Guest post by Michael Kooi, executive director of Florida’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice
One of the priorities of the Department is to provide a challenging, yet customized education for Florida’s students and families. To deliver this type of education system for our individual students, the Department is able to showcase a variety of school choice options offered statewide.
Florida’s public schools offer a wide variety of curriculum options. Some of these aim to strengthen the availability, accessibility, and equity of educational options for parents including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment and Advanced International Certification of Education, just to name a few.
While many gifted students may enroll in these options, I want to stress that any qualified student can take advantage of these options. These school choice options have demanding, personalized curriculum. I have heard many stories about students who struggled in traditional classes but excelled when they entered a more challenging program that focused on their needs and strengths.
These programs not only offer challenging school work, but also provide excellent support structures and tutoring. Many are actually a part of our traditional schools, so students don’t even need to change their school of choice to take full advantage of these opportunities.
Florida has numerous education options for students and later this month, families will have a chance to see many of them during a one-on-one setting, at the Florida School Choice Expo “Carousel of Choice” on Nov. 16. If you can’t make the event, you can also find information at www.floridaschoolchoice.org.
How did you decide what kind of school to send your child to? Do you think any of the options listed above might be a good complement to your child’s current education?