School Choice – What you need to know

Nov. 18, 2020 – Duval County Public Schools is a choice district, which means students can attend schools outside their attendance area zones through the school choice application process.

While applications open in January, there is a lot families can do now to prepare. See list below. Note that while some things have changed due to COVID-19, such as having a virtual School Choice Expo, other things like the requirement for a parent account, stay the same.

Get a Parent Account and link it to your student – This is essential because school choice applications are only available if the parent/guardian has a parent account and it is linked to their student. Visit www.duvalschools.org/focus for a step-by-step guide to creating a parent account and linking it to the student.

Plan to attend the 2021 Expo Virtually – The annual School Choice Expo is on Jan. 9, 2021 and will be virtual due to COVID-19. More information will be available on the district’s website as we approach January.

Register to attend a virtual school tour – Individual schools will begin offering virtual tours of their campuses in January and February.  Please visit the websites of the schools that interest you and register to do a virtual tour of the campuses.  Individual school websites are accessible from the districts main website here

Know the Application Window – The application window is from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2021.

Have more questions about the school choice process? The district’s Parent Academy is hosting a virtual information session on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. that explains the lottery process, school feeder patterns and more. 

The class is called “DCPS is a School Choice District- What Does that Mean for You? Register for the course here.