School Choice

School ChoiceSchool choice gives families the opportunity to be involved in selecting the school their child will attend, and to explore options outside of their attendance area zone. Flagler Schools uses school choice as a strategy, to ensure that students receive the education that best meets their needs. 

The following school choice programs are available to Flagler Schools students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels:
  • Stewart B. McKinney-Bruce Vento Act
  • John B. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program
  • Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Virtual Programs
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Controlled School Choice for In-County Transfers
  • Controlled School Choice Plan for Out of County Transfer
Families should consider the possible consequences of changing schools. In some cases, academic credit and athletic eligibility may be impacted, particularly for middle and high school students. Academic concerns should be discussed with the school counselor, and athletic concerns should be discussed with the athletic director. 


School Choice Options 2022–23 
Controlled Open Enrollment (COE)
Florida students can request a transfer to a school that is not their zoned school during an annual open enrollment period. Please visit the Controlled Open Enrollment page for more information.


COE Due to Rezoning
Current Buddy Taylor Middle School students and their siblings, and current Flagler-Palm Coast High School students and their siblings are eligible to apply for COE due to rezoning. Please visit the Controlled Open Enrollment page for more information.

Program of Choice
A Program of Choice provides an opportunity for a group of students to enroll in a specific set of courses with a designated focus. For information about available programs, please visit the pages linked below.
Hardship Waiver
Families may apply for a hardship transfer when a condition or situation exists that could adversely impact the student’s ability to succeed at their zoned school. Hardship transfers are valid for one school year only. Students currently using a hardship transfer are not guaranteed acceptance for the next school year, and must submit a new application annually.

Employee Transfer Request
All Flagler Schools employees interested in applying for student transfers must complete the Employee Transfer Request Form. Employee Transfer Requests are valid for one school year only. Students currently using an employee transfer are not guaranteed acceptance for the next school year, and must submit a new application annually.



2022–23 School Choice Applications
All School Choice Applications will be available online beginning March 1st, 2022. The COE and the COE Due to Rezoning applications will close on March 31st, 2022. Program of Choice, Hardship Waiver and Employee Transfer Request applications will not have a due date, as they are ongoing throughout the school year. Please visit the 2022–23 School Choice Applications page to apply.


Family Empowerment Scholarship
The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) provides scholarships for eligible students to attend private schools. Please visit the Family Empowerment Scholarship page for eligibility and application information.

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