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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 (updated list available April 4th) 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 (updated list available April 4th) 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.




Hillsborough County residents applying for Choice Hardship
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image Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.


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.

Choice Hardship Documentation

To be considered for Choice Hardship documentation must be submitted with the application.

  1. On the application or a separate sheet of paper, state specific reasons why you are requesting choice hardship. Attach additional documentation.
  2. At the top of the page include your child's name, student ID number (lunch #) and school you are requesting.
  3. A Choice Hardship will not be reviewed if you apply to other schools.
  4. All applications MUST be signed by the child's parent or legal guardian to be processed.
  5. Attach your documentation with specific reasons why you are requesting choice hardship to the back of the application. Make sure you include the child's name, student ID number (lunch #) and school you are requesting. Applications should be submitted via U.S. Mail to: Office of Student Planning, Placement and Support Programs 901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602.

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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