School Choice 2019/20

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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 (Phase II) is May 1, 2019 to August 27, 2019
    Next opportunity to apply/change choice:  August 7, 2019 to August 27, 2019
    Next notification date (new & existing applicants) : August 5, 2019

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  • All school-aged children must attend school regularly per state law   ◼   A School Choice seat is not guaranteed

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is School Choice?

    The next 2019/20 School Choice Phase II application window is August 7 - August 27, 2019.

    During School Choice Phase II, 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.

    Phase II is divided into multiple application periods, to provide families with quicker notifications regarding the status of their child’s application.  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).

    The application window for Nova schools closed on February 6, 2019 (School Choice Phase I application deadline).  

  • How do I apply?

    Parents and guardians of children with disabilities may submit a 2019/20 McKay Scholarship application for public school choice beginning May 1, 2019.

    If you are interested in an innovative program, magnet program, or Career Technical Education (CTE) program at your child’s assigned school, you do not need to submit a School Choice application. Instead, contact the school for information on how to participate.

    If you are interested in a program not available at your assigned school or if you would like your child to attend a school other than your assigned school, you may submit a magnet program application and a *reassignment application. Each application will be processed individually and granted based on the remaining available seats from School Choice Phase I (December 1, 2018 – February 6, 2019).

    School Choice Phase II is divided into multiple application periods, to provide families with quicker notifications regarding the status of their child’s application.

    The next opportunity to apply is August 7, 2019, to August 27, 2019.

    Families who applied during School Choice Phase I do not need to submit an application during School Choice Phase II, unless a magnet program or reassignment school change is desired. Phase I wait-pool applicants will remain in the wait-pool for their desired Phase I school. There is no guarantee that applicants in a wait-pool will be selected for a seat.

    Submitting a School Choice Phase II application does not override your School Choice Phase I application or remove applicants from the wait-pool.

    *If you are interested in an Innovative Program or Career Technical Education (CTE) program not at your child’s assigned school or the Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy, you may apply for entry to that school through a School Choice reassignment application.

    Visit browardschools.com/schoolchoice Notification Dates for a schedule of application submission and selection dates.

    Please note: Nova schools do not accept new applications during the School Choice Phase II application window.

  • 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 Home 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 2019/20 school year is August 7, 2019, to August 27, 2019.  

     

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

  • What is the status of my School Choice application?

    Parents and guardians who submitted an application during either School Choice Phase I or Phase II for a magnet program, Nova school (School Choice Phase I only) and/or school reassignment will be notified on scheduled selection dates, regarding the status of each application. Notifications will be emailed, updated on the Check Your Status webpage.

    All awarded seats must be claimed by the date indicated on the award notification.

    McKay Scholarship applicants will receive notification of status within 30 business days of the application date. For more information, please contact the Exceptional Student Learning Support Division at 754-321-3405.

  • How can I change my School Choice application?

    School Choice applications can only be changed during an open application window. The next opportunity to change your application will be August 7, 2019- August 27, 2019.  For a listing of all application windows, please visit Notification Dates

    Phase I

    To change your child’s application to another school please complete a new School Choice Phase II application.

     

    Parents may also submit a new application for remaining available seats for a magnet program or school reassignment is also during School Choice Phase II.

     

    This year, School Choice Phase II is divided into multiple application periods, to provide families with quicker notifications regarding the status of their child’s application. 

     

    Phase II

    To change your child's School Choice Phase II application (May 1, 2019 - August 27, 2019), log into the Check Your Status web page and click on the Confirmation Number of the application you would like to change.   

    If your child has registered for a 2019/20 School Choice, you will need to contact the awarded Choice School to deny the child's 2019/20 registration.  Once unregistered, log into the Check Your Status web page and click on the Confirmation Number of the application you would like to change.   

  • I submitted an application before the deadline. Can I still send in supporting documents?

    Please submit your required documents to the Demographics & Student Assignments Department.  Supporting documents received after the application deadline will be considered late. 

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

    The next opportunity to apply for School Choice for the 2019/20 school year is August 7, 2019, to August 27, 2019.  At which time, parents and guardians may submit an application for remaining available seats for magnet programs or school reassignments.  The application window for Nova schools closed on February 6, 2019 (School Choice Phase I application deadline).

    Applicants who applied during the initial School Choice application window do not need to apply during the next application window unless a magnet program or reassignment school change is desired.

  • My child is in the waitpool for a seat. What does this mean?

    When there are more students than available seats at a school, a computerized random selection is used to select students.  Students who are not selected for a seat are placed into a wait-pool.

    If new seats become available at a school, additional computerized random selections from the wait-pool will be made until August 27, 2019.  There is no wait-list and there is no promise additional seats will become available at a school. To learn when the next selections will be made, please visit School Choice Notification Dates.

    School Choice Phase II is divided into multiple application periods, to provide families with quicker notifications regarding the status of their child’s application.

Contact Information

  • Demographics & Student Assignments Department

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2480

    Fax: 754-321-2489

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    Jill Young

    Director, Task Assigned

Last Modified on July 10, 2019