Student Transfer & Choice Options

Types of Transfers

Programs of Choice
Parents of students in 5th, 8th, and 9th grade may request a transfer for their child to enroll in a career academy or program of choice not offered at their home school. Programs of Choice include High School Career Academies, IB and AICE acceleration programs, ROTC and in middle school, a Center for the Arts program.

ESE School Choice Options / Family Empowerment Scholarship
Beginning July 1, 2022, the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities is available for students with an IEP. This scholarship offers students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school or an out-of-district public school if there is space available and your child’s IEP needs can be met at the school you are requesting.

If you are interested in public school choice in district, you must contact the ESE Department. Family Empowerment Unique Abilities zone transfers will be accepted during the following time periods:

  • For semester 1 – request must be submitted by August 1
  • For semester 2 – request must be submitted by December 1

Please note – student’s eligible under Section 504, currently not participating in the John McKay Scholarship program, are not eligible for the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities for private school participation nor for public school zone transfers.

Hardship Waivers
A student may be granted a hardship transfer when a condition or situation exists that implies an adverse or compelling circumstance or a state of misfortune unique to that student’s life or a family’s life situation. The situation could impact the student’s ability to achieve success at their zoned school.

Employee Transfers
Any parent or legal guardian employed full-time by SJCSD may request a transfer for their child to attend the school in which they work, or the school closest to their primary work location if a different grade level.

How to Apply

Applications are available for each transfer option at the appropriate time on the school district’s website and paper copies are available upon request.

Contact Us
Programs of Choice
Director: Emily Harrison
904-547-4870
Hardship Waivers
Senior Director: Paul Abbatinozzi
904-547-7583
904-547-7712
Employee Transfers
Senior Director: Paul Abbatinozzi
904-547-7583
Controlled Open Enrollment
Contact: Dana Kirkwood
904-547-7754

Controlled Open Enrollment (COE)
Pursuant to HB 7029, 1002.31 F.S., parents seeking additional choice options for their student may enroll their child in any school in the state that has not reached capacity (available seats). A list of schools accepting COE students will be released each year. Parents will fill out an application for each school they would like their child to attend during the application window. Assignments will be made through a random lottery system. Siblings will be provided a preference in the lottery. Transfers are granted through completion of the highest grade at the school. IEP requirements cannot be guaranteed for students accepting a transfer through COE.

Important Things to Note

  • Transportation to and from the transfer school is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
  • Transfer Applications are for the up-coming school year.
  • Students who are subject to a suspension or expulsion at their zoned school are not eligible for controlled open enrollment transfers.
  • Student hardships are available for residents within St. Johns County only.
  • Student Hardship Transfer and Employee Transfer requests must be renewed each year.

Transfer Timelines

Jan. 6 – Feb. 10, 2022
Controlled Open Enrollment Lottery and Notification
Mar. 1 – Mar. 25, 2022
Mar. 28 – Apr. 1, 2022
Beginning March 1, 2022
Beginning March 1, 2022
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