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Hillsborough Choice Options

Hillsborough Choice Options

Choice Hardship


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Choice Hardship allows parents and legal guardians, with a documented hardship, an opportunity to submit a request for a school that is capped for School Choice. Note: Requests are not automatic. Choice Hardship is limited and only available under extreme (documented) hardships. Transportation is not provided.



HARDSHIP CRITERIA
Extreme or Profound Hardship Medical Hardship
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Parents are advised that Choice Hardship may be revoked at any time if students do not meet behavior and attendance standards established by schools.
Click here for procedures and reasons for revocation of Choice Hardship.

Due to the school's enrollment and limits under the Class Size Reduction Amendment, schools listed in the YELLOW category will only accept Hardship applications.

Requests for schools in the Yellow category will only be granted in an extreme hardship situation. Documentation of the hardship must accompany the application.

Due to the school's enrollment and limits under the Class Size Reduction Amendment, schools listed in the RED category will not accept requests for a Hardship.

All applications received for schools in the RED category will not be reviewed and returned via US Mail.




Choice Hardship is a two step process.

Step 1 - Begin application process by submitting application online during an open application period.

Step 2 - Print the completed online application during an open application period and mail to:

Hillsborough County Public Schools
Velasco Student Services Center
Office of Student Planning and Placement
1202 E Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Both steps 1 and 2 must be completed in order for the application to be considered.

Hillsborough County Public Schools’ adheres to the Florida State Constitution, Article IX, Section I, and therefore, class sizes are restricted.

  • The maximum number of students who are assigned to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for prekindergarten through grade 3 will not exceed 18 students.
  • The maximum number of students who are assigned to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for grades 4 through 8 will not exceed 22 students.
  • The maximum number of students who are assigned to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for grades 9 through 12 will not exceed 25 students.

Note: Once a student is granted choice hardship to a school, families do not need to reapply for subsequent years at that school.

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