PCPS Open Enrollment Information

The Open Application Priority period for the 2023-24 school year is January 9th through 4pm on February 15th, 2023.

If you have questions, you may contact the school or John Miller, District Curriculum Specialist for Accelerated Programs at (863) 534-0631 ext. 794.

Application and Qualification Process Summary

Summary of Current 8th Grade Application and Qualification Process for High School IB or AICE Cambridge Programs

  1. All interested current 8th graders (parents) must apply for a High School IB or AICE Cambridge Program during the School Choice Application Window (January 9 through February 15, 2023 (4:00pm)).
    Applications will be available online through Parent Portal.
  2.  Qualification for Programs
    A. Some 8th grade students have prequalified for these programs based on their 7th grade FSA scores in ELA (AL 5) and ALG 1 EOC (AL 4 or 5). These students do not need to take any additional testing in February. Parents of these students will not be able to register for a district-offered test session in February as the coding for the application process in FOCUS was written to prohibit these students from testing.

    B. 8th graders who have not yet qualified for these programs will have to register for one of the district assessment sessions to be offered at various sites in February 2023 (see table below) and score high enough on the district assessment.

    • The assessment will be entirely on computers and current PCPS students are expected to bring their fully charged device to the test session for which they registered.
    • After applying for the program (step 1 above) parents will need to select a test session from Parent Portal under the “Child Info” tab and “IB/AICE Entrance Testing” option and click SAVE
  3. All students who apply for a program will receive an official notification in mid-March as to their status. Students offered an official invitation will have 10 days from when Pending Acceptances are posted to officially accept the seat through Parent Portal. Students interested in the program for the 2023-24 school year will have to accept the seat through the parent portal.

 

Test Date Test Location Times Reserved
Saturday, February 4 Haines City High School 8:15-11:30
Saturday, February 4 Tenoroc High School 8:15-11:30
Saturday, February 11 Winter Haven High School 8:15-11:30
Thursday, February 16 Union Academy (only available for students from this school) 3:45-6:30
Friday, February 17 (Early Release Day) Bartow High School 2:45-6:00
Friday, February 17 (Early Release Day) Haines City High School 2:45-6:00
Friday, February 17 (Early Release Day) Tenoroc High School 2:45-6:00
Friday, February 17 (Early Release Day) Winter Haven High School 2:45-6:00
Tuesday, February 21 Lawton Chiles (only available for students from this school) 3:45-6:30
Wednesday, February 22 Jewett Academy (only available for students from this school) 3:45-6:30
Thursday, February 23 Dundee Ridge Middle (only available for students from this school) 4:45-7:30
Saturday, February 25 Bartow High School 8:15-11:30

Parent Portal Information

All applications must be completed through Parent Portal.  Visit polkschoolsfl.com/parentportal to learn how to create and access your account.

High School Cambridge AICE Programs

There are presently two high school Cambridge AICE sites in Polk County. A student’s residential address within the school district determines which Cambridge AICE high school the student could be eligible to attend. See below for the proposed listing of schools for the 2022-23 school year.

If you have any questions regarding Cambridge AICE at Tenoroc High School (863-614-9183) or Winter Haven High School (863-291-5330), please contact the respective high school.

Tenoroc High School

Students zoned for the following high schools are eligible to attend the Tenoroc High Cambridge AICE Program (tenoroc.polk-fl.net/cambridge/)
Attend the informational meeting with a parent at the Tenoroc High School Cafeteria

  • Auburndale High
  • George Jenkins High
  • Kathleen High
  • Lake Gibson High
  • Lakeland High
  • Mulberry High
  • Tenoroc High

Winter Haven High School

Students zoned for the following high schools are eligible to attend the Winter Haven High Cambridge AICE Program (winterhavenhs.com/cambridge/):

  • Bartow High
  • Davenport High
  • Fort Meade High
  • Frostproof High
  • Haines City High
  • Lake Region High
  • Ridge Community High
  • Winter Haven High

District Expectations

Students are expected to adhere to all the academic, ethical, and behavioral requirements described in the Student Code of Conduct. Depending on the location of a student’s residency, students and families need to be aware of the additional time commitment involved in utilizing district transportation.

Florida State Statutes

f.s. 1007.29.534 (1)(c)

A student is eligible for a Florida Academic Scholars award if he or she meets the general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and: Has been awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Office or an Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma from the University of Cambridge International Examinations Office.


f.s. 1007.29.535 (1)(b)

A student is eligible for a Florida Medallion Scholars award if he or she meets the general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and: Has completed the International Baccalaureate curriculum but failed to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma or has completed the Advanced International Certificate of Education curriculum but failed to earn the Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma, and has attained at least the score required under f.s. 1009.531(6)(b) on the combined verbal and quantitative parts of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the Scholastic Assessment Test, or the recentered Scholastic Assessment Test of the College Entrance Examination, or an equivalent score on the ACT Assessment Program.