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Ridgecrest Elementary School   and Center for Gifted Studies

Welcome to Ridgecrest Elementary!

*** Important News Concerning Changes to the Bus and Car Circles ***


Changes have been made to the car and bus circles. All car riders will be dropped off and picked up in the car circle adjacent to the media center. Please make sure to have your child’s name and grade level posted in the windshield so we can have your child ready to be picked up when your car arrives at the loading station. Walkers will be dismissed through the gate located between the front office and cafeteria. All bus riders will load in the new bus circle in the front of the school. The purpose of this change is to help decrease the congestion along 119th Street.



Back-to-School Events

August 15th - Meet the Teacher and Class Lists Posted (2:30 - 3:30 pm)
August 18th - First Day of School For Students (Hours: 8:35 am - 2:35 pm)
August 28th - Back to School Night Grades K - 2 (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
September 4th - Back to School Night Grades 3 - 5 (6:00 - 7:00 pm)



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1901 119th St. N. Largo, FL 33778
727-588-3580
Principal - Michael Moss
Assist. Principal - Godfrey Watson
School hours: 8:35 - 2:35

e-mail the principal

About Ridgecrest

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.



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