• How to Apply

  • Begin the school choice journey! 

    This is for families who want their child to attend a school outside their attendance zone. There is no need to complete a school choice application if you want your child to continue in their neighborhood school or remain in their current school of enrollment.  

    • When to apply: The standard application window opens annually on Jan. 1 and closes on the last day of February. During this time, parents can submit a school choice application for the upcoming school year. If you are applying outside of this window, contact the School Choice Office at school_choice@duvalschools.org or make an appointment for an in-person or online meeting.

      • Virtual School Choice Expo - Also known as School Match 2022, this event is like a supermarket that gives families an opportunity to shop around and learn more about the various schools and educational learning options available with Duval County Public Schools. This year's event is virtual and will take place on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 from 11 AM - 3 PM. The event will take place on the School Match 2022 website. You can visit there now before the expo to create an account and explore different schools. 

    • Where to apply: The school choice application will be available in the Parent FOCUS Account from Jan. 1 until Feb. 28. If you do not have a Parent FOCUS Account, visit www.duvalschools.org/focus to create one. 

    • No guarantees: When parents submit a school choice application, they are actually entering into a lottery process with other parents. That means there is no guaranteed placement of students in a school or program. Placement is based on seat availability as well as possible academic or other special criteria.

    See detailed steps below.


      Step 1 - Choose a school/program

      • Rather than focusing on a particular school to attend, concentrate on selecting the type of program that interests your child and aligns to their future goals. Then try to match them to the programs offered at individual schools.  

        • Read through program information provided in the School Choice Reference Guide, which will be available mid-December 2021. 
        • Visit individual school websites
        • Learn more about individual schools during our Virtual School Choice Expo on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

        Remember, you may find that your neighborhood school is the best school for your child. To find your neighborhood school, go to www.duvalschools.org/finder.

      Step 2 - Learn the details - priorities and transportation

      • Before applying to a school there are many topics you’ll need to know about.  We’ll cover them in sections specifically designed for magnet schools/programs and special transfer option schools. 

        • Children entering kindergarten must be five years old as of September 1st
        • First grade students must have successfully completed kindergarten and be six years old on or before September 1st



        At most schools, there are not enough seats to accommodate every student who applies.  For this reason, each selection that you make on the application is assigned a certain “priority” ranking which is considered in the lottery.  Those priorities for both magnet and special transfer option schools are available in our 2022-23 School Choice Reference Guide



        Acceptance into most middle school magnet programs is not based on academic performance or other competitive criteria. 

        However, four magnet middle schools (Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, James Weldon Johnson, Springfield MS, LaVilla School of the Arts) have academic performance standards which must be met for a student to remain the following year. Other schools may have a school-student contract that must be honored for students to remain in good standing. Each magnet school is responsible for making this information available to the parents of students who attend that school. These standards are: 

        Grades 6-7 - Pass all courses 

        Grades 7-8 - Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses 

        In addition, students at LaVilla must earn a “C” or higher in each arts area.


        Middle schools with with academic performance standards beginning in 2022 - 2023: Julia Landon, Fort Caroline Middle School of the Arts, Joseph Stilwell, Young Men and Young Woman's Leadership Academy.

        Middle schools with special admission procedures: Students with advanced training in the arts may be considered for admission to LaVilla and Fort Caroline Middle through an audition. LaVilla and Fort Caroline will hold open auditions in January. Please contact the schools for specific dates and times. All students who audition MUST also submit an online application through the Parent/Guardian Account by the February 28 deadline in order to be considered for admission. All applicants for LaVilla and Fort Caroline MS, including successful auditions, are processed through the lottery. 



        Acceptance into a high school magnet program is not based on academic performance or other competitive criteria, except for Stanton College Preparatory, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, Riverside High School (Engineering program), and Samuel W. Wolfson. 

        High schools wtih academic performance standards: Five magnet high schools (Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, A. Philip Randolph Career Academies, and Stanton College Preparatory) have academic performance standards which must be met in order for a student to remain the following year. Other schools may have a school-student contract that must be honored for students to remain in good standing. Each magnet school is responsible for making this information available to the parents of students who attend that school. These standards are:  

        • Grades 9-10 - Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses 
        • Grades 10-11 - Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses 



        Elementary Schools

        • Your neighborhood school provides transportation if you live more than 1½ miles from the school. Find your neighborhood schools by going to www.duvalschools.org/finder. 
        • Transportation is provided for magnet elementary students who live within the transportation zone of the school. 
        • Transportation to special transfer option schools is provided by the parent or guardian 


        Middle Schools 

        Middle schools are not divided into zones. District-wide transportation is provided with a combination of neighborhood routes, shuttles and Express Routes.* There are some differences in the transportation system that apply to specific schools. 

        In the morning, transportation is currently provided to students attending Darnell-Cookman, Kirby Smith, Landon, LaVilla, James W. Johnson, Joseph Stilwell, Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Young Women’s Leadership Academy on neighborhood buses to an area high school followed by shuttle service to the magnet school. Express Route* service is provided in the afternoon. 

        Fort Caroline, Highlands and Matthew Gilbert middle schools follow the magnet transportation model both morning and afternoon using Express Routes.* 

        John E. Ford K-8 middle school students are transported according to the elementary zones for this school. 

        Baldwin Middle/High currently has limited transportation. A shuttle bus is provided to and from Baldwin Middle/ High from Riverside High only. Parents are responsible for getting their students to and from Riverside High. 

        Alfred duPont Middle currently has limited transportation from the Mandarin, Twin Lakes, Southside, and Matthew Gilbert middle school attendance areas only. 

        Southside Middle has limited transportation from the Matthew Gilbert attendance area only. 

        Jean Ribault Middle has limited transportation from Arlington, Fletcher, Kernan, Landmark and Twin Lakes middle school attendance areas only. 

        Mayport Middle utilizes the Coastal Transportation Plan to provide limited service via shuttle buses from Fletcher, Sandalwood and Terry Parker high schools. Parents are responsible for getting their students to and from Fletcher, Sandalwood and Terry Parker. 

        Bus stop and times are subject to change for the 2022-2023 school year. To be eligible for transportation, students must apply to a magnet school by the February 28th application deadline. Once accepted, families may view current stops by visiting the Transportation website at www.duvalschools.org/bus 


        Families should follow the directions in their acceptance letter to register for a bus stop through the parent/guardian Focus account by May 27, 2022. Stops will be added according to state and district guidelines. Parents/guardians will be able to log into their Focus account two weeks before school opens to find their bus stop information. 


        For more information regarding transportation, please visit www.duvalschools.org/bus or call (904) 858-6200. 

        *Express Routes have limited bus stops and are located at or near a Duval County public school or other public location selected by the Transportation Department. The District distance-to-stop policy does not apply to Express Routes.  Parents or guardians are responsible for transporting and supervising their children at the bus stop. 


        High Schools

        High schools are not divided into zones. District-wide transportation is provided with a combination of neighborhood routes, shuttles and Express Routes.* There are some differences in the transportation system that apply to specific schools. 

        In the morning, transportation is currently provided to students attending Douglas Anderson, Darnell-Cookman, Andrew Jackson, Paxon, Frank H. Peterson, A Philip Randolph, Stanton and Samuel Wolfson on neighborhood buses to an area high school followed by shuttle service to the magnet school. 

        *Express Route service is provided in the afternoon. 

        Robert E. Lee, Mandarin, Jean Ribault, William Raines and Edward H. White high schools follow the magnet transporta tion model both morning and afternoon using Express Routes.* 

        Baldwin Middle/High currently has limited transportation. A shuttle bus is provided to and from Baldwin Middle/High from Riverside High only. Parents are responsible for getting their students to and from Riverside High. 

        Bus stops and times are subject to change for the 2022-2023 school year. To be eligible for transportation, students must apply to a magnet school by the February 28th application deadline. Once accepted, families may view current stops by visiting the Transportation web site at www.duvalschools.org/bus

        Families should follow the directions in their acceptance letter to register for a bus stop through the parent/guardian Focus account by May 27, 2022. Stops will be added according to state and district guidelines. Parents/guardians will be able to log into their Focus account two weeks before school opens to find their bus stop information. For more information regarding transportation, please visit www.duvalschools.org/bus or call (904) 858-6200. 

        *Express Routes have limited bus stops and are located at or near a Duval County Public School or other public location selected by the Transportation Department. The District distance-to-stop policy does not apply to Express Routes.  Parents or guardians are responsible for transporting their children at the bus stop.

      Step 3 - Apply to the school/program

      • If you select a school other than your attendance area school, you will need to submit an online magnet or special transfer option school application to attend.  Also, if you want your child to have a magnet status at his/her attendance area school, you will need to submit an online application. 

        Applications are only available via the Parent/Guardian Account.  

        • Get a Student ID (Skip if student is not new to the district) 
        • Create a Parent/Guardian Account (Skip if already have one) 
        • Verify your Parent/Guardian Account 
        • Link your Oneview account to your student 
        • Visit your child’s school to show proof of parent-child relationship 
        • Apply - Applications are available via the Parent/Guardian Account. 

        To enroll at your neighborhood school, go to the school to register.  You will need to bring several important documents with you.  Learn more about what you need to bring at www.duvalschools.org/register.   

        Remember: The application deadline for the 2022-23 school year is Monday, February 28, 2022 

      Step 4 - Receive notification (the lottery and waitlist)

      • After Monday, Feb. 28 applications will be processed and prepared for the lottery.  The lottery is a computer program that randomly selects students based on the priority of each chosen school/program and projected grade level.   

        There is a predetermined number of “open” seats available for reach school/program in each grade level.  The computerized program selects students based on the order of choice and priority of the chosen school/program.  This is why it is so important to carefully make your choices.  Many popular programs are full with students who have made that program their first choice.  Often, there are not seats remaining by the time the computer program begins the lottery for second choices.  This applies even if you have program continuity (magnet) or sibling preference (magnet and special transfer option). 

        The lottery will process magnet choices first.  If a student is placed into one of his/her/their magnet choices, the lottery will not process the special transfer option choice, if one was made.  Should a student not be placed into any of his/her/their magnet choices, the student will be placed on a magnet wait list for those choices.  The lottery will then process the special transfer option choice, if one was made.  If accepted into his/her/their special transfer option choice, the student will remain on the magnet wait list(s).  If the student is not placed in his/her/their special transfer option choice, he/she/they will be placed on a special transfer option wait list while keeping his/her/their place on any magnet wait list. 

        There are no guarantees.  Admission is determined by a lottery that is based on the number of seats available and the number of applications received for a school or program. 



        Results of the lottery will be sent electronically as soon as they are available, usually in the middle of April.  Your notification will include whether the student has been placed and, if so, into which school and program or whether the student has been placed on a wait list. 

        Parents/guardians will electronically receive notification of the magnet lottery results.  Only parents/guardians who made a special transfer option choice AND who child was not placed into one of their magnet choices will receive an additional electronic notification regarding their special transfer option choice.  Parents/guardians who only made a special transfer option choice will electronically receive notification of the special transfer option lottery results. 

        Parents may cancel a magnet or special transfer option assignment during the summer by sending an email to school_choice@duvalschools.org or in person at the Office of School Choice.  You will be asked to provide a reason for the cancellation. 

        WAIT LIST 

        Students who are not placed as a result of the lottery are on a wait list.  For those students, there is still a good chance of being placed in their school of choice, if an opening becomes available during the summer.   

        Wait List and student assignment information can be found by logging into your parent/guardian account.   

        Students who are placed into one of their choice magnet schools do NOT appear on the wait list for any other school/program. 


        Have questions? Visit our website at www.duvalschools.org/schoolchoice or contact us at 904-390-2082 or school_choice@duvalschools.org. 

      Late application window

      • We strongly encourage families to make their school choice selections during the standard application window, Jan. 1 - Feb. 28. 

        A late application window will open later in the spring. Details regarding this window will be shared at that time on this website, the district's main website, and the district's social media channels.