School Choice

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    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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  • 2019/20 School Choice application window closed August 27, 2019, 5pm

    2020/21 School Choice Phase I application window:  December 2, 2019 – February 5, 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is School Choice?

    The 2020/21 School Choice Phase I application window is December 2, 2019 - February 5, 2020.

    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).

  • Are applications still being accepted for the current school year?

    The 2019/20 School Choice application window closed August 27, 2019.

    2019/20 School Choice Windows:

    • Phase I Application Window: December 1, 2018 – February 6, 2019
    • Phase II Application Window: May 1, 2019 – August 27, 2019
    General reassignment, magnet program, and Nova Schools applications are no longer being accepted.

    The following are exceptions:

    A program at your child’s assigned school

    A 2019/20 School Choice application is not needed.  Instead, contact the school for information on how to participate in an innovative program or magnet program at your child’s assigned school.

    Broward County Public Schools Employees

    Full-time employees may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for a school within the Innovation Zone of your work location.  Part-time employees may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application to the employee’s work location only.

    Active-Duty Military families

    Parents and guardians who are Active-Duty military may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for a school with space available.

    Moved out of the assigned school boundary

    Parents may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for their child to remain at his/her current school if the family has moved out of the assigned school boundary.

    For questions regarding school assignment, please contact the Demographics & Student Assignments Department at 754-321-2480 or schoolchoice@browardschools.com.

  • 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 wait-pool is not guaranteed. 

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

  • 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.

    For questions regarding school assignment, please contact the Demographics & Student Assignments Department at 754-321-2480 or schoolchoice@browardschools.com.

  • 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.

     

    The next opportunity to submit a School Choice application for the 2020/21 school year is December 2, 2019 – February 5, 2020.

     

    For questions regarding school assignment, please contact the Demographics & Student Assignments Department at 754-321-2480 or schoolchoice@browardschools.com.

  • What if I missed the deadline, but still want to take advantage of School Choice?

    The School Choice 2020/21 window is December 2, 2019 – February 5, 2020

    The 2019/20 School Choice application window closed August 27, 2019.

    General reassignment, magnet program, and Nova Schools applications are no longer being accepted.

    The following are exceptions:

    A program at your child’s assigned school

    A 2019/20 School Choice application is not needed.  Instead, contact the school for information on how to participate in an innovative program or magnet program at your child’s assigned school.

    Broward County Public Schools Employees

    Full-time employees may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for a school within the Innovation Zone of your work location.  Part-time employees may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application to the employee’s work location only.

    Active-Duty Military families

    Parents and guardians who are Active-Duty military may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for a school with space available.

    Moved out of the assigned school boundary

    Parents may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for their child to remain at his/her current school if the family has moved out of the assigned school boundary.

    For questions regarding school assignment, please contact the Demographics & Student Assignments Department at 754-321-2480 or schoolchoice@browardschools.com.

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Contact Information

  • Office of School Choice

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2480

    Fax: 754-321-2489

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    Janis Wint

    Manager

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