Application Information

Because we understand that selecting a school for your child is an important decision the professional staff at the Student Assignment Office is available to discuss your options and assist you through the application process. Please contact us at (772) 429-3930 or email student_assignment@stlucieschools.org

 

 

Applications can be submitted with proper documentation either via email or in person to:

St. Lucie Public Schools
Student Assignment Office
4204 Okeechobee Road
Fort Pierce, Fl 34947

Incomplete applications will be returned.

  • Kindergarten – Your child must be 5 YEARS OLD on or before SEPTEMBER 1.
  • First Grade – Your child must be 6 YEARS OLD on or before SEPTEMBER 1 and must have attended kindergarten.
  • Note: There is no early entrance for kindergarten or first grade students.
  • VPK – Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program: Your child must be 4 YEARS OLD on or before SEPTEMBER 1. Please call the Early Learning Coalition at 772-595-6424 ext. 122 for information or go to http://www.elcslc.org/home.php

Student Assignment Process

Student Assignment Process

The district offers regional school zones rather than neighborhood schools. This assignment process allows for preference to be given to families who have siblings currently attending the school or live within two miles of a school. It also enables the district to offer more choices to parents and best utilize school facilities. Unlike many high-growth school systems, we do not have to re-district when an area grows beyond the capacity of the school in that neighborhood.

Elementary and Middle Schools are divided into three zones, with Midway Road and Florida’s Turnpike being the dividing lines, each including portions of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. The Green Zone is north of Midway Road, the Blue Zone is south of Midway Road and East of Florida’s Turnpike, and the Red Zone is south of Midway Road and west of Florida’s Turnpike. High schools are assigned by zip code with only one choice. See the zone map and/or utilize the school search for more information. All zones contain several elementary schools and middle schools.

The Benefits of School Choice

  • Once a student is assigned to a school he/she does not have to leave unless the family chooses to change schools or the family moves
    into another choice zone.
  • Fair to all students, allowing them equal opportunity to select from all schools within their zone.

How to Receive a School Assignment for Your Child

  • If your child is new to St. Lucie Public Schools, you must complete an application for your child. Applications are available at the
    Student Assignment Office located at 4204 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, at any school in the district, or on this website.
  • Students who are moving from elementary to middle school within the district must complete an application for a school assignment.
  • Students who move from one zone to another zone within the district must complete an application for their new school zone.
  • The chances of receiving one of your top choice schools will improve by participating in the application period.
  • Once the application period ends, assignments are computer generated. Each application is sorted by giving priority to siblings wanting to attend the same school, and students living within proximity areas around each school.
  • Students who do not receive their first or second choice are
    placed on the wait list for their first choice school and are notified if a vacancy opens in their grade level. Once school begins, students must attend their assigned school in order to remain active on the wait list. The wait list is active from the date that it is completed until the end of the first nine weeks.

Application Periods

There is one open enrollment period for Elementary and Middle schools, which is subject to change yearly. Elementary and Middle School normally occurs in March. Students entering school or switching schools during the current year are handled on an individual basis through the Student Assignment Office.

School Assignment Application Requirements

Any parent or guardian registering students in the St. Lucie Public Schools District for the first time must bring the following documents when visiting a school or the Student Assignment Office. Assignments cannot take place without all of these documents:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Social Security Card (if available)
  • Proof of custody (if the child is not living with both
    natural parents).
  • Name and address of last school attended
  • Copy of Individual Education Plan (IEP) if your child is
    in an Exceptional Education Program

You must have one of the following combinations of requirements:

  • 2 Primary Proofs of Address (NAME and ADDRESS must printed on document):♦ Electric, Water, or Land Line Telephone Bill – within 30 days♦ Signed Lease Agreement – within 60 days♦ Official Rent Receipt – within 30 days♦ Current Mortgage Deed – within 60 days♦ Mortgage Payment Coupon – within 30 days♦ Sales/Builder’s Contract – (with Completion within 6 months)

