Keyword for this page: School Choice


Welcome to the Office of Acceleration and Innovation where 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.

Parent Choice Guide

The Office of Acceleration and Innovation has developed the 2015-2016 Parent Choice Guide to assist parents with finding the various choice schools available to them for all ages in grades Kindergarten through twelve. By clicking on the picture to the right, parents can scroll through the Parent Choice Guide to find schools by grade, by theme (Arts, STEM, IB, etc) and by location. Haga clic aquí para ver la guía de opciones padres en Español.

Application Opportunities

Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 School Year is now closed. Notifications will be sent by email or mail beginning March 8, 2016.

Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year are tentatively scheduled for mid-November 2016 through the first week of January 2017. Please visit us at Polk Ed Options during these dates to complete an online application. Updated information will be posted on this website once the actual dates are determined (tentatively by September 2016).

Opportunity Scholarships:

The Florida Department of Education will not offer new Opportunity Scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year due to the delay in calculating school grades. Once the 2016 School Grades are released, additional information will be posted on this website regarding Opportunity Scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year (tentatively late July 2016). Please visit the Florida Department of Education Website below for additional information.

Florida School Choice Website

Staff Listing

Name: Title:
Carolyn Bridges Senior Director
Carla McMullen Senior Coordinator of Operations & Evaluation
Sylvia Williams Student Assignment Specialist
Janet Cameron Student Data Entry Clerk
Carol Harrell Senior Director's Secretary
Robyn Blankenbiller Accounting Specialist II
Candy Amato Magnet Resource Teacher of Professional Development and Academic
Mijana Lockard STEM/STEAM Magnet Resource Teacher
John Miller Curriculum Specialist of Accelerated Programs

Contact Information

Office of Acceleration and Innovation

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 391
Bartow, FL 33831-0391

Phone: 863-534-0631

Fax: 863-534-0097

Contact our office by email