Pasco’s first magnet school opens online application period

At midnight, as November became December and applications for Pasco County’s first magnet school opened online, Lindsey Davis clicked “Submit.” Her 7-year-old son, Grant, shares a crowded first-grade classroom at Oakstead Elementary School with three dozen students, said Davis, 36, of Land O’Lakes. An opportunity to give him more hands-on learning, she said, was something she had to seize.

At midnight, as November became December and applications for Pasco County’s first magnet school opened online, Lindsey Davis clicked “Submit.” Her 7-year-old son, Grant, shares a crowded first-grade classroom at Oakstead Elementary School with three dozen students, said Davis, 36, of Land O’Lakes. An opportunity to give him more hands-on learning, she said, was something she had to seize.

The application period for Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School, combining sciences and the arts for kindergarten through Grade 5, is open through Jan. 15 to children who live anywhere in the county.

“Everything I’ve heard about this school, I think it defines my son,” Davis said Monday, wearing a hard hat and strolling the school construction site on a tour offered by School District officials. “He’s a thinker, he’s into arts, he’s into everything this school has to offer. So when I heard about it, I jumped on it, literally at 12 (a.m.).”

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