School Choice

The Flagler School District School Choice Plan can be accessed at the following link:

FlaglerSchools.com/plans-and-procedures

Applications

School Choice Applications for the 2017-18 school year will begin being accepted on MARCH 15TH and must be on the current application forms. Flagler School District shall consider the following when processing school choice applications.

Controlled Open Enrollment Application In-County
Controlled Open Enrollment Application Out of County
Controlled Open Enrollment Application VPK
Transfer Between Districts Application

  1. All School Choice Requests for Flagler School District will be monitored for class size as per Florida’s Constitutional Amendment for Class Size. Schools that are designated “frozen due to capacity” have reached their total permanent capacity and requests cannot be approved. Schools that are designated “frozen due to class size” have exceeded their teaching allocations and requests will be considered based on the availability in the specific grade level.
     
  2. The Flagler School District reviews all schools and the district website will maintain an updated list of schools who have available capacity and are accepting Choice Applications .

The following schools are currently able to accept Choice Applications :

  • Bunnell Elementary School
  • Rymfire Elementary School
  • Wadsworth Elementary School
  • Buddy Taylor Middle School
  • Indian Trails Middle School
  • Flagler Palm Coast High School
  • Matanzas High School

General Information

Each school in the Flagler School District offers unique and engaging personalized learning choices for our students. Parents/guardians are encouraged to explore the opportunities and work with the school and our counselors to learn more about these options and determine what is best for their child. General questions about School Choice may be directed to the Office of Student and Community Engagement at 386-437-7526, extension 2300.

Applications for school choice are accepted at any time, but it is recommended that moves should be made at the end of quarterly grading periods. Applications for the following school year may be submitted beginning March 15th. Flagler County residents granted school choice in a previous year do not need to apply yearly as long as enrollment is being maintained in the school to which choice was originally granted. The desire to move to a different school, or transitions from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school requires a new application.

Applications for choice for a student residing in Flagler County must be completed and submitted to the school the student is requesting to attend using the 2017-2018 CHOICE application.

Applications for choice for a student residing out of county must be submitted to the Office of Student and Community Engagement using the 2017-18 CHOICE application.

Families will be notified as to the acceptance or denial of the choice application. Once the student is accepted, records will be requested from the child's prior school (if applicable.) The parent/guardian should bring the notice of acceptance to the choice school to complete paperwork for the child.

To accept a choice student, the requested school must have capacity (seats available), must meet class size requirements, and must maintain diverse enrollment. If more students apply than the school can accept, approval will be based on a lottery system. Preference is given to siblings of students who already attend the school of choice. Some students may be ineligible to apply for school choice (see the application for guidelines).

It is recommended that Choice students be moved only at the end of grading periods to reduce the impact on grades or credit earned.

If a student moves to a School of Choice and displays issues with attendance, grades, or disciplinary actions the principal may make the decision to have the student returned to their zoned school. Prior to revoking a school choice variance the school will document a minimum of (3) good faith efforts to provide interventions and enlist parental/guardian support for the identified areas of concern. If a student is being returned to their zoned school due to a revocation communication should occur between the schools to establish supports for the student. No requests for revocation will be considered during the final 20 days of the school year.

Families are reminded to consider the possible academic, athletic, and or other results of moving between schools and/or districts. In some cases, academic credit and athletic eligibility may be impacted. Parents/guardians of middle and high school students in particular should discuss the possible consequences of transferring prior to applying for School Choice. Athletic concerns should be discussed with the athletic director. Academic concerns should be discussed with the school counselor.

Transportation should be a consideration for families applying for School Choice.

  1. Transportation will be provided by the district for students assigned to Exceptional Student Education Programs not available in the student’s zoned school as determined by their IEP.
     
  2. Transportation will be provided by the district for a secondary student enrolled in a comprehensive program not offered at their zoned school. (ex. IB, i3, …)
     
  3. Transportation will be provided for eligible students for whom school of origin is determined to be in the student’s best interest by the school district’s McKinney-Vento Liaison or for foster children as determined by the established process aligned with requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
     
  4. Transportation to a school outside the student’s assigned school zone that does not meet the aforementioned criteria are the responsibility of the parent.

Transfer Into and Out of Flagler County

Transfers INTO or OUT OF the Flagler School District are done by submitting a Transfer Between Districts application to the Office of Student Services. The Office of Student and Community Engagement can be reached at (386) 437-7526.

School Choice Programs

At the elementary, middle, and high school levels, the Flagler School District utilizes the following programs:

1. Controlled Open Enrollment

Each school offers unique student opportunities through their Flagship Programs, Career and Technical Paths, and additional personalized learning choices. We encourage families to explore these options through contact with the schools and visiting our school websites. All school websites can be accessed from FlaglerSchools.com.

2. Stewart B. McKinney-Bruce Vento Act School of Origin:

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was originally passed in 1987 and reauthorized in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In order to promote school stability, appropriate exceptions and accommodations will be made to minimize the barriers related to student assignment for students identified as eligible for services through the Stewart B. McKinney-Bruce Vento Act.

a.  Qualifying student’s shall continue their education in school of origin for the duration of homelessness, and until the end of the academic year in which the student becomes permanently housed. School of origin includes the designated receiving school at the next grade level for feeder school programs. It shall be presumed that keeping the student in the school of origin is in the student’s best interest, unless contrary to the request of the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth.

b.  A written explanation must be provided if the local education agency determines that it is not in the student’s best interest to attend the school of origin or the school requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth. The explanation must include the reasons for determination and a statement regarding the right to appeal.

3. John B. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program (FL Statute Rule 6A-6.0970, F.A.C. June 14, 2015):

The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, is established to provide the option to attend a public school other than the one to which assigned, or to provide a scholarship to a private school of choice, for students with disabilities for whom:

a.  An Individual Education Plan (IEP) has been written in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education; or

b.  A 504 accommodation plan has been issued.

NOTE: Students with disabilities include K-12 students who are documented as having an intellectual disability; a speech or language impairment; a hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment, including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an orthopedic impairment, an other health impairment, an emotional or behavioral disability; a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental delay; or autism spectrum disorder.

4. Every Student Succeeds Act - Foster Care School Of Origin:

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Originally enacted in 1965 and last reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, ESEA’s mission is “to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.” ESEA/ESSA now contains key protections for students in foster care to promote school stability and success, and required collaboration with child welfare partners.

a.  Under the ESSA, School districts must immediately enroll students in Foster Care in school, even if they do not have the documents usually required for enrollment, such as school records, medical records or proof of residency.

b.  Students in Foster Care have a right remain in their school of origin if deemed to be in the student’s best interest;

c.  Students who choose to enroll in school where the Foster Care is located, must be enrolled immediately, even if they do not bring the records usually required for enrollment with them.

5. Virtual Programs:

Pursuant to 1002.45. F.S. Flagler School District public school students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve may participate in part-time or full-time virtual instruction programs.

6. Dual Enrollment

The dual enrollment program is defined as the enrollment of an eligible secondary student or home education student in a postsecondary course creditable toward high school completion and a career and technical certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. A student who is enrolled in postsecondary instruction that is not creditable toward a high school diploma may not be classified as a dual enrollment student.

VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN (VPK)

Choice Application VPK:

Choice applications for new enrollees in VPK will only be accepted for candidates with an older sibling already enrolled in grades K-6 in the school of choice or for employee choice.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten choice applications may be submitted to the school for which you are requesting choice. Please be sure to submit your completed application and certificate of eligibility with your choice request.

Applications for choice to VPK must be on the application specific to Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and note the reason for the request.

For questions concerning VPK please contact the Coordinator of Early Childhood at 386-437-7584.