School Choice

Our District is a national leader in providing innovative learning opportunities to help students reach their highest potential. The School District of Palm Beach County provides families with a variety of school choice options and encourages parents/guardians to explore all that we have to offer. Here is a quick glance at these options available for all Palm Beach County students:

Career and Technical Programs
To better prepare students for the 21st century and to help them graduate college and career ready, the School District of Palm Beach County has developed Career Pathways encompassing Rigorous Programs of Study, to give students the academic preparation, direction, and career-related knowledge to help them plan studies that are in line with their interests, abilities, and career goals.

Choice and In-House Programs
Families with students entering pre-kindergarten through grade 12 have the opportunity to choose from an array of Choice and Career and Technical Education (CTE) theme-based curricula offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that provide innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers.

Controlled Open Enrollment (COE)
COE Offers parents and legal guardians the opportunity for their child to apply for and attend a school outside their regular attendance zone

Home Education
Home Education is a parent-directed educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance. Florida Laws protecting home education became effective in 1985. Parents have the freedom to determine their child's educational path and the plan for reaching their goals.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs
The School District of Palm Beach County offers all four of the K-12 IB Continuum programs: Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme, and Career Programme. IB programs develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world and prepare students for postsecondary success in college and career.

Opportunity Scholarship Program
The Opportunity Scholarship Program was created as a Florida school choice option in 1999. As originally implemented, the program offered students who attended or who were assigned to attend failing public schools the option to choose a higher performing public school or a participating private school. The Florida Department of Education’s Differentiated Accountability (DA) Plan is a school improvement system that ensures all students receive the support necessary to reach high academic standards.

Reassignment
Parents/legal guardians experiencing hardships, if the student attends his/her assigned school may request a student reassignment to a school outside the student’s attendance area as outlined in the District policy.

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