Five things to know about School Choice 2019-2020

Updated: Jan 15, 2019



Dec. 21, 2018 - Choosing the right school for your child -- be it an arts magnet or a career and technical academy -- can often be an overwhelming process. Thankfully, we're here to make that process just a little bit easier.


Here are five essential tips for picking the best school for your child's interests and needs in the 2019-2020 school year.


(Note: Schools and district offices will be closed Dec. 24, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019. Staff looks forward to assisting you with any questions and needs when we reopen on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. )


  • All applications are online. In previous years, there have been paper applications. This year, all school choice applications for the 2019-2020 school year must be completed online. You will need a Parent/Guardian OneView account to access FOCUS so that you can submit your online application(s) for magnet and/or special transfer option school(s). If you need instructions to set up an account and apply, go to www.duvalschools.org/schoolchoice.

  • Applications open Jan. 1, 2019. Applications will be available in FOCUS through your Parent/Guardian OneView account beginning Jan. 1.

  • The deadline for magnet and special transfer option school choices is Feb. 28, 2019. Unlike previous years where there were separate deadlines for magnet programs and special transfer option schools, all applications for these two types of schools must be turned in by Feb. 28, 2019.

  • The School Choice office has moved! The School Choice office is no longer located in the District Administration building. If you have additional questions you want answered in person, please report to Team B Building ( 4037 Boulevard Center Drive Jacksonville, FL 32207).

  • School Choice Expo is Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. This expo is your go-to place to preview all public school options in Duval County. Each school will be showcasing their featured programs, so you and your child can be fully informed in making a school choice. The event runs from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Prime Osborne Center. Visit here for more information.


We look forward to seeing you for the 2019-2020 school year! If you additional questions, visit the School Choice website here.

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