Pine View is a special program designed to meet the
unique needs of intellectually gifted students in grades two through
twelve on a broad-based campus.
Students may be referred to Pine View by administrators, teachers,
staff members or parents. Inquiries should be directed to the student's
current school, as interviews and testing continue throughout the year.
Children are admitted based on a series of tests, recommendations and
other pertinent data as required by the State Department of Education.
These are reviewed by a committee of teachers and other personnel.
Gifted children in Sarasota County may attend either Pine View or
their other district schools, wherever it is determined their needs
are best met. A student may be invited to enroll only at the beginning
of the academic school year at Pine View, pending eligibility, performance,
and academic suitability. Enrollment in other gifted programs at other
school's sites may be considered during the school year.
The basic curriculum conforms to local and state requirements as
expressed in accreditation standards and the officially approved programs
Generally, children are enrolled in the same required courses as
are offered in other schools, using both state adopted and nonadopted
textbooks as well as other instructional materials. However, these
instructional materials may not necessarily correspond directly with
the grade levels in other school programs.
There are some curricular variations such as self-pacing, independent
study, ungraded classes and mini-courses. Many children are enrolled
in courses which cross grade levels. Beyond the primary grades, the
school is departmentalized. Teachers typically teach several grades
and courses daily within a department.
School hours and daily attendance follow the general pattern of the
school system. Currently the school operates from 9:12am-3:52pm daily.
High School students have the option of starting school as early as
7:40am, and ending as early as 1:05pm. Teacher selection, financing
and administration are all part of the county school system, in conjunction
with the Division of Exceptional Student Education.
History: Pine View School, established in 1969, is Sarasota County's
public school for intellectually gifted students. As a public school,
Pine View is open to students throughout Sarasota County. Pine View
offers classes in grades 2 through 12.