OR

  • 1 Primary Proof of Address (NAME and ADDRESS must printed on document):♦ Electric, Water, or Land Line Telephone Bill – within 30 days♦ Signed Lease Agreement – within 60 days♦ Official Rent Receipt – within 30 days♦ Current Mortgage Deed – within 60 days♦ Mortgage Payment Coupon – within 30 days♦ Sales/Builder’s Contract – (with Completion within 6 months) AND 1 Secondary Proof of Address (NAME and ADDRESS must be printed on document):♦ Cable Bill or Cell Phone Bill – within 30 days♦ Driver’s License♦ Voter’s Registration • If living with relatives or friends: contact Student
    Assignment at (772) 429-3930

Final Step

After the assignment process has been completed, parents
must enroll their children at the assigned schools by
providing the above documentation along with the
following:

  • Health Examination (physical) The exam must be
    dated within 12 months prior to enrollment. Not
    required for students transferring from any Florida
    public or private school, if the requirement has
    already been met.
  • Florida Certificate of Immunization (original blue
    card). If you have moved from another state, you will
    need to take your current immunization record to the
    St. Lucie County Health Department (5150 NW
    Milner Dr, Port St Lucie, FL 772-462-3800), to your doctor,
    or to a clinic.
  • Assignment postcard.

Required Age to Start School

Under state law:

  • Kindergarten – Your child must be 5 YEARS OLD on or before SEPTEMBER 1.
  • First Grade – Your child must be 6 YEARS OLD on or before SEPTEMBER 1 and must have attended kindergarten.
  • Note: There is no early entrance for kindergarten or first grade students.
  • VPK – Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program: Your child must be 4 YEARS OLD on or before SEPTEMBER 1. Please call the Early
    Learning Coalition at 772-595-6424 ext. 122 for information or go to http://www.elcslc.org/home.php

FAQ

1. Where can I complete a school application?

Applications are available at the Student Assignment Office located at 4204 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34947, at any school, or download from this website.

2. Which school can my child attend?

St. Lucie Public Schools are divided into three regional elementary and middle school zones – Green, Red, and Blue. Midway Road and the Florida Turnpike are used as dividing lines to create our regional zones. The Green is any area north of Midway Road in Fort Pierce. The Red Zone is the area south of Midway Road and west of the Florida Turnpike. The Blue Zone is the area located east of the Florida’s Turnpike and south of Midway Road. High schools are assigned by zip code only, with one school choice. In each school zone there are several elementary and middle schools that your child is eligible to attend. They are assigned a school within the zone depending on seat availability.

3. Am I guaranteed a school that is close to my home?

No. The assignment process allows for preference to be given to families who live within two miles of a school. However, the process does not guarantee families a specific school. Since the applications are processed in a batch (randomly assigned), parents do not need to stand in lines or camp out during registration periods. It is not first apply, first assigned process. Students will be assigned a school within the regional zone in which the child resides.

4. Are students allowed to attend a school in a different school zone?

Students are required to attend schools within their regional school zone. However, there are exceptions:

  1. High School students who were grandfathered under the old school zones.
  2. High School students attending certain countywide attractor programs at Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood.
  3. Middle School students attending the
    attractor program at Forest Grove.
  4. Students assigned through the Opportunity Scholarship process.
  5. Elementary students who reside in the blue zone and live within two miles of White City Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary and Bayshore Elementary. 

Parents may call the Student Assignment Office at 429-3930 with any questions.

5. I live less than 2 miles from a school, but it is not in my regional zone, will my child be able to apply to go to that school?

Yes, if you live in the Blue Zone and less than 2 miles from Bayshore, Weatherbee and or White City Elementary you can apply by completing will have an opportunity to complete a Limited Zone-to-Zone transfer request which are available at the Student Assignment office.

6. If I only want a specific school what should I do?

If your child is currently enrolled in a school within your school zone, but would like a seat in a school located closer to your home, or a seat in another school, you may place your child on a wait list for the school of your choice. Your child will not lose his/her current placement, but will have an opportunity to change schools through the wait list process. The opportunity for a child to be moved thorugh  through the wait list process ends on the last day of the first nine weeks of the school year. The list is purged and a new list begins the first day of the second nine weeks for the next school year which begins in August.

