Ridgecrest Elementary School and the Center for Gifted Studies

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  • Join the Summer Fun!

    Elementary Summer Bridge will be virtual and open to all K-4 students. Secure your spot NOW!

    Register at reservation.pcsb.org.

    For more information, call the student assignment office at 727-588-6210 or go to www.pcsb.org/summerbridge.


    Visit the PCSB Virtual Parent Academy Power Hours


    Pinellas County's Office of Strategic Partnerships wants you to know that they are here to support you as you navigate through the tools and resources your child is using to learn while at home. Check out the weekly Power Hour topics. Recordings of past topics and powerpoints are also available. We are here for you! 

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    Life Kit podcast

    NPR and Sesame Street partner up to help kids understand their feelings about staying home and coping with their feelings during this challenge  


    Ridgecrest Families, do you need a device to "Learn from Home"?

    If you still need a device, please email Mrs. Folks at folksm@pcsb.org with the following information:

    1. Student’s Name
    2. Grade Level
    3. Teacher
    4. Contact Phone Number
    5. Need: laptop, Internet Connection (only available if student/family is ineligible for Spectrum free option)

    Mrs. Folks will register your child and assist you in finding an available location and time to pick up a device to connect to the virtual classroom.

    If you are having trouble with a device assigned by Pinellas County Schools, please contact your child's classroom teacher first. Please include as much information as possible regarding the issue. We will work through the process to troubleshoot the issue and get you up and running as soon as possible.

    Thank you for your patience!





    Welcome to Ridgecrest Elementary School. We are proud of our dynamic and student centered learning community. Our vision is 100% student success believing that all students possess gifts and talents. Four themes that encapsulate our educational philosophy are student scholarship, leadership, creativity and service.

    We are proud of and continue to expand the enrichment opportunities at Ridgecrest both inside the classroom and through a multitude of diverse opportunities before, during and after school. Our Student Enrichment Model (SEM) continues to grow and flourish providing students with opportunities to explore their interests. A major initiative at Ridgecrest is to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning experiences. STEM activities will be integrated in math and science classes and students are welcome to join one of our many STEM oriented clubs. We also plan to offer students with opportunities to participate in numerous other clubs ranging from Chess, Debate, Leadership, Girlfriends, Spanish, SAVE and the National Honor Society.

    Teaching students to practice our school’s core values, such as respect, responsibility, self-motivation, perseverance, teamwork, kindness and community, will continue to be a key emphasis of our visible and award winning character education program. Placing a greater emphasis on service learning projects aligned to the curriculum will continue to be emphasized as a major character-based initiative this school year.

    We believe that our parents and friends of Ridgecrest are our partners playing a pivotal role in the Ridgecrest learning community. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in our many enrichment programs. The talents, experiences and expertise of our parents greatly enrich the education of our students. We also welcome our community to participate in the many parent oriented organizations such as All Pro Dad, IMOM, SAC and PTA that meet monthly.

    For families interested to learn more about Ridgecrest, tour dates are listed on our calendar. Please register for a school tour as we are excited to show you the many wonderful learning experiences at Ridgecrest.

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Innovative Learning at Ridgecrest Elementary