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School Choice Process

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​SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATIONS FOR SY 2019-20

​The application period for school choice is March 1 through the last day of school for students. The online application will be available on March 1, 2019. Paper applications will not be accepted until March 1, 2019. 

Online applications preferred and ensure a shorter processing time.  

Decisions and status information for online applications are available on Parent Portal's​​ school choice application page. Decisions for paper applications will be sent via email or US Mail.

Applications submitted after the deadline are not guaranteed a decision prior to the start of school. 

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About the School Choice: Controlled Open Enrollment Program​

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Policy203_fromtheLegalWebpage.pdfSchool Board Policy 203 provides parents with the opportunity to apply for a school other than their assigned (zoned) school.  

​School choice applications  to change schools for SY 2018-2019 are not encouraged. Families who have moved may submit a school choice application through Parent Portal​​​​ to complete the school year at the student's current school. 

Beginning March 1, 2019 families may complete an SY 19/20 online school choice application through Parent Portal​. If your child is currently enrolled in a Volusia County school and you do not have a Parent Portal account, please contact your school to open an account. Parent Portal is a great tool for access to your student’s information. Students new to Volusia Schools or  new incoming kindergarten students may obtain a paper ap​plication from any Volusia County school.​

​Electronic ​Pr​ocess:

​Save time! Use your Parent Portal account to submit an electronic application today. On line applications are received electronically and therefore families are notified of decisions quicker. Here's how:​

  1. Log into your Parent Portal account and select the tab titled School Choice Application. 
  2. Select the name of the child for whom you are requesting a choice assignment. Each student needs a separate application. Please note: Incoming kindergarten students and students new to Volusia County Schools will need to complete a paper application.
  3. Complete the application and hit submit.
  4. You will receive a confirmation number through Parent Portal. If you do not receive a number, your application did not go through. Please try again.
  5. The application will be sent electronically to the Student Assignment Office for processing.
  6. Status changes and/or decisions are located in the status box on the school choice application page of your Parent Portal account.  Decisions are made as quickly as possible and generally no later than early June. ​Please check there for status changes.​​

Pape​r Process:

  1. Obtain a paper application from any ​Volusia County ​school​​.
  2. Complete the application and have it signed by the principal/designee of the zoned school.
  3. Have the requested school principal/designee sign the application.
  4. The requested school will forward the application to the Student Assignment Office.
  5. The Student Assignment Office will process and make decisions on all school applications.
  6. Parents will be notified by US Mail of the decision; generally toward the end of May or in June.

School Capacity Information, SY 2019-2020

Each Volusia County School is considered a school of choice and will be designated with one of the following classifications: substantial capacity, limited capacity, or at or over capacity. Available school capacity is the primary determining factor for approvals​ of choice applications. The classification of each school is based on SY 2019-2020 project student enrollments.

School Year 2019-20

​​1. ​Schools that have substantial capacity

Elementary
Blue Lake
Chisholm
Coronado Beach
Edgewater
Enterprise
Forest Lake
Friendship
Indian River
Longstreet
Ortona
Osteen
Palm Terrace
Pride
Read-Pattillo
Sunrise
Westside

Middle
Campbell
High School
Mainland
New Smyrna
 

2. Schools that have limited capacity: 
(​Decisions for these schools will be made after the deadline. Depending on the number of applications, a lottery may be held.):​

Ele​mentary
Champion
Deltona Lakes
Discovery
Manatee Cove
Osceola
Pierson
Pine Trail
South Daytona
Spirit
Starke

 
Middle 
Galaxy
TD Taylor

High School
Deltona

 

3. Schools that are at or over capacity:​​​
(Approvals of choice applications are extremely limited.)

Elementary
Citrus Grove
Cypress Creek
​DeBary
Freedom 
George Marks**
Holly Hill School
Horizon 
McInnis
Orange City​
Ormond Beach
Pathways 

Port Orange​​
Spruce Creek 
Sweetwater
Sugar Mill
Timbercrest 
Tomoka 
Turie T Small 
Volusia Pines
Woodward
Middle
Creekside
DeLand
Deltona
Heritage
Hinson
Holly Hill School
New Smyrna
Ormond Beach
River Springs 
Silver Sands 
Southwestern​
High School
Atlantic
DeLand
Pine Ridge 
Seabreeze
Spruce Creek
TD Taylor​
University

 

 
​** School is under construction, no available capacity.

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