Notice

Florida law required changes to every district’s Controlled Open Enrollment Plan (school choice).  After two public hearings on this matter, the School Board approved the plan on January 17, 2017.  This revised plan will guide our school choice approval process for the 2017-18 school year.  The list below indicates projected capacity status and may be amended by February 23rd as figures are finalized.  A school listed as frozen may still be chosen for a school choice application.  However, parents should be aware that entry will likely be restricted at “frozen capacity” schools.

Out of district students may not displace Pasco's students.

Schools deemed frozen for the 2017-2018 school year:
Anclote Elementary School Odessa Elementary School
Bayonet Point Middle School Pasco High School
Centennial Middle School Pasco Middle School
Charles S. Rushe Middle School Pine View Elementary School
Chasco Elementary School River Ridge Middle School
Chester W. Taylor Elementary School Sand Pine Elementary School
Connerton Elementary School Seven Oaks Elementary School
Cypress Creek High School Seven Springs Middle School
Cypress Creek Middle School Shady Hills Elementary School
Cypress Elementary School Sunlake High School
Deer Park Elementary School Thomas E. Weightman Middle School
Double Branch Elementary School Trinity Elementary School
Hudson Elementary School Trinity Oaks School
J. W. Mitchell High School Veterans Elementary School
John Long Middle School Wesley Chapel Elementary School
Land O’Lakes High School Wesley Chapel High School
Longleaf Elementary School West Zephyrhills Elementary School
Mary Giella Elementary School Wiregrass Ranch High School
Moon Lake 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 School'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 their 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.

 

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 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 require a release from your HOME county. The approved release must be received within the Open Enrollment period.  Per HB 7029, Out of District Students may not displace Pasco's students.

 

Applications

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:

  1. You reside outside of Pasco County
  2. If the student will be moving to the next school level (Elementary to Middle OR Middle to High), OR
  3. Your school was impacted by a boundary change

 

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”.  All Pasco County Schools are monitored for class size compliance.

 

School Choice Appeal Process

Only decisions on applications received during open enrollment (February 1 – March 1) are eligible for appeal.
Appeals must be submitted 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. Hardships will be considered and reviewed.

 

Transportation

Transportation to a school that is outside the student’s attendance zone is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

 

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). The FHSAA's new statute, with regards to student athletes, is as follows:

  1. Upon school choice approval, High school students will be “immediately eligible to participate” when first enrolling in school or transferring schools, with certain limiting conditions, set forth below. Mid-season transfers may seek to immediately join an existing team roster, so long as:
    1. The designated roster for the sport has not reached maximum size; and the coach determines that the student has the requisite skill and ability to participate.
    2. The student hasn’t already participated in the same sport at another school during that same school year, unless the student meets one of the following:

      • A dependent child of active-duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders;
      • A child who has been relocated due to foster care placement in a different school zone;
      • A child who moved due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or the serious illness or death of a custodial parent; or
      • Otherwise authorized to participate for good cause, as determined by Board policy or charter school policy

  2. Eligible to participate; is defined as including the required medical forms and has expanded to include off-season conditioning, summer workouts, and preseason conditioning, regardless of whether the student has been placed on a team.

  3. Non-member, small private schools (125 students or fewer) may now participate at zoned public school in whatever sport(s) their private school does not offer.

  4. Individual Home Education, Charter School, Florida Virtual School (FLVSFT), or Pasco eSchool full-time student, who otherwise meets the criteria, is eligible to participate at the public school to which the student would be assigned to attend by the district school board. Please reference HB 7029 for more detailed information.

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).

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 the HOME county will not be considered.

Pasco welcomes applications from residents of other Florida counties for eligible students.  We appreciate your patience as we implement the intended outcome of HB 7029 [which changed, in part, F.S. 1002.31(2)].  Application results will be delayed until Pasco’s student requests are finalized.

 

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. 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.

School Choice Open Enrollment Questions and Answers for Parents

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.

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