Award Year: 2017

St. Petersburg Collegiate High School

6605 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL, 33710-6801

(727) 341-4368

Mrs. Starla Rae Metz, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

St. Petersburg College

School Website


Vision: We cultivate motivated learners, develop critical thinkers, and empower visionary leaders.Mission: SPCHS students will simultaneously earn a high school diploma, an Associate in Arts degree, and a Bright Futures scholarship.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 64%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 34%
SPCHS students enjoying the best of high school and college.

SPCHS students enjoying the best of high school and college.

St. Petersburg Collegiate High School (SPCHS) is a public charter school located on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus of St. Petersburg College (SPC) in St. Petersburg, Florida. SPCHS serves a diverse student body of motivated students in grades 10-12. Students enjoy a holistic educational experience with all the academic rigor of college, balanced with an age-appropriate social environment that includes traditional high school events and activities. College courses, books and supplies are free of charge.

Sophomores participate in an individualized honors curriculum designed to ensure success in all college courses during their junior and senior years. High school teachers identify and remediate gaps in students' knowledge while infusing college readiness skills to amplify each student's accomplishments. Juniors and seniors are fully dual-enrolled in all college courses taught by college professors and attended by regular college students.

The academic advisor and guidance counselor expertly guide students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. For the past six years, SPCHS's high school graduation rate has been 100%, and the average AA graduation rate has been 97%. This authentic college experience, with the support of a "family-like" environment, makes SPCHS unique. Mentoring, free tutoring, and a nurturing culture empower students to become effective, goal-orientated learners.

To augment the rigorous curriculum, SPCHS students participate in a leadership program and serve as leaders in SPCHS/SPC clubs and in the community. Through these experiences, students cultivate a civic-minded spirit, gain valuable workplace experience, and discover their unique strengths.