• What is School Choice?

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    The Florida Legislature recognizes the value of an educational system that provides numerous and meaningful options for students and their parents. School Choice Florida promote and encourage parental involvement and ensure students have access to a school that meets their needs. As a result of House Bill 7029, students are able to transfer to any school in Osceola County with open seats based on current capacity. Osceola is at the forefront of the Choice movement.

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  • Can I select my child’s school for the 2020-2021 school year?

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    Yes. The Choice Application window is November 13, 2019 through February 3, 2020. Applying online is the most efficient way to submit your child’s application. Families will receive the results of the Choice lottery between the month of April 2020 and May 2020. 

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  • What is the difference between Choice Programs and Choice for Capacity?

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    Choice Programs offer families with students entering kindergarten through grade 12 the opportunity to choose from an array of theme-based curricula offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that provide innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers. These programs provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. Choice for Capacity are seats available beyond the offered Choice programs.  If you are not interested in a Choice program, you may select Choice for Capacity on the Choice application. 

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  • Is transportation provided?

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    Transportation is the responsibility of the parent except for eligible programs using a Bus Hub.

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  • We live in another county or state but plan to move to the Osceola County. May I still apply?

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    Yes. An application will still be required. 

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  • Can I enroll into more than one program or school?

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    Each application will allow the selection of up to (2) two Choice programs. The selections may be limited, depending on the student's grade level and program. 

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  • How long does it take to complete the online application process?

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    Applying for a Choice program online is quick and easy. The process should not take more than 15 minutes. 

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  • Is there another way of submitting an application other than online?

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    A hard copy of the application will be accepted, however, online and electronic applications are preferred. You may find the application on our website or via the parent portal.  

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  • Can I submit a Choice application to a staff member at my child's current school?

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    No. It is the parent/legal guardian's responsibility to guarantee that your child's application is submitted online or to the department of Educational Choice and Innovation by the deadline. 

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  • Can I submit one application for both of my children?

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    No. Each child must have a separate application submitted. 

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  • Does it help if the child has a sibling in the school of choice?

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    If the applicant has any siblings currently attending the same first Choice to which the student is applying and will continue to attend the same Choice school the next year, please make a note on the application. Similarly, siblings currently applying to the same Choice school should also be notes on the application.  

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  • Do we have a better chance if we list only one school on the Choice application?

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    No. The number of schools listed on a SchoolChoice form will not affect the likelihood of being assigned to any particular school. DPS strongly recommends that each student lists his or her top preferred schools in order, up to a limit of 12 schools.

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  • What is the process for student selection?

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    The school district combines your student’s top preferences with each school’s admissions priorities and available space. A lottery is held and students will be awarded a seat at their highest-preference school with an available seat. Applications that are submitted during the Choice window are treated identically. There is no priority given for submitting an application earlier in the window 

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  • Can I change my first-choice selection even though my application has already been submitted?

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    You may chance a selection prior to the Choice window closing. However, once it has been closed, you will need to cancel the application and submit a new one, which will be added to the wait list.  

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  • Can my child automatically get into another Choice program at the same school?

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    No. All students who wish to participate in a Choice program must apply for that program and go through the lottery selection process. 

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  • Do I have to reapply for Choice every year?

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    No. Choice approvals are valid until the highest-grade level offered at the Choice school. However, the application becomes invalid if the student withdraws from the Choice school. 

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  • Will I automatically be registered if I am selected into the program through the lottery?

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    No. You must register at the school following acceptance into the Choice program. Choice schools send acceptance letters to designated students, indicating a registration period and additional information to secure the seat assignment. All students must comply with the school's procedures and deadline dates to guarantee a spot in the program. Failure to return requested documents or to register at the Choice school will result in forfeiture of the assigned seat. 

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  • What if my child is not selected for the initial lottery process?

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    Students who were not selected in the lottery will have their application put on wait list status. When and if the school has space available, you will be contacted and offered enrollment. If a student is not selected to attend a Choice program prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, a new application may be submitted for the 2021-2022 school year.  

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  • Do I need to complete any additional applications for specific programs?

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    An additional application for admission is required for the following schools: 

    • Celebration High School –IB Program Only 
    • Gateway High School - IB Program Only 
    • NeoCityAcademy  
    • Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) 
    • TohopekaligaHigh School 
    • Osceola Business Academy
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  • What are the Choice Programs:

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    IB Program: 

    The district's International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programmes are offered at Celebration High and Gateway High. IB is a continuum of international education and rigorous assessment that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. 

    PATHS: 

    The district's Professional and Technical High School is a magnet public high school. PATHS students can earn both a regular high school diploma and industry certifications from oTECH. In addition, it is the only Collegiate High School in Osceola County, which enables students to complete two CAPE industry certifications plus earn 30 hours of college credit at Valencia College. 

    NeoCity: 

    NeoCity Academy's mission is to develop students who believe that the world can be a better place. The school actively engages students in inquiry-driven, project-based learning. The school's partnership with UCF allows students access to courses that are well beyond the limits of traditional high schools. The school offers three pathways: BioDesign, Cybersecurity, and Engineering. 

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