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Apply for Hillsborough choice this fall



Hillsborough parents still interested in participating in school choice this school year can apply beginning Monday.

The district is accepting applications between Sept. 17-28. The choice program allows students attend schools with existing space outside their neighborhood attendance boundaries.

Relatively few schools have available seats at this time. They include four high schools, seven middle schools and 35 elementary schools.

"We want to be very, very conservative about overfilling schools,'' said Bill Person, who oversees student placement for the district.

He noted students assigned to a school under choice can stay there through the highest grade-level offered. Hillsborough wants to be careful making such assignments, because beginning next year Florida schools face hard caps on class sizes.

The schools with available space are as follows, although not all grade levels may have openings.

High schools: Lennard, Leto, Robinson and Spoto.

Middle schools: Bartels, Buchanan, Greco, Monroe, Madison, Van Buren and Webb.

Elementary schools: Anderson, Ballast Point, Bay Crest, Bellamy, Bing, Carrollwood, Chiaramonte, Chiles, Citrus Park, Clark, Collins, Crestwood, Deer Park, DeSoto, Doby, Egypt Lake, Grady, Hammond, Heritage, James, Kenly, Knights, Lake Magdalene, Lanier, Limona, Mendenhall, Morgan Woods, Seminole, Summerfield Crossings, Tampa Palms, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Town and Country, West Tampa and Woodbridge.

Hillsborough’s range of choice options also include specialized magnet programs and special assignment into crowded schools for hardship reasons.

At this time, elementary and middle magnet programs are accepting applications, but not high schools. Students staying at their current school do not need to fill out an application. The district expects to reopen the choice program to applicants for the 2008-09 school year in December. You can find more information here, or by or calling the Choice Information Line at 272-4692.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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