Families with students entering Pre–Kindergarten through Grade 12 have the opportunity to choose from an array of theme based curricula offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that provide innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers.
Choice programs include the K–12 Arts continuum, K–12 International Baccalaureate continuum, K–12 Dual Language continuum, elementary and secondary Cambridge Academy programs, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs at all levels, and elementary Montessori, STEAM (STEM + Arts), Environmental and Animal Science, and Health and Wellness programs.
Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Career Academy programs at the middle and high school levels have specific programs of study and many lead to industry certifications. Students in grades 6–12 are provided opportunities to participate in a continuum of education connected to the following career pathways: biomedical sciences, biotechnology, law, culinary arts, engineering, teacher education, pre–veterinary, finance, information technology, and medical sciences. Other Career Academy programs include aerospace science, computer science, criminal justice, drafting and design, environmental sciences and field research, marketing, sports management, construction, TV and film production technology, web design, and tourism, hospitality, and resort management.
Applying online is the most efficient way to submit and manage your child’s application. Using the parent dashboard, your online account will allow you to track the status of your application. Applying online gives you priority access to the lottery results. Prior to applying for a Choice program, we encourage you to attend the Open House for each Choice program to which you intend to apply.
Open House Dates
Application Deadlines for the 2017–2018 School Year
December 2, 2016: Application deadline if either of the two choices is one of the following Arts schools:
- Bak Middle School of the Arts (all programs)
- The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach—Symphony Orchestra program (grades 6–8)
- Boynton Beach High School Arts programs (Dance, Digital Media, Music—Band, Music—Vocal, Theatre, and Visual Arts)
- A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts (all programs)
January 27, 2017: Application deadline for all Choice programs other than the Arts programs listed above. Late applications will be accepted after January 27, 2017; however, they will not be included in the March 2017 Choice lottery and will be entered after all applicants in the wait pool have been assigned.
International Baccalaureate Programs
Students participating in any of the four International Baccalaureate (IB) programs develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. IB graduates are accepted into universities throughout the world and are prepared for success in any of their chosen careers. Critical and creative thinking are developed through student-centered learning experiences in all academic disciplines and the arts. IB students study an additional world language. All of the four IB programs are offered in the School District of Palm Beach County. These are:
Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in Grades K-5
Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in Grades 6-10
Diploma Programme (DP) for students in Grades 11-12
IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) program designed for high school students who wish to participate in the IB Diploma Programme while also completing a Career Education pathway
For more information about IB programs, please visit www.ibo.org
For more information about the IB in Palm Beach County, please visit https://www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/ib-programs.
Students participating in Career Education programs in the School District of Palm Beach County will graduate with career training in high wage, high demand occupations as well as a set of strong workplace competencies that today’s workforce demands from its employees. Career Education provides a solid foundation to help build futures for students by integrating academic, critical thinking, technical and organizational skills that are relevant to the real world. Students will leave Career Education programs with the proper skills to make informed decisions for a future career. For more information please visit Career Education.
Choice Booklet for 2017-18
Available mid-October, 2016. Choice applications for 2017-18 open on November 1, 2016.
The window to apply for second semester is October 1-31, 2016. More info
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The IB K-12 Education Continuum is offered in each of the geographical areas of the School District of Palm Beach County. More Info
Our department is committed to empowering and supporting students and their families in making informed, educational decisions leading to post secondary education and career options in order to compete in today’s technology-driven, global society.
Our vision is to graduate students prepared for the demands of the 21st century.