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Ridgecrest Elementary School † and Center for Gifted Studies

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The Center for Gifted Studies
Ridgecrest's full-time gifted program serves Pinellas County's elementary students. Pupils in grades one through five who meet state criteria for gifted may apply for the program. Floridaís Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners provides the guidelines which support a challenging and rigorous curriculum that enhances Florida Sunshine State Standards to meet the needs of our gifted students. Gifted standards and outcomes created through the Challenge Grant and Greater Accountability in Gifted Education (GAGE) also contribute to the curriculum. Students use integrated pieces of information to develop a well-rounded approach to learning rather than basing education on isolated, often unrelated, facts. Program teachers work with the students one-on-one to help them identify their strengths and areas of need, thus enabling them to be self-directed learners while building a strong sense of accomplishment.

Admission Requirements and Performance Goals
All applicants must be interested in being enrolled in gifted classes on a full time basis.

Applicants for grade 1 must have been formally evaluated with a qualifying IQ score and be awaiting completion of the gifted eligibility process. Studentís IQ Evaluation Report (or Gifted Educational Plan, if eligibility process has been completed) must be submitted to Ridgecrest prior to the application deadline.

Applicants for grades 2-5 must have been identified as gifted and must have completed the gifted eligibility process. Studentís Gifted Educational Plan must be submitted to Ridgecrest prior to the application deadline.

Magnet Program Transportation

Magnet school bus routes have some important differences from school bus routes serving students enrolled in regular zoned schools. It may be necessary for parents to drive students to and from the bus stop. Students are to board and disembark at the same bus stop each day. Parents are responsible for providing the necessary supervision of their child(ren) at the bus stop. Parents are responsible for providing the necessary assistance and protection for their child(ren) while enroute to and from the bus stop and for complying with the school bus schedule. Students should be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival time in the morning. Students are expected to comply with Pinellas County Schools' Code of Student Conduct, section 5500.09, addressing student conduct on school buses.

2013-2014 Tour Schedule


Thursday, Oct. 24th 1:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 6th 1:00pm
Thursday, Nov. 21st 6:00pm Discovery Night
Wednesday, Dec. 4th 1:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 19th 1:00pm
Wednesday, Jan. 8th 1:00pm
Thursday, Jan. 23rd 1:00pm
Wednesday, Feb. 5th 1:00pm
Thursday, Feb. 20th 1:00pm
Wednesday, Mar. 19th 1:00pm



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