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District to accept 2018-19 school choice requests Feb. 12-March 16

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Parents and guardians residing anywhere in the state of Florida are now able to apply for their children to attend a public school outside their regular attendance zone through the Controlled Open Enrollment process, more commonly known as School Choice.   

Sarasota County Schools invites parents and guardians from any school district in the state of Florida whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to apply for a 2018-19 School Choice assignment to a public school identified as having available space capacity. Applications for School Choice will be accepted from Monday, Feb. 12, through Friday, March 16, 2018. 

For the first time, the district’s school choice process requires that an online application be completed. Beginning today, parents and guardians can complete and submit their online applications using a computer, tablet or cell phone. If assistance is needed to access and submit an online application, parents/guardians may contact the Office of School Choice at 941-927-9000, ext. 32255. Parents will be notified of choice assignments in May.

Available seats at some of the schools that are open to School Choice may be limited to certain grade levels if those schools are near their enrollment capacity for those grades. The complete list of schools open to School Choice is available at SarasotaCountySchools.net. COE assignments will be determined by a random lottery process, rather than on a first-come, first-served basis. Students living in Sarasota County who are applying for an assignment through the School Choice process will not be displaced by the applicants living outside the county.    

Schools that are open to COE for 2018-19 may host open houses or other parent information events. Parents may visit the websites of schools on the “open” list or contact those schools for more information. All school websites are accessible via the district site at SarasotaCountySchools.net.

Other educational choice options, such as charter schools, magnet schools or magnet programs do not require the completion of a school choice application. Students interested in these district school choice options should contact the school or program of interest directly.

Parents whose children receive their choice school through the COE process will be responsible for providing them with transportation to and from school. All questions may be directed to the Office of School Choice or by visiting www.SarasotaCountySchools.net/schoolchoice.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida districts to be graded A every year since grading began in 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

NOTE: A list of schools open and closed to School Choice for 2018-19 is included with this news release. 

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