Student Assignment Leeschools

Can my Pre-K child automatically stay at the elementary school they are presently attending for Kindergarten?
No. You must submit an application to choose a school for Kindergarten even if you want the same elementary school they are attending for Pre-K. Those participating in the lottery application period improve their chance of getting their first choice selection. Return to Top
How does my proximity to the school affect our chances of getting in?

There are two Proximity Preferences. Proximity Preference 1 (P1) is given to students living within approximately two miles driving distance of a school. Proximity Preference 2 (P2) is given to elementary and middle school students living within approximately two to five miles driving distance of a school or the school closest to their residence within their zone. There is no P2 for high school students.

Proximity can be helpful unless there are more students living in the proximity area ranking the same school as their first choice than there are available seats. All preferences are most beneficial to the students when used as your first choice during the lottery application period. Ranking them as lower choices greatly diminishes their value.

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If I have a unique situation, can the school principal approve a waiver?
No. Due to the many unique situations throughout the District, only Student Assignment personnel may approve waivers. Any parent that believes he/she has a true and unique hardship requiring assignment to a particular school may submit a waiver request. Keep in mind that in some cases, obtaining a waiver may require you to provide your own transportation. Return to Top
If I want to change my child’s school for the upcoming school year, what do I have to do?

Anyone desiring a change of schools must submit an application, ranking all schools within the appropriate sub-zone. Once an application is submitted, the current school of assignment is forfeited and a new assignment is made. You will know what school will be assigned after the applications have been processed following the application period. There is no guarantee of a particular school assignment when submitting an application through the lottery process. The student could be assigned to any school within the sub-zone based on the lottery process, perhaps even rotating back into the original school assignment.

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If my child is currently enrolled in a District school and I want to apply for a different school or program, can I hold on to his/her seat in their current school until I find out about the other program?
No. Once an application is submitted, the current school of assignment is cancelled and a new assignment is made. Prior to submitting an application for a change of assignment, Student Assignment personnel can determine if there are openings at the school you desire. You would submit an application only if there were openings; otherwise, your child would stay at their current school of assignment. Only one transfer per school year is permitted. Return to Top
Is my incoming Kindergarten child automatically registered in school?
No. Every child in the district who is five years old on or before September 1st of the new school year must register at one of the offices and participate in the Student Assignment process. Return to Top
What do I need to do if my student is leaving the District during the summer months?

Parents of students leaving the District and/or parents of students who are enrolling into a private school for the next school year, are asked to fax a letter and a copy of their photo ID to the Student Assignment Office in their zone. Please include the following information in the letter:

  • Student’s Name
  • Student’s Date of Birth
  • Name of the school they are currently assigned to in the Lee County School District
  • Whether they are “leaving the District” or “entering a private school”

Note: During the school year you must contact your school of assignment to notify the school that your child is leaving the District.

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What do the letters stand for on the application receipt next to the list of schools?

The letters, if any, represent preferences given to your child’s application.

  • E - Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
  • S - Sibling Preference/
  • P1 - Proximity Preference 1 (within approximately two miles)
  • P2 - Proximity Preference 2 (within approximately two to five miles, or the school closest to their residence within their zone)

Preferences, if any, are most beneficial to the student when used as your first choice. (Example: sibling, proximity, etc.) Ranking them as lower choices can greatly diminish their value.

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Where are the Student Assignment Offices located?

There are three locations for your convenience. You may visit any location regardless of where you live and where your child attends school. Office hours for all three locations are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For maps to each office, please visit

Lehigh Acres Office
1262 Wings Way
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Phone (239) 337-8347
Fax (239) 303-2589

Located in the Community Health Association Complex – off Beth Stacey Blvd., between Homestead Rd. and 23rd St. SW

Cape Coral Office
360 Santa Barbara Blvd. N.
Cape Coral, FL 33993

Phone (239) 242-2059
Fax (239) 458-1079

Located in Cape Coral Tech – just north of the intersection of Pine Island Road and Santa Barbara Blvd.

Fort Myers Office
2855 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33966

Phone (239) 337-8247
Fax (239) 335-1428

Located at the corner of Colonial Blvd. and Metro Pkwy. behind McDonald’s

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Who needs to participate in the Student Assignment process?

Any student registering for school in the District for the first time participates in the Student Assignment process. This includes 1) Any new students in any grade moving into the school district and 2) Students entering Kindergarten, 6th grade or 9th grade.

Students in 5th or 8th grade who are already enrolled in the District, will receive an application in the mail and may register by mail or online at Applications must be submitted to the Department of Student Assignment for enrollment into Elementary, Middle and High School. Once a student is assigned to a school, they may remain at the school through its highest grade level, unless they move into a different zone or a sub-zone.

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Will my younger child automatically be assigned to the same school where my older child(ren) attends?

No. You must submit an application to the Department of Student Assignment. The student will get a sibling preference to the school where their older sibling is currently assigned. The preference assists in assigning the student to the same school during the lottery process.

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This year, more than 17,000 students participated in the District’s Student Assignment lottery. Preliminary data indicates more than 84% of families received their first-choice school for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, over 95% received one of their top three choices.

87% of the students entering kindergarten, 82% of student entering sixth grade, and 84% of students entering ninth grade in 2017 - which are the students mandated to participate in Student Assignment - received their first choice. These percentages will continue to rise as we draw closer to the start of the 2017-18 school year.

“Over the next several months, we will process the eligibility pools as vacancies occur, which will move many students into their first-choice schools,” said Leila Muvdi, Director of Student Assignment. “By the 15th day of school, the percentage of families who receive their first-choice school will exceed 90%.”

This year almost 5,000 student applied online to participate in the Student Assignment process. This option continues to grow in popularity because of convenience. Parents who chose the online option are able to view their student’s assigned school today by clicking on the following link and entering their PIN:

The District will mail notices to all families who participated on April 21, 2017.

If a student received a school other than their first choice, they are automatically placed in the eligibility pool for their first-choice school. It is unnecessary for parents to call requesting placement in an eligibility pool – it’s automatic.

Parents who have questions about the student assignment program can call the Student Assignment Office at 239-337-8247.

Below is a breakdown, by grade level, of the total applications processed during the Open Enrollment period:

  • Kindergarten: 4,522
  • 1st Grade: 321
  • 2nd Grade: 236
  • 3rd Grade: 233
  • 4th Grade: 231
  • 5th Grade: 193
  • 6th Grade: 5,712
  • 7th Grade: 200
  • 8th Grade: 153
  • 9th Grade: 6,539
  • 10th Grade: 246
  • 11th Grade: 227
  • 12th Grade: 50
  • Grand Total: 17,067
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