Frequently Asked Questions

  • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to offer high-quality educational programs at each of our schools. Our District is a national leader in providing innovative learning opportunities to help students reach their highest potential.

    BCPS provides families with a variety of school choice options and encourages parents/guardians to explore all that BCPS has to offer. 

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  • When may I apply for School Choice?

    The Office of School Choice offers several application windows, which are scheduled in Key Dates.

    Open Application Windows

    During open School Choice application windows, applications are accepted for the following:

    Applications

    • Out of boundary school reassignments
    • Out of boundary school programs:
      • Innovative programs
      • Magnet programs
      • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs
    • Nova schools*
      • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
      • Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
      • Nova Middle School
      • Nova High School
      *Nova schools have limited application windows.

    Closed Application Windows

    During closed School Choice application windows, applications are not accepted, except for the following:

    Application Exceptions

    • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Employees
    • Active-Duty Military Families
    • Parkland Elementary Schools
    • Leave of Absence
    • School Completion (for out of boundary address changes)

    For more information on exceptions, please visit Application Exceptions.

  • What is School Choice?

    During the open application window, parents and guardians may submit applications for magnet programs and school reassignments with available seats from the initial School Choice application window, which took place earlier this school year.  High-quality innovative programs, Career Technical Education (CTE) and Collegiate Academy options are also available by submitting a School Choice reassignment application. Families of students with disabilities may additionally apply for a McKay public school choice.

    The following options are available:

    Magnet Programs offer in-depth experiences in specific areas of interest.  If you are interested in a magnet program at your assigned school, a School Choice application is not necessary.  Please contact your assigned school for information on how to participate.

    Reassignments allow attendance to a school that is not your assigned school.

    Innovative Programs offer courses of study centered on specific themes.  If you are interested in an innovative program at your assigned school, a School Choice application is not necessary.  Please contact your assigned school for information on how to participate. 

    Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs prepare high school students for post-secondary enrollment and apprenticeships.  If you are interested in a CTE program at your assigned high school, a School Choice application is not necessary.  Please contact your assigned high school for information on how to participate.

    Collegiate Academies offer high school students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and their Associates in Arts degree.

    The John M. McKay Scholarship provides educational options for parents of students with disabilities. 

    Please note:  A separate application is needed for each of the school choice application categories (magnet programs, school reassignments, and McKay Scholarship).

  • What is my child’s assigned school?

    School-aged children living within Broward County are assigned to a school based on their primary residential address and grade level. This is the child's assigned school. To find your child’s assigned school, please visit Find My School.

  • Can I apply for more than one school?

    There are 3 District School Choice options for your child:

    • Reassignment
    • Magnet
    • Nova School

    You can apply to all three District School Choice options listed above, but you can only apply to one school in each option during an application window.

    Some students may also be eligible for State School Choice options.

  • What application documents are required and where can I send them?

    To complete your School Choice application, you may be required to submit the following documents:

    • Military – Active duty orders
    • Employee Priority – Birth certificate and/or work verification on school letterhead (upon request).
    • Magnet program – Most recent report card grades and FSA or nationally recognized standardized test scores in reading and mathematics.

    Please submit your required documents to the Office of School Choice by the application deadline.

  • Will I be automatically registered at the school after being accepted into the school or program?

    No. You must register at the school following acceptance into the Magnet Program/Nova School/ Reassignment. The Office of School Choice sends acceptance emails to awarded students, indicating a designated registration period. All students MUST register with the school during that time period to guarantee a spot in the school/program.

  • Do I need to apply if the Magnet Program is in my home boundary school?

    A School Choice magnet program application is not needed for students who live within the school’s attendance area. Parents may contact the Magnet Coordinator at their school for information on how to take part in the magnet program.

  • What is the difference between an Innovative Program and a Magnet Program?

    A School Choice application is not required for a program at your assigned school. You must contact the school directly and express your interest to the program coordinator.

    To attend an Innovative Program, you must apply via the Reassignment application and indicate which Innovative Program you’re interested in. The award process has two parts. You must be awarded a Reassignment seat to the school, and you must also be awarded a seat into the Innovative Program.

    To attend a Magnet Program, you must apply via the Magnet application. If awarded, it includes a seat at the school and into the Magnet Program.

    Seats for both Innovative and Magnet Programs are limited and placement is not guaranteed. For additional information and restrictions contact Innovative Programs at (754) 321-2070

  • How do I get a BCPS student number (06xxxxxxxx) ?

    A BCPS student number can be obtained by contacting any Broward County public school.  School information can be found at the School Information and Resources webpage.  If a school is unable to assist you, please Contact Us for assistance.

  • My student’s information is wrong. How do I get it updated?

    If your child’s current grade, address, and/or phone Number are not up to date on the Check My Status website, please contact your current school to have the information updated.  If your child is not currently attending a Broward County Public or Charter school, please Contact Us with the updated information.

  • Why has the first notification date changed? When will I know my child's school choice application status?

    The webpage used for checking School Choice application status was not available for March 11, 2021. We apologize for the delay in notifying all applicants.

    Please visit the Check Your Status webpage on April 8, 2021, to see your child's application status. Additional selections and notification dates are also scheduled

  • What if I missed the registration deadline?

    If your child was awarded a 2021/22 School Choice seat but you did not notify the school to register by the deadline, your seat was returned to the applicant pool.

    If you are not interested in your child accepting the awarded seat, no further action is needed.

    However, if you are still interested in the awarded seat, please email schoolchoice@browardschools.com to request for your child to be placed into the waitpool for an available seat.

  • Can my child attend any school in Broward County?

    By state law, students may apply to attend any public school in Florida that has not reached capacity, regardless of their home address. To determine schools with available seats, BCPS reviews enrollment for all District schools annually to identify current available seats and projected students.


    Parents may request a school that has available seats by completing a School Choice application during an open application window. School Choice applications are awarded using a computerized random selection process. If more seats at a school become available during the School Choice process, additional selections from the applicant pool are made.  Selection from a School Choice waitpool (not selected) is not guaranteed. 

    Your child may always attend his or her assigned school, which is based on the primary home address.

    If you are seeking to enroll your child in a school outside of Broward County, please contact that county directly. 

  • Can my child attend a school outside of Broward County?

    If you are seeking to enroll your child in a school outside of Broward County, please contact that county directly.

  • I am new to Broward County Public Schools, can I still apply for School Choice?

    Welcome to Broward County!  School-aged children living within Broward County are assigned to a school based on their primary residential address and grade level. This is the child's assigned school.  Please contact the assigned school to register each child.  To find your child’s assigned school, please visit the Find My School

    We understand families want to have options for their child's education, which may include a choice other than their assigned school. As a result, the Office of School Choice offers several application windows. See Key Dates for scheduled dates.

    Open Application Windows

    During open School Choice application windows, applications are accepted for the following:

    Applications

    • Out of boundary school reassignments
    • Out of boundary school programs:
      • Innovative programs
      • Magnet programs
      • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs
    • Nova schools*
      • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
      • Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
      • Nova Middle School
      • Nova High School
      *Nova schools have limited application windows.

    Closed Application Windows

    During closed School Choice application windows, applications are not accepted, except for the following:

    Application Exceptions

    • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Employees
    • Active-Duty Military Families
    • Parkland Elementary Schools
    • Leave of Absence

    For more information on exceptions, please visit Application Exceptions.

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