Apply Now if You Want to Get Your Kid in a Magnet School

OMG, is this what school looks like now? But where are the chalkboards?
OMG, is this what school looks like now? But where are the chalkboards?
Brad Flickinger via Flickr Creative Commons

Kindergarten is the new university.

Or at least that's what it feels like, with families having to apply to a wide range of schools months in advance and biting their nails in anticipation that Junior will get into that public Montessori -- or at least his "safety" elementary school.

As a relatively new mom who recently freaked out upon learning that there was an application process, much less that it is this early (and apparently kindergartners have homework now?), I warn you:

In Palm Beach County, magnet-school applications are due January 30. Unless you wanted to get your kid into Bak Middle School of the Arts, the Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach, Boynton Beach High School Arts programs, or A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts -- those deadlines passed in December! Sorry!

In Broward County, applications for magnet schools are due February 11.

In Miami-Dade, the deadline is soonest -- January 15.

Some schools require a school-specific application in addition to the county application. Good idea to check.

Charter schools are, apparently, entirely different animals -- "public" schools run by outside entities but "sponsored" by the local school district -- and you have to apply to each directly. Here's more info on those for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.

Or here's a good spreadsheet database for all the charter schools in the state, searchable by county.

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