Choice Lottery Selections to be Released Thursday, Controlled Open Enrollment Begins Monday

Lottery selections for the District’s Choice and Career Options programs will be released Thursday, March 29 after 4 p.m., capping off a period of anticipation and excitement for students and parents​ who have selected from a variety of Choice programs from STEM to IB, Performing Arts, and Career-related themes.​

Lottery selections include the results from ​Performing ​A​rts programs that require an audition, and the results of the other more than 300 programs across the District.

If the application was completed online, parents are encouraged to check their child’s lottery assignment status posted on the parent dashboard after 4 p.m. on Thursday. Parents will also be notified by email of their results.

Parents who submitted applications either in person or by mail will receive their lottery assignment status by mail. The letters will be mailed on Thursday and can ​be ​expected to be received at a later date.

​For this most recent application cycle, the District received nearly 40,000 program choices. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Choice Programs. You can also email questions to

If your child was not selected for the program of their choice, or your family decides to pursue enrollment in another school outside of your zoned home school, the District also offers parents and legal guardians the opportunity for their child to apply to a ​school through ​the Controlled Open Enrollment process. While no transportation will be provided for ​students assigned through Controlled Open Enrollment, ​families from outside of Palm Beach County and the schools’ regular attendance zones are eligible to apply to schools ​that have been identified based on capacity.​

A list of schools available for Controlled Open Enrollment will be released on Monday, April 2 and applications will be accepted through April 30. Controlled Open Enrollment selections will be ​released on May 11.

Click here for more information about Controlled Open Enrollment and for the online application once posted April 2.

There is also extended enrollment through August ​10 for five MSAP Grant schools in Palm Beach County: Palmetto Elementary School, Grove Park Elementary School, Carver Middle School, Congress Middle School, and H.L. Watkins Middle School. These schools have been transformed into school–wide magnet programs. Each magnet theme offers a high caliber, innovative program of choice designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The grant will fund 1:1 iPad initiative for all teachers and students in each of the five magnet schools and will be used to strategically recruit and create diverse student populations in the magnet schools of choice. Click here for more information on the MSAP Grant schools and to apply.