CAST Magnet Program
Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology (CAST Magnet Program)
Bay Point Middle School’s Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology offers students in grades 6, 7, and 8 a rigorous academic program where engineering is naturally integrated through our advanced math, science, world languages and technology classes for a true STEM experience.
Many students compete in science, math and technology competitions that create a stimulating environment for academic growth and inquiry that is needed in today’s challenging world.
Bay Point Middle School’s CAST empowers students to achieve at their highest level through innovative teaching techniques that place the responsibility for learning on the student.
Find out more about our program!
Contact Mrs. Giuffré - (727) 893-1153 ext. 2301
Students living anywhere in Pinellas county are welcome to apply.
The CAST program is an academically rigorous program in which students participate in advanced or accelerated math, science, social studies or language arts courses. In addition, students in this program participate in required elective courses which may include technology and world language.
Students who typically do well in this program earn mostly As and Bs on their report cards, maintaining a 3.0 average and earn a level 3 or higher on their FSA mathematics and language arts assessments. Students new to Pinellas County Schools who do not have an FSA score, can look at their standardized test scores from their previous school to determine if they have at least a 5 stanine or a percentile rank of 42 or higher in both reading/language arts and mathematics.
Once enrolled in the program, students must attend all classes regularly, maintain a C average in each class for each semester as well as abide by the Code of Student Conduct. Falling below these expectations may result in placement on probation and/or dismissal from the program. Please review the District Application Program Procedures available on the Pinellas County Schools website for further information.
Arterial bus transportation (buses that operate on main roads with a limited number of stops) is provided to students who live more than two miles from the school.
Magnet bus stop locations may require that parents drive their children to and from the stop.
6th graders take a rotation of the different elective courses below during 1st semester, and then choose one for 2nd semester.
In 7th/8th grade - One Technology Elective per year:
Computer Applications - A course sequence that solidifies the students keyboarding skills, focuses on Office applications, Adobe Creative Suite, networking, programming skills, internet safety and ethical use of technology, all with an inquiry and design thinking perspective.
Art - 2D, 3D, Digital Art & Design and Pre-AP Visual Arts – Students produce still and/or animated images through the single or combined use of computers, digital cameras, scanners and traditional media formats.
Band – Band and Music Education integrating music software such as Garageband, Sibelius, and Alfred's Essential Theory, to enhance each student's overall learning and musical experience.
Coding Fundamentals - Students learn Python coding language and certification.
Multimedia Production - An opportunity to hone their interviewing and reporting skills as well as video editing and marketing, to produce the Falcon News Network daily morning news show and daily announcements channel
Project Lead the Way's Gateway to Technology - Engineering - provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students that challenges, inspires, and offers schools variety and flexibility. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning.
AVID - Advancement via Individual Determination - A class designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.
World Languages class- up to 2 high school credits:
High School Level 1, High School Level 2
All students must meet Health/PE requirements for the district.
All Gifted students may take an Advanced Academics (general gifted) elective course in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
Contact Mrs. Giuffré for program details and tour appointments.
Magnet Program Coordinator: Jennifer Giuffré
(727) 893-1153, ext. 2301