7. Will transportation be provided for students attending school out-of-zone?

Yes. Transportation will be provided to those students who are approved to attend an attractor program or AYP Opportunity Scholarship.

8. How will the changes affect the magnet schools?

Magnet school waitlists will not be affected. If your child is currently on a waitlist for a magnet school he/she will be able to remain on that list.

9. I have accepted a seat at a magnet school; can I complete an application for a school in my regional zone?

Yes, you may participate in one of the application periods. Once you receive your assignment notification, you must contact the Student Assignment Office or the Magnet School within 5 days of your intentions of releasing or accepting the magnet school seat. If a response is not received, we will release your magnet school seat and offer it to the next student on the list.

10. When will I be notified of my child’s new school assignment?

Assignments will be mailed within 6-8 weeks at the conclusion of open enrollment.

11. What if I do not get the school of my choice?

If you do not get your first or second choice, your child will automatically be placed on a wait list for your first choice school. If your child is assigned to your second choice school, you will need to complete a wait list application and submit it to the Student Assignment Office.

12. When does the wait list move?

The wait list is moved during the batch process and after the first ten days of school. Children are moved off the list based on seat availability for their grade level.

13. How do I apply for a Charter School in St. Lucie County?

Parents can apply for charter schools by contacting them directly.

Homeless and Home Education

Home Education

Parent Responsibilities in Establishing a Home Schooling Program

  1. Send a notice of intent to home school to the district school superintendent (Intent to Home School Form)
  2. Maintain a portfolio of records
  3. Make your portfolio available for inspection by the superintendent upon a 15-day written notice
  4. Submit an annual evaluation for each home schooled child to the superintendent
  5. Preserve the portfolio of each home schooled child for two years
  6. Submit a letter of termination upon completion of your home education program, upon enrollment in a public or private school, or upon moving from St. Lucie County

Home Schooling Resources

Parent Information Packet
Florida Parents Educators Association

Contact Information

Call Virginie Milfort 772-429-3933 or email
All forms should be completed and returned to:
St. Lucie Public Schools
Student Assignment Department
4204 Okeechobee Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34947

Homeless Students

The School Board of St. Lucie and their partners can assist parents and their families who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.

Children who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence often move, causing them to frequently change schools and fall behind academically. These children usually live in overcrowded conditions. There is often a lack of basic resources such as appropriate clothing, food, transportation and money for basic school supplies. School is one of the few stable and secure places in a homeless child’s life.

A student is considered to be homeless if, due to a lack of housing, they must reside in a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings or doubled-up with relatives or friends due to economic hardship or eviction. A student can also become homeless due to a house fire or other natural disaster resulting in a temporary or permanent loss of their home.

If you think you may qualify for assistance, please complete the Residency Questionnaire and return to Cynthia Poole in Student Assignment. 

If you have questions, or your housing situation changes, please contact:

Cynthia Poole
772-429-3930
email

Policy Documents

Forms

Resources

Housing
Housing Florida Affordable Housing Locator
Emergency Financial Housing Assistance Program

Rx Assistance
http://www.rxassist.org

Clothing Assistance
Grace Way Village/Hope’s Closet 4 Children
Hopescloset@gracewayvillage.org or local phone 772-925-3074 ext 2

Programs/Services
Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, Inc.

Nutrition Program Information
Guidance for Homeless Children in the School Nutrition Programs

Educational Rights
Educational Rights – Adult
Educational Rights – Youth
Parent booklet

About Us

Educating children is a top priority in this community. Parents, schools, businesses and community members partner to provide a full and rich educational experience for our children.  Because each school provides a unique combination of opportunities and services, St. Lucie Public Schools are able to offer a variety of educational experiences that prepare students for the future.

Student Assignment Staff

Michelle Jerger
Director of Student Assignment
Angela Moreno 
Student Assignment Operator
Kandiss Davis 
Student Assignment Choice Program Specialist
Cynthia Poole 
Parent Information Specialist/District Homeless Liaison
Barbara King 
Clerk Typist
Raffaella Coppola 
Student Assignment Operator
Barbara Baez 
Student Assignment Operator
Joanne Conde 
Student Assignment Receptionist
Virginie Milfort
Student Assignment Operator