Connecting moms in Polk County, Fla.
My best advice to you would be to call the school board for the individual area you live in and the school(s) you're interested in. Every school seems to be different. Some schools accept certain neighborhoods in their zoning and then open additional slots to children outside of their zoning. Some do not have zoning and are lottery assigned only.
You can find contact information for the Polk County School Board at this link.
Good for you for planning ahead. It should make a difference. : )
I believe Brigham is a lotter system only school. Whether that makes it choice, magnet or charter I don't know. I believe open enrollment was January for the lottery. I'm zoned for a "d" school and want my son in Brigham also. He would also be starting Kindergarten in 2012, so I already submitted him. I don't know if he will be put on a waiting list so that maybe his name will come up when it's time for him, or if I will have to re-apply next January. I have not heard any results from the lottery yet. I do know that if my son does not get into Brigham, I will be sucking up the payments and put him in private school until his number is called.
It is very confusing for us new to school moms and the PCSB website is not very user friendly in its explanations and such.
We just applied for Davenport school of the arts for our 3rd grader ( will be 4th next yr) i hear the waiting list for that school is pretty long as with the others...I know someone that's child was on the waiting list for Brigham for about 2 yrs.....but they waited ( in the mean time they sent him to a private ) and they are glad they waited They ( and the child) love Brigham.....
I got a phone call from polk county schools yesterday ( recording) informing me that My son is now on the waiting list for the school, and that all the slots that were open have been filled.
I just thought i would get some information to what number on the waiting list he is ....
anyone else hear anything?
To say I'm seriously bummed is an understatement.
I have 5 kids and not one of them has made it into BEA for Kindergarten!!!!!!!
My oldest went to private school until middle school, my second went to private school until middle school, Ethan did get in at BEA in 2nd grade. Ryan did not get in to BEA (he'll be in 2nd grade next year) and now Lillian did not make it into BEA kindergarten; she's in the pool according to the automated call I received last night.
This REALLY makes me want to pull my hair out! Lillian is in private school now, but I would have loved for her to go to BEA. As much as I pay in local taxes and still pay private school costs is ridiculous especially considering I'm driving my kids (gas $) as far as I am (on 540a when I live in south Bartow). The other itch under my skin is I could walk my kids to school every morning, BEA is just blocks from my house (which would alleviate my gas expense). Kids from Mulberry, Lake Wales, and Ft. Meade are being bused in (at county expense) to attend BEA I think it's great those communites can utilize a magnet school, what I don't understand is why those communities can't have their own magnet programs and the people of Bartow have to compete for slots in our own town. The price of busing these children has to be high and the poor dears! I've heard insane stories of children waking at ridiculous times to get to Bartow on time for class.
5 kids and I can't get ONE in for Kindergarten. I surely thought my odds would finally play out better!
Okay, off my soap box. I have NO IDEA what I'll do with Lillian at this point for kindergarten.