Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I apply to any of the programs?
A. No, some programs have application areas, which are geographic locations where students must live in order to apply for certain programs. These areas are usually based on students’ zoned schools. Some programs have unique application areas. Many programs do not have application areas and are available to students countywide. See the page 19 of this guide or review the District Application Programs procedures manual at www.pcsb.org/choice.
Q. May I apply to more than one program?
A. Yes, you may apply to up to five programs in order of preference (first ranked choice is the top choice). Priority preferences will only apply to the first ranked program. There are some programs that have eligibility criteria that applicants must meet. The District Application Programs procedures manual contains the entrance criteria for each program. You can find it at www.pcsb.org/choice.
- You may only apply to one of the two Center for Wellness and Medical Professions Programs at Boca Ciega High or Palm Harbor University High or the Centers Digital Learning at Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway (based on student’s address).
- For application area programs, parents may only apply to the program located within the application area in which they live.
Q. Is there any advantage to applying early in the application period?
A. No, applications are NOT processed on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications received during the application period, Jan. 6-15, 2021, are randomized giving applications equal treatment.
Q. If I apply to a magnet or fundamental program, does my child lose the seat at the current school?
A. No, students do not lose their current seat by applying to one of these programs. The seat is surrendered for the following year only if the parent receives and accepts an invitation to a different program.
Q. Can I apply to a program if I am not a Pinellas County resident?
A. Yes, you may apply, however, you would apply using a Special Attendance Permit (SAP) and not through the Student Reservation System (SRS). SAP applications can be found on the Student Assignment Page located at www.pcsb.org/registration. SAP applications are handled by the Student Assignment Office and are on a different timeline. Notification will occur after the District Application Programs' Initial Application, Acceptance, and Wait List periods. Please call Student Assignment at 727.588.6210 for more infomation about the SAP process.
Q. Will I receive any official written notification if my child is accepted into one of these programs?
A. NO, you must log into the Student Reservation System (SRS) during the acceptance period, Feb. 15-26, 2021, to find out which school/ program you have been accepted to, then you either accept the invitation or take no action to remain on all wait lists.
Q. What happens if my child is invited to a program, but I do not log back into the SRS during the acceptance period?
A. To guarantee your child’s seat at the school from which an invitation was offered, you must log in during the appropriate dates to accept the invitation (Feb. 15-26, 2021). If you do not log back into the SRS system to accept an invitation during this period, your child’s invitation will no longer be valid.
Q. What happens if one of my children is invited to a program and another not?
A. To recieve any kind of priority, both children need to have ranked the program as #1. Priorities are only given to the #1 ranked choice. Call the school during March 1-5 to make a newly invited sibling claim. While it does not guarantee your other child a seat, it will give them a wait list position advantage.
Q. If I apply to one of these schools and accept an invitation, can I change my mind and try to get into a zoned school instead?
A. You may, but there is no guarantee that a seat would be available in the zoned school. Students entering kindergarten, sixth, or ninth grade are assigned to their zoned school in most cases. Students in other grades will be assigned based on seat availability.
Q. How long can my child stay on a wait list if no invitation is received?
A. Applicants stay on the wait list for all of the programs to which they apply until they accept an invitation to one of the programs. Accepting an invitation to a program automatically removes a student’s name from all other waiting lists (except for the Centers for Gifted Studies). For grades K-7, waiting lists expire on March 1. For grades 8-12, waiting lists expire on the 11th day of the second semester.
Q. What happens at the end of the school year if my student is currently in a DAP program and on the wait list for a different DAP program?
A. At the end of the school year, you will need to decide whether you want to stay at the current program and be taken off the wait list of the other program or transfer to your zoned school to remain on the other program’s wait list.
Q. What can I do if I have a question or problem with the application process?
A. If it is a technical question about the online system, parents may contact the Tech Help center at (727) 588-6060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions, call Student Assignment, (727) 588-6210.