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🎒 Get schooled
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We’re giving you all the pertinent details about some of the elementary, middle, and high schools in the Pinellas and Hillsborough County School Districts. | Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi via Pexels
Tampa Bay has more than 460 schools and 300,000+ students. We’re giving you the 411 on enrollment, student-teacher ratio, tuition, and more (thanks to data from U.S. News & World Report) for the area’s major public + private schools. And don’t worry, there won’t be any homework.

Pssst — don’t let school traffic impact your plans. See the map below for a visual of where these TBAY-area schools are located.

Before we dive in, here are three fast facts about schools in the Tampa Bay area:
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools system has a graduation rate of 87.9%
  • Pinellas County’s minority enrollment is 50%
  • Both counties combined have 448 full-time school counselors (not including private or specialty schools)

Elementary Schools

Alexander Elementary School, 5602 N. Lois Ave., Tampa
Azalea Elementary School, 1680 74th St. N., St. Petersburg

Middle Schools

Adams Middle School, 10201 N. Blvd., Tampa
  • Grades 6-8
  • Total enrollment: 706
  • Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
Thurgood Marshall Fundamental, 3901 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg,

High Schools

Steinbrenner High School, 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz
St. Petersburg High School, 2501 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
 
Asked
 
What is the average public school student to teacher ratio in the US?

A. 10:1
B. 15:1
C. 17:1
D. 25:1

See the answer in the Wrap.
 
Events
 

Today, March 15
  • Etched Feathers: A History of the Printed Bird | Wednesday, Mar. 15-Sunday, Oct. 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa | $0-$16.95 | Check out mesmerizing etched bird art so beautiful you’ll fly away.
Thursday, March 16
  • Reggae Rise Up Florida Festival 2023 | Thursday, Mar. 16-Sunday, Mar. 19 | Times vary | Vinoy Park, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | $70-$375 | The four-day Reggae fest is back in town with bands like 311, Sublime, and even Wiz Khalifa.
  • New York Yankees vs. Pittsburgh Pirates | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 6:35 p.m. | George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Dr., Tampa | $35-$110 | Catch a foul ball and eat a classic ballpark hot dog during this spring training game.
  • Florida’s Carnivorous Plants Talk & Plant Sale | Thursday, Mar. 16 | Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg | Free | Don’t get your finger caught in a Venus Flytrap.
Friday, March 17
  • Candlelight Ballet | Friday, Mar. 17 | 6:30-7:35 p.m. | Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa | $55 | Watch the Listeso String Quartet and Tampa City Ballet perform 14 different dance numbers.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony | Friday, Mar. 17 | 7:45 p.m. | Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa | $22.85 | The Lightning commemorate their 30th season with the creation of their own Hall of Fame.
  • “Misery” Opening Night | Friday, Mar. 17 | 8-10 p.m. | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa | $34-$35 | This thrilling play is based on the book written by Stephen King — you’ve been warned.
Saturday, March 18
  • Fossil Fest 2023 | Saturday, Mar. 18 | Times vary | Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa | $8 | Pretend you’re in Jurassic Park and look at some ancient dino bones.
  • Innings Festival Florida | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 1 p.m. | Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa | $110-$210 | See Weezer, Japanese Breakfast, Imagine Dragons, and more at this home run show.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

