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November 1, 2019
I try to be a good mom. I love my kids and want the best for them. I do my research when it comes to doctors and dentists and dance classes.
So, why wasn’t I doing my research when it came to schools?
The answer: I didn’t realize how many options we have.
Before I joined the team at Hillsborough County Public Schools, I’d heard the term “School Choice” but I didn’t really understand the concept.
For our family, our neighborhood schools have been a great fit. However, there are A LOT of options out there from Hillsborough Schools—especially for children with specific interests and talents.
Does your student have an artistic flair? An interest in robotics? Does he or she want to see what goes into becoming a doctor? If so, consider a Magnet School or a Choice Attractor Program. These focus on a theme (like Environmental Science or Performing Arts) and engage your student to discover more. And they’re all tuition-free.
You can find out more about the options across Hillsborough County at HillsboroughSchools.org/choice.
Once you’ve looked at different schools and perhaps set up a tour, the Choice application process is simple. Go to HillsboroughSchools.org/choice and click the “Apply” button. The first application period for the 2020-2021 school year is Oct. 25–Dec. 31, 2019.
Depending on whether you’re choosing a Magnet Schools or Choice Attractor Program, you’ll have a certain number of schools/programs to which you can apply. Now, don’t stress—it’s not first come, first served. The person who applies in October has the same chance as the person who applies in December.
You’ll be notified in February whether you received an offer to one of the schools on your application.
And here’s the really cool part—our school district is always adding new and innovative programs.
During the school choice process, don’t forget to do some deep digging into your neighborhood school. Our schools often have so many unique clubs, programs, sports teams, competitions and benefits that you may not know about everything until you check them out!