More than 2,700 students and their families will find out on Wednesday, May 31 whether they have received a spot in one of more than 79 schools with seats available as part of Controlled Open Enrollment.
Of the 4,135 applications that the District received from 2,766 students, approximately 300 of the students are current charter school students, and 250 are currently enrolled in private schools.
“Parents have more choices than ever when it comes to their child’s education, so it’s gratifying to see so many students apply for seats at our District-operated schools,” said Dr. Robert Avossa, Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent. “State data shows that we’re outperforming charter schools in Palm Beach County, so I think we’ll see even more students returning to our schools in the years to come.”
Notifications of the Controlled Open Enrollment selections will be sent to the email address listed on the student’s online application. Anyone who submitted a paper application will be notified through U.S. Mail.
The Controlled Open Enrollment process allows students to attend grades K-12 in any public school in Florida that is not full. The 2017-2018 school year is the first year that this has been an option for families in the state. Transportation is not available to students attending schools through the Choice Open Enrollment program.
The Choice Open Enrollment lottery is performed only once, and students who were not selected during this process will not be placed on a waitlist. No further placement for open enrollment seats will be made once the lottery is conducted. .
Students who had previously applied for a Choice program and were placed in the wait pool for the program will not have to forfeit their spot if they are also selected in the Choice Open Enrollment lottery.
Parents are encouraged to carefully read and follow the directions provided in the May 31 notification to register for the assigned school. Once registered, students will not need to reapply to that school each year as long as they remain enrolled.
There is also still availability in five new School District of Palm Beach County programs funded by a three-year, $11.6 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. These schools include schools include two new International Baccalaureate (I.B.) elementary schools, one new I.B. middle school, one established I.B. middle school with a new STEM infusion, and one STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) middle school.
The five schools and grant-funded programs are:
- Carver Middle School, Delray Beach: IB Middle Years Programme with STEM infusion
- Congress Middle School, Boynton Beach: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
- Grove Park Elementary, Palm Beach Gardens: IB Primary Years Programme with STEM infusion
- H.L. Watkins Middle School, Palm Beach Gardens: IB Middle Years Programme with STEM infusion
- Palmetto Elementary School, West Palm Beach: IB Primary Years Programme with STEM infusion
Applications for the five schools must be submitted before school begins in August 2017. Families can apply for these innovative new programs in English, Haitian Creole, or Spanish at https://www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/msap-choice-schools/.