Controlled Open Enrollment (School Choice)

  • School attendance zones permit parents to enroll their children in a school other than the one to which they have been assigned. The choice must be made each year during the months of February and March. The change will become effective at the start of the next school year. Parents or guardians requesting a student reassignment at any time other than in February or March must complete an application for submittal to the District Hardship Committee. Please note that transportation is not provided for reassignment requests.

    For more information or for a list of schools currently at capacity (closed), please call or email Mike Desjardins, at Charlotte County Public Schools (941) 255-0808.

Enrollment for Months Other Than February/March

    • School attendance zones permit parents to enroll their children in a school other than the one to which they have been assigned. The choice must be made each year during the months of February/March and will become effective at the start of the next school year.
    • Parents or guardians requesting a student reassignment at any time other than in February/March must complete an application for submittal to the District Hardship Committee.
    • During any month, except February/March, parents may submit an Application for Student Reassignment if they wish to move their child to a school outside their district as long as that school is not at capacity enrollment.
    • Parents new to the county who missed the February/March Open Enrollment period and choose an out-of-district school for the next school may apply.
    • Parents must always start the reassignment process at the school of residence.
    • No child will be reassigned to a school that is at capacity.
    • Parents may obtain an Application for Student Reassignment from any school, Murdock District Office, or CCPS Website.
    • The Application for Student Reassignment must be submitted to the Office of the Executive Director of School Support for review by the Hardship Committee.
    • The principal of your child's assigned school must sign the Application for Student Reassignment in the space referred to as Sending Principal.
    • After obtaining the Sending Principal's signature, parents must obtain the signature of the principal of the school which is being requested, referred to as Receiving Principal.
    • Students will be able to change schools after the Hardship Committee's approval at the start of the next grading period.

Controlled Open Enrollment Chart 2018 - 2019 School Year

Elementary Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Availiable Capacity
Deep Creek 839 698 141 (Grade 1 & 2- None)
East 817 706 111
Kingsway 659 621 38
Liberty 639 557 82 (Grade 1- none)
Meadow Park 767 747 20
Myakka River 633 540 93
Neil Armstrong 787 817 none
Peace River 793 618 175
Sallie Jones 681 681 None
Vineland 800 600 200

Middle Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Available Capacity
L. A. Ainger 947 604 343
Murdock 818 683 135
Port Charlotte 1000 828 172
Punta Gorda 1242 1155 87

High Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Available Capacity
Charlotte 1736 1926 None
Lemon Bay 1285 1094 191
Port Charlotte 1840 1677 163

Charter Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Available Capacity
FSW Collegiate High School 415 374 41
Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School 316 342 None
    • In addition to the February/March Open Enrollment, parents of kindergarten students have the option of Controlled Open Enrollment by completing a Student Reassignment Notification form during Kindergarten Round-up during the months of April/May.
    • If a high school student is reassigned, it must be in accordance with the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) rules. Student athletes will be asked to complete an "Affidavit of Compliance with the FHSAA Policy on Athletic Recruiting".
    • Upon recommendation of the principals and the review and approval of the Hardship Committee, a student may be returned to the assigned school in his/her attendance area at the beginning of the next grading period for the following reasons: discipline and/or attendance problems; other changes in circumstances. (School Board Rule 5120)

February/March Controlled Open Enrollment

    • During February/March Controlled Open Enrollment, any child of school age who resides in Charlotte County may apply to attend a school out of his/her assigned attendance zone as long as that school is not at capacity enrollment.
    • The appropriate reassignment form to be completed for the February/March Controlled Open Enrollment Window is the Student Reassignment Notification form. Parents may obtain this form from any public school within the district, Murdock District Office, or the CCPS website.
    • The Student Reassignment Notification form must be submitted to obtain a student reassignment and is accepted only during the months of February/March. This is the only time that reassignment requests are guaranteed, unless school boundaries are at capacity.
    • A random lottery, to be conducted during the first two weeks of April, will be used in situations where there are more requests than available seats at a particular school.
    • Out-of-County students may not supplant In-County students at any point in the Controlled Open Enrollment process.

    Please Click to Access the 2019-2020 February/March Controlled Open Enrollment Chart

In-County Reassignments

Out-Of-County Reassignments

  • Students residing outside of Charlotte County may, subject to the policies and procedures of the School Board, apply for reassignment under the procedures outlined in the Out-of-County application.

    Out-Of-County Reassignment Application