Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to offer high-quality educational programs at each of our schools. Our District is a national leader in providing innovative learning opportunities to help students reach their highest potential.

    BCPS provides families with a variety of school choice options and encourages parents/guardians to explore all that BCPS has to offer. 

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  • What is the status of my School Choice application?

    Parents and guardians who submitted an application will be notified in accordance with scheduled selection dates, regarding the status of each application. Notifications will be emailed and updated on the Check Your Status webpage.

    All awarded seats must be claimed by the date indicated on the award notification.

    McKay Scholarship applicants will receive notification of status within 30 business days of the application date. For more information, please contact the Exceptional Student Learning Support Division at 754-321-3405.

  • My student was awarded a seat, what do I do next?

    1. Parents / legal guardians may claim a seat electronically at the Check Your Status website, or call / email the awarded school to commit.  School information can be found at the School Information and Resources webpage
    2. Parents / legal guardians will need to complete registration information with the awarded school. Registration information can be found at the Register My Child website.

  • My student is in the waitpool (not selected) for a seat. What does this mean?

    When there are more students than available seats at a school, a computerized random selection is used to select students.  Students who are not selected for a seat are placed into a waitpool (not selected).

    If new seats become available at a school, additional computerized random selections from the waitpool (not selected) will determine the seat award.  There is no wait-list and there is no promise additional seats will become available at a school. To learn when the next selections will be made, please visit School Choice Notification Dates.

    School Choice Phase II is divided into multiple application periods, to provide families with quicker notifications regarding the status of their child’s application.

  • How do I get a BCPS student number (06xxxxxxxx) ?

    A BCPS student number can be obtained by contacting any Broward County public school.  School information can be found at the School Information and Resources webpage.  If a school is unable to assist you, please Contact Us for assistance.

  • My student’s information is wrong. How do I get it updated?

    If your child’s current grade, address, and/or phone Number are not up to date on the Check My Status website, please contact your current school to have the information updated.  If your child is not currently attending a Broward County Public or Charter school, please Contact Us with the updated information.

  • How can I change my School Choice application?

    School Choice applications can only be changed during an open application window. The next opportunity to change your application will be July 1, 2020- July 8, 2020.  For a listing of all application windows, please visit Notification Dates

    Phase I

    To change your child’s application to another school please complete a new School Choice Phase II application.

     

    Parents may also submit a new application for remaining available seats for a magnet program or school reassignment is also during School Choice Phase II.

     

    This year, School Choice Phase II is divided into multiple application periods, to provide families with quicker notifications regarding the status of their child’s application. 

     

    Phase II

    To change your child's School Choice Phase II application, log into the Check Your Status web page and click on the Confirmation Number of the application you would like to change.   

    If your child has registered for a 2020/21 School Choice, you will need to contact the awarded Choice School to deny the child's 2020/21 registration.  Once unregistered, log into the Check Your Status web page and click on the Confirmation Number of the application you would like to change.   

  • Can I ask for a School Choice for this current school year?

    The 2019/20 School Choice application window closed August 27, 2019.

    General reassignment, magnet program, and Nova Schools applications are no longer being accepted.

    The following are exceptions:

    A program at your child’s assigned school

    A 2019/20 School Choice application is not needed.  Instead, contact the school for information on how to participate in an innovative program or magnet program at your child’s assigned school.

    Broward County Public Schools Employees

    Full-time employees may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for a school within the Innovation Zone of your work location.  Part-time employees may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application to the employee’s work location only.

    Active-Duty Military families

    Parents and guardians who are Active-Duty military may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for a school with space available.

    Moved out of the assigned school boundary

    Parents may submit a 2019/20 School Choice application for their child to remain at his/her current school if the family has moved out of the assigned school boundary.

    For questions regarding school assignment, please contact the Office of School Choice at 754-321-2480 or use the Contact Us webpage.

  • What if I missed the deadline, but still want to take advantage of School Choice?

    The next opportunity to apply for School Choice for the 2020/21 school year is July 1, 2020 - July 8, 2020.  At which time, parents and guardians may submit an application for remaining available seats for magnet programs or school reassignments.  The application window for Nova schools closed on February 5, 2020 (School Choice Phase I application deadline).

