The Special Assignment Request Initial Application Period opens Friday, April 1st.
Student Assignment OfficeFor assistance with registration or Student Assignment issues, please contact the Student Assignment Office at StudentAssignment@pcsb.org or (727) 588-6210.
New Student RegistrationFamilies who have moved to Pinellas County or have a child transitioning into Pinellas County Schools need to reserve a seat at the zoned school for the 2022-23 school year. Visit the New Student Registration page to learn what steps to take to have a reservation made and what required documentation is needed to enroll your child.
Student Reservation SystemA great family resource is the Student Reservation System. Parents can use the Student Reservation System to:
- Reserve a seat for the current or next school year
- Change their residence address
- Apply for a District Application Program
- Apply for Special Assignment Request
Please note that some of these options will only be available at certain times of the year.
Exceptional Student EducationParents of all students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) requiring Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services should contact the district ESE Student Transfer Team at (727) 588-5128 or the Exceptional Student Education office at (727) 588-6032. Learn more about Exceptional Student Education.The PreK Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Program offers a variety of models and options for children ages 3 through 5 who are developmentally delayed. You may contact the ESE Student Transfer Team at (727) 588-5128. Find out more about PreK ESE program.
Parental Choice OptionsPinellas County Schools offers a wide variety of high-quality educational programs for students.
Incoming students in kindergarten, 6th- and 9th-grade are assigned to zoned schools, which provide close-to-home, neighborhood schools, where students can receive a quality education. Find your child's zoned school with the School Zone Locator. See zone maps for elementary, middle and high schools.
Parents wishing to change schools may request a new school assignment through the annual Special Assignment Request process or apply for District Application Programs.
District Application ProgramsDistrict Application Programs include themed programs, career programs and fundamental programs. Find out more about District Application Programs.
Special Assignment RequestsSpecial Assignment Requests allow families to apply to attend a school their child is not zoned for. A Special Assignment Request cannot be made to a District Application Program because there is a separate application process.Special Assignment Requests are granted on a space-available basis. All such assignments are valid through the highest grade level. Bus transportation is not provided for granted Special Assignment Requests. Parents must arrange to get their child to and from school safely and on time. Find out more about district Student Assignment policy.Go to https://reservation.pcsb.org and look for the Special Assignment Request (SAR) to apply. Applications are taken year round. SARs will be granted when there is available space. If there are more requests than available seats, a wait list will be created and maintained.Students granted a Special Assignment Request (SAR) may remain at the assigned school through the highest grade level as long as there is capacity and all zoned students are able to attend their zoned school.
Special Attendance Permit (SAP) - For Out-of-County ResidentsIf a parent, legal guardian, other person with primary or shared parental responsibility for the student, or an adult student has his/her primary legal residence in a county other than this county, s/he may apply for an exception known as a Special Attendance Permit (SAP). The student must complete aSpecial Attendance Permit Application (PCS Form 4-302) Special Attendance Permit requests will be accepted for both the current school year and the next school year.
If approved for school attendance in the District, the student will be assigned to the requested school, provided the school has available space and it is in the best interest of the educational program at the school. Parents are responsible for safely transporting their child to and from the assigned school in a timely manner. Students granted a Special Attendance Permit may remain at the assigned school through the highest grade. There is no longer a requirement to re-apply annually.
* A student on suspension or who has been expelled cannot be approved for transfer to the District.
* No student residing in the district may be displaced by a student from another district.
Additionally, the following preferential treatment will be provided through the Special Assignment Request and Special Attendance Permit processes;
- dependent children of active-duty military personnel whose movement resulted from military orders;
- students who have been relocated due to a foster care placement into another school zone;
- students who move to another school zone due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or the serious illness or death of a custodial parent.
Pinellas Virtual SchoolPinellas Virtual School provides a rigorous and engaging online education. Learn more about the Pinellas Virtual School.
Charter SchoolsCharter schools are public schools operating under a contractual agreement with the local School Board. Find out about charter schools.
The Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) provides opportunities for students who attended or are currently assigned to a school that has earned a grade of "F" or three consecutive grades of "D" pursuant to section 1008.34, Florida Statutes. More information about the Opportunity Scholarship Program can also be found on the School Choice website at www.floridaschoolchoice.org.
Applications must now be submitted online for Prekindergarten.The Initial Application Period for the 2022-2023 school year was Jan. 18-31, 2022.The Acceptance period for Prekindergarten applications will run from March 1-11, 2022. Parents must log in during this acceptance period to view the results of their application and accept an invitation or choose to remain on the waitlist.Late Prekindergarten applications for 2022-2023 will be accepted beginning March 21, 2022.
Voluntary Prekindergarten (Age 4)The Voluntary PreK program is designed to prepare 4-year-old children for kindergarten and build the foundations for their educational success. This program is voluntary for children and providers. The half-day program is free with a voucher from the Early Learning Coalition. There is a weekly tuition fee to extend to a full six-hour school day.
PCS Prekindergarten (Age 3)Pinellas County Schools Pre-K program is for 3-year-old children who turn 3 on or before Sept. 1, 2022. The program includes developmentally appropriate activities in literacy, language, science, social studies, math, health and safety, art and music. There is a weekly tuition fee for a full six-hour school day.