Are You Ready to Start?


Obtain and organize your personal records, ID cards, and drivers license.

Information about the following topics can be found on pages 9-10 of the booklet On Your Own But Not Alone.

1. Birth Certificate

2. Social Security Card

3. Medical and School Records

4. Florida Drivers License

5. Florida Identification Card
6. Foster Card Records
7. Voter ID
8. Health Insurance Card




Are You Ready to Discuss Your Options?

Find someone to talk to and get guidance on important subjects.


It’s always a good idea to learn the basics of home maintenance and repair and how to react in an emergency situation.

Melinda D. Singleton, Ed. S., MSW
Pinellas County Schools School Social Worker/Foster Care Liaison
Ph. 727-582-3832, E-mail



Are You Ready to Finish High School?

Free Tutoring

Having trouble with your homework? The Homework Helpline provides service to students of Pinellas County's Schools from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The helpline telephone number is (727) 547-7223 or (727) 442-3226.


Several Programs offer free tutoring:


  • America Reads and America Count will provide math tutors for middle school for free.  The tutors are paid by the college through federal work study funds.  If you are interested contact Margaret Adams

There are several community-faith based organizations that offers free after school tutors.


  • Mt. Moriah Baptist Church 3500 18th Ave. So St. Petersburg 727-460-7851
  • Moore's Chapel 727-321-3187
  • St. Mark AME 727-906-4921
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters Org 727-518-8860
  • St. Pete Urban League 727-327-2081

Disability and IEP

  • Exceptional Student Education, PCS web page,
  • Exceptional Student Education, main phone number – (727) 588-6032
  • High School Varying Exceptionalities, Sue Kress - (727) 507-4770

When am I too old for High School?

For College Planning

According to State University System (SUS) general admission requirements, home-schooled students should submit an affidavit signed by the student’s parent or legal guardian attesting that the student has completed a home education program that includes the 4-4-3-3 core curriculum plus 2 consecutive levels of a Foreign Language. See the Home School Completion Affidavit link.


Need Assistance with Pregnancy or Children to Remain in School?

  • Drop Out Prevention
  • Harris TIPS
  • Pinellas County Schools Teen Parenting Program - Susan Todd, 588- 6070
  • Child Care Resource Referral line is 547-5750 - list for daycare for their children

Classes are free to any parent (ages 16 and older) not enrolled in day high school, whose reading, math, or language skills are below 9th grade level and who has at least one child under the age of 8. Enrollment is open entry. Students are required to be in class a minimum of 50% of the hours offered and to participate in all four components of the program. Upon intake, students are given assessment tests to help with proper placement and instruction. Most classrooms use computer-aided instruction as well as textbooks. Instruction consists of whole group lessons, parenting lessons, and also individualized with teacher assistance as needed. The Even Start program removes the barriers that prevent students from receiving a high school diploma; such as, child care and transportation.

Are You Ready for College?

What to Consider with a 2-Year College/Community College


What to Consider with a 4-Year College/University

How to Apply to College

  • Applying to college
  • Florida College Applications at Online applications are available for Florida's public colleges, universities, and career technical centers and some private colleges, too. When you apply to a college, your information is saved so it can be used for applying to other colleges (with the exception of a few school-specific questions).

Types of Financial Aid Available

Types of aid available include Grants, Scholarships, Loans, & Student Work Study


What if I Have a Disability?

What are Tuition and Fee Waivers?


Fee Exemptions Florida Statute: Per s. 1009.25 (2)(c)

(c) A student who is or was at the time he or she reached 18 years of age in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services or a relative under s. 39.5085, who is adopted from the Department of Children and Family Services after May 5, 1997, or who, after spending at least 6 months in the custody of the department after reaching 16 years of age, was placed in a guardianship by the court. Such exemption includes fees associated with enrollment in career-preparatory instruction and completion of the college-level communication and computation skills testing program. Such an exemption is available to any student who was in the custody of a relative under s. 39.5085 at the time he or she reached 18 years of age or was adopted from the Department of Children and Family Services after May 5, 1997; however, the exemption remains valid for no more than 4 years after the date of graduation from high school.


Undergraduate Fee Exemption Form - Take this form to the College when you initially apply.


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