Notice

The School Choice Open Enrollment application for the 2018-19 School Year is open from February 1, 2018 through March 1, 2018.

Notice

While the school district makes every effort to accommodate all school choice requests, many of the district schools are critically overcrowded (at or above 90% of capacity) and are deemed frozen.

PLEASE read the Informational Guidelines for further information.

Schools deemed frozen for the 2018-19 school year:

Anclote Elementary School Odessa Elementary School
Centennial Middle School Pasco High School
Charles S. Rushe Middle School Pasco Middle School
Chasco Elementary School River Ridge Middle School
Chester W. Taylor Elementary School Sand Pine Elementary School
Connerton Elementary School Schrader Elementary School
Cypress Creek High School Seven Oaks Elementary School
Cypress Creek Middle School Seven Springs Middle School
Cypress Elementary School Shady Hills Elementary School
Double Branch Elementary School Sunlake High School
Fivay High School Thomas E. Weightman Middle School
Gulf High School Trinity Elementary School
Hudson Elementary School Veterans Elementary School
J. W. Mitchell High School Wesley Chapel Elementary School
John Long Middle School Wesley Chapel High School
Land O’Lakes High School West Zephyrhills Elementary School
Longleaf Elementary School Wiregrass Ranch High School
Mary Giella Elementary School Woodland Elementary School
New River Elementary School Zephyrhills High School
Oakstead Elementary School  

Please read this entire section prior to applying for School Choice.

Informational Guidelines

School Choice Open Enrollment

Pasco County’s School Choice Open Enrollment initiative provides an opportunity for students to attend a public school outside the student’s assigned boundary area, as long as the requested school is not at capacity. The parent/guardian of a student wishing to attend a school outside the boundary area must submit a School Choice Open Enrollment Application to Pasco County Schools 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.

School Choice Open Enrollment Questions and Answers for Parents

 

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. Multiple applications for the same student, single applications listing multiple students, or single applications listing multiple schools for one student, will not be processed.

  • If your application was received prior to March 1 deadline, you may expect to receive an email notification regarding the status of your Open Enrollment School Choice request prior to the end of the current school year.  Notification for applications of students that reside outside of Pasco County may be delayed.

Requests to attend a Pasco County school, if you live in another county, will not require a release from your home county.  Per HB 7029, Out of District Students may not displace Pasco's students.

 

Applications

School Choice Open Enrollment Application must 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 need to reapply if the student will be moving to the next grade level (Elementary to Middle - 5th to 6th grade) OR (Middle to High - 8th to 9th grade).

 

*Students with current IEP’s or 504 plan’s 

If you have initially applied for the McKay Scholarship and wish to use it for public school choice, you must also submit a school choice application during our open enrollment period (February 1 – March 1) to be considered for your school of choice.

 

School Choice Decisions

While the school district makes every effort to accommodate all school choice requests, many of the schools are critically overcrowded (at or above 90% capacity).  Please understand that every effort is made to accommodate your request and the decision is final.

 

Transportation

Transportation is not provided for students who choice into another school.

 

Athletics

The District’s middle and high school interscholastic athletic program adheres to the rules and policies of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).

For more information on the policy and/or procedures, visit your school or district website or contact your schools’ athletic director. You may also reference School Board Policy 2431.01

 

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 other counties to attend a Pasco County School

The Pasco County application must be submitted electronically, during the open enrollment timeline (February 1 through March 1).

 

Parental Agreement/Information

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 Pasco County School's Open Enrollment Program. Furthermore, by signing this you are verifying that you have legal authority to make educational decisions for this student and all information you have provided on this application is true and correct.  An applicant’s failure to disclose information (e.g., being subject to suspension or expulsion, staffed into exceptional student education (having a current IEP), being assigned to a Department of Juvenile Justice program, et cetera) that would be relevant to the District’s determination that the applicant could be served if accepted shall constitute grounds for revocation of approval to enroll under this policy.  Any incorrect or false information provided in reference to this application will be grounds for denial or immediate revocation of school choice approval.

Pasco County School's Open Enrollment Plan for school choice, approved by the School Board and the Florida Department of Education, can be accessed online.

 

For questions regarding policies and procedures or questions regarding the completion of the application, please contact us via email at schoolchoice@pasco.k12.fl.us.

 

This application system is best supported by Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers.  Technical difficulties may be experienced by applicants using the Google Chrome browser and/or mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

 

Please print a copy of these guidelines for your records before continuing to Apply On-Line.