1. What is District School Choice?
2. What is the difference between Choice, Charter and Magnet?
3. Are there any other types of Choice options?
4. What kind of transportation is offered for Choice, Charter and Magnet Schools?
5. Is it necessary to apply for Choice, Charter and Magnet Schools?
6. What services are provided to meet exceptional needs students?
7. How many Charter Schools are in Brevard County and what grade levels are served?
8. Do Schools of Choice have to follow state guidelines for testing?
9. Can a sibling automatically go to the same school?
10. How can I get more information?



1. What is District School Choice?

District School Choice is also referred to as "controlled open choice". Controlled Choice is an opportunity for parents and guardians to choose a school for their children in another neighborhood or one that offers a specialized program or curriculum. Enrollment is based on available space.

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2. What is the difference between Choice, Charter and Magnet?

Choice Programs - public schools that offer a choice of curriculum and elective courses within the school, and have no residential boundaries assigned to the school.
Choice Schools - public schools that offer a particular curriculum throughout the school, and have no residential boundaries assigned to the school. (Edgewood and West Shore have defined boundaries)
Charter Schools - public schools that operate under a performance contract or a charter, which frees them from most rules and regulations created for traditional public schools. As part of the contract with the school district, the charter schools are held accountable for academic and financial results.
Magnet Schools - public specialty schools that offer curriculums based on a specific theme or instructional method while continuing to serve assigned residential populations.

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3. Are there any other types of Choice options?

John M McKay Scholarship Program - The John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities is established to provide the option for students with disabilities for whom an IEP has been written, to attend a public school other than the one to which the student is assigned or to provide a scholarship to a private school of choice.
Opportunity Scholarship Program - allows students attending a school that received an "F" for two (2) school years in a four (4) year period to choose a higher performing public school or attend a private school. Currently Brevard County has no “F” schools.
Public School Choice - allows students attending a Title 1 school that has been identified as "School Improvement" to attend another public school that is not in improvement status.
Applied Technology Programs - allows students to gain increase access to applied technology (vocational/technical) programs and courses available throughout Brevard County.

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4. What kind of transportation is offered for Choice, Charter and Magnet Schools?

Choice Schools have corridor busing. There are specific bus stops throughout the county where a student may catch a bus.
Charter Schools may contract with the county to transport students within a reasonable distance from the school (2-4 miles).
Magnet Schools have corridor busing. There are specific bus stops throughout the county where a student may catch a bus.
A student who accesses a John M. McKay Scholarship to a private school, is never provided transportation by the school district. A student who accesses a John M. McKay Scholarship to a public school, is offered transportation from the school district only if the student resides between two and four miles from the chosen public school site.

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5. Is it necessary to apply for Choice, Charter and Magnet Schools?

Yes, all Choice, Charter, and Magnet Schools have applications and timelines. Contact the school for more information.

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6. What services are provided to meet exceptional needs students?

All schools provide some services to special needs students. Contact the school for more information.

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7. How many Charter Schools are in Brevard County and what grade levels are served?

There are 8 Charter Schools in Brevard at this time and they serve grade K-9.

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8. Do Schools of Choice have to follow state guidelines for testing?

Yes, they must follow all the same testing guidelines. John M. McKay Scholarship Program students enrolled in private schools are eligible to take statewide assessments at their neighborhood public school site.

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9. Can a sibling automatically go to the same school?

Guidelines have been established for each school/program to address preferences for siblings. Contact the school for more information.

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10. How can I get more information?

Contact the Office of School Choice at 321-633-1000, extension 395 or call the specific school directly.

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