Some 19,000 PBC students vye for 10,000 school choice seats

Did you get in? Palm Beach County school choice lottery results go out Friday.

Most students haven’t even begun to study for final exams, but Friday thousands already will be looking to next year when the Palm Beach County School District hits the “send” button on its choice program acceptance emails.

More than 19,000 students have applied for one of 10,000 seats in the district’s 306 choice programs.  That’s about 1,000 more students in the lottery than last year vying for spots in everything from dance to cyber security studies.

Friday at 4 p.m., the district will let those applicants know if they’ve landed in their program of choice or on a waiting list. All but 2 percent will get that notice via email, the others who didn’t submit an email address will have to wait a day or so for the post office to deliver the letter on paper, said Pete Licata, director of the district’s choice and career options department.

Each student was allowed to apply to two programs – one a backup if their first choice was full. That yielded more than 33,000 applications – 2,000 more than last year.

The district this year has expanded its options, adding, for example,  a Marine ROTC at Olympic Heights High and a medical program at Boynton Beach High.

And as Extra Credit’s Andrew Marra noted last year, the toughest choice schools to get into aren’t always the ones you might expect.

“We’re trying to give parents as many options as possible,” Licata said.

 

 

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