Plato Academy Schools Application Process
Thank you for your interest in Plato Academy K-8 Charter Schools.
Plato Academy Charter Schools are public charter schools that do not charge tuition. Below you will find information about our application process. As demand for a Plato Academy education has increased, we have responded in order to accommodate as many families as possible by increasing our enrollment through the addition of new schools. Please complete an application for each and every location for which you have an interest.
Students will be admitted to Plato Academy Schools regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnic or national origin. Plato Academy Charter Schools are public charter schools that do not charge tuition. Students that submit completed applications during an open application period will be selected for enrollment either on a first come-first serve basis (when there are more seats than student applications received during the open application period), or through a lottery process (when there are more student applications than seats available during an open application period).
The following students, when eligible*, are provided enrollment preference and are allowed to bypass a lottery if one is held in the following order of priority:
Students who remain enrolled at the same Plato Academy Charter School from the previous year.
Applicants who are the children of an employee of the charter school.
Applicants who are siblings of a student enrolled or accepted in the charter school.
Applicants who are the children of a member of the governing board of the charter school.
Applicants who successfully completed the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program provided by Plato Academy during the previous year.
Pursuant to FL statue 1002.31 students residing in the district will have priority over those residing outside the district. Note: A charter school may be exempt from the requirements of s. 1002.31 if the school is open to any student covered in an interdistrict agreement and any student residing in the school district in which the charter school is located. Any eligible student shall be allowed interdistrict transfer to attend a charter school when based on good cause. Good cause shall include but is not limited to, geographic proximity to a charter school in a neighboring school district.
If there are fewer seats available than there are priority preference applications, a lottery will be conducted among each priority group where there are more applications than seats available and continued thereafter for each priority group in the order of the preferences above until all preference priority applicants have been assigned a wait list number. Students’ names per group will be randomly drawn and numbered sequentially as chosen and recorded in that order. Available seats are filled first and remaining students are placed on a waiting list in the order of their drawing. After any priority lotteries are conducted a general lottery will be conducted. Plato Academy lottery drawings are open to the public and all lottery dates and locations will be posted on the website. Students will be notified of their admission status shortly after the lottery date via e-mail and/or telephone.
*For children of non-founding board members and Plato Academy Voluntary PreKindergarten students priority preferences will not apply until the third year of school operations.
Please note that the placement of your student on Plato Academy’s wait list will not impact or interfere with your students’ enrollment at any other Pinellas County public or charter school, and it will be your option to accept or decline an invitation should a seat become available at Plato Academy. Enrollment is contingent on student interest, availability of qualified staff, and facilities.
For any questions concerning enrollment please contact Rina Psomas, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Early Learning – Pre-K or VPK inquiries please email the applicable school’s Early Learning Director at the email listed below. Applications for Pre-K and VPK are coordinated through the Early Learning School Directors only.
Note: Applications on this page are only for grades Kindergarten – 8th grade.
Early Learning Clearwater: PrekClearwater@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Palm Harbor: PrekPalmHarbor@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Largo: PrekLargo@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Seminole: PrekSeminole@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Tarpon Springs: PrekTarponSprings@platoacademy.net
Early Learning St. Petersburg: email@example.com
Early Learning Pinellas Park: PrekPinellasPark@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Trinity: PrekTrinity@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Tampa: PrekTampa@platoacademy.net
The mission of the Plato Academy Charter Schools is to assist students in achieving their full potential by requiring and nurturing high academic and behavioral standards in a safe, supporting, challenging, and enthusiastic environment, providing a well-rounded K-8 education fortified by a study of the Greek language and culture, and fostered by a commitment and cooperative effort among the school, students, parents, and community: our family.
The vision of Plato Academy Charter Schools is to progress as a family in which all are teachers and learners and are empowered and encouraged to exceed expectations, resulting in successful graduates ready to advance into their next stage of life, equipped with a well-rounded K-8 education fortified by the study of the Greek language and culture, and excited about continuing to achieve their full potential.
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