SRS) during the acceptance period?

A. . To guarantee your child’s seat, you must log in during the appropriate dates to accept the invitation (Feb. 8-15, 2017). If you do not log back into the SRS system to accept an invitation during this period, your child’s invitation will no longer be valid.

Q. If I apply to one of these schools and accept an invitation, can I change my mind and try to get a zoned school instead?

A. You may, but there is no guarantee that a seat would be available in the zoned school. Students entering kindergarten, sixth, or ninth grade are assigned to their zoned school in most cases. Students in other grades will be assigned based on seat availability.

Q. Will I receive any official written notification if my child is accepted into one of these programs?

A. No, you must log into the Student Reservation System (SRS) during the acceptance period, Feb. 8-15, 2017, to find out which school/program you have been accepted to, then you either accept the invitation or take no action to remain on all wait lists.

Q. What can I do if I have a question or problem with the application process?

A. No, you must log into the Student Reservation System (SRS) during the acceptance period, Feb. 8-15, 2017, to find out which school/program you have been accepted to, then you either accept the invitation or take no action to remain on all wait lists.

Questions? Contact PCS Student Assignment, 727-588-6210



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