You have two more weeks to take advantage of the new open enrollment rules in Palm Beach County’s public schools, which now allow you to apply to enroll your child at participating schools outside of your regular attendance zone.
Seventy-nine county schools are accepting applications. But that doesn’t mean a seat is guaranteed. According to school district records, some participating schools have just a handful of seats available.
The schools with fewest available seats include Lake Park Elementary, with just six seats; Addison Mizner Elementary, with 10 seats; and Berkshire Elementary, with 13 seats.
If those schools attract more applicants than they can accommodate, students will be selected through a lottery, similar to the one the school district carries out for choice schools.
That could mean another round of nervous jitters for students who are trying again after losing out in the school district’s choice lottery for next year.
On the flip side, several schools have hundreds of seats available, essentially guaranteeing a seat there to any student who wants one.
Students accepted through open enrollment won’t be able to take a school bus to school. And they won’t be eligible for any of the schools’ specialized choice programs.
But the new policy gives parents another set of options if they’re dissatisfied with their neighborhood school or think their child would be better off in a different one.
Parents have until May 5 to apply, which they can do online at www.mypbchoiceapp.com.
Here is a list of the 79 open-enrollment schools and the number of available seats:
|Addison Mizner Elementary||10|
|Banyan Creek Elementary||61|
|Beacon Cove (3-5th grade)||40|
|Bear Lakes Middle||601|
|Belle Glade Elementary||163|
|Benoist Farms Elementary||237|
|Boca Raton Elementary||26|
|Boynton Beach High||220|
|C Swain Middle||88|
|Citrus Cove Elementary||122|
|Coral Reef Elementary||63|
|Crystal Lakes Elementary||78|
|Cypress Trails Elementary||248|
|Diamond View Elementary||173|
|Discovery Key Elementary||239|
|Dr. M.M. Bethune Elementary||128|
|Emerald Cove Middle||70|
|Forest Hill Elementary||86|
|Forest Park Elementary||174|
|Freedom Shores Elementary||127|
|Glades Central High||424|
|Golden Grove Elementary||93|
|Grassy Waters Elementary||25|
|Grove Park Elementary||312|
|H.L. Johnson Elementary||159|
|Hidden Oaks Elementary||314|
|Hope Centennial Elementary||163|
|Howell L. Watkins Middle||75|
|Indian Pines Elementary||393|
|Jerry Thomas Elementary||225|
|John F. Kennedy Middle||556|
|Jupiter Farms Elementary||40|
|K.E. Cunningham/Canal Pt. Elementary||260|
|Lake Park Elementary||6|
|Lake Shore Middle||647|
|Lake Worth Middle||228|
|Loxahatchee Groves Elementary||192|
|Orchard View Elementary||123|
|Osceola Creek Middle||269|
|Palm Springs Elementary||50|
|Panther Run Elementary||95|
|Pierce Hammock Elementary||257|
|Pine Grove Elementary||113|
|Pioneer Park Elementary||393|
|Polo Park Middle||437|
|Rolling Green Elementary||163|
|Royal Palm Beach Elementary||124|
|Sandpiper Shores Elementary||40|
|Seminole Trails Elementary||35|
|Starlight Cove Elementary||100|
|Timber Trace Elementary||20|
|Village Academy (K-12)||77|