The Florida Legislature recognizes the value of an educational system that provides numerous and meaningful options for students and their parents. In order to promote and encourage parental involvement and ensure students have access to a school that meets their needs, the Florida Legislature enacted , which directs each school district to develop a controlled open enrollment plan. A controlled open enrollment plan allows school districts to make student school assignments considering parents’ indicated preferential school choice as a significant factor. Legislation also provides for a hardship process and an appeals process to be put into place, as part of a controlled open enrollment plan.
Appeals can be made based on the outcome of the School Choice lottery. For more information on this process and timeline visit the
When a parent/guardian feels that a school choice hardship consideration is appropriate, the parent/guardian may submit a hardship request to be considered for attendance at a school other than the student’s home-zoned school. An application may be submitted to be reconsidered for attendance at a school other than the student’s home-zoned school. You can only make one (1) choice on the application.
Please be sure to read the directions carefully prior to submitting. If you applied during the school choice window and were waitlisted submitting a hardship application for the same school/program will not change the outcome. The hardship application will be cancelled.
If you submit a hardship application where supporting documentation is required, not providing information will result in the hardship application being declined.
Important information to be considered before completing your application:
Hardship requests are reviewed by the committee on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. See the review schedule below:
|School Choice Hardship Application Review Calendar|
|Date Submitted By 9 a.m on:||Notification Date:|
Such determination(s) shall be based upon factors which include without limitation the District’s Open Enrollment plan, applicable State and Federal law, and School Board Policy. The student must remain enrolled at his/her current/home-zoned school until the applicant has received the determination of the team. An email notification with the outcome will be sent to the email address on file. The determination of the team is final.
For more information on the School Choice Controlled Open Enrollment Plan-Hardship Request, please review the . The preferences outlined below will not be applied for Pre-K hardship requests. Per the document, hardships under this request process include the following:
***Hardship applications received due to a move/change of address when possible will be approved for the remainder of the current school year. Families must reapply for school choice during the Controlled Open Enrollment Window for the 2024-2025 school year for consideration to remain at that school.
The Hardship Application can be accessed in the parent portal of the . In the student menu, you will find the application under reach respective student. A confirmation email to the email address on file will be sent when the application has been submitted successfully. Applications can only be submitted through the parent portal. As a reminder, only one (1) choice can be requested. Computers are available at schools or at a public library, and assistance will be provided as a reasonable accommodation to those with a disability. If assistance is needed with the application process, contact the district office at email@example.com.
The school choice waitlists are maintained for the entirety of the school year. The waitlists are reviewed on a quarterly basis. School, grade level, and program capacity is reveiwed prior to the beginning of each marking period. Parents/guardians will be notified via email in waitlist order if capacity exists. When possible students would transition at the beginning of the new marking period to minimize any academic impact. Waitlist information is visible in the parent portal of myStudent under school choice. **Note- sibling preference is not guraranteed when students are being offered a seat due to the waitlist being exercised.
Important dates are listed below.
|Marking Period||Notification Date||Enrollment Date|
|Q1||August 9, 2023||August 10, 2023|
|Q2||October 12, 2023||October 17, 2023|
|Q3||December 15, 2023||January 9, 2024|
|Q4||February 26, 2024||March 11, 2024|