Elementary Education

  • Make PCS your choice for elementary education 

    Start your child’s elementary education on a solid foundation with Pinellas County Schools. Explore our award-winning elementary offerings:
    • Gifted services at every elementary school.
    • Nationally recognized art and music curriculum.
    • Certified physical education teachers at every elementary school.
    • STEM Academies in most elementary schools.
    Discover a PCS elementary school today. Request a school tour at your zoned elementary school.   
    Kindergarten registration is currently underway for the 2017-18 school year. Visit our kindergarten page for Kindergarten registration details.
     
    Dr. Shana Rafalski, Executive Director of Elementary Education
    Kathy Mammolito, Executive Secretary 
    Email Elementary Education
    (727) 588-6443 
     

    Elementary Curriculum Programs

    Reading & Language Arts
    Mathematics
    Science
     
     
    Elementary Education in Pinellas County Schools embodies:

    The principal as the leader of the school and the teacher as the leader in the classroom where specific grade level academic, social and behavioral expectations and procedures are clearly defined and regularly communicated.

    A culture of collegiality and professionalism where Professional Learning Communities at all levels work together to improve teaching strategies that will positively affect student achievement.

    A cohesive, guaranteed, and viable curriculum where grade level curriculum maps of essential learning and common assessments in reading and mathematics are aligned to the Florida Standards.

    Challenging goals supported by data and feedback are used continually to shape and revise instructional strategies.

    Research-based instructional strategies involving remediation and enrichment as keys to mastery of the material presented.

    A safe and caring environment where teachers establish clear expectations for behavior and implement well-defined processes and procedures to ensure that students live up to these expectations. These processes and procedures will emphasize the importance of building relationships, developing self-discipline, and increasing student responsibility.

    In addition, we know that in order for all students to be successful, three critical elements must be in place in all classrooms. These include:

    1. An environment that is physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe, where students feel comfortable learning. This environment must include a balance of cooperation and governance between the teacher and student where the teacher is clearly identified as the leader in the classroom.

    2. Students, teachers, administrators and parents must have clearly defined instructional expectations. Student progress will be measured through the use of common assessments.

    3. Instructional strategies must be implemented that produce success. The teacher and the instructional strategies selected (including intensive remediation strategies) have a profound effect upon student learning. The art of teaching is becoming the science of teaching.
     
     
    In Pinellas County, much work has been done to assure the emotional, intellectual, and physical safety of students in our elementary schools.