Facts-at-a-Glance

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    Student Demographics
    55.0% White
    18.8% Black
    17% Hispanic
    4.6% Asian
    4.4% Multiracial
    0.2% Native American

    Schools and Enrollment
    Pre-K 2,659
    74 Elementary Schools 40,154
    3 Elementary/Middle Schools (K-8) 2,210
    21 Middle Schools 19,752
    18 High Schools 28,904
    5 Exceptional Schools 688
    19 Charter Schools 6,085
    Other 1,515
    Pinellas Virtual School 214
    Total PK-12 102,181
       
    Pinellas Technical College 5,172
    Adult General Education 18,441

     

    District Size
    Eighth largest of 67 districts in Florida and 27th out of more than 16,000 districts in the United States.

    Personnel
    Personnel
    (Substitutes Included) Full-time   Part-time
    Administrative  403 0
    Instructional 7,278 1,643
    Supporting Services 4,836 1,042
     
    Financial 2017-2018
    Total budget, all sources: $1,518,950,454

    Operating Budget
    Total: $942,900,000 - Salaries and Benefits; Textbooks; Materials and Supplies; Student Transportation; Custodial; Maintenance; Training; General Administration; and Equipment.

    Capital Outlay
    A five-year capital outlay plan is underway to improve every school facility. Investments include completely new campuses to replace aging infrastructure, new building additions,
    renovated media centers, updated athletic facilities and more.
     
    Total: $319,679,051 - Renovations/Remodeling; New Construction at Existing Facilities; Purchase of Real Property; Furniture and Equipment; Handicapped Accessibility; Fire, Health and Safety, Environmental Compliance
     
    Where we spend the money...
    • District Instruction - $574,194,379
    • Plant Operations and Maintenance - $99,147,268
    • Instruction Support  - $73,229,780
    • School Administration - $58,002,240
    • General Support/Other -  $30,791,589
    • Pupil Transportation -  $33,634,744

    Classroom expenditures account for 66.08 percent of the overall budget. Capital outlay fund cannot be used for operating expenses unless specifically allowed by the Florida Legislature. In 2017-18, Pinellas County Schools will receive approximately 46 percent of its total operating budget from the state, 53 percent from local sources and less than 1 percent from the federal government. Salaries and fringe benefits represent 82.51 percent of the total operating budget. The average planned expenditure per student: $8,621 from the operating fund.
     
    Community Involvement
    PCS welcomes volunteers, mentors, tutors, speakers, PTA/PTSA and School Advisory Council members. PCS also welcomes business and community partnerships. For more information, contact the Office of Strategic Partnerships at 727-588-5050.

    Transportation
    The district currently operates 470 home-to-school routes daily, transporting approximately 33,000 students twice per day, more than 9 million miles annually. This does not include countless shuttles, activity runs, athletic trips and field trips operated to support school programs. The department operates six bus compounds throughout the county, and employs 500 school bus drivers.
     

    Virtual Education
    Pinellas County Schools has its own virtual school called Pinellas Virtual School (PVS) and students may take virtual classes part-time or full time. For middle and high school students, PVS uses digital resources and lesson plans used in many of the district’s traditional classrooms. All teachers are district employees. Registration for virtual school begins 90 days prior to the first day of school. Learn more at www.pcsb.org/virtual.
     
    Career Readiness
    • Middle and high school students earned
      12,915 industry certifications in the 2016-2017
      school year.
    • Industry certifications are offered to help students succeed in a career after high school. Industry certification areas include:
      nursing assistant, biomedical, culinary, child care, biotechnician, engineering, robotics and veterinary science, among others.
      Learn more at: www.pcsb.org/cteprograms.
    • Career Academy students have a higher graduation rate, higher grade point averages, and better attendance than non-academy students.Students are preparing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers as early as elementary school. Over 4,500 students participate in 260 after-school STEM Academies. 

     

    District Choice Programs
    Pinellas County Schools offers families a wealth of educational choices based on students' interests, talents and abilities. We strive to meet the needs of today's students with a growing list of more than 70 choice programs that range from Centers for Gifted Studies to International Baccalaureate (IB). Opportunities for students have been expanded with the creation of new elementary, middle and high school choice programs. Discover all the choices the District Application Programs provide.Visit www.pcsb.org/choice to learn more and to view a list of programs.
     
     
     Striving for the Goal
     
    • Superintendent Michael A. Grego received state and national recognition for his leadership. The Florida Association of District School Superintendents named Dr. Grego the 2018 Florida Superintendent of the Year. The National School Foundation Association honored him as their inaugural Superintendent of the Year.
    • Pinellas County Schools earned a top-10 ranking in the annual Digital School Districts Survey. The award recognizes exemplary use of
      technology for innovative curriculum and improved student learning.
    • For two years in a row, Pinellas County Schools earned the top spot in Florida and a top-10 ranking nationally for offering school choice for families in a national study by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
    • The overall district graduation rate for the 2016-2017 school year was 82.9%, which represents an 11 percentage point increase since the 2012-13 school year. Graduation rates for all student subgroups in Pinellas County Schools have trended positively with major improvements among Hispanic and African American students. In the 2016-17 school year, more than 4,500 students participated in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academies at 93 schools. In addition to STEM Academies, the K-12 STEM Department offers a yearly STEM Expo for students and families and STEM Summer Camps for students at four locations. Learn more at pcsb.org/STEM.
    • Science labs in all elementary schools offer students in grades 2-5 access to engaging, hands-on activities to help master science concepts and inspire early interest in pursuing science-related careers.
    • Students showed improvements over the last three years in reading and language arts (writing) proficiency rates across elementary andmiddle schools. State assessment results for 2016-17 show increases in performance from 3rd through 8th grade, with the strongest improvement seen in 8th grade.
    • Nearly half of all schools have an A or B rating and 92.1% have an A, B or C in the Florida Department of Education’s accountability system. In 2016-17, seven schools improved to an A and eleven schools improved to a B.