PCPS Open Enrollment Begins Jan. 4, 2022

Open enrollment at Polk County Public Schools will begin Jan. 4, 2022.

Parents/guardians are strongly urged to submit applications by Feb. 18, 2022, for priority consideration.

However, they still can apply for available open seats until the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

During open enrollment, families can apply for their students to attend a variety of exciting, enriching educational opportunities for students of all ages including:

  • Cambridge AICE
  • Choice Schools
  • Career Academies
  • Pre-academies
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Magnet Schools

Application instructions and more information will be posted in the coming weeks on this webpage.

Parents/guardians will be able to apply online through Parent Portal or through paper applications.

Please be advised that the application window for Harrison School for the Arts is separate from other Polk County programs and closes on Jan. 9. All information and the online application can be found at harrisonarts.com/apply.

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Benefits of IB

IB is an acronym for International Baccalaureate. IB high schools use a specific rigorous curriculum that aims to develop and challenge inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

IB schools strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

IB programs are different from other curricula because they:

  • Encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • Develop independently or through government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • Encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global context
  • Develop multilingual students

Students who meet high school graduation requirements and successfully complete the IB Diploma Programme will earn an IB Diploma.

Applying for the 2022-23 School Year

The Open Enrollment Window for the 2022-2023 school year will be January 4th, 2022, through 4:00pm on February 18th, 2022.

Current 8th or 9th grade students, who are not already in this High School Program, can apply during the Open Enrollment window.

For a student to be accepted into this program, the parent must apply during the Open Enrollment window, and the student must be registered to take a computerized district assessment. The student must qualify into this program by scoring high enough on the district assessment.

A link to the Open Enrollment electronic application will be posted January 4thAfter completing the electronic application, parents will then be able to register for one specific assessment session for their child through Parent Portal. A list of the available specific dates and locations of the assessment is provided below.

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

Test Dates Test Location Times
Saturday, January 29 George Jenkins High School 8:15am-12:00
Saturday, January 29 Haines City High School 8:15am-12:00
Wednesday, February 2 Bartow High School 2:30pm-6:00
Wednesday, February 2 Haines City High School 2:30pm-6:00
Saturday, February 5 George Jenkins High School 8:15am-12:00
Saturday, February 5 Tenoroc High School 8:15am-12:00
Saturday, February 12 Tenoroc High School 8:15am-12:00
Saturday, February 12 Winter Haven High School 8:15am-12:00
Saturday, February 19 Winter Haven High School 8:15am-12:00
Saturday, February 26 Winter Haven High School 8:15am-12:00

District Expectations

Students are expected to adhere to all the academic, ethical and behavioral requirements described in the Code of Student 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. 1009.534 (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. 1009.535 (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.