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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  • 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.

  • When may I apply for School Choice?

    The Office of School Choice offers several application windows, which are scheduled in the School Choice Timeline.

    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 School Choice Application Exceptions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 the School Choice Timeline 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 School Choice Application Exceptions.

Last Modified on October 8, 2020
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