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International Baccalaureate (IB)
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2015-2016 Choice Programs Application
Online Choice Application for the 2015-2016 School Year
The online choice application will open November 3, 2014. Applying online is easy to do and allows you to track your child's application and lottery status. Prior to applying for a Choice program, we encourage you to attend the Open House for each Choice program to which you intend to apply. Applications will also be accessible at this time via smartphones and tablets, for your convenience. Applications for Bak Middle School of the Arts, The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach (Symphony Orchestra - grades 6 and 7), Boynton Beach High School Arts programs (Dance, Digital Media, Music-Band, Music-Keyboard/Piano, Music-Vocal, Theatre, and Visual Arts), and A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts have a December 12, 2014 deadline. The application deadline for all other schools is January 30, 2015.
You must complete one application per child and complete all information as requested. Completion of this application does not guarantee admission. Falsification of information on this application could lead to ineligibility for Choice Programs. Students applying for kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1, 2015. Parent/guardian must be a resident of Palm Beach County when application is submitted. For more information, call (561) 434-8755.
Applications may only be submitted by parents/guardians. Student submitted applications cannot be processed.
Reminder: Only one application per student may be submitted. One application selection change will be allowed before the deadline if applying online. No changes are allowed after submission of a hard copy application.
Eligibility/Ineligibility of Applicants
There are no pre-k, elementary or middle school eligibility criteria except the following:
- Bak MSOA – Passing audition score
- Lake Worth MS and Roosevelt MS - Biomedical Sciences (FAU College of Medicine) – 3.0 GPA and passing score on an internal assessment conducted by FAU College of Medicine
- Okeeheelee MS – Passing score on Spanish assessment test
- The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach (grades 6 and 7) - Instrumental Music Jury Assessment
However, students scoring Level 1 or Level 2 in Reading and/or Math on the state FCAT assessment may not be eligible to take the Choice program courses due to state requirements for remediation/intensive courses in Reading and Math for Level 1 and some Level 2 students.
The eligibility requirements for High School Choice programs are based primarily on GPA. GPA for incoming 8th graders only, is based on the average of all classes in the 4th quarter grade 7, all classes 1st quarter grade 8 and all classes 2nd quarter grade 8. For students in grades 9-11, the GPA listed at the time of eligibility determination from student TERMS will be used.
- High School Eligibillity
Deadline Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 for Bak MSOA, The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach (Symphony Orchestra - grades 6 and 7), Boynton Beach High School Arts programs (Dance, Digital Media, Music-Band, Music-Keyboard/Piano, Music-Vocal, Theatre, and Visual Arts), and A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts and Friday, January 30, 2015 for all other schools.
Hard copy applications may be submitted; however, any application received after 4:00 PM on January 30, 2014 is considered late. Late applications accepted after January 30, 2014 are NOT included in the March 2015 Selection Lottery and may be entered only after all applicants in the wait pool have been assigned through random selection lottery.
The application must be printed, signed and mailed or delivered in person to The Department of Choice and Career Options located at 3308 Forest Hill Blvd., C-124, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. The original must be mailed or delivered with a postmark no later than December 12, 2014 Bak MSOA, The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach (Symphony Orchestra - grades 6 and 7), Boynton Beach High School Arts programs (Dance, Digital Media, Music-Band, Music-Keyboard/Piano, Music-Vocal, Theatre, and Visual Arts), and A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts and Friday, January 30, 2015 for all other schools.
The Department of Choice and Career Options is not responsible for any application not received as a result of an error or delivery delay by the US Postal Service.
We strongly recommend applying online - it's quick and easy!
Click the appropriate link below to view or download the hard copy Choice application.
- 2014-2015 Choice Application (English)
- 2014-2015 Choice Application (Creole)
- 2014-2015 Choice Application (Portuguese)
- 2014-2015 Choice Application (Spanish)
Return completed, printable application to:
The Department of Choice and Career Options
3308 Forest Hill Blvd., C-124
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Faxed applications are not accepted. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Do yo have questions about choice programs? Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.