Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 School Choice?

    During the open application window, parents and guardians may submit applications for magnet programs and school reassignments with available seats.  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 also apply for a different public school using this process.

    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.

    • Gifted Academy is open to students who meet gifted eligibility criteria

    • Boundary choice options are available to some students based on where they live within Broward County
    • Nova schools provide four schools on one campus for students in grades kindergarten through twelve.

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

  • What has changed about the application process?

    All families must now create a School Choice Family Dashboard from which applications for all students with the same parent/legal guardian can be tracked.

    If your student is new to Broward County Public Schools, a student number is required before you can start a School Choice application. Please wait at least 24 hours after receiving a new student number, before creating your Family Dashboard.

    If your application indicates that you must provide required documents, you will now be able to upload the documents directly to your application via your School Choice Family Dashboard.

    For Students with Disabilities, there is a change in the John M. McKay Scholarship application process for the upcoming 2022/23 school year. In the past, parents and guardians submitted McKay public-school option applications during an application window that opened the first business day in May. Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 7045 which sets the McKay Scholarship to roll into the into the Family Empowerment Scholarship beginning with the 2022/23 school year. The McKay Scholarship will now be referred to as the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA). Although there will no longer be an application window specifically for public-school options, Students with Disabilities will continue to have opportunities to attend different public schools through School Choice.

  • How do I create a School Choice Family Dashboard?

    Visit the Create Family Dashboard webpage, watch the tutorial video, and click on the link to create your School Choice Family Dashboard. If your student is new to Broward County Public Schools, a student number is required before you can start a School Choice application. Please wait at least 24 hours after receiving a new student number before creating your Family Dashboard.

  • How do I create a BCPS Employee Application?

    Visit the Create Family Dashboard webpage, watch the tutorial video, and click on the link to create your School Choice Family Dashboard. If your student is new to Broward County Public Schools, a student number is required before you can start a School Choice application. Please wait at least 24 hours after receiving a new student number before creating your Family Dashboard.

    Next, in your Parent Profile, select the option that indicates A parent/legal guardian is a BCPS full-time or part-time employee.

    Last, complete a School Choice application. BCPS full-time employees will only receive priority for reassignments at schools within the Innovation Zone (IZone) of their work locations.  Full magnet schools are not available for employee priority reassignments. BCPS part-time employees, all employees at *magnet schools, and all employees at Nova schools will receive priority to the school where they work based on a space-available basis. To see the list of schools within your IZone, visit the Required Documents webpage.

  • How do I complete my application for the elementary schools in Parkland?

    For the 2022/23 School Year:

    Click on the School Choice Family Dashboard button, watch the tutorial video, and click on the link to create your School Choice Family Dashboard. If your student is new to Broward County Public Schools, a student number is required before you can start a School Choice application. Please wait at least 24 hours after receiving a new student number before creating your Family Dashboard.

    If your student already has a student number, confirm that your Parkland address has been updated in the BCPS student information system. Please wait at least 24 hours after updating address information before creating your Family Dashboard.

    Last, complete a Boundary Choice application.

    For the 2021/22 School Year:

    If your student is new to Broward County Public Schools, a student number is required before you start the process. Next, complete the Microsoft Form Online to indicate your Choice Option Area Preference. Notification letters will be emailed to the email address on file for the applicant.

  • Do I need a Student ID Number?

    Yes, each student must have a Broward County Public School Student Identification Number to apply for a Magnet Program, Nova School, Reassignment, etc. If your child currently attends a Broward County Public School, including Charter Schools, they already have a Student ID Number (06XXXXXXXX). If you are unsure as to what the number is, contact your school. If your child has never attended a Broward County Public School, you may go to any Broward County Public School to have a Student ID Number created.

    Please wait at least 24 hours after receiving a new student number before creating your Family Dashboard.

  • When may I apply for School Choice?

    The Office of School Choice offers several application windows, which are scheduled in Key Dates.

    Open Application Windows

    During open School Choice application windows, applications are accepted for the following:

    Applications

    • Out of boundary school reassignments
      • General reassignments requests
      • Families of Active-Duty Military
      • Families of BCPS Employees
    • Out of boundary school programs
      • Innovative programs (submit a reassignment application)
      • Magnet programs
      • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs
      • Gifted Academies
      • Collegiate Academies
    • Boundary Choice
      • Combined Elementary boundary in Parkland
      • Specific boundary areas within Broward County
    • Nova schools*
      • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
      • Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
      • Nova Middle School
      • Nova High School
      *Nova schools have limited application windows.

