By: Mariel Carbone
January 4, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—Open Enrollment and School Choice applications for the Leon County School District are available, beginning Wednesday.
The application process is open through March 1, and allows the opportunity for students to apply to a different school in the district on the basis of hardship- economic or medical hardships- to apply to magnet schools (school choice), and to apply to schools based on individual academic needs (controlled open enrollment).
Magnet schools include Godby and Rickards high schools; Cobb, Fairview, Raa and Griffin middle schools; and Apalachee, Riley, Sabal Palm, and Sealey elementary schools.
According to the district website, “all application approvals are based on school capacity. Unfortunately some schools are at their capacity and cannot accept additional applicants.”
The district does not yet have a list of which schools are at capacity, as it is only day one of enrollment.
The expanded options for open enrollment came after the Florida Legislature enacted Section 1002.31, Florida Statutes.
The Florida Department of Education website states, “beginning with the 2017-18 school year, each district school board and charter school must adopt a controlled open enrollment plan that allows a parent from any school district in the state to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school that has not reached capacity. The controlled open enrollment plan is in addition to the existing choice programs such as magnet schools, alternative schools, special programs, advanced placement, and dual enrollment.”
To apply, forms are submitted online. Students will find out if they are accepted after the respective deadlines. Applications, as well as more information, can be found at http://www.leonschools.net/