Ready for another lottery? Some PBC open-enrollment schools have few seats

Parents line up during audition orientation and signup at the Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach in 2012.

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.

These 79 PBC schools are accepting open-enrollment students for next year

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.

Your student didn’t get into a ‘choice’ program? There’s another option this year.

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

Here is a list of the 79 open-enrollment schools and the number of available seats:

School Name  Seats
Addison Mizner Elementary 10
Banyan Creek Elementary 61
Barton Elementary 328
Beacon Cove (3-5th grade) 40
Bear Lakes Middle 601
Belle Glade Elementary 163
Belvedere Elementary 33
Benoist Farms Elementary 237
Berkshire Elementary 13
Boca Raton Elementary 26
Boynton Beach High 220
C Swain Middle 88
Carver Middle 568
Citrus Cove Elementary 122
Congress Middle 430
Coral Reef Elementary 63
Crestwood Middle 744
Crosspointe Elementary 91
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
Frontier Elementary 148
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
Jeaga Middle 112
Jerry Thomas Elementary 225
John F. Kennedy Middle 556
Jupiter Farms Elementary 40
Jupiter Middle 100
K.E. Cunningham/Canal Pt.  Elementary 260
Lake Park Elementary 6
Lake Shore Middle 647
Lake Worth Middle 228
Lantana Elementary 30
Lantana Middle 71
Lighthouse Elementary 27
Lincoln Elementary 403
Loxahatchee Groves Elementary 192
Melaleuca Elementary 49
Northmore Elementary 57
Orchard View Elementary 123
Osceola Creek Middle 269
Pahokee Elementary 236
Pahokee Middle-Senior 878
Palm Springs Elementary 50
Palmetto Elementary 243
Panther Run Elementary 95
Pierce Hammock Elementary 257
Pine Grove Elementary 113
Pioneer Park Elementary 393
Polo Park Middle 437
Rolling Green Elementary 163
Roosevelt Elementary 313
Roosevelt Middle 351
Royal Palm Beach Elementary 124
Sandpiper Shores Elementary 40
Seminole Trails Elementary 35
Starlight Cove Elementary 100
Timber Trace Elementary 20
Tradewinds Middle 75
Village Academy (K-12) 77
Washington Elementary 88
Wellington Elementary 40
Wellington Landings 100
Westward Elementary 186
Woodlands Middle 60

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