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NE Florida School Districts Starting to Implement Statewide Open Enrollment

Stabler Department of Nursing

Florida state law now allows students to cross county lines for class beginning next school year.

Highly-rated St. Johns County opened its out-of-county application process Monday.

St. Johns is accepting applications from out-of-county students through March 10.  

Four schools in the St. Johns County School District have space for out-of-county students: Durbin Creek Elementary, Ponte Vedra Palm Valley-Rawlings Elementary, The Webster School and R.J. Murray Middle School.

At the same time, Duval has already been getting applications from out-of-county students, including St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties.

Any parent who wants their child in a Duval magnet school have until Feb. 28 to apply, and until May 16 for other Duval schools.  

Flagler County will start taking applications March 15. Clay and Baker counties are still working on implementing the law and don’t have dates set for accepting applications.

State law gives students priority in their own county. Districts also have to give priority to military kids who move due to military orders, kids relocated due to foster care placement in a different school zone and children who move because of court-ordered custody arrangements.

Parents of out-of-county students must arrange for their own transportation.

Photo: "Classroom" used under Creative Commons.

Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride.