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Pasco County school district lists schools frozen to open enrollment



The Pasco County school district has issued its final projected list of schools frozen to choice applications, after the implementation of new open enrollment policy and the adoption of revised attendance zones.

The new policy sets a school as closed to outside enrollment if it is at 90 percent of its capacity or higher.

The list indicates that most of the schools students were rezoned out of would not be open to choice, including Wiregrass Ranch and Mitchell high schools, and John Long and Seven Springs middle schools.

Notably, Wiregrass Ranch would remain 629 students over capacity, an improvement from past years, while Wesley Chapel High would sit just 4 students above capacity. The new Cypress Creek High would have 405 open seats. UPDATE: District officials noted that Cypress Creek seats will fill when it has seniors attending in 2018-19.

Mitchell High would be 264 students over capacity, while nearby schools the district had said it aimed to fill remained well below. Anclote High would have 500 available seats, and Ridgewood High would have 434. 

Other west side schools also would have many open spots, including Fivay (605) and Hudson (434).

All told, the district would close half of its 14 high schools to choice, seven of 14 middle schools and 25 of 49 elementary schools.

The district has asked the County Commission to increase school impact fees to help pay for future school construction in the high growth areas. Parents from the east and west side are challenging the district's attendance zone revisions.

See the list of frozen schools for more details.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:45pm]


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