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EC-SAR Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team

 EC-SAR, the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team is one of the most respected rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida. They are known to many boaters, since they get more than 500 rescue calls per year, but too few people know that they work closely with the US Coast Guard, 911 medical response and other state and local agencies. Due to their location, they are often the first responders to a disaster. In 1980 EC-SAR found national prominence when they were one of the first rescue units to the Skyway Bridge disaster.

EC-SAR is a unique curriculum program at Eckerd that I don’t think is duplicated at any other college. Students go through very rigorous training in boating safety, navigation, seamanship, rescue, fire fighting, and more. The students who staff EC-SAR are dedicated professionals. They utilize four rescue boats and have an operations and communication center that is staffed 24/7. Last fall they celebrated 40 years of service, saving lives.

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Canterbury School and Costeau are partners

 Canterbury School of Florida has partnered with Cousteau Divers to be the first Cousteau Diving School in the world, according to Old Northeast Patch. Canterbury is renaming their marine center the Cousteau Marine  Studies Education Center. This partnership is yet another example of the synergy stemming from The Ocean Team in St Petersburg.

Canterbury School offers pre-Kindergarten through high school education on two campuses. In addition to their marine science program, they have a SCUBA Venturing crew.   Part of their international program includes teaching students in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade Mandarin Chinese as well as Spanish. 

Canterbury has small classes and focuses on experiential learning. St Pete is fortunate to have Canterbury as one of its school choices.

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Schools in Pinellas County

 The public schools in Pinellas County offer a wide variety of choices. There are zoned schools, fundamental schools, magnet schools and magnet programs, career academies and technical programs. International Baccalaureate programs are among these, as are programs for the arts, technology, marine science and more. The application period is generally in January for the school year starting in August. For more information on these school choices, visit the Pinellas County School Board website

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Higher education in St Petersburg Florida

 Having a thriving higher education community in St Petersburg Florida contributes to its vibrancy, liveability and quality of life.  Look what St Petersburg has to offer:

Eckerd College was nominated one of the 10 most innovative colleges in the country, has a renowned Marine Sciences program and a unique International Business program. It has 1,817 residential students and 1,000 students in the PEL program for experienced learners. Its EC-SAR waterfront program is very unique. Eckerd attracts students from many countries. 

St Petersburg College  has 10 locations throughout Pinellas County. More than 64,000 students are enrolled annually. The downtown St Petersburg campus serves over 3,000 students per semester.

University of South Florida St Petersburg is located on Bayboro Harbor in downtown St Petersburg. Once a “commuter school” it has built some dormitories in downtown. It has varous undergraduate and graduate programs.

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport is very much a part of the St Petersburg community. Stetson has earned a national reputation for excellence in trial advocacy.

ASPEC is the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College. This is a community of interesting individuals who have excelled in many careers. They share knowledge through dozens of interest groups and have social events as well. 

College of Marine Science Univerity of South Florida is a renowned graduate research program that has been very involved in real solutions all around the world. It is an integral part of creating and sustaining The Ocean Team.

The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists that attracts participants from all over the world.

St Pete has some unique institutions and some unique programs. Come to St Pete and get involved.

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School zones in Pinellas County Florida

Pinellas County Schools have made it easier for you to determine the school zone for any address. Just type in your street number and part of the address and it will give you the zoned elementary, middle and high schools. There’s also a new map of elementary zones.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that there have been necessary changes of school zones due to school closings and enrollment shifts.  Keep in mind that there are many choices in addition to your neighborhood school, with fundamental schools and magnt programs. Check the Pinellas School Board site for details on these.

Another big change is bussing. Children may be able tobe grandfathered and stay at the nonlocal school they’re attending – but the Pinellas County School Board will no longer be providing busses for that – families will have to arrange their own transportation when going out of their zone.

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Public Schools in St Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida

Buying a home in St Petersburg or Clearwater often leads to questions about the public schools here. Frequent questions from someone moving to this area are: Where’s the best school district? Which schools would my children go to if we bought this house? Logical questions, but not easy answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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