    Applicants who applied during the initial School Choice application window do not need to apply during the next application window unless a magnet program or reassignment school change is desired.

  • What is School Choice?

    During the open application window, parents and guardians may submit applications for magnet programs and school reassignments with available seats from the initial School Choice application window, which took place earlier this school year.  High-quality innovative programs, Career Technical Education (CTE) and Collegiate Academy options are also available by submitting a School Choice reassignment application. Families of students with disabilities may additionally apply for a McKay public school choice.

    The following options are available:

    Magnet Programs offer in-depth experiences in specific areas of interest.  If you are interested in a magnet program at your assigned school, a School Choice application is not necessary.  Please contact your assigned school for information on how to participate.

    Reassignments allow attendance to a school that is not your assigned school.

    Innovative Programs offer courses of study centered on specific themes.  If you are interested in an innovative program at your assigned school, a School Choice application is not necessary.  Please contact your assigned school for information on how to participate. 

    Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs prepare high school students for post-secondary enrollment and apprenticeships.  If you are interested in a CTE program at your assigned high school, a School Choice application is not necessary.  Please contact your assigned high school for information on how to participate.

    Collegiate Academies offer high school students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and their Associates in Arts degree.

    The John M. McKay Scholarship provides educational options for parents of students with disabilities. 

    Please note:  A separate application is needed for each of the school choice application categories (magnet programs, school reassignments, and McKay Scholarship).

  • How do I apply?

    Next 2020/21 School Choice Application Window is July 1, 2020 - July 8, 2020.

    Parents and guardians of children with disabilities may submit a 2020/21 McKay Scholarship application for public school choice beginning May 1, 2020.

    If you are interested in an innovative program, magnet program, or Career Technical Education (CTE) program at your child’s assigned school, you do not need to submit a School Choice application. Instead, contact the school for information on how to participate.

    If you are interested in a program not available at your assigned school or if you would like your child to attend a school other than your assigned school, you may submit a Nova schools application (Phase I only), magnet program application and a *reassignment application. Each application will be processed individually and randomly granted based on seat availability.

    *If you are interested in an Innovative Program or Career Technical Education (CTE) program not at your child’s assigned school, the Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy, the Gifted Academy at Parkway Middle or the Gifted Academy at Plantation High, you may apply for entry to that school through a School Choice reassignment application.

    Visit browardschools.com/schoolchoice Notification Dates for a schedule of application submission and selection dates and then visit Explore Your Options to to apply.

  • What additional requirements are needed for my application?

    To complete your School Choice application, you may be required to submit the following documents:

    • Military – Active duty orders
    • Employee Priority – Birth certificate and/or work verification on school letterhead (upon request).
    • Magnet program – Most recent report card and standardized test scores.

    Please submit your required documents to the Office of School Choice by the application deadline.

  • Can my child attend any school in Broward County?

    By state law, students may apply to attend any public school in Florida that has not reached capacity, regardless of their home address. To determine schools with available seats, BCPS reviews enrollment for all District schools annually to identify current available seats and projected students.


    Parents may request a school that has available seats by completing a School Choice application during an open application window. School Choice applications are awarded using a computerized random selection process. If more seats at a school become available during the School Choice process, additional selections from the applicant pool are made.  Selection from a School Choice waitpool (not selected) is not guaranteed. 

    Your child may always attend his or her assigned school, which is based on the primary home address.

  • What is my child’s assigned school?

    School-aged children living within Broward County are assigned to a school based on their primary residential address and grade level. This is the child's assigned school. To find your child’s assigned school, please visit Find My School.

  • I am new to Broward County Public Schools, can I still apply for School Choice?

    Welcome to Broward County!  School-aged children living within Broward County are assigned to a school based on their primary residential address and grade level. This is the child's assigned school.  Please contact the assigned school to register each child.  To find your child’s assigned school, please visit the Find My School

     

    We understand families want to have options for their child's education, which may include a choice other than their assigned school.

    Next 2020/21 School Choice Application Window is July 1, 2020 - July 8, 2020.

     For questions regarding school assignment, please contact the Office of School Choice at 754-321-2480 or use the Contact Us webpage.

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