Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



    The Conservatory for the Arts at Sandy Lane Elementary focuses on student achievement by engaging students through the Arts and Arts integration. The 2019-2020 school year was the Conservatory for the Arts’ first year as a District Application Program (DAP). We are a zoned, community school. The DAP is within a zoned, community school. 

    Each grade level will have an Arts cohort. The students and teachers will focus on a Standards-Based curriculum incorporating Arts with ELA, Science and Math, and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Every 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade student in the Conservatory for the Arts Program must take an additional Arts Focus Group Class during school time.


    What is Arts Integration?

    Arts integration, defined by the Kennedy Center, is “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject and meets evolving objectives in both." 

    Check our more about Arts Integration from Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 


    What Arts programs are available?

    Programs will include Music, Dance, and Visual Arts for all students grades K-5.   

    • Arts cohort classes are specific to students enrolled in the Conservatory for the Arts DAP.
    • 3rd – 5th-grade students in the Conservatory for the Arts DAP will be required to take an additional Arts class (Focus Group) of their choosing.  


    Is the Performing Arts Wing complete?

    Yes! The new Performing Arts Wing for the Conservatory for the Arts is complete. There are 2 music rooms, a Dance studio with dressing rooms, and a new stage. There are also 2 Visual Arts rooms.  This unique staffing model allows our Arts Education teachers to provide more one-on-one instruction with our scholars. 


    Do you have a Strings program?

    Yes.  Our strings instruction begins in 1st grade with violin as part of General Music education.  3rd, 4th, and 5th graders can continue orchestral string education (violin, viola, cello) by choosing a focus group. General Music develops string education in the intermediate grade with guitar and ukulele instruction. 


    Is there separate data for the students in the DAP Program?

    Separate achievement data for the DAP program will be available in the winter of 2022.


    Is the Conservatory for the Arts a countywide District Application Program?

    No. Our boundaries for application are Pinellas County residents who reside north of Ulmerton Road.


    Is Sandy Lane Elementary a school-wide District Application Program?

    No. The Conservatory for the Arts is part of Sandy Lane Elementary, which is also a zoned, community school. 


    When is the Application Period?

    The District Application period begins January 2022.  You can apply through the District Application Program reservation system at  


    What if I missed the Initial Application Period?

    Late Application starts in March 2022. You can apply through the District Application Program reservation system at  


    Will transportation be provided if I live outside the school zone?

    Transportation is provided for anyone who lives north of Ulmerton and up to Tarpon Springs. Transportation is available via arterial bus transportation (buses that operate on main roads with a limited number of stops) for students in District Application Programs who live more than two miles from their school. There will be selected stops near your area. The buses will pick up the students at those stops and transport them to Sandy Lane. The phone number for transportation is 727.587.2020. 


    Is there a Gifted program?

    Yes. The students who qualify for Gifted Studies work with the teacher of the Gifted one day per week. Students will receive their Arts Classes (Music, Dance Visual Art) and will not miss the introduction of new work in their general classroom on the day they participate in Gifted Studies.  


    Field Trips

    We have extended field trips for all our scholars. We believe the experiences of museums, performing venues, and Environmental Centers enrich education for our scholars, giving them opportunities for contextual learning.  Please see our Field Trip  page.


    What are the student hours?

    Student hours for the 2022-2023 school year are currently 8:30 AM - 3:10 PM. 


    What is the Teacher/Student ratio?

    The average Student/Teacher Ratio is 16:1. The student population is 320. 


    Is there a before and after-care provider?

    Yes. R' Club is the provider for Sandy Lane Conservatory. 


    For more information about the Conservatory for the Arts Program at Sandy Lane, email Pamela Austin Richardson ( or call (727) 469-5974 ext. 1318. 



    Sandy Lane Elementary Conservatory for the Arts
    1360 Sandy Lane
    Clearwater, FL 33755
    (727) 469-5974
    Fax (727) 469-5986

     2022-2023 School Hours

    Student Hours - Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Breakfast Hours 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.