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.  Parents or guardians requesting a student reassignment 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.

2022-23 Controlled Open Enrollment Process

    • School attendance zones permit parents to enroll their children in a school other than the one to which they have been assigned. 
    • Parents or guardians requesting a student reassignment must complete an application for submittal to the District Hardship Committee.
    • During any month, 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.
    • 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 Assistant Superintendent of School Support for review by the Hardship Committee.
    • Students will be able to change schools after the Hardship Committee's approval.
    • Students seeking reassignment to a “Year Round elementary school” must seek reassignment no later than ten (10) school days from the start of the Year Round School Calendar.
    • Transportation to and from the reassigned school is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.
    • Potential funding for student transportation may be offered through state endorsed Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFO).  These organizations manage various state sponsored funding opportunities, such as the Hope Scholarship Program and the Family Empowerment Scholarship.  Parents/Guardians are encouraged to research potential transportation funding options located at the Department of Education website located at: https://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/fes/.
  • Controlled Open Enrollment Chart
    2022 - 2023 School Year.
        

    Student capacity numbers will be updated every 12 weeks per state statute:

          • 9/19/22
          • 12/5/22
          • 2/27/23
          • 5/22/23

Elementary Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Available Grade Level Capacity School Enrollment Status
Deep Creek 762 821 Click Here CLOSED
East 800 746 Click Here
Kingsway 597 601 Click Here CLOSED
Liberty 581 585 Click Here CLOSED
Meadow Park 724 689 Click Here
Myakka River 616 598 Click Here
Neil Armstrong 760 749 Click Here
Peace River 740 556 Click Here
Sallie Jones 681 690 Click Here CLOSED
Vineland 758 558 Click Here

Middle Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Available Grade Level Capacity School Enrollment Status
L. A. Ainger 899 726 Click Here
Murdock 794 579 Click Here
Port Charlotte 964 876 Click Here
Punta Gorda 1240 1127 Click Here

High Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Available Grade Level Capacity School Enrollment Status
Charlotte 1736 2008 Click Here CLOSED
Lemon Bay 1285 1361 Click Here CLOSED
Port Charlotte 1840 1667 Click Here
    • 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 for the following reasons: discipline and/or attendance problems; other changes in circumstances. (School Board Rule 5120)

2023-24 Upcoming Controlled Open Enrollment Process

    • During the 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.
    • Students seeking reassignment to a “Year Round elementary school” must seek reassignment no later than ten (10) school days from the start of the Year Round school Calendar.
    • Students who are aid dependent of a former or current member of the United States military, as defined by F.S.1003.051 (b), will be provided preferential treatment.
    • Transportation to and from the reassigned school is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.
    • Potential funding for student transportation may be offered through state-endorsed Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFO).  These organizations manage various state-sponsored funding opportunities, such as the Hope Scholarship Program and the Family Empowerment Scholarship.  Parents/Guardians are encouraged to research potential transportation funding options located at the Department of Education website located at: https://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/fes/

      Please Click to Access the 2023-2024 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

Charter Schools

School Programmatic Capacity Actual Enrollment Available Capacity
FSW Collegiate High School 415 369 Please refer to the individual charter school website for updated available capacity
Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School 316 419 Please refer to the individual charter school website for updated available capacity