Originally established as Coffee Pot Elementary in 1927, North Shore Elementary and has been proudly serving students for nearly 90 years. With small class sizes, a great faculty and staff and active community involvement, North Shore Elementary continues to shine. We encourage all parents to see what North Shore has to offer its community and your family by scheduling a school tour today.
Tours are given by Ms. Gervais, and scheduled as needed. Please email Ms. Gervais or call 727-893-2181 and ask for her by name.
The PTA’s vision is to foster a fully inclusive school community where students are thriving, teachers are supported, families are engaged, and all voices are welcome. Attending a PTA meeting, which take place every other month, is an easy way to get connected to the school community. Additionally, there are a number of committees to get involved in including Fall Festival, Turkey Trot, Garden, and Family Socials to name a few.
In the coming year the PTA is looking to help support teachers and encourage participation in continuing education programs, provide scholarships and free opportunities for after school enrichments, as well as provide on-going program support for school-wide events like the One School One Book, Knight Readers, grade level field trips, and Bully Prevention.
North Shore Elementary has realized that not everything you want included in a school day fits into the 6 hour schedule. Therefore, the school has worked hard to bring in programming as part of the “7th Hour”, or before and after-school enrichment programs. Some programs are free to families (costs covered by PTA), and some are fee for service with scholarships available for families in need. The goal of the 7th hour is to enrich the students school day in a way that is accessible to all families and benefiting the entire North Shore Elementary community. Currently, there are 14 after school opportunities:
Our son James entered North Shore in first grade and we couldn't be more excited. Having tried a private school, we find that there are a lot of advantages to attending a public school in our neighborhood. The proximity and ability to connect with other local families is important. We've found that North Shore has more resources to address the differing rates of learning in young children and the gifted and music programs were a major factor in choosing our neighborhood school. We look forward to watching James and his younger sister Anna grow at North Shore.
C.A.P. is the acronym for the Castle Apprenticeship Program, previously called the “Schoolwide Enrichment Model” (SEM) that North Shore Elementary piloted in 2016. CAP is a research-based program out of the University of Connecticut that focuses on giving every child exposure to project based learning. This is an opportunity for all students to explore an area of interest in a nontraditional setting. CAP is traditionally experienced as an 8-week session. Every Wednesday morning students report to a “cluster” that they have chosen based on their personal interests. Throughout this 8-week session, each cluster works on creating a final product that they will showcase for parents and families at the end of the session. Previous projects include:
Currently North Shore Elementary has approximately 15% of its students enrolled in its gifted program and houses a full-time gifted Teacher. Students in the gifted program meet daily with the other students in their grade level and the gifted teacher and engage with an innovative project-based learning gifted curriculum. Unlike many other schools, North Shore screens all incoming Kindergarteners for the gifted program, and then has identified students tested by the district. Through this approach, the school eliminates teacher and parent bias when testing for the gifted program and is better able to serve all students.
Just a few of the great programs that can be found at North Shore Elementary.
North Shore is focused on continuing to promote healthy behaviors for students and staff. As part of this initiative there is Walking Club (one morning a week), teacher participation in the Destress Monday research project, Recycling, and Mindful Minute (school wide collective deep breath to start off the day).
A partnership with Edible Peace Patch allows for both educational and cafeteria gardens on campus. Both 3rd and 5th grades participate in a garden curriculum once a year while other grade levels have access to outdoor learning and our after school Garden Club.
Once a month parents and community members are invited to participate in a morning assembly to recognize our Citizens of the Month, Teacher and Staff Person of the Month, Community Partners, and classes with the highest monthly attendance always ending with our school chant.
North Shore Elementary has been proudly serving students for over 90 years and is the alma mater to many of today’s leaders in St. Petersburg. It is a small school with character, compassion, diversity, and ingenuity that continues to define what successful public education should and can look like. With approximately 350 students (between 3 to 4 classes per grade) the small size of North Shore allows for all teachers and staff to know all students, not just the ones in their classes. Continue reading to see everything that North Shore Elementary brings to the table!EXPLORE
What is North Shore's school grade? The school currently rated a C by Pinellas County. We recommend parents understand how it is calculated, and also look into other aspects of the school to ensure the entire education is well rounded. Head on over to our FAQ to read about this and other aspects of North Shore Elementary.READ THE FAQ