One of Pinellas County's best-kept secrets is that "gem of a school," Ridgecrest Elementary School and the Center for Gifted Studies. Nestled and nurtured almost at the far northern end of 119th Street in Largo. Ridgecrest gives no hint of the extent and totally modern character of this unique facility. It sits in a quiet, unincorporated area just north of Ulmerton Road and south of Taylor Park.
Ridgecrest Elementary is home to approximately 750 students from kindergarten through fifth grade, plus a full and part time staff of approximately 100. With our considerably large volunteer base, this school community becomes an active center for learning and living for almost 1,000 people, each one woven into the pattern of learning, teaching, supporting and assisting.
Ridgecrest is a regular elementary with a zoned population. It also is home for The Center for Gifted Studies, a magnet program serving gifted students in a full-time gifted program. Students come from all over Pinellas County for this program...from the Skyway area to Tarpon Springs, and from Tampa Bay to the Gulf. The program is part of the Choice/Magnet Options offered in the district. A computer lottery is held each spring for any openings for the next school year for qualifying students. Tours are provided each month for interested parents and others. These fill quickly. To make your reservation, call (727) 588-3580.
Our Mission Statement
| The mission of Ridgecrest Elementary and the Center for Gifted Studies is to provide quality educational experiences that challenge and allow each child they serve to make maximum academic growth and prepare for a life in a global, multicultural society.|