The 2018-19 Hardship Application will be available June 1, 2018.
The 2017-18 Hardship Application is for this school year only.
More than 3,000 school choice applications for 2018-19 were received by Leon County Schools between January 5 and March 1. In accordance with School Board Policy 5120, when there are more applicants than available student seats, applications are processed by lottery. Each school that is over 95 percent capacity was designated a number of seats to be filled by lottery – and these seats have been filled by a computer-generated, random selection process. State law requires over-capacity schools to limit reassignments in order to provide space for students who live in the school’s home zone.
Unfortunately, appeals cannot be accepted – because THERE ARE NO EMPTY SEATS TO OFFER. Hardships are not an option for over-capacity schools, since there are no available seats. If all three of your choices were for over-capacity schools, your request was denied – and your home-zone school will be expecting your students. Because of our severe space limitations, lottery was the only fair way to decide who was approved for a seat. Thousands of requests were received -- and there was simply no way all could be approved.
Because of the flood of requests received, some additional schools that previously had available seats now are over capacity. Following is a list of schools that have available seats at this time. (Schools not listed, no longer have seats for reassignment – only for their home-zone students.) If you would like to select one of the schools listed below, please contact the School Choice Office at 850-561-8484, as seats are limited and going fast.
Elementary Schools With Available Seats: Bond, Chaires, Hartsfield, Oak Ridge, Pineview, Sabal Palm and Sealey.
Middle Schools With Available Seats: Deerlake and Nims.
High Schools With Available Seats: Godby and Rickards.
Another new policy we have implemented this year is that when you have been notified that your application has been approved, you must enroll in the newly approved school by June 28th, 2018. Failure to meet that deadline will result in the forfeiture of the choice approval.