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Starkey Ranch K-8: It’s Almost Here! Celebrating a Vision Brought to Life


We could not be more excited about the Fall 2021 opening of the new Starkey Ranch K-8 School and the Theater, Library, Cultural Center.

Over the years, Pasco County has transformed from ranch lands to vibrant neighborhoods and communities, and Starkey Ranch is proud to offer a dynamic hub of education and activity for all our residents.

Anticipation is building for the opening of Starkey Ranch K-8 School and our new cultural campus. In today’s post, we want to share more details and celebrate a truly unique vision finally coming to fruition.

Starkey Ranch K-8 School will be the first school of its kind in Pasco County, and may serve as a model for future K-8 schools in the area. As a magnet school, Starkey Ranch K-8 will offer three tracks students may pursue: World Languages, Technical Fine Arts, or Computer Sciences. Each program is designed to encourage independent thinking and to offer students an innovative, modern approach to education. For the 2021-2022 school year, the school will serve K-7 students from Starkey Ranch, allowing rising 8th graders to remain with their current class.

Students will have ample opportunity to explore a range of classes in lower grades that touch upon all three magnet themes and then select a “mini major” to pursue in grades 4 and 5. Notably, Starkey Ranch K-8 School will be the only Pasco County school to offer a comprehensive foreign language program designed for students in every grade level. 

In addition to Starkey Ranch K-8 School, our innovative Theater, Library, Cultural Center will also open in the Fall of 2021. We believe collaboration and community building are vitally important to a thriving society, and this innovative campus came to fruition through a public-private partnership between Starkey Ranch and Pasco County. This community space will share an outdoor courtyard with Starkey Ranch K-8, and during the school day will be safely restricted to school access only. Starkey K-8 School and the Theater, Library, Cultural Center will be right next to the District Park, forming an unparalleled educational, cultural, and recreational experience that will be open for public use after school hours and on weekends.

We’re proud to see our vision come to fruition and it’s not long now until it’s all finally open! Starkey Ranch is a community rich in resources for our residents, where access to nature, a top-tier education system, and arts and cultural centers come together to nurture creativity and social growth. We’re on the cusp of a new and exciting chapter for Starkey Ranch, and this investment in the community’s future is another reason Starkey Ranch was again ranked Tampa Bay’s #1 Master Planned Community for the third year running. We can’t wait to see how our community flourishes with our new K-8 school opening and accompanying cultural campus this fall.