The PCPS School Choice Application Window is Open

The 2023-2024 school choice application window is open until 4:00 pm on Feb. 15. During this window, 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

Magnet and Choice Application Requirements for the 2023-24 School Year

Applications will be accepted online through Parent Portal. Visit polkschoolsfl.com/applicationinstructions for detailed application instructions.

Important: Before beginning your application, please ensure that all student information, including your address, is listed correctly in Parent Portal.  An incorrect address may result in your application being delayed or denied.  To correct your information, please contact your child’s school. If you do not have a parent portal account, please follow the instructions on the Parent Portal page to create one.

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.

Need Help?

Know Your Zone!

Students interested in attending a magnet or choice program may only apply to schools within their zone of residence. To determine your zone, please refer to the district’s online GeoZone application. Enter your address and then select the appropriate check box (Magnet Zones, IB Zones, etc.).

Map of Polk County depicting boundaries for Zones A, B, C and D

High School Accelerated Programs

1270 S. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830
863-534-0194 | bhsib.polk-fl.net

Program: Choice
Grades: 9–12

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Bartow Senior High offers students an academically challenging curriculum and experience, preparing them to succeed in postsecondary education. Beginning with ninth grade, students are able to take college-level (AP) courses. IB diploma graduates can be awarded up to 45 college credit hours.

What makes Bartow IB different: Students participate in rigorous academics, while engaging in a cohesive, diverse learning community. A passion for lifelong learning is instilled, and graduates are empowered to become highly productive, influential citizens.

2800 Hornet Drive, Haines City, FL 33844
863-419-3371 | hainescityhigh.polkschoolsfl.com/ib

Program: Choice
Grades: 9–12

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Haines City Senior High offers students an academically challenging curriculum and experience, preparing them to succeed in postsecondary education. Beginning with ninth grade, students are able to take college-level (AP) courses. IB diploma graduates can be awarded up to 45 college credit hours.

What makes Haines City IB different: Rigorous coursework is designed to push students to greater depths of knowledge and questioning, while also developing them into highly productive members of our global society.

750 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland, FL 33801
863-499-2855 | harrisonarts.com

Program: Choice
Grades: 9–12

Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, founded in 1989, is a public high school of choice. Enrollment is based on an audition. Harrison students participate in one of the following disciplines: chorus, creative writing, dance, guitar, jazz, motion picture arts, musical theater, orchestra, piano, technical theater, theater, and visual arts.

What makes Harrison School for the Arts different: Students pursue a rigorous four-year course of study that focuses on artistic development while also preparing students for postsecondary success.

1500 S. Jackson Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830
863-519-7504 | bhs.polkschoolsfl.com/summerlin

Program: Choice
Grades: 9–12

Summerlin Academy promotes academic achievement, personal accountability, civic responsibility and leadership skills in order to prepare students to succeed in higher education, the workforce, community and life. Students must complete four years of JROTC and 150 hours of community service, as well as two years of a foreign language to graduate.

What makes Summerlin Academy different: A challenging curriculum in a military-structured environment that includes honors, Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses. Summerlin is also the only school in the district that offers Russian and Japanese, and electives like kendo, scuba diving, archery, and an equestrian program.

4905 Saddle Creek Rd, Lakeland, FL 33801
863-614-9183 | tenoroc.polk-fl.net

Program: Choice
Grades: 9–12

Tenoroc Senior High offers the internationally acclaimed Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) program, which challenges students with rigorous academic standards while allowing them to earn college credits as they prepare for post-secondary education. Beginning with ninth grade, students are able to take college-level courses in core academics as well as electives.

600 6th Street S.E., Winter Haven, FL 33880
863-291-5330 | winterhavenhs.com

Program: Choice
Grades: 9–12

Winter Haven Senior High offers the internationally acclaimed Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) program, which challenges students with rigorous academic standards while allowing them to earn college credits as they prepare for post-secondary education. Beginning with ninth grade, students are able to take college-level courses in core academics as well as electives.

What makes Winter Haven Senior High different: Cambridge AICE provides an engaging and interactive educational experience that prepares students for independent thinking and long-term success. Cambridge students can select from a variety of courses to fulfill their individual interests as they pursue the AICE Diploma.

FAQ's

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 working 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 working 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.