School Choice Open Enrollment
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School Choice Open Enrollment
The District School Board of Pasco County’s School Choice Open Enrollment initiative provides an opportunity for a Pasco County student to attend a public school outside the student’s assigned boundary area, as well as public schools in neighboring counties, as long as the requested school is not critically overcrowded. The parent/guardian of a student wishing to attend a school outside his/her boundary area must submit a School Choice Open Enrollment Application to the District School Board of Pasco County during the established open enrollment period. Submitting an application does not guarantee that the student will be approved to transfer to the requested school of choice.
Open Enrollment Timeline
School Choice Open Enrollment Applications for the following school year will be accepted February 1 - March 1. Applications must be received electronically no later than March 1st. Applications for multiple children, multiple schools or incomplete applications will not be considered.
- If your application was received prior to March 1 deadline, you may expect to receive notification regarding the status of your Open Enrollment School Choice request prior to the end of the current school year.
Requests to attend a Pasco County school, if you live in another county, will require a release from your HOME county. The approved release must be received within the Open Enrollment period.
School Choice Open Enrollment Applications may be completed and submitted electronically by clicking the “apply on line” link located at the end of this document.
If you have a student currently on School Choice, you do not need to reapply UNLESS:
- Your address changed after initial approval
- You reside outside of Pasco County OR
- If the student will be moving to the next school level (Elementary to Middle OR Middle to High)
While the school district makes every effort to accommodate all school choice requests, many of the district schools are critically overcrowded (at or above 100% of capacity) and are deemed “frozen”.
School Choice Appeal Process
Only decisions on applications received during open enrollment (February 1 – March 1) are eligible for appeal.
Appeals must be submitted in writing no later than four (4) business days from the date notification was sent. To register an appeal, please reply to your email notification and provide NEW information to be considered. Please understand that every effort was made to accommodate open enrollment/school choice requests. Appeals may only be submitted in writing. We will read and respond to all email correspondence in a timely manner.
Transportation to a school that is outside the student’s attendance zone is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Hardship/Special Consideration Requests
A parent/legal guardian requesting school choice due to special circumstances or a hardship situation must submit a written explanation and, as necessary, provide supporting documentation, along with the School Choice Open Enrollment Application.
The District’s middle and high school interscholastic athletic program adheres to the rules and policies of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).
Students previously enrolled in a different high school prior to their current District assignment, who wish to participate in athletics, will be defined as student-athlete transfers by the District. Student-athletes changing school during the summer are also deemed to be student–athlete transfers.
This classification will stand no matter what time of year the transfer is made (i.e. summer or the regular school year).
Student-athlete transfers shall not participate in athletics for one (1) full calendar year from the date of enrollment at new school.
For more information on the policy and/or procedures, visit your school or district website or contact your school athletic director. You may also reference School Board Policy 2431.01
School choice approval will not be granted if the reason for the request is to participate in the interscholastic athletic program at the requested school.
CTE Academy and School Choice
Students wishing to enroll in a CTE Academy at a school other than their zoned school must apply to the program prior to filing a school choice request. Please contact the school of choice and follow their requirements for acceptance into a CTE Academy.
A School Choice Application must be received and processed for the student to attend that school for the entire day. Students may not apply for the School Choice option if the CTE Academy or Program of Study in which they wish to enroll exists at the student’s home school.
Applications for School Choice transfers made on the basis of an Academy/Program of Study must reflect the Academy/Program of Study that is closest to their zoned school.
Requests for residents of neighboring counties to attend a Pasco County School
The Pasco County application must be submitted to the Office for Educational Choice, electronically, during the open enrollment timeline (February 1 through March 1).
Requests to attend a Pasco County school, if you live in another county, will require a release from your HOME county. The approved release must be received within the Open Enrollment period. If your release is not received during this time period, processing will be delayed.
Applications that do not have a release from your HOME county will not be considered.
If enrollment at a school of choice is determined to negatively impact the student’s education, school choice approval may be revoked.
Your signature on the School Choice-Open Enrollment Application indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to all of the terms and conditions regarding the District School Board of Pasco County School Choice Open Enrollment Program; and that all information you have provided on this application is true and correct. Furthermore, by signing this you are verifying that you have legal authority to make educational decisions for this student. Any incorrect or false information provided in reference to this application will be grounds for denial or immediate revocation of school choice approval.
The District School Board of Pasco County School Choice Open Enrollment Plan approved by the School Board and the Florida Department of Education can accessed online.
Please print a copy of these guidelines for your records before continuing to Apply On-Line.