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/not available for School Choice. Applications are only reviewed for residents of Hillsborough County. Note: Requests are not automatic. Choice Hardship is limited and only available under extreme (documented) hardships. Transportation is not provided.


The second application period for middle and high schools has closed.

The second application period for elementary schools opens April 29, 2014 at noon.


HARDSHIP CRITERIA
Extreme or Profound Hardship
School Board Employee (at the site)
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.

Hillsborough County residents applying for Choice Hardship
image: application Download application during open application periods
for the 2014-2015 school year (currently unavailable).


image: bus 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 if needed.
  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 a Magnet or School Choice selection has been made.
  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.