    Closed Application Windows

    During closed School Choice application windows, applications are not accepted, except for the following:

    Application Exceptions

    • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Employees
    • Active-Duty Military Families
    • Parkland Elementary Schools
    • Leave of Absence
    • School Completion (for out of boundary address changes)

  • What application documents are required and where can I send them?

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

    • Military – Parent's/legal guardian's active duty orders & student's birth certificate.
    • Employee Priority – Parent's/legal guardian's birth certificate and/or work verification on school letterhead (upon request).
    • Magnet programFor magnet programs with academic criteria, most recent report card grades and FSA or nationally recognized standardized test scores in reading and mathematics.

    Please submit your required documents in your School Choice Family Dashboard by the application deadline.

  • Do I have to re-apply each year?

    If your student is currently attending a School Choice awarded school, you ARE NOT required to re-apply each year unless your student was granted a reassignment for one-year only. Most reassignments are good until the highest grade (5th, 8th, or 12th grade). If a student is transitioning to middle school or high school, they will NOT automatically matriculate into the next school.

  • Is transportation provided?

    Transportation WILL NOT be provided for students granted a Reassignment. It is the parent’s sole responsibility to provide transportation for their child.

    Transportation is provided for magnet students who reside more than 2 miles from the school, based on the Magnet Transportation Zone for their requested school.

    Transportation is provided for Gifted Academy students who reside more than 2 miles from the school.

  • Does it make a difference if I already have a sibling at the requested school?

    Siblings receive priority to schools per School Board policy 5004.1. If you are the parent/guardian of a child already attending or applying to the same school, add the attending/applying sibling to your School Choice Family Dashboard. Next, provide this sibling's information on the application where indicated. The applicant may receive sibling priority pending sibling verification. This does not guarantee a seat, but it does give priority over those without a sibling currently attending or recently awarded.

  • When will I be notified?

    Once you have created a School Choice Family Dashboard, and applied to a school using your dashboard, your updated status will be visible on your dashboard from that point forward.  The final application status will be made on scheduled notification dates.

    If at any time you receive a message in your dashboard for “Information Requested”, this means that you are missing required documents.  In order for your application to be processed, please upload the required documents prior to the application deadline date or date indicated in the email sent to your dashboard account.

  • 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.

  • What is the difference between an Innovative Program and a Magnet Program?

    A School Choice application is not required for a program at your assigned school. You must contact the school directly and express your interest to the program coordinator.

    To attend an Innovative Program, you must apply via the Reassignment application and indicate which Innovative Program you’re interested in. The award process has two parts. You must be awarded a Reassignment seat to the school, and you must also be awarded a seat into the Innovative Program.

    To attend a Magnet Program, you must apply via the Magnet application. If awarded, it includes a seat at the school and into the Magnet Program.

    Seats for both Innovative and Magnet Programs are limited and placement is not guaranteed. For additional information and restrictions contact Innovative Programs at (754) 321-2070

  • 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 Schools (BCPS) or Charter school, please contact the nearest BCPS school to obtain a student number – any BCPS school can assign your student a number.

    Please wait at least 24 hours after updating the information before creating your Family Dashboard.

  • 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.

    If you are seeking to enroll your child in a school outside of Broward County, please contact that county directly. 

  • Can my child attend a school outside of Broward County?

    If you are seeking to enroll your child in a school outside of Broward County, please contact that county directly.

  • I want to apply, but I do not see the school. What can I do?

    School Board policy 5004.1 “School Choice” does not allow schools to accept general reassignments when the school’s enrollment is over a certain level. In the spring, we will re-evaluate the space at all schools. If there is a change in reassignment availability, we will update our Explore Your Options webpage and also send out announcements to all parents by email.

  • 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. As a result, the Office of School Choice offers several application windows. See Key Dates for scheduled dates.

    Open Application Windows

    During open School Choice application windows, applications are accepted for the following:

    Applications

    • Out of boundary school reassignments
      • General reassignments requests
      • Families of Active-Duty Military
      • Families of BCPS Employees
    • Out of boundary school programs
      • Innovative programs (submit a reassignment application)
      • Magnet programs
      • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs
      • Gifted Academies
      • Collegiate Academies
    • Boundary Choice
      • Combined Elementary boundary in Parkland
      • Specific boundary areas within Broward County
    • Nova schools*
      • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
      • Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
      • Nova Middle School
      • Nova High School
      *Nova schools have limited application windows.

    Closed Application Windows

    During closed School Choice application windows, applications are not accepted, except for the following:

    Application Exceptions

    • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Employees
    • Active-Duty Military Families
    • Parkland Elementary Schools
    • Leave of Absence
    • School Completion (for out of boundary address changes)

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