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News Notes
 

Weather
  • 69º | Partly Cloudy | 20% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 7:40 a.m.
  • Set: 7:39 p.m.
Tides
Old Tampa Bay
  • High: 9:32 p.m.
  • Low: 5:21 a.m.
Clearwater Beach
  • High: 5:25 p.m.
  • Low: 12:54 a.m.
Eat
  • Olivia, South Tampa’s modern Italian eatery, is opening soon on the ground floor of the Ascent (225 1st Ave. N.) in downtown St. Pete. The new edition will have a similar vibe + menu and will seat a whopping 180 people. Right now, there’s no set opening date. (St. Pete Rising)
Development
  • Last fall, we told you about Pinellas County Schools’ plan to turn St. Pete’s Tomlinson Adult Learning Center (96 Mirror Lake Dr. N.) into affordable teacher housing. At the end of this month, three interested developers will present their ideas for the site to the Pinellas County School Board. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
  • Work began this week on a new micro-unit apartment complex near Water Street. Ori, which specializes in outfitting small spaces with Murphy-style folding furniture, will pre-furnish each of the 400-450-sqft pads. Doors open in August of next year. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Shop
  • Hyde Park will welcome Procure (734 S. Village Cir.) on Saturday, April 1. The storefront will house a curated collection of gifts, skincare, art prints, handmade candles, and much more. The products are sourced from nearly three dozen women-owned + locally-owned businesses, according to a release.
Plan Ahead
  • Ready your wallets, bargain hunters. Trashy Treasures, Dunedin’s annual art auction + garage sale, is back this weekend. The Dunedin Fine Arts Center is hosting the “Best of Trashies Party” Saturday, March 18 — admission comes with a free hot dog, a beer, and a chance to bid. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
Film
  • Meet Little Free Blockbuster. The neighborhood movie-rental project is bringing back the feeling the grabbing a flick from, well, Blockbuster. The new pop-up media stand, located along Kingston St. N. (between 34th and 35th Ave.), invites Tampa Bay residents to exchange, take, or leave DVDs and Blu-rays. (WFLA)
Wellness
  • AG1 by Athletic Greens is so much more than “greens.” With one scoop, AG1 empowers the gut for whole-body health. (And, ICYMI, we can’t achieve a healthier everything else without a healthy gut.) Try it and receive a free one year supply of vitamin D and 5 free travel packs.*
DYK
  • Did you know our online store Six & Main features Sourhouse, a company that creates simple tools for sourdough bakers to care for their starters? The Goldie by Sourhouse + Cooling Puck is one of the most popular items. Let’s start baking. 🍞
Eat
  • Prepping for St. Paddy’s Day? Cabbage, sausages, Guinness, potatoes, and more are on sale this week at Publix GreenWise Market. 🍀 *
Travel
  • Looking for a vibrant place with scenic outdoors and an expansive culinary scene? Explore Greenville, SC where eclectic dining, outdoor adventures + natural beauty awaits. Check out travel inspo so you can start planning your trip.*
Watch
  • It’s time for biscuits with the boss. Season three of “Ted Lasso” premieres today only on Apple TV+, which means AFC Richmond is hitting the pitch and Jason Sudeikis will surely have some feel-good life advice for us. Bonus: Get your first week free when you sign up to stream.
Finance
  • This Princeton grad’s startup raised $161 million to help people plan for retirement — and its free tool can match you with up to three vetted financial advisors serving your area who can help you work towards a more comfortable retirement. Try it out for yourself.*
 
 
TRAVEL
 
✅ Stress less with TSA PreCheck
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Cut down your travel time with TSA PreCheck. | Photo via Pexels
Planning a spring getaway? Don’t forget to add TSA PreCheck enrollment to your pre-vacay to-do list.

The government program provides an expedited security lane at 200+ airports for travelers that pass a security screening — which includes a short application and a 10-minute in-person enrollment appointment — and are given a Known Traveler Number. Bonus: The screening is good for five years and costs $78.

The main benefit of enrolling? Save time when traveling. Recent data found that 96% of TSA PreCheck passengers spent less than five minutes at airport security checkpoints.

To apply, find out if you are eligible, then fill out an application and schedule an appointment at a nearby enrollment center. Most people will know if their application has been approved within three to five days.

Psst — don’t forget to read our airport guide before heading to TPA, and grab these airport essentials: a memory foam travel pillow, this smart luggage carry-on set, and an AirFly wireless headphones transmitter.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Brad Haft Today’s Edition By:
Brad
From the Editor
Former architecture student + lover of HGTV, Brad Haft, here.

I’m excited to see the designs that Ori is bringing to that new apartment complex by Water Street. I’ve always wanted a Murphy bed.
Quiz Answer:     B. 15:1
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