Keyword for this page: School Choice or McKay
Welcome to the Office of Magnet, Choice, and Charter Schools! School Choice provides opportunities for developing the potential that lies within the young leaders of tomorrow. This website is a resource which families may use to research the best choice to match the interests of their sons and daughters.
Please contact the charter schools directly for information as to open enrollment periods.
To file an intent for a Public School McKay Scholarship, complete the following two steps:
To file an intent for a Private School McKay Scholarship, Click Here.
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The Florida School Choice website offers information on the state wide voucher programs. These include:
A distinctive theme and/or other program feature characterize Magnet and Choice schools. Magnet and Choice schools are schools of choice that provide the standard required curriculum of general education to students while using special learning themes, such as science and technology. These themes serve to attract students to the schools.
Acceptance, Waiting List and Applicant Pool FAQs
Charter schools are public schools operating under a performance contract or “charter.” The charter allows the school to operate under defined rules and regulations. As part of the contract between the charter school and the sponsor (the school board), charter schools are held strictly accountable for academic and financial results.
The following documents are provided by the Office of Magnet, Choice and Charter Schools to all applicable charter schools to fulfill the reporting requirements as outlined in federal and state laws as well as the charter school contract. If you have any questions regarding any of these documents, please contact the Office of Magnet, Choice and Charter Schools.
Charter Schools in Florida shall be guided by the following principals: Meet high standards of student achievement while providing parents flexibility to choose among diverse educational opportunities within the state’s public school system; promote enhanced academic success and financial efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability; provide parents with sufficient information on whether their child is reading at grade level and whether the child gains at least a year’s worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school. Charter schools are fully recognized as public schools.
A parent information meeting was held at Lakeland High School on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The following information was reviewed.
Interdistrict transfers are traditional transfers for students seeking to transfer into Polk County from a neighboring district or want to attend school in another county. These transfers are evaluated in the Pupil Accounting office. The link below provides more information on transfers.
The links below provide information on: out of district transfers from Osceola and Hillsborough County.
|Carolyn Bridges||Senior Director|
|Brian Warren||Director (Magnet, Choice, and Vouchers)|
|Pam Henderson||Magnet School Teacher Resource Specialist Trainer|
|Carla McMullen||School Choice Specialist (Charter)|
|Stevii Hoggatt||Clerk Specialist (Charter)|
|Sylvia Williams||Student Assignment Specialist (Magnet and Choice)|
|Janet Cameron||Student Data Entry Clerk (Magnet and Choice)|
|Carol Harrell||Secretary to the Senior Director|