Application and Enrollment Process

Application and Enrollment Information for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

Thank you for your interest in Gulf Coast Elementary School, a Florida public tuition-free public charter elementary school. The official enrollment window for the 2022-2023 school year has begun and will continue until January 1st, 2022. After January 1st, 2022, you will no longer be able to apply for the 2022-2023 school year until June 1st, 2022.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are applying for the CURRENT - 2021-2022 school year please be advised that we can only offer you waiting list status at this time. You will be contacted if a space becomes available. Please be sure to select the correct school year when applying. Given that we can only provide you with waiting-list status for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage you to submit TWO pre-applications, one for the 2021-2022 school sear, and one for the NEXT 2022-2023 school year. Please note that you will need to use a separate e-mail address for each pre-application you submit. (PLEASE BE SURE TO MONITOR YOUR E-MAILS)


By design, the school offers a small, family oriented, caring environment with an educational program that encourages interest in the STEAM subjects. Students receive weekly scheduled access to our "Makerspace" where they can build, design, code, and create projects while completing quarterly challenges. This elementary school has an Extended School Day for enrichment, academic support and skills remediation. Our Reading Program takes center stage embracing the new B.E.S.T. Standards that include novels and traditional literature in addition to vocabulary, cursive writing, and mastery of the English language. Our science program teaches concepts by demonstration, observation and investigation and our Social Studies program strives to make the geography and culture of the world a part of daily discussion. Mathematics instruction addresses the new B.E.S.T. standards providing benchmark goals and examples of real-world applications. GCES will offer expanded learning opportunities through the Experiential Activity Program (EAP) where each grade level participates in an age-appropriate monthly activity with their class. In essence GCES offers a program where Technology, Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Art Collide!


Since the number of applicants for a particular grade level may exceed the positions available, a random selection process (or lottery) will be used to determine enrollment. Students who are not initially selected for enrollment will be placed on a numbered waiting list and will be notified if a position becomes available.

The enrollment of students receiving ESE (exceptional student education) services will be provisional and subject to the final determination made by the IEP team. The IEP team must agree that the charter school is the best available placement option.

Changing your child's elementary school is an important decision that requires some thought and considerable research. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about our unique educational program and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to read through Answers to Frequently Asked Questions posted on this