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Higher Education

  • Anchoring Florida's High Tech Corridor, Pinellas County and Tampa Bay are home to the University of South Florida.  With 48,000 students it is one of the largest universities in the nation and a growing powerhouse for research, rating in the top 50 for federal research expenditures. 
  • St. Petersburg College works closely with the business community and continually updates industry-focused programs. The school's enrollment tops 44,000, and it awards more than 5,000 Bachelors and Associates degrees annually. Its Associate Degree in Engineering Technology was the first in Florida and serves as a national model. 
  • Eckerd College is a private college of liberal arts and sciences with 1,850 students and 39 majors. 
  • The Stetson University College of Law has more than 850 students and is ranked #1 in trial advocacy and #2 in legal writing by U.S. News & World Report. 

          

      

   Pinellas Education Profile

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University Partnership Center at St. Petersburg College
The University Partnership Center is an alliance of sixteen colleges and universities. Its mission is to provide bachelor's and graduate degrees to more than 1-million people in the Pinellas County area. SPC offers access to junior and senior level courses for bachelor’s and graduate degrees at the University Partnership Center with:  Barry University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Daytona State College,  Eckerd College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International University, Florida State University, National University of Health Sciences, Saint Leo University, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and St. Petersburg College. Visit the SPC University Partners Page for a list of each program to be offered, by university.

Pinellas Technical College offers students first-rate career and technical education in over 40 exciting career areas and about 60 programs to nearly 5,000 full-time students.  Pinellas Technical College also offers continuing education courses and commercial training services through its Industry Services Department.




 

Pinellas County Primary Education
Parents and students have a choice in Pinellas. The education system offers innovative programs in the public schools
and a wide variety of private schools.


Primary Public Education - Pinellas County Schools        Pinellas Education Profile


Pinellas County Schools District Highlights
include

  • The 2015 mean SAT scores surpassed state and national scores on each section of the SAT college entrance exam.
  • The U.S. Department of Education selected Pinellas County Schools as a national finalist, and the only district in Florida, as a Future Ready district.
  • The Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) at Lakewood High School was selected as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School.
  • Pinellas County Schools has been named a Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) Model Community for its successful implementation of high school career academies.
  • 32 schools partner with local business leaders through the Council for Educational Change’s Executive PASS program. 
  • Read more

Pinellas County Schools Facts at a Glance shares more about Florida's seventh largest district with 150 schools including:

  • Fundamental Schools emphasize structure, student responsibility, homework, a strict dress code and mandatory parental involvement.
  • Magnet Programs offer intensive study in specialized, themed curricula, attracting students who are especially gifted in areas such as music, art, science or technology.
  • Charter Schools operated by nonprofit organizations, provide more individualized learning programs, encourage innovative approaches to education and require strong internal accountability for the quality of education they provide.
  • International Baccalaureate Programs programs are designed for highly gifted students who require a more challenging curriculum. Students are able to pursue advanced, college-bound courses during their high school years and, due to the rigor of the program, many colleges give IB students college credit for classes taken during high school

This profile contains key statistics related to college testing, graduation rates, enrollment and degrees



                                       
Private & Faith-Based K-12 Education: The county is home to more than 120 private schools, providing families a choice of religious, preparatory, military, boarding and gifted education.  
Pinellas Technical College offers students first-rate career and technical education in over 40 exciting career areas and about 60 programs to nearly 5,000 full-time students.  Pinellas Technical College also offers continuing education courses and commercial training services through its Industry Services Department.

The Pinellas Education Foundation provides enhanced educational opportunities for students and educators in Pinellas County Schools.
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