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:
  • 1. Students who remain enrolled at the same Plato Academy Charter School from the previous year.
  • 2. Applicants who are the children of an employee of the charter school.
  • 3. Applicants who are siblings of a student enrolled or accepted in the charter school.
  • 4. Applicants who are the children of a member of the governing board of the charter school.
  • 5. Applicants who successfully completed the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program provided by Plato Academy during the previous year.
  • 6. 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.

2017-2018 Open Enrollment

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Plato Academy Clearwater: Open enrollment for kindergarten 2017-2018 will be September 12, 2016 through September 21, 2016. A lottery will be conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment. Lottery will be held October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Superior Schools office located at 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-8th, applications are being accepted and will be processed as noted above. Capacity: 458 seats.

Plato Academy Largo: Open enrollment for kindergarten 2017-2018 will be September 12, 2016 through September 21, 2016. A lottery will be conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment. Lottery will be held October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Superior Schools office located at 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-8th, applications are being accepted and will be processed as noted above. Capacity: 364 seats.

Plato Academy Palm Harbor: Open enrollment for kindergarten 2017-2018 will be September 12, 2016 through September 21, 2016. A lottery will be conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment. Lottery will be held October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Superior Schools office located at 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-8th, applications are being accepted and will be processed as noted above. Capacity: 364 seats.

Plato Academy Seminole: Open enrollment for kindergarten 2017-2018 will be September 12, 2016 through September 21, 2016. A lottery will be conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment. Lottery will be held October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Superior Schools office located at 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-8th, applications are being accepted and will be processed as noted above. Capacity: 364 seats.

Plato Academy Tarpon Springs: Open enrollment for kindergarten 2017-2018 will be September 12, 2016 through September 21, 2016. A lottery will be conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment. Lottery will be held October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Superior Schools office located at 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-8th, applications are being accepted and will be processed as noted above. Capacity: 364 seats.

Plato Academy Tampa: Open enrollment periods for kindergarten through 2nd grade 2017-2018 are: July 15 - July 23 - Lottery and results to be sent out: July 24; July 24 - July 30 - Lottery and results to be sent out: July 31; July 31 - August 8 - Lottery and results to be sent out: August 9; August 9 - August 13 - Lottery and results to be sent out: August 14; August 14 - August 20 - Lottery and results to be sent out: August 20; August 21 - August 27 - Lottery and results to be sent out: August 28. Lottery Time for each dated noted is 9:00 AM and will be held at Plato Academy Clearwater, 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. Capacity: 126 seats.

Plato Academy Pinellas Park: Open enrollment for kindergarten 2017-2018 will September 12, 2016 through September 21, 2016. A lottery will be conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment. Lottery will be held October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Superior Schools office located at 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-4th, applications are being accepted September 12, 2016 through December 31, 2016, with lottery conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment for a wait list placement. All applications received Janunary 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017 will be included in a lottery to be held in June 2017 for a wait list placement. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. Planned capacity: 282 seats.

Plato Academy Trinity: Open enrollment for kindergarten 2017-2018 will September 12, 2016 through September 21, 2016. A lottery will be conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment. Lottery will be held October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Superior Schools office located at 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants.For grades 1st-3rd, applications are being accepted September 12, 2016 through December 31, 2016, with lottery conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment for a wait list placement. All applications received January 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017 will be included in a lottery to be held in June 2017 for a wait list placement. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. Capacity: 72 seats.

Plato Academy Tampa: Open enrollment periods for kindergarten through 2nd grade 2017-2018 are: July 15 - July 23 - Lottery and results to be sent out: July 24. Enrolling is ongoing and a lottery will be held as needed for applications received. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. Capacity: 108 seats.

2018-2019 Open Enrollment


Pinellas County:
Open Enrollment for kindergarten 2018-2019 will be November 1, 2017 through November 13, 2017. A lottery will be conducted on November 16, 2017 at 8:30am at the Superior Schools office located at 861 N Hercules Ave, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-8th, applications will be accepted and processed as noted above.

Capacity:
Plato Academy Clearwater: 470
Plato Academy Palm Harbor: 364
Plato Academy Largo: 364
Plato Academy Seminole: 364
Plato Academy Tarpon Springs: 364
Plato Academy St Pete: 382
Plato Academy Pinellas Park: 348

Pasco County:
Open Enrollment for kindergarten 2018-2019 will be November 1, 2017 through November 13, 2017. A lottery will be conducted on November 16, 2017 at 8:30am at the Superior Schools office located at 861 N Hercules Ave, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-4th, applications will be accepted through December 31, 2017, with a lottery conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment for wait list placements. Applications received January 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018 will be include in a lottery to be conducted in June 2018 for wait list placements. Need not be present, email, notifications will be sent to all applicants

Capacity:
Plato Academy Trinity: 282

Hillsborough County:
Open Enrollment for kindergarten 2018-2019 will be November 1, 2017 through November 13, 2017. A lottery will be conducted on November 16, 2017 at 8:30am at the Superior Schools office located at 861 N Hercules Ave, Clearwater, FL 33765. Need not be present, email notifications will be sent to all applicants. For grades 1st-4th, applications will be accepted through December 31, 2017, with a lottery conducted shortly after the close of the open enrollment for wait list placements. Applications received January 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018 will be include in a lottery to be conducted in June 2018 for wait list placements. Need not be present, email, notifications will be sent to all applicants

Capacity:
Plato Academy Tampa: 130



For any questions, please contact Rina Psomas, Director of Admissions, at .

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 - please email: PrekLargo@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Seminole - please email: PrekSeminole@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Tarpon Springs: PrekTarponSprings@platoacademy.net
Early Learning St. Petersburg: PrekStPetersburg@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Pinellas Park: PrekPinellasPark@platoacademy.net
Early Learning Trinity: PrekTrinity@platoacademy.net
There is no Early Learning Program at Plato Academy Tampa at this time