Ed Choice
School Choice Application Process

School Choice Application Process

  1. Determine which school your student is zoned to attend.
  2. Review the current schools considered frozen due to overcapacity as defined in the School Choice Open Enrollment, subject to change as the year progresses.
  3. Review School Choice Open Enrollment Windows.
  4. Learn more about your options for enrolling your student in one of Pasco County Schools Innovative and Choice Programs, for example Magnet and Career and Technical Programs.
  5. Check out the FAQ’s below.

*** Important- Please READ***

To complete a school choice application the parent/guardian must have an active parent account in myStudent. If you do not currently have an active account, please see the directions and video below.  Once your account is created, you will be required to continue the online registration process.  Prior to beginning, please visit this page so that you can gather the information needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

The school choice application can only be accessed for students who are linked to your parent account. To add a student to your parent account, please go to https://pasco.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/?skipSAML=true and ensure you are logged out of your parent portal. Once logged out, click “Click HERE to register for a new account or to add another student to your account”.

Once your student is added to your account and you have completed the online registration, log in to your parent portal and complete the appropriate school choice application for this student.

For step by step direction please watch this video:

How to create a parent account and apply for School Choice

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

HUB transportation may be provided for magnet schools/programs. Please see the Pasco Pathways Innovative Programs and School Choice Catalog


https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/school_choice_catalog/catalog for additional details.

To apply for school choice, click HERE.

For step by step direction please watch this video on how to create a parent account in myStudent.  The video will take you through creating the parent account.  **There are additional steps that will that will need to be completed once the parent account is created to complete the online registration. Completing the online registration will allow you to access the school choice application. (click here for more information)

How to create a parent account and apply for School Choice

​Ask your child for their ID number if s/he does not know the number, then please email pascopathways@pasco.k12.fl.us to request assistance. Provide as much detail as possible, including the student’s full legal name, date of birth and your best contact phone number. A member of our technology team will research the information and reply back to you. The user name is the email address you used to register. For passwords, please click the bottom link in the parent portal entrance to enter your email address to reset the password. Application timelines are located on our main School Choice webpage.

When approved during the School Choice Controlled Open Enrollment Window, students can remain at the school of choice through the highest grade served at the school. New applications are required when students change school levels (from 5th to 6th grade or 8th to 9th grade). See the 2021-2022 Controlled Open Enrollment Plan for exceptions that require reapplying for school choice.

If a student is approved for school choice and does not live in the county, the student will not need to reapply for school choice every year. A new school choice application to attend a different Pasco County school will be required when the student changes school levels.

 *IMPORTANT* If a student applied for school choice during the January application window and received an acceptance notification for next school year, applying during this second window will cancel their previous application. This will forfeit the seat previously accepted, or position on the waitlist, and the student will be assigned to their zoned school. 

Applications submitted during open enrollment are given equal consideration, regardless of whether they were submitted the first day or the last day and are subject to a Lottery procedure. The Controlled Open Enrollment Plan outlines the process and procedures that are used to select students.

Yes, edits to your application may be made until the window closes. Please note: the last entry prior to the window closing will be the application that is processed.

To update demographic information, please contact your child’s current school.

If you do not respond by the deadline, your school choice offer is forfeited.

If you decline the school choice offer, your child will attend their residential zoned school or their currently enrolled school. Students receive one (1) offer of enrollment.

Parents may select up to three (3) school choice options during the Controlled Open Enrollment window.

Pasco Pathways Innovative Programs and School Choice will be open from April 11th - April 18th, 2022 @ 4:30 PM. This enrollment window is for the 2022-23 school year. For a list of schools that will be advertised, click here.  The application is accessible through your parent account in myStudent. For more information click here.

Placement of siblings within the same school is facilitated whenever feasible provided the appropriate educational services are available for each sibling and placement does not impact class size. Siblings must reside in the same household or documentation of joint custody must be provided. For additional information on the school choice application process please review the 2021-2022 Controlled Open Enrollment Plan.

As you view your parent portal. Please make sure to select your student in the menu on the left hand side and the school choice application for that student. If you are applying for more than one student, you will need to click on each student and complete an application through the link.

For step by step direction please watch this video:

How to create a parent account and apply for School Choice

Please consult the website or contact the Office for After School Enrichment Programs for information regarding the location of these fee-based programs.​

When your student lives in the residential zone you can contact the school and make an appointment for registration. You will need to complete a registration packet provided by the school and present three proof of residency to complete the enrollment process. Related to contracts for future home occupancy, present the executed contract showing the address of the home and the expected completion/occupancy date to be completed within the respective semester of the school year in which you are trying to enroll.

Out of county students must complete a school choice application requesting assignment to a school in Pasco County during the School Choice Controlled Open Enrollment Window. Florida law prevents out of county students requesting school choice reassignment from displacing students residing in Pasco County at schools that are at or above capacity.

Each charter school conducts its own separate selection process. Please consult the charter school’s website for further details.

Applications can only be completed online only through myStudent. Computers are available at public schools or the public library.

Yes, a valid email address is required.