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District Announces Upcoming 2021-22 School Choice Enrollment Window – February 1 to March 1

SARASOTA COUNTY, January 27, 2021 – Parents and guardians residing anywhere in the state of Florida will soon be able to apply for their children to attend a public school outside their regular attendance zone through the Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) process, more commonly known as School Choice.

Sarasota County Schools invites parents and guardians from any school district in the state of Florida whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to apply for a 2021-22 School Choice assignment to a public school identified as having available space capacity. Applications for School Choice will be accepted from Monday, February 1, 2021, through Monday, March 1, 2021.

The district’s school choice process requires that an online application be completed. Beginning Monday, February 1, parents and guardians can complete and submit their online applications using a computer, tablet, or cell phone. If assistance is needed to access and submit an online application, parents/guardians may contact the Office of School Choice at 941-927-9000, ext. 32258. Parents will be notified of choice assignments in April.

Available seats at some of the schools that are open to School Choice may be limited to certain grade levels if those schools are near their enrollment capacity for those grades. The complete list of schools open to School Choice is available to view & download via the school district’s website on the School Choice / Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) page. COE assignments will be determined by a random lottery process, rather than on a first-come, first-served basis. Students living in Sarasota County who are applying for an assignment through the School Choice process will not be displaced by the applicants living outside the county.

Schools that are open to COE for 2021-22 may host open houses or other parent information events. Parents may visit the websites of schools on the “open” list or contact those schools for more information. All school websites are accessible via the district’s website at

Other educational choice options, such as charter schools, magnet schools, or magnet programs do not require the completion of a school choice application. Students interested in these district school choice options should directly contact the school or program.

Parents whose children receive their choice school through the COE process will be responsible for providing transportation to and from school. All questions may be directed to the Office of School Choice or by visiting


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