Learn about the new Collegiate High School in downtown St. Petersburg
The award-winning St. Petersburg Collegiate High Schools (SPCHS) at St. Petersburg College will open a new campus in the fall of 2022 for students in grades 9-12 in downtown St. Petersburg. Parents interested in learning more about SPCHS offerings are invited to RSVP to steppe.co/infosession22 to participate in one of the three information sessions:
Spc Town Center
Monday April 18, 6-7 p.m.
1300 22n/a S Street, St. Petersburg, room MTJC-141
Tuesday April 19, 6-7 p.m.
Spc Town Center
Monday April 25, 6-7 p.m.
244 Second Avenue N, St. Petersburg, room DC-210
SPCHS opened its first charter in 2004 at SPC’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus, then added a North County option in Tarpon Springs in 2019. The new campus, like others, will allow students to concurrently earn a degree high school and an associate’s degree. , but Starla Metz, associate vice president of accelerated programs at CPS, says the new campus will be slightly different from others.
“The goal of the new campus is to prepare students to successfully enter the workforce into high-demand, high-paying STEM careers,” Metz said.
SPCHS-Downtown students will earn a high school diploma, an associate’s degree, and at least two industry certifications that prepare them for high-paying, in-demand STEM careers — with no books, fees, or tuition fees. Currently the only campus open to high school freshmen, Metz says younger students will receive plenty of support. They will start in a grade-level cohort, taking mostly high school courses, but will also learn college success skills, take college computer science courses, and after-school tutoring will be offered to ensure their success.
“The technical level of college reading is high, and at that age they haven’t really developed habits like studying and reading for college, so we’re going to use this first year to solidify their skills and give them a rock-solid foundation, no matter where they are,” Metz said.
SPCHS-Gibbs Campus Junior Selah Williams said that although she didn’t know what to expect, her experience was great.
“I didn’t know if I would get the high school experience I wanted, or what support I would be offered,” Williams said. “But as soon as I met everyone, I settled in well and felt super comfortable. You still have that high school feel, but with so much support.
Learn more about SPCHS and their admission requirements at spchs.spcollege.edu..