Experience North Shore Elementary

What you can expect to find at North Shore Elementary.

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General Information

A knight statue located on the North Shore campus.

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, active community involvement and a B school rating, 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 tours, which are are given by Ms. Gervais. Please email Ms. Gervais or call 727-893-2181 and ask for her by name.

You may also find relevant information on the North Shore Elementary site or on their Twitter feed. A few of the unique experiences North Shore Elementary has to offer are listed below.

Parent Teacher Association

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 committee to get involved in including Fall Festival, Turkey Trot, Garden, and Families Socials to name a few.

North Shore PTA Mission

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.

7 th Hour

After School Enrichment
North Shore students performing on stage.

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:

  • Chess Club
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Band
  • Crazy 8’s
  • Challenge Island
  • Mad Science
  • STEM
  • TedEd
  • Girlfriends Club
  • Yoga
  • Soccer
  • Walking Club
  • Spanish
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Jean Marie and Heather Leon Parents to 3rd grader
Teachers, administrators, and staff work closely with each other to make the school a supportive learning community. We are proud of the strides NSE has made toward inclusiveness and greater comprehensive educational opportunities.

Castle Apprenticeship

Just a few of the Castle Apprenticeship projetcs.

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:

  • World Travelers
  • Puppeteers Club
  • Fairy Tale Theater
  • Coding
  • Old School Games
  • Food Around the World
  • Dance
  • First Floridians
  • Making Music
  • Grandparent’s Club
  • Caped Crusaders
  • Pennies4Pets
  • MakerSpace
  • Citizen Scientists
  • Paper Weaving

Exceptional Student Education

North Shore Elementary students studying.

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.

Why Choose North Shore?

Creativity in the classroom!

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!

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Questions?

What is North Shore's school grade? The school currently rated a B by Pinellas County. While that is something to be proud of, we also 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.

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