2023-2024 School Choice December 1-31, 2022
School Choice allows a parent/guardian to request enrollment for their child(ren) in a School District of Manatee County K-12 public school that has not reached capacity.
Parents may use School Choice to enroll their children in innovative programs like International Baccalaureate (IB); Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE); WOZ-Ed Pathways; Dual Language; the Arts; and Career Academies in areas such as Medical, Design and Engineering, Business and International Studies and more.
Please be aware that school bus transportation is not available for school choice approved students, with the exception of Johnson K-8 (IB), Palmetto High (AICE), and Southeast High (IB). Transportation to all other choice schools will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
How it Works
School Choice is not first-come, first-served. School choice applications are collected throughout the month of December for a lottery that takes place in January. The lottery results are emailed to applicants in February.
Approval of school choice applications is subject to class size allocation capacities.
How to Apply
During the application window, December 1-31, school choice applications must be completed/signed by the ENROLLING parent/guardian through their FOCUS parent portal.
The student applicant must be active, linked and enabled to the ENROLLING parent's FOCUS account for the enrolling parent to access the school choice application.
Current SDMC Students
For students currently attending a public school in the School District of Manatee County, the ENROLLING parent/guardian may access the School Choice application by logging in to their FOCUS account.
If an enrolling parent does not have a FOCUS account, please create a FOCUS account.
Students New to the School District
If the student has NEVER enrolled in the School District of Manatee County, the parent/guardian must create a FOCUS account and register their child in the district's FOCUS student information system BEFORE accessing the application for school choice. Go to Registration and select: “Click to enroll *NEW* K-12 Student for the first time.” Parents/guardians are encouraged to review the "Registration Checklist" as soon as possible, and allow extra time to gather and upload official documents that are required (such as a certified birth certificate, Florida Immunization Form, etc.).
Students enrolled in School Choice will not be eligible for school bus transportation with the exception of Johnson K-8 (IB), Palmetto High (AICE), and Southeast High (IB).
A hub bus stop (central location) will be designated at a school site for these three programs. Pursuant to Florida Administrative Code, parents/guardians will be responsible for arranging transportation to/from the hub bus stop, to ensure the safety of their student(s) while traveling to/from the hub stop, and to supervise their student(s) while waiting for the school bus at the hub stop.
Transportation of students to/from all other choice schools will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
What about the current school year?
School Choice applications for the CURRENT school year, with the exception of AICE or IB programs, are not being accepted at this time. Families may apply for AICE or IB school programs using the applications available on this page under "Special Programs".
Cambridge Global Studies Magnet Program
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kindergarten Information Night
Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Middle / K-8 Schools
Braden River Middle
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Creek Middle
Cambridge Academy Program
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
International Baccalaureate Program
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial Middle
Medical Magnet Program
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Parrish Community High
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
International Baccalaureate Program
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6 p.m.
Manatee Technical College - Main Campus
6305 SR70 East, Bradenton, FL 34203
Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.