• School Choice / Controlled Open Enrollment (COE)

    Sarasota County Schools is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of every child. Every school has high-quality educational options for students. Students originally are assigned to the school in the attendance area in which their parents/guardians live, but the district also provides a number of opportunities for parents to select other options for their children.

    Parents/guardians residing in Florida can apply to have their grade K-12 students attend a public school in any school district within the state through Controlled Open Enrollment (COE), also called "Regular School Choice."

    Parents/guardians interested in COE for other Florida districts are responsible for directly contacting the districts of interest to learn more about their policies, timelines and application procedures.

    Transportation is not provided for students receiving a school choice assignment through COE. Parents/guardians are responsible for transporting their children to and from school.

    Eligibility Criteria

    COE is available to students who are not subject to a current expulsion or suspension from public school and who reside with their parent/guardian in Florida.

    COE Enrollment Window

    The application window was open Monday, February 3, 2020, and ended on Friday, February 28, 2020, for enrollment in 2020-2021. 

    Random Lottery

    In the event there are more requests than available seats, a random lottery will be conducted to award the choice school assignment.

    Students meeting specific criteria will have the opportunity to receive one or more preferences during the lottery process. Please refer to the COE plan below or the FAQ for more details regarding available preferences.

    COE School Board Policy and COE Plan

    School Board Policy 5.23 governs COE in Sarasota County Schools. The district's School Board approved COE Plan describes the guidelines and procedures that are followed for school assignments of students based on parental preference. To learn more details about COE, a copy of each document is available for review.

    All questions and comments regarding the COE School Board Policy 5.23 and/or the COE Plan can be directed to the Sarasota County Schools Office of School Choice by telephone, (941) 927-9000, ext. 32255 or by email at