STEM and STEAM Magnet schools offer educational choices and a specialized curriculum that includes instruction in the Florida Standards. These unique courses of study focus on students’ special interests, talents, and abilities, ensuring that they stay engaged and develop the skills necessary to flourish in both postsecondary education and whatever career they choose.
The program is designed for the inquisitive students who enjoy exploring and learning. The program integrates an advanced science, technology, engineering and curriculum to ensure that students develop a strong, diverse foundation for their futures. (Watch Video)
This program adds the “A” for the arts to the STEM magnet to ensure that students develop the creativity and critical-thinking skills necessary to flourish in all fields. In addition to the arts, the program integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the entire curriculum to ensure a strong, diverse foundation for students. (Watch Video)
Pasco County Schools is proud to offer the Cambridge Programme at San Antonio Elementary, Pasco Middle School, Paul R. Smith Middle School, Anclote High School, and Pasco High School. For more than 170 years, the prestigious University of Cambridge has been setting worldwide curriculum standards through their examinations. The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England — an institution consistently ranked as one of the top five academic universities in the world.
The Academies of Pasco are unique “schools-within-schools” that offer a personalized learning curriculum that focuses on helping students develop dynamic skillsets. These exciting learning opportunities offer students a chance to succeed academically while gaining valuable knowledge that enhances their employability, leading to successful careers and a strong workforce. Academies of Pasco enable you to get hands-on experience with an industry, earn industry-recognized credentials, and learn how the skills you learn in the classroom translate to the real world. (Watch Video)
Marchman Technical College (MTC) offers 12 different technical programs that lead directly to the workforce and competitive industry certifications. Technical programs at MTC include HVAC, automotive collision repair and refinishing, automotive service technology, cosmetology, commercial art technology, commercial foods and culinary arts, computer systems and information technology, digital cinema production, early childhood apprenticeship program, electricity, marine service technologies and patient care technician. English and other language classes are available to help students prepare for the GED. MTC offers low student-to-teacher ratios and guaranteed hands-on learning every day. (Watch Video)
The Community Partnership School at Gulfside Elementary School provides a variety of services and supports for its families in need. These services and supports include dental, medical, and mental health services. School supplies, clothing and shoes also are provided to indigent families. In addition, the Community Partnership School participates in programs designed to provide backpacks of nutritious food to take home on weekends.
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program and elective opportunity dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships, creates a positive peer group for students, and develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination. (Watch Video)
AP Capstone is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions. AP Capstone comprises two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. (Watch Video)
Pasco County Schools is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme at Pine View Elementary (candidate school), Pine View Middle School (candidate school), Gulf High School, and Land O’ Lakes High School. The IB programme focuses on developing students’ strengths academically and as caring global citizens. (Watch Video)
Students at IB World Schools are given a unique education that:
IB World School students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They also are likely to perform better than students in other programs. The high school IB programmes have entrance criteria, which are included on their websites.
Pasco County Schools has a rich history of supporting the arts from elementary through high school. We recognize that the study of music and art needs to start at an early age, which is why students in all of our elementary schools receive weekly study in both areas. In addition, many elementary schools offer before- and after-school opportunities for students to perform in chorus, strings, Orff and electronic music.
Our secondary schools offer performing arts courses, such as dance, theater, chorus, orchestra, steel drums, guitar, keyboard, band, jazz band, music theory and more. We also offer several visual arts courses in 2D, 3D and digital imaging. Visual arts students can participate in one or more of our many district-sponsored art displays throughout the year. Performing students have the benefit of performing in one of our two state-of-the-art, 900-plus-seat performing arts centers. In addition, we offer an All County Music experience for music students in all grade levels. (Watch Video)
The Infinity Academy is a cooperative learning environment where teachers and students work together to create an educational plan tailored to each student’s needs and areas of interest. On a typical day, you will see students either working individually or in pairs, groups, or with teachers, depending on the lesson. Students have the freedom to work ahead in their courses, to explore the depths of topics that interest them, and work ahead in class, which will give them free time to work on an area of struggle. The Infinity Academy is a team, and our students work together to achieve success. Each student is a part of a house with a leadership team and mentors, so all students feel included and have access to resources. The students’ hard work and excellent behavior is rewarded throughout the year with celebrations and field trips to places such as MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo, and Astro Skate. (Watch Video)
Our Pasco eSchool is available to all students in grades K-12. For students in grades K-5, Pasco eSchool offers free enrollment in a full-year program that features innovative curricula rooted in the best traditions of education. Students and learning guides receive instruction from highly qualified teachers, who use the latest technology in online learning. Students from sixth through 12th grades may choose to enroll in either part- or full-time instruction. Because we believe in the success of all students, any public school, private school, charter school, or home education student located in Pasco County is eligible to apply. (Watch Video)
The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program provides scholarships to eligible students with disabilities. If your child meets all Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) McKay eligibility criteria, you may request enrollment in another public school or may seek acceptance to a participating private school. Visit our McKay Scholarship page to learn more.
Charter schools are independently governed public schools that offer parents and students an alternative public education outside the traditional school district system. The charter, or contract, defines an individual school’s mission, curriculum, instructional strategies, goals and objectives, and all areas of accountability to its sponsor, parents, students and community. It also outlines the school’s management, operations, and financial responsibilities. Visit our Charter Schools page to learn more.