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Reminders & Helpful Facts

  • Only one magnet application per student can be accepted. If you change your mind after the magnet application deadline, please don’t send a second or third application. Through March 7, 2014, you may call 904.390.2082 to schedule an appointment to come in and change an application that was received by the deadline. In the event we receive two applications for the same student, the one with the most recent date is the one that will be processed.
  • Parents should make sure the student’s address and phone numbers are up to date in the Duval County Public Schools database. This must be done at the school your student currently attends. The School Choice staff cannot update addresses or phone numbers.
  • Applications for students who live in a county adjacent to Duval County will not be processed in the magnet lottery or choice lottery. Applicants from outside Duval County will be placed on a space available basis after all Duval County applicants are placed. Students from another school district who are able to be placed are required to present an Out of County Release before acceptance is finalized.
  • Applications for students who are moving to Duval County from another state or city in Florida must have a local address and provide two acceptable proofs of residence* before we can complete the processing of an application for a magnet or choice program.
  • Applications for Duval County residents currently enrolled in a private school are welcomed with two acceptable proofs of residence.*
  • Applicants for any program may be asked to provide two proofs of residence.*
  • Students who are accepted into a magnet or choice program and move to another school district (i.e., county) forfeit their magnet or choice assignment.
  • In rare cases, students on Waiting Lists may be contacted in December for January 2014 admission if space becomes available after the school year starts.
  • Both the magnet and choice lotteries assume the student will be promoted to the next grade level. Students who are retained prior to first-time enrollment may not be able to be accommodated in the selected program.
  • School starts on August 18, 2014. Magnet and Choice students who do not enroll by the end of the third day of school, August 21, are cancelled unless the parent or guardian makes late enrollment arrangements in advance with the principal of the school. Approval is at the discretion of the school principal.
  • Parents may cancel a magnet or choice assignment during the summer by calling the Magnet Programs Office at 904.390.2082 or the School Choice Office at 904.390.2144. You will be asked to give us a reason for the cancellation.
  • Children entering kindergarten must be five years old as of September 1, 2014.
  • Children entering first grade must be six years old as of September 1, 2014, and have successfully completed kindergarten.
  • Once a student enrolls in a magnet or choice program, the student may remain through the highest grade level of that school unless the school has Academic Performance Standards that are not met. Once enrolled in a program, the student is expected to remain in that school for the entire school year. Transferring during the school year is not always possible because all schools are obligated to meet the class size reduction limitations. The Application to Return to Attendance Area School form must be completed and approved by both principals before a transfer can be considered. Transfers to other magnet or choice schools during the school year are not possible.
  • New bus stops cannot be added if you apply to a magnet school after the magnet application deadline, if you move or change schools after the school year begins or because there is no sidewalk along the route to an existing stop.
  • Transportation is not provided to Choice schools. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from a Choice School for a student who does not live within the attendance boundary of the Choice School.
  • Students who are eligible to receive Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services have equal opportunities to apply for participation in magnet or choice programs. The individual student’s IEP team determines the specific educational needs of the student and how/where those needs can most appropriately be met. Based on the educational needs of each student, recommendations for support services may or may not be consistent with placement in a particular magnet program.
  • Although Magnet programs are open-admission, some schools have academic performance standards that must be met for a student to return each year: Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, James Weldon Johnson, Kirby-Smith, Julia Landon, LaVilla SOTA, Paxon SAS, Stanton, Peterson and Randolph.
  • Magnet or Choice students who want to apply to a different school/program for 2014—2015 forfeit the current magnet or choice assignment. Neither the magnet nor the choice lottery can consider a student for two magnet or choice seats at the same time.
  • Students who apply for a magnet program and who end up on a waiting list do not lose their wait list number by accepting another type of choice assignment. However, students who accept a magnet assignment do not stay on a waiting list for any other magnet program.
  • Students who apply for a choice program and who end up on a waiting list do not lose their wait list number by accepting a magnet assignment. However, students who accept a choice assignment do not stay on a waiting list for any other choice program.
  • In cases where twins or triplets applying together receive different schools in the lottery, we will try to place them in the same school where space is available after the lottery. Placement is at the discretion of the Executive Director of the School Choice Department.


*School Board Policy 5.20 Student Assignment may be referenced for a listing of Policy 5.20 Student Assignment may be referenced for a listing of acceptable documents.