Magnet & Choice Schools

Magnet and choice schools offer the standard required curriculum of general education, as well as distinctive themes or programs, such as science, technology, math or the arts, that attract students to the schools.

Differences Between Magnet and Choice Schools

Originally, the sole purpose of magnet was to desegregate schools that were specifically identified in the Polk County desegregation agreement.

Choice schools can be created in response to community or school interest.

Types of Choice Schools

Partial Choice Schools

Partial choice schools have a student population comprised of students who are zoned for that school by the address where they live and a group of students who apply for a predetermined number of choice seats.

Full Choice Schools

Full choice schools have a student population comprised of students who have applied to the school. This type of school is similar to a magnet school in that all seats at the school are filled through an application process.

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Application for Magnet and Choice is Closed

The application for IB/AICE, Magnet and Choice is closed for the 2020-2021 school year. The application closed on Dec. 13, 2019. A lottery was conducted on Jan. 31, 2020 and selected students were required to accept their seat by Feb 14.

A third lottery was conducted on March 13 for students who remained on the waiting list. If your child was on a waiting list, please check your Parent Portal account beginning at 4 p.m. on March 13 for notifications regarding your application. If selected, please accept your seat through Parent Portal, and visit the school for registration. (For best results, please use Google Chrome.) Due to school closures and limited staff, the acceptance window has been extended. The new deadline is 5:00 PM on May 26, 2020.

View our step-by-step tutorial for parent instructions for acceptance.

2020 Spring Enrollment Window

Upon completion of the district-wide open enrollment process, the schools listed below still have available seats for the Magnet/Choice program and will be eligible for the 2020 Spring Enrollment window. If you have not previously submitted an application for your child you may visit one of these schools and complete a paper application.

For questions about this process, please call 863-534-0631.

Zone A Lakeland:
Combee Academy
Blake Academy

Zone B Winter Haven:
Lake Alfred Polytech
Jewett Middle Academy

Zone C Haines City:
Dundee Elementary
Bethune Academy
Dundee Ridge Middle
Daniel Jenkins Middle Academy

Zone D Bartow:
Summerlin Academy


How long can my application be on file in the applicant pool?

The applicant pool is kept for one school year.  If students are not accepted from the pool that year, they must reapply the following open enrollment period.

How are students selected from the pool?

Students are selected for vacant seats by computerized random selection process.

Will my application be assigned a number or placement in the waiting pool?

No, no numbers are assigned and there is no designated placement, as all selections are random.

I have moved or changed my contact information, what should I do?

Notify the Office of Acceleration and Innovation at 863-534-0631 of the change.

How often are selections made?

Call the Office of Acceleration & Innovation at 863-534-0631 for lottery date updates.

What is the sibling policy for the magnet schools?

Incoming kindergartners with a sibling enrolled in the school at the time of open enrollment will receive a priority.  Only 50% of the kindergarten class will be reserved for siblings.  No other sibling priority is given.

How will I be notified of my acceptance?

An acceptance alert will show on your Parent Portal main page. An acceptance email will also be sent. Please check your Parent Portal account regularly for notifications. You will have 10 days to respond.

If I apply for multiple schools and am accepted into one, will I still be eligible for the other schools?

Once you have accepted a seat at one school your application will be removed from all other waiting pools.

Can I apply for a magnet school outside of my zone?

No, your residence address must be in the Magnet Zone for the school you are applying for.

Is transportation provided for magnet school students?

If the residence address is 2 or more miles from the school, transportation will be provided.

Once I received my email of acceptance or alert through the Parent Portal, what is my next step?

If you receive an acceptance alert or email, you must accept or decline your seat through your Parent Portal account within 10 days. You must also go to the school with two proofs of address for registration during that time.

If I move into another magnet zone after I’ve been accepted, what happens?

If you move out of the magnet zone you applied for and you have been accepted, you will have to forfeit the acceptance and apply (when applications are available) for magnet school in your new zone.

What happens if my child is retained and the application grade is incorrect and I’ve been accepted for the incorrect grade?

If your child is retained and you receive an acceptance for the incorrect grade, you will have to forfeit that seat, and reapply (when applications are available) for the correct grade.