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  • 1. What does school choice mean?

    The School Board of Broward County Public Schools is committed to providing quality educational opportunities for all students regardless of background characteristics by providing each student an educational environment that enhances that individual's educational success. The School Board is also committed to encouraging all parents to play an active role in their children's education and to increase the educational options available to parents and students in the public schools. Finally, the School Board is committed to providing settings for education that promote understanding of diversity, tolerance and fair play, so that the positive tenets of a democratic society are reinforced by what students experience in schools. In Broward County Public Schools, diversity is a broad concept that includes gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, linguistic differences, exceptional abilities, variations of talents and abilities, and special needs.

    The School Board supports Innovative Programs/Parent Options as one tool for achieving these goals. School choice options include federally mandated Opportunity Scholarship Program, magnet programs, school boundary choice areas, and reassignments.

    For additional information please see School Board Policy 5004.1.
    To apply for a school choice option, contact Demographics and Student Assignments (754) 321-2480.

  • 2. Can my child attend a Broward school other than his/her boundared school?

    Parents may apply for a School Choice reassignment for their child to attend another school where space exists during specified application windows.

    For additional information contact Demographics and Student Assignments (754) 321-2480.

  • 3. Why do some students receive letters allowing them the option to select another school besides their assigned school?

    Schools that receive a state grade of "F" or three consecutive grades of "D" come under what the Federal Government calls school improvement status. All students who are enrolled in these schools are eligible for school choice through the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). This includes incoming sixth grade to middle school or kindergarten students who are registered to attend that elementary school. Under OSP, parents must be offered a choice of at least two schools other than the child's home school. These can include schools with a grade of C or better.
    For additional information on FCAT contact Student Assessment & Research, (754) 321-4250.

  • 4. Why doesn’t the District stop allowing District employee reassignments into overcrowded schools?

    Employees of the School Board of Broward County, who have school-age children, including those of which they have legal guardianship, are eligible for an assignment priority when requesting to have their children placed in the same school as the employee’s work location. If applying for a reassignment the employee may request another school within the Innovation Zone of the work location as provided in the Broward Teacher's Union Contract, Article 15. In a specialized program such as Magnet, the student must meet the academic criteria at the secondary level.

  • 5. What is being done about students who are enrolled in our school and live in other counties or boundaries?

    Many students attending schools from outside their attendance area within Broward County, as well as from other counties, have received a School Choice reassignment to attend Broward County Public Schools.

    School Board Policy 5.1 and Florida Statute 837.06 state: "Whoever knowingly makes a false statement in writing with intent to mislead a public servant in the performance of his or her official duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by law." Additionally, a person who knowingly makes a false declaration under penalties of perjury is guilty of the crime of perjury by false written declaration, a felony of the third degree under Florida Statute 92.525 and will be reported to the State’s Attorney’s office.

  • 6. When were School Board Policies 5001 and 5004 combined into Policy 5004.1?

    School Board Policies 5001, 5003, and 5004 were amended on 12/15/09 and combined into the current School Board Policy 5004.1.

  • 7. Having children at the same level assigned to two different schools due to a boundary change creates serious problems for families. How can the children be kept together at the same school?

    The family can request a School Choice reassignment to a school where seats are available.

    For additional information contact Demographics and Student Assignments (754) 321-2480.

Last Modified on June 20, 2019