Ridgecrest Elementary School and the Center for Gifted Studies

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    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.

Supply Lists

  • Ridgecrest Families,

    At this time, class lists are still being finalized and therefore, student assignments and specific supply list will be given the week prior to school opening, possibly sooner.  Many of you are looking to take advantage of the Tax Free holiday this weekend.  Each scholar will need the following general supplies:


    Crayons/colored pencils
    Glue/Glue stick
    2 Packs of pencils
    Box of Kleenex 
    Pack of Clorox or disinfectant wipes 
    Headphones in ziplock bag (Bluetooth not recommended for in school use)


    Colored pencils, markers
    2 packs of pencils
    Glue stick
    Box of Kleenex
    Pack of Clorox or disinfecting wipes 
    Headphones in ziplock bag (no microphone, no Bluetooth)

    Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we prepare to  open the 2020-2021 year safely on August 24th. 



  • As we prepare for the reopening of schools and assigning students based on the learning options you have chosen, we are requesting families who have selected to return to brick and mortar to return your devices on Thursday, August 13th from 9:00-11:30 or 1:00-3:00 pm. During these times, we will have staff members stationed at the front of the school to receive your devices via drive thru.

    For our families that who have selected MyPCS online and who do not have a device at home, please contact the school if you have not done so already. The date for distribution of all materials, which may include your device, will be Wednesday, August 19th, from 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:00 pm. Pick up will be using a drive thru process at the front of the school.

    Thank you,

    Ms. Graham

Learning from Home

  • 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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