Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the deadline to apply for a Choice program for the 2021-2022 school year?
A. Friday, December 18, 2020*: The deadline to apply for all programs at Bak Middle School of the Arts (all programs), The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach (Music-Band & Music-Orchestral Strings), Boynton Beach Community High School Arts programs (Dance, Digital Media, Music-Band, Music-Keyboard/Piano, Music-Vocal, Theatre, and Visual Arts), A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts (all programs), and West Boca Raton Community High School Performing Arts program.
*The Choice application deadline date(s) may be subject to change as a result of conditions out of our control including, but not limited to: District/school closings, delay in school district daily operations, changes in school calendar, holidays, testing, etc. Updated deadline dates will be published.
Q. I forgot my password to my parent portal. How can I recover it?
A. Use the “Forgot My Password” feature when logging in. Check your junk/spam folders in case the password reset email was rejected by your server. If you have problems with the “Forgot my Password” feature, send an email requesting a password reset, from the email address you signed up with to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Will I be able to apply for more than one Choice program?
A. One application per student may be submitted. Each application will allow the selection of up to (2) two Choice programs. The selections may be limited, depending on the student's grade level, program and attendance zone.
Q. There is a '95% rule' that allows my child to apply to a different school as the zoned school's program. How do I know what programs my child would be eligible for with this new 'rule?'
A. If your child is zoned to attend a school that is currently at 95% or above enrollment, he/she will have more program options to apply for. Your child will no longer be restricted to selecting your zoned schools program as a first choice IF your zoned school is at or above 95% as indicated on the October FTE report. Any available program options will be shown in your Choice program application drop down menu.
Q. Can I submit one application for both of my children?
A. No. Each child must have a separate application submitted.
Q. How long does it take to complete the online application process?
A. Applying for a Choice program online is quick and easy. The process should not take more than 15 minutes.
Q. I do not have access to a computer? How else can I apply?
A. You can apply online with your Smartphone or Tablet. Please contact your child’s current school or the Department of Choice and Career Options at email@example.com for additional assistance.
Q. Is there another way of submitting an application other than online?
A. A hard copy of the application will be accepted, however, online applications are preferred and provide the parent with immediate responses, current application status and ability to manage their child’s account.
Q. Can I track the status or make changes to my child's application?
A. Yes. Tracking your child's status or making changes to your child's application during the application period is fast and simple. Just log on to your Parent Portal, then enter your e-mail address and password used to set your parent account. One change to your child's application after submission will be accepted until the published deadlines. Notification of your child's application status can be accessed by following the same process.
Q. Once I've submitted the application electronically, how will I know that the submission is successful?
A. Once the application is completed and submitted online, you will receive a confirmation sent to the email address attached to your parent account. Remember to check all spam and junk email folders to ensure delivery. If the email is found in either of these folders, be sure to mark it as 'not spam' or 'not junk.'
A. It is the user's responsibility to protect the integrity of any information entered in the system. This includes but is not limited to passwords or personal information about you or your child. Your account is linked only to your child(ren).
Q. My account has been disabled because I've attempted to login too many times. Should I set up another account?
A. No. You must wait one hour for the system to reset itself from your unsuccessful attempts. If you forgot your password, use the "Forgot my Password" feature. If you are still having difficulties, e-mail the Department of Choice and Career Options at: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Q. Can I change my first-choice selection even though my application has already been submitted?
A. ONE PROGRAM SELECTION CHANGE will be allowed once the application is submitted. Applications for schools that require auditions such as Bak Middle School of the Arts, The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach, A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, Boynton Beach High School's Arts programs and West Boca Raton High School's performing Arts program, cannot be changed after December 18, 2020. All other choice selections can be changed one time until January 29, 2021.
A. No. A student and his/her primary custodial parent must be residing in Palm Beach County prior to completing an application or auditioning for a Choice school or program in the PBCSD.
Q. I moved but haven't updated my address at my school yet. Can I still apply?
A. The address listed on the application must be the same as the address on file with the PBCSD Student Information System (SIS) at the time the application is submitted. If a current parent address is not consistent with the student’s address, the student’s address must be updated at the student’s current school. Applications will not be processed if the address on the application and the address in SIS do not match by the application deadline date. The Department of Choice and Career Options reserves the right to ask for additional documentation in order to prove residency.
CHOICE PROGRAM SELECTION PROCESS
Q. Are students selected based on a first-come, first serve process?
A. All eligible applications submitted by the published deadlines deadline will be considered for the random lottery selection.
A. The random lottery selection will be conducted during March 2021 using software provided by an independent software developer.
