Choice and Career Options
Committed to empowering and supporting students and their families.
Choice and In-House Programs
School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) Choice Programs reflect the diversity of the District and are designed to attract all Palm Beach County students. Families with students entering pre-kindergarten through grade 12 have the opportunity to choose from an array of Choice and Career and Technical Education (CTE) theme-based curricula offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that provide innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers. Choice and In-House Programs have been established at elementary, middle and high schools to provide an opportunity for students to engage in intensive study in specific areas. Choice and In-House programs offer the opportunity for students to discover their talents and explore their interests while focusing on academic rigor. These programs provide students with a pathway to post-secondary educations and careers. Students may participate in an “in-house” program if the program is only being offered to students whose attendance boundary is zoned for the school (“In-House program”), or, they may choose to attend a program that is only offered at a school outside of their regular attendance boundary (Choice program). To learn more about the programs available for your child, attend the Open House for the programs your child shows interest in, then submit a Choice application.
Choice Transportation Zones
Choice Program students may receive transportation regardless of their proximity to the Choice school. Parents must provide transportation to the closest bus stop in order to be eligible. Bus stops will only be available within the Choice Transportation Zone for each school and additional stops will not be created.
Choice Programs Application
Application available November 1, 2017.
Choice Programs Booklet
Choice Booklets for the 2018-2019 school year will be available after the Showcase of Schools on October 17, 2017.
Choice School Bus Stops
Choice Program students may receive transportation regardless of their proximity to the Choice school.
Choice Zone Maps
Bus stops will only be available within the Choice Transportation Zone for each school and additional stops will not be created.
Parent Information Guide
Important information for parents including the appeals process. Information guide and Procedures Manual available for download.
Open House Dates
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.
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. To better prepare students for the 21st century and to help them graduate college and be career ready, the Department of Choice and Career Options within the School District of Palm Beach County has developed "Career Pathways" encompassing Rigorous Programs of Study. This gives students the academic preparation, direction, and career-related knowledge to help them plan studies that are in line with their interests, abilities, and career goals.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs
Students participating in any of the four International Baccalaureate (IB) programs develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed 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. For more information about IB programs, please visit www.ibo.org.
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) is designed for high school students who wish to participate in the IB Diploma Programme, while also completing a Career Education pathway.
Home Education is a parent-directed educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance. Florida Laws protecting home education became effective in 1985. Parents have the freedom to determine their child's educational path and the plan for reaching their goals. Students have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace, in any location or at any time. Home education students are able to enter institutions of higher learning and are eligible to participate in the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. More than 84,000 students in approximately 58,000 families are in Home Education Programs throughout Florida.
Parents/legal guardians experiencing hardships, if the student attends his/her assigned school may request a student reassignment to a school outside the student’s attendance area as outlined in the District policy.
The window to apply for reassignment for second semester is October 1-30, 2017.
Controlled Open Enrollment
The School District of Palm Beach County now offers parents and legal guardians the opportunity for their child to apply for and attend a school outside their regular attendance zone through the Controlled Open Enrollment process.
Applications will be accepted from April 3, 2017 through May 5, 2017.
Opportunity Scholarship Program
The Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) is a school choice program created by the Florida Legislature in the 1999 Legislative Session as part of the A+ Education Plan. The Legislature revised student and school eligibility criteria in 2012. Opportunity Scholarships are available for eligible students to attend a higher-performing public school.
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.