• PARENTAL CHOICE INFORMATION
     
     
     
     
    For questions regarding Parental Choice or zoning, please call the Department of Student Relations at (239) 377-0540. 
     
    • HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SCHOOL(S) MY CHILD(REN) ARE ZONED TO ATTEND?

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      Click here to view the School Boundaries page.

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    • WHAT IS PARENTAL CHOICE?

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      Parental Choice allows parents, under specified conditions, to request another school of enrollment outside of their geographic zones.  Options include Out-of-Zone, Choice, and McKay Scholarship.

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    • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUT-OF-ZONE, SCHOOL CHOICE, AND MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP?

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      Out-of-Zone requests under Parental Choice are for parents or legal guardians with documented needs or hardships as listed in Board Policy 5120

      • Priority window is December 15 through February 15
      • Approvals are subject to capacity and class-size restrictions
      • Transportation is not provided by the District

       

      School Choice requests under Parental Choice are for parents or legal guardians exercising Choice without respect to or limitations upon their reasons. 

      • Priority window is December 15 through February 15
      • Approvals are subject to capacity and class-size restrictions
      • Transportation is not provided by the District
      • With the exception of students who are enrolling in the District for the first time, no School Choice applications will be approved for the current school year

       

      McKay Scholarship requests are for parents or legal guardians of students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. 

      • Parents or legal guardians must apply online through the state for approval at Floridaschoolchoice.org
      • Once approval is received from the state, parents or legal guardians then can apply online (here) to request a public school transfer
      • Applications are accepted throughout the school year
      • Approvals are not subject to capacity restrictions
      • Transportation is not provided by the District
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    • WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED FOR A REQUEST TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE?

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      If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a move that resulted from military orders:

      • Documentation of military orders required

       

      If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a foster care placement:

      • Documentation of foster care placement required

       

      If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a court-ordered change in custody:

      • Documentation of court-ordered required

       

      If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due supervision

      • Work schedule(s) for parent(s), and/or
      • Child care verification on provider's letterhead

       

      If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a move into that zone:

      • New construction: a fully executed building contract with estimated completion date
      • Purchase: a fully executed purchasing contract with estimated completion date
      • New lease: a fully executed lease agreement
      • Temporary move: a fully executed contract with estimated completion date

       

      If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a medical recommendation:

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    • WHEN WILL PARENTS BE NOTIFIED?

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      Notifications will be sent throughout the summer.

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    • HOW MANY SCHOOLS MAY I SELECT?

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      Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to select three (3) schools in an attempt to accommodate requests.

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    • IS A NEW APPLICATION REQUIRED WHEN STUDENTS CHANGE LEVELS?

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      Yes.  A new application is required when students change levels.  No expectations should be made for acceptance into feeder pattern schools.

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    • WHAT IS THE DISTRICT’S BOARD POLICY FOR PARENTAL CHOICE: CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT?

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      Click here to view Board Policy 5120 (Out-of-Zone) and 5120.01 (School Choice).

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    • WHAT IS HOUSE BILL 7029?

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      What are some key points in House Bill 7029?

      • Preferential treatment shall be given to:
        • Dependent children of active duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders
        • Children who have been relocated due to a foster care placement in a different school zone
        • Children who move due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or the serious illness or death of a custodial parent
        • Students residing in the District
      • Identify schools which have not reached capacity and post on the District’s website
      • Once approved:
        • students may remain at the school chosen until the highest grade at that level
          • parents will no longer be required to reapply each year (until a change in level occurs, ie., elementary to middle, or middle to high)
        • students are permitted to participate in athletics unless they participated in the sport at another school during that year (exceptions are made for students who moved because of military, foster care, or court-ordered change in custody).
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    • HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SCHOOLS HAVE REACHED CAPACITY?

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      Click here to view School School Capacity page.

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    • WHAT IS THE DISTRICT’S CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT PLAN?

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      Click here to view the District’s 2016-2017 Controlled Open Enrollment Plan.

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