By Lila Gross

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – School now goes way past reading, writing, and arithmetic. Students as young as third grade can now even learn to fly planes while in class.

The young pilots at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg fly out of Albert Whitted every day and have flight simulators in the classroom to teach students the mechanics of flying.

Kids from all around the world come to the Tampa Bay area to attend the prestigious school.

Notable senior from Moscow, Diana Romanovskaya, also known as R-12 on the flight board because of her long last name, will be attending Embry Riddle in Daytona Beach after graduating from Admiral Farragut Academy.

The private school was established in 1933 as a college prep school serving students in grades Pre-K to ­12 with an international boarding program for students in grades 8­-12.

Admiral Farragut Academy is one of 17 schools in the country to receive a grant from American Airlines for its aviation department.