The Office of School Choice has provided a timeline for applying for the 2015-2016 school year. The timeline can be accessed in the PDF below that is entitled School Choice Timeline 14-15. Please note that there is a Choice Fair on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10 AM -2 PM at Viera High School. Representatives from Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High IB Programme will be there to answer any questions.
Also, the Choice Application window for the 2015-2016 school year is from Saturday, October 25, 2014-February 6, 2015. Acceptance letters will be mailed on Monday, February 23, 2015 and Commitment Letters will be due on Friday, March 24, 2015. The Choice Commitment Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Media Center at Cocoa Beach.
We will also have informational meetings November 10, 2014 and November 17, 2014 at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School from 6:00-7:00 PM for students/parents interested in applying for the IB Programmes at Coca Beach Jr/Sr High School. The meetings will take place in the Media Center and provide you with information for the application process and also information about the IB Programmes.
If the student is entering high school, Melbourne High does have an IB program in addition to Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr. It will be important to find a home that is NOT zoned for Melbourne High if Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr is the buyer’s preference. The best way to be sure, is to enter the address of the prospective home into the “school finder” on the Brevard Schools website:
You would enter the street address of the home and the student’s grade. If the address is zoned for any high school other than Melbourne High, then, if accepted into the program, that student would be all set for Cocoa Beach as her/his choice school, since only Cocoa Beach and Melbourne High have IB programs. For 7-8th graders there is no “gray” area, as there is no school other than Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School in the county with a middle school IB program.
Click the following link to apply: https://brevardflc.scriborder.com/inarea_start
Everyone applying for Cocoa Beach IB Programme should fill out the Choice School application for in area, even if you live outside our Cocoa Beach boundaries. Please do not fill out the out of area application or you will not be considered for the IB Programme.
Essay Topic for Application: Student is required to write and submit a short (150 words minimum) explanation of why the student wants to participate in this international program. The student must include information about their career goals and future educational plans. This essay will be required to be uploaded and attached to the student's application. The student's application is not considered complete until this essay has been completed and received.
Teacher/Guidance Counselor Recommendations: Please print out 2 teacher and 1 guidance counselor recommendation forms from the school choice website or from the PDF documents below. Please turn your recommendations forms with envelopes into your student's guidance counselor and teachers. On the outside of the envelope, please write Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School, Sarah McCarthy, IB Office. Your student's school will send it through the currier after they have filled it out. The guidance counselor/teacher will sign the sealed envelop to indicate that it is a confidential letter of recommendation. If your school is a private school or unable to send the recommendation through the currier, please place a stamp on the envelop and address it with the below information before giving it to a guidance counselor or teacher:
Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School
Sarah Robinson, IB Coordinator
1500 Minutemen Causeway
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Fee: The cost to apply is $30. To ensure that all applications are processed through the website, please us a credit/debit card, money order, or coupon codes. Coupon codes are used for hardship cases only and are distributed by the Central Office of School Choice. The applicant should follow the process to obtain, complete, and submit the fee application waivers on the Office of School Choice website. A coupon code must be received prior to the applicant submitting an online application. If you need any assistance with obtaining a coupon code, please contact the Office of School Choice at 321-633-1000 extension 395. Students zoned for Cocoa Beach do not have to pay this fee.
Documents to Upload: After your application has been submitted, you should receive an email from Scriborder. In that email will be a link. To access that link you must have your email address that you used to create the application, the password that you used, and the confirmation/order number from after you successfully submitted your application. Once you have input that material, you will be able to upload the below required documents to complete your application.
To upload the correct documents, please refer to the information below.
The IB Programme is a challenging, rigorous program of international study. Therefore, student acceptance is based on teacher recommendations, grades, standardized test scores, and a writing sample.