Application Process and Lottery

  • The application for Controlled Open Enrollment can be completed online at under the Apply Now link on the OneClay Open Enrollment page. A paper-based copy of the application can be obtained upon request from the District Office. Submitting an application for Controlled Open Enrollment does not guarantee that the student will be approved to transfer to the requested school.  Applications will not be received by the school(s). Instead, applications must be submitted online or sent in the mail to the School District central office.

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    A student who enrolls or transfers under Controlled Open Enrollment may remain at the Controlled Open Enrollment school until the student completes the highest grade level at the school. Once the student has completed the highest grade level of that school, the student must return to their zoned school or apply for another lottery selection through Controlled Open Enrollment. 

    Once the application window has closed, all student applications will be randomly numbered using a lottery system. Applications will be drawn randomly and available seats will then be assigned to the applicants for that school. The window for submitting an application for Controlled Open Enrollment for Clay County School District is Monday, January 24- Friday, February 25, 2022.

    Once notified of a lottery selection of an available seat, the parent/guardian will have ten (10) working days to accept and enroll their student in the specified school. No response will be considered a decline of the selection. If a student happens to receive a lottery selection for more than one school, the parent/guardian must select one and decline the other. If seats re-open due to a declined selection, the student with the next number in the lottery waiting list will be notified and offered the seat. This process will only continue for the first five (5) days of school. After the fifth day of school, the waitlist will be discontinued. The lottery selections for 2022-2023 will begin the week of March 7, 2022.

    There is no appeal process for Controlled Open Enrollment as it is based strictly on a lottery procedure.