Deputy Superintendent's Office
1939 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994 
Phone: (772) 219-1200 ext. 30248
Fax: (772) 219-1250
Email:
choice@martinschools.org 

Office of School Choice

Welcome to the Martin County School District Office of School Choice where families are provided a resource to research opportunities for their children with our public school system.

School Choice is an option available to resident and nonresident students per School Board Policies 5113.015113.02 and 5120.

Application Deadlines for All 2021/2022 Choice Options

Controlled Open Enrollment (COE)

High School Signature Programs Choice

In-County Resident Choice

Employee Choice

Application Window

March 1, 2021
to
March 31, 2021

January 13, 2021
to April 2, 2021          (MCHS & SFHS)
April 5, 2021 (JBHS)

Extended deadline:      May 7, 2021 for all high schools

March 1, 2021
to
July 31, 2021

March 1, 2021
to
July 31, 2021

Assignment notifications will be disseminated prior to the start of the new school year.

Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) for Out of County Residents

Per FS 1002.31 parents of students from any school district in the state that are not subject to a current expulsion or suspension can apply for Controlled Open Enrollment to any public, or charter school, that has not reached capacity in the district.  Martin County School District schools’ capacities are determined using the Florida Inventory of School Houses at 75%.

For the 2021/2022 school year the following schools are available for application by submitting a Form 407A.  Assignments will be based on space available in the grade level requested as required by the class size amendment. 

Hobe Sound Elementary, SeaWind Elementary, Indiantown Middle, Murray Middle and Stuart Middle

High School Signature Program Choice

High school students, living in Martin County, are able to apply to Signature Programs that are not offered at their home zone school.  Signature Programs, including courses offered through our Career & Technical Education Career Academies, offer rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers.  A program application, Form 407 and 407C must be submitted to the high school the student is applying to for consideration.

For the 2021/2022 school year Jensen Beach High School will be "open choice" for in-county residents.  A Form 407 must be completed and approved.  Students who wish to participate in a Signature Program at JBHS must still complete the Signature Program application process.

In-County Resident Choice

Parents of elementary and middle school students living in Martin County, who want their child to attend a school other than the one they are assigned to, must submit a Form 407 annually.  Initial requests will be processed by the Deputy Superintendent’s office and renewals to continue at the same school will be processed at the school site.  Assignments will be based on space available in the school/grade level requested as required by the class size amendment.  Students need to be registered at their home zoned school until parental choice request decisions are determined. 

Employee Choice

Regular employees of the Martin County School District must submit Forms 407 and 407B annually for their children to attend a school of choice.  Initial requests will be processed by the Deputy Superintendent’s office.  Renewals to continue at the same school will be processed at the school site.  Assignments will be based on space available in the school/grade level requested as required by the class size amendment.  Students need to be registered at their home zoned school until parental choice request decisions are determined. 

Reassignment

Parents of students experiencing a hardship at the current school the student is attending may request a student reassignment by submitting a Form 407 along with a letter and/or documentation detailing the request for reassignment.

Hardship Committee

In the School Board approved Parental Choice Plan, there is an assignment appeals process available to parents/guardians who believe they have a hardship.  Parents must submit a Form 407 and provide documentation for review to support their appeal, i.e. synopsis detailing reason behind transfer request, doctor letter, police report, etc.

Home Education

Home Education is a parent-directed educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance.  Florida laws protecting home education became effective in 1985.  Parents have the freedom to determine their child’s educational path and the plan for reaching their goals.  Students have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace, in any location or at any time.  Home Education students are able to enter institutions of higher learning and are eligible to participate in the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. More than 84,000 students in approximately 58,000 families are in Home Education Programs throughout Florida.  For more information, please visit our website or contact the Coordinator of Student Services at (772) 219-1200 ext. 30162.