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, have a child entering kindergarten or a child transitioning into Pinellas County Schools need to register their child for the upcoming school year.
Kindergarten RegistrationKindergarten registration begins on January 13, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have a child who will be five years old prior to Sept. 1, 2020, you can register your child at your zoned PCS elementary school.
Student Reservation SystemThe Student Reservation System is a great resource for families. 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 the 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 convenient 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 are granted on a space-available basis. All such assignments are valid through the highest grade level. Bus transportation is not provided for Special Assignment Requests and parents must arrange to get their child to and from school safely and on time. Find out more about the district's Student Assignment policy.The initial SAR application period will run from April 1, 2020 to April 15, 2020 for parents to request a non-zoned school that is not a District Application Program for their children for the 2020-2021 school year.Late SARs can be made beginning April 27, 2020 through July 12, 2020. Late SARs are placed at the bottom of the request list in the order in which they are received, so it is most advantageous to make requests during the initial SAR period between April 1st and April 15th.
Special Assignment Requests are granted three times before the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The first round of requests are granted in May, prior to the end of the current school year on May 29, 2020. Requests will be reviewed and granted again before the end of June and once again before the end of July.Students granted a Special Assignment Request (SAR) may remain at the assigned school through the highest grade level.
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 a Special 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 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 move 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 SchoolThe Pinellas 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.
Applications must now be submitted online for PreKindergarten.Late Applications are still being accepted for the 2019-20 school year through December 31, 2019.Initial Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open January 20, 2020 and run through January 31, 2020.The Acceptance period for PreKindergarten applications will run from February 24, 2020 through March 6, 2020. 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 2020-2021 will be accepted beginning March 23, 2020.
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, 2020. 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.