• Welcome to the Office of School Choice!

    Our mission is to provide families with educational opportunities in Duval County from VPK - 12th Grade.  Individuals who are interested in exploring the options may click on the following links: 

    Magnet | Special Transfer Options | Early Childhood/VPK | High School Acceleration Programs | Virtual Learning | Career and Technical Education | Home Education | Charter Schools    

    Back to School Options

    All students have choices about how they return to learning 
    These choices include in-school options, distance learning through Duval HomeRoom and fully virtual learning through the Duval Virtual Instruction Academy. Please explore your options www.duvalschools.org/backtoschool.  Choices are made through parent FOCUS accounts.


    If parents have questions regarding VPK, please email questions to dcpsec@duvalschools.org.


    I am a parent/guardian...

    ...of a student who will be enrolled this fall in a DCPS school for the first time.

    Please enroll your child here

    ...of a student returning to DCPS.

    Please email our office, school_choice@duvalschools.org.  Provide your student’s last name an date of birth.

    ...who would like to complete a Choice Application (magnet or special transfer option).

    + I am a parent/guardian with a Focus account that is linked to my student’s account.  An application can be completed via your parent Focus account.


    + I am a parent/guardian who does not have a Focus account.  You can create a parent Focus account here.  Your next step will be to link parent and student accounts.

    ...who needs to link their parent Focus account to their student Focus account.

    Request that your accounts be linked, here.  If your child is new to DCPS please select "Applicant" as your student's school.  All parents need to share their driver's licence via school_choice@duvalschools.org as linking accounts is not an automated process.

    ...in need of wait list information.

    Wait list information is now available through Parent Focus Accounts.  Directions can be found here.

    ...who wishes to cancel my child’s current school assignment.

    To cancel an assignment please complete this form and email it to school_choice@duvalschools.org.

    ...who would like to speak directly to a member of the Office of School Choice team.

    The easiest way to contact a team member is through email, school_choice@duvalschools.org.  

    Our office is open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Please note that parents are experiencing extended wait times when trying to reach us via telephone, 904.390.2082.


    Application Process:

    Families New to Duval County or Returning to Duval County. Registration information can be found here.

    Late Applications are now available through your Parent/Guardian FOCUS Account. 

    Wait list information is now available through Parent Focus Accounts.  Directions can be found here.

    Wait List information is now available through Student Focus Accounts.  Directions can be found here. 


    New Magnet & Special Transfer Option Notification Letter

         Click here  School Choice Application Guide  |  School Choice Cancellation Form 2020 - 2021 School Year 

    Application Assistance:



    Red Cross



    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that school districts implement mitigating strategies to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective immediately the following guidelines below are in effect for all District Offices until further notice.

    District and School-Based Staff are practicing Social Distancing as Recommended by the CDC


    We kindly ask that you refrain from visiting our building if you answer YES to any of the following questions:

    • Have you or any member of your household tested postitive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
    • Have you had close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
    • Do you currently have any of the following symptons that may be due to COVID-19:



    Shortness of Breath


    Repeated shaking with chills

    Sore throat

    Muscle Pain


    New loss of taste or smell

    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when visiting our office.
    • Everyone shoul Social Distance by keeping 6 feet between yourself and others.
    • The Office of School Choice is open to visitors from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday.   
    • For questions, email school_choice@duvalschools.org 

     Click on the School Choice Reference Guide image to download.

  • Office of School Choice/Parent Resource Center Contact Information:
    Address:                                      Phone:                                         
    4037 Boulevard Center Drive         904.390.2082 | 904.390.2144 | Fax:  904.390.2070         
    Suite 100 (1st Floor)                    
    Jacksonville, FL 32207                  Email Usschool_choice@duvalschools.org
  • Magnet Schools of America Certified Magnet School

    Douglas Anderson SoTA, Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School and Pine Forest Elementary School of the Arts Become Nationally Certified Magnet Schools

    As 2019 Nationally Certified Magnet Schools, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School and Pine Forest Elementary School of the Arts have met the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and upheld the five founding pillars of magnet schools: diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and family and community partnerships. 

     Duval County Public Schools is pleased to share with you our School Choice website. This site is designed to give families an overview of the many types of school choices that are available to children in Duval County. Here you will find information about specific programs including: neighborhood schools, magnet schools, special transfer option schools, charter schools, and virtual schools. 

    Our goal is to provide services and assistance that will afford students educational opportunities that best meets their needs. No matter the type of school you are looking for...YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE!

  • Duval County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status or genetic information (and other protected classes included in the district’s Non-Discrimination Policy) in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices. The district also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boys Scout of America Equal Access Act.