A. The lottery is programmed according to the Choice policies and procedures, including preferences. Any preference is considered only for first choice applications. See below for the lottery steps and options:
1. All first choice applications are automatically 'run' through a random selection process, filling all available seats. Those students who were NOT randomly selected through this process will be in the 'Wait Pool' for that program.
2. If the applicant also selected a second choice option, they will be considered for their second choice in the random lottery that happens next.
3. During the second choice lottery, the system runs all second choice applicants for each program and assigns them according to the number of available seats left after all first choice seats were considered in the initial lottery. If additional seats are available for a program that other applicants selected as a first choice, then second choice students will be randomly assigned to fill those seats.
4. Once the lottery is complete, students can be (1) Assigned to their first choice, (2) Assigned to their second choice or (3) In the wait pool for one or both of their programs (depending upon how many choices they originally selected)
Q. I was assigned to my first choice. What do I do next?
A. Students who were assigned to their first choice selection have the option of accepting or declining the seat. If they decline the seat offered for their 1st choice, they must enroll at their zoned school. You cannot decline a first choice to remain in a wait pool for a second choice.
Q. I was assigned to my second choice. What are my options?
A. Students who were assigned to their second choice selection have the option of accepting or declining the seat. If they accept the seat, they are no longer in a wait pool for their first choice program. If they decline the seat, they will automatically be placed in the wait pool for their first choice program. You cannot accept a second choice and remain in the first choice wait pool.
*Students cannot be assigned into more than one program at a time! Students can only be assigned to one program, or placed in the wait pool for both programs.
Q. I am in a wait pool for both Choice programs I selected. What happens next?
A. If you are in a wait pool for both programs, that means that there were more applicants than seats available for the programs you selected. After the accept/decline period, any available seats could be filled with students from the wait pool. If this occurs and you are assigned, you will receive communication from the school. Additional assignments could take place until the first day of the new school year.
Q. When will parents be notified if they are selected to participate in a program?
A. Students who applied online and are selected in the lottery will receive an email notification from the Choice and Career Options Department by April 1, 2021. Parents may also login to their Parent Dashboard to view the status of their child's application. Students who did not apply online will receive notification via US Mail after April 1, 2021.
A. Students who were not selected in the lottery will receive an email notification of their application or “wait pool” status from the Department of Choice and Career Options by April 3, 2020. Parents may also login to their Parent Dashboard to view the status of their child's application.
Q. I submitted an application for more than one child. One child was assigned through the lottery but his/her sibling (twin/multiple) did not get assigned. How do I assure they will attend the same school?
A. Siblings are not guaranteed to be assigned together due to available seats in the grade level applying for and the number of applicants for the program. If seats become available during the accept/decline period, additional assignments will be made; the Choice Department is aware of all non-assigned siblings. Schools do not have the authority to accept a sibling that was not assigned through the lottery. Siblings may always attend their zoned school together if it causes a hardship with them attending two separate schools. Reassignments for students to join their siblings at their assigned Choice school will not be considered.
Q. If my child is currently in a Choice program and applies to a different choice program at the same school, does he/she automatically get in?
Q. If my child is currently enrolled in a Choice program, do they need to reapply for the following school year?
A. Current Choice students do not need to reapply in order to remain in their present choice program/school. however, choice students in the 5th and 8th grades must apply for middle and high school choice programs.
A. No. It is the parent/legal guardian's responsibility to guarantee that your child's application is submitted online or to the Department of Choice and Career Options by the published deadline dates.
POST LOTTERY PROCEDURES
Q. Will I automatically be registered at the Choice school if I am selected into the program through the random lottery selection?
A. No. You must register at the school following acceptance into the Choice program. Choice schools send acceptance letters to designated students, indicating a registration period and additional information to secure the seat assignment. All students must comply with the school's procedures and deadline dates to guarantee a spot in the program. Failure to return requested documents or to register at the Choice school will result in forfeiture of the assigned seat.
A. Transportation is provided for selected K-12 Choice students who reside more than 2 miles from the school based on designated Palm Beach County transportation zone maps. Transportation is not provided for PreK3 and PreK4 Choice students.
Q. Why was I considered ineligible for the program I selected?
A. If you did not meet the eligibility criteria (GPA, audition, etc), you were not considered in the Choice lottery for that program. If you have any questions about your GPA eligibility, please contact the school you applied for. If you were ineligible for your first choice, your second choice is not considered in the lottery as a first choice. Audition school applicants will receive detailed information in their email about the audition results.
Q. What additional Choice options do I have for the 2021-2022 school year?
A. If you wish to apply for another school rather than another program, you may submit an application through the Controlled Open Enrollment process at mypbchoiceapp.com. The application and list of available schools will be available April 2021.
Additional Choice Program Information