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Applications to change schools in Manatee County go live Tuesday

Posted at 5:09 AM, Dec 01, 2020

On Tuesday, students in Manatee County can begin the process of switching schools.

The open enrollment period begins Dec. 1 and runs through January 15. This is the only time of the year when parents can ask to move their child to a new school without a reason.

The online Choice Application requires an active FOCUS Parent Portal account.Parents with an actively enrolled student and linked parent portal account may access the 2021-2022 Choice Application beginning December 1 by logging in to their FOCUS Parent Portal, the school district said.

If the applicant child has NEVER enrolled in the School District of Manatee County, parents may click “Student Registration” on the District website and select “Click to enroll *NEW* K-12 Student for the first time”. Once the student is activated in the FOCUS student system the 2021-2022 Choice Application will be accessible for submission during the 2020 School Choice Session . Application details are available online here by clicking “School Choice” under the “Parents and Students” tab.

It is important to note that students new to the School District of Manatee County school system will be expected to upload official documents required for school registration such as a certified birth certificate, recent report card, Florida Immunization Form, etc.

For further information on school choice options available through the School District of Manatee County, please contact the Office of Student Assignment at 941-708-4971 or via email at