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More School Choice Options Available in the 2017-2018 School Year Through “Controlled Open Enrollment

More School Choice Options Available in the 2017-2018 School Year Through “Controlled Open Enrollment”

April 4, 2017

Parents of students throughout Florida will have more enrollment options available to them in the 2017-2018 school year when a new state law takes effect.

Last year, the Florida legislature passed a new statute that allows students to request a transfer to another school besides their zoned school, including transfers to public schools in surrounding counties.

Parents seeking additional choice options for their students can apply for placement for their children in any school in the state that has not reached capacity and still has seats available. The goal is to “… promote and encourage parental involvement and ensure students have access to a school that meets their needs,” according to the Florida Department of Education website.

To accomplish this, Florida lawmakers directed each school district to create “controlled open enrollment” plans.

For families seeking such transfers to schools within the Polk County School District, an application process has been developed. To view a list of schools with available seating or to learn how to submit an application, please visit http://www.polk-fl.net/parents/transfer/default.htm

Applications for residents of Polk County will be accepted beginning Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 28.

Applications for non-residents of Polk County will be accepted beginning Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 26.

Those approved for transfers through the “controlled open enrollment” plan will be notified in writing once the enrollment period ends. You are required to take your notification letter to the assigned school to obtain a class schedule.

For more information, contact Polk County Public Schools’ Office of Pupil Accounting at 863.519.3925 or visit http://www.polk-fl.net/parents/transfer/default.htm