School Choice

General Information

School Choice is a term that describes a group of programs to provide parents the opportunity to choose the school their children will attend. School Choice does not give preference to the type of schooling; instead School Choice comes into play should the parent decide that their child will attend school outside of the one they would have been assigned to by geographic default. The most common options offered by School Choice programs include open enrollment, home education, private school, and charter school. Florida Statutes 1002.31 requires each school district in the State of Florida to design an open enrollment plan that gives parents the opportunity to select the public school their children will attend. 

Bay District Schools provides a controlled School Choice program. The goal is to provide a quality education to all students regardless of what their educational needs are or where they live. Our desire is to ensure that each child receives the opportunity to gain the lifelong benefits that come from a quality education. School Choice is designed to help parents have greater choice in selecting a school for their child.


Benefits of School Choice

Scholarship Options 


McKay Scholarship: Transition to The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities

Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) - English

Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) - Spanish 


Tiffani Wolfe
Instructional Specialist Assistant
School Choice & Zoning



Mecca Emery
Instructional Specialist Assistant / Out of County Application Contact



1311 Balboa Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 767-4100
Mark McQueen
Superintendent, Bay District Schools
Office of the Superintendent
Holly Buchanan
Employment and Income Verification Equity Coordinator
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