Student Transfer & Choice Options

Types of Transfers

Programs of Interest
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 interest not offered at their home school. Programs of interest 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

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 Interest
Director: Emily Harrison
904-547-4870
Hardship Waivers
Director: David Simpkins
904-547-7724
904-547-7672
Employee Transfers
Director: David Simpkins
904-547-7724
Controlled Open Enrollment
Contact: Kim Bays
904-547-7754

Controlled Open Enrollment (COE)
Pursuant to HB 7029, and SB 2524 and 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 prior to each application window. 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, if capacity is available within the applicable grade. 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.

2024-2025 COE Schools
(Application Window 3 for the 2024-2025 School Year)

Important Things to Note

  • Transportation to and from the transfer school is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
  • Transfer Applications are for the current application window and the designated start date.
  • 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. 4 – Jan. 31, 2024
COE Application Windows
New Student Applications for In-County Residents and Out-of-County Residents
Application Window 1:
Nov. 1 - 24, 2023
Lottery and Notification:
Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2023
Start Date:
Jan. 8, 2024
Application Window 2:
Jan. 31 - Feb. 23, 2024
Lottery and Notification:
Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2024
Start Date:
Mar. 19, 2024
Application Window 3:
May 1 - May 24, 2024
Lottery and Notification:
May 27 - Jun. 3, 2024
Start Date:
Aug. 12, 2024
Beginning March 1, 2024
Beginning March 1, 2024
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