K-8

What is Starkey Ranch K-8?

Starkey Ranch K-8 magnet school opened for the 21-22 school year with the themes of technical fine arts, computer science, and world language. Students at Starkey Ranch K-8 have the opportunity to explore all of these magnet themes in lower grades and then choose a mini major in grades 4 and 5. This school provides students the opportunity to earn high school credit during the middle school grade levels in their magnet theme of choice.

Fine Arts

In our Fine Arts program, K-3 students explore and discover their strengths in dance, music, and art. Grades 4 and 5 begin to explore individual fine arts talents in theater, orchestra, and dance. Finally, our middle school students continue to hone their crafts in those subjects through deeper instruction and experiential learning. Students in all levels of the Academy of the Arts will participate in and produce works of art, theater, and dance on a regular basis through our unique course offerings in musical theatre, dance, orchestra, steel drums, and traditional art and music classes.

Computer Science

In our Computer Science program, K-3 students will start by learning the basics of computing, computer literacy, and coding. Fourth and fifth graders who choose to continue in computer science deepen their knowledge of coding and programming, and then middle school students hone those skills to work on real-life problem solving and analyzing human/computer interactions. At all levels of this program, students will work with technology like 3-D printers and laser cutters, and they will have the opportunity to take industry certification exams to prove their practical skills.

World Languages

Starkey Ranch K-8 is the only school in Pasco County that offers a complete foreign language program, from kindergarten through 8th grade. The course progression allows students to be exposed to the Spanish language at the onset of their elementary grade levels. The program is 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 are also integrated into the program. Students have the opportunity to obtain up to three high school foreign language credits upon completion of 8th grade.

How can I attend Starkey Ranch K-8?

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.

Will I receive transportation?

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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Schools

Elementary:

Starkey Ranch K-8

Middle:

Starkey Ranch K-8