Duval County Public Schools is pleased to share with you our 2013-2014 School Choice Website. This site is designed to give families an overview of the many types of school choice options that are available for school-age children in Jacksonville. In it, you will find information about specific programs including magnet programs, career academies, high school acceleration programs, choice programs and charter schools.
Located in 62 different schools, our nationally recognized magnet programs are the centerpiece of our school choice options. These magnet programs focus on a theme and give students an opportunity to explore an interest or talent. This Website provides very specific information about how to apply for these programs and how to have the best chance of being selected.
New for 2013-2014 — all traditional middle schools and high schools are now “Choice Schools.” Throughout this Website, you will see a new nomenclature to describe our programs. For example, you will see headings such as “Choice School with an Acceleration Program,” “Choice School with a Magnet Program” or “Choice School with a Career Academy.” The dedicated magnet schools and elementary magnet programs and schools are still referred to as “Magnet.”
All the schools in this Website will be exhibiting at the Magnet Mania/School Choice Expo at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on Saturday, January 12 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. During January and February, the schools will offer tours and open houses so that parents can visit and see how the programs operate. Many of the schools, including non-magnet Choice schools as well as select magnet schools that still have openings, will again offer tours and open house dates in the spring. Dates and times are found in this Website.
We hope you will read through this website and that you will find something just right for your student! Whether you choose your neighborhood school, a magnet school, a charter school, a career academy or a high school acceleration program, Duval County Public Schools’ goal is to offer every student the best chance possible for academic success!