Starkey Ranch K-8 will be a magnet school with the themes of technical fine arts, computer science, and world language. Students will have the opportunity to explore all of these magnet themes in lower grades and then will choose a mini major in grades 4 and 5. This school will provide students the opportunity to earn high school credit during the middle school grade levels in their magnet theme of choice. In Starkey Ranch K-8's opening year, we will be prepared to serve grades K-7.
Starkey Ranch K-8 is the first of its kind in Pasco County. Students will be introduced to the fine arts tracks as early as kindergarten. Technical fine arts study at Starkey K-8 will foster independent thinking in a creative and challenging environment by providing a diversified curriculum where dedicated students prepare for lifelong involvement in artistic and scholastic pursuits.
Students attending Starkey Ranch K-8 may choose a computer science pathway. Often, the common perception is that computer science is just coding, computer literacy, or educational technology, but it’s so much more. Computer Science includes programming (block and text) and also includes many other concepts such as computational thinking, artificial intelligence, computer systems and networks, security, database systems, human computer interaction, vision and graphics, numerical analysis, programming languages, software engineering, bioinformatics, mixed reality, computer literacy, and theory of computing. Students choosing this pathway will have the chance to explore all of these exciting opportunities.
Starkey Ranch K-8 will be the only school in Pasco County that offers a complete foreign language program, from kindergarten through 8th grade. The course progression will allow students to be exposed to the Spanish language at the onset of their elementary grade levels. The program will be designed to allow students to develop their skills through a comprehensive language acquisition process, targeting all language domains such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. Cultural connections will also be integrated into the program. Students may be able to obtain up to three high school foreign language credits upon completion of 8th grade.
All students who live in the attendance boundary for Starkey Ranch K-8 may attend. Only students from outside of the attendance boundary need to apply through the Pasco Pathways School Choice Application. All out of zone students who apply are to be sent for the lottery, even if this number exceeds the total number of available seats. Preferences established in the Controlled Open Enrollment Plan will be followed when the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats open. Students residing in district will be given preference, followed by students outside the district. Applicants are randomized and seats are filled by the number of open opportunities designated during the seat setting process. Students not placed during the lottery process will be placed on a randomized waitlist.
Bus transportation may be provided for magnet students within a designated magnet zone in accordance with district approved procedures. Students will be provided neighborhood stops from within the established attendance boundary, and hub stops may be provided for students living outside the attendance boundary. Hub stops will be located at district school sites. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from designated hubs, or directly to the school. Students living outside of the attendance boundary are not permitted to use stops located within the attendance boundary. All students will be eligible for transportation, except for students living within 2 miles of the school, unless based on statute or hazardous walking conditions exist as defined by Florida Statute 1006.23
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Starkey Ranch K-8
Starkey Ranch K-8