School Choice FAQs
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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).
How do I apply?
Parents and guardians of children with disabilities may submit a 2020/21 McKay Scholarship application for public school choice beginning May 1, 2020.
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 Nova schools application, magnet program application and a *reassignment application. Each application will be processed individually and randomly granted based on seat availability.
*If you are interested in an Innovative Program or Career Technical Education (CTE) program not at your child’s assigned school, the Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy, the Gifted Academy at Parkway Middle or the Gifted Academy at Plantation High, 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 and then visit Explore Your Options to to apply.
What additional requirements are needed for my application?
To complete your School Choice application, you may be required to submit additional documents.
Please submit your required documents to the Office of School Choice by the application deadline.
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.
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.
For questions regarding school assignment, please contact the Office of School Choice at 754-321-2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I ask for a School Choice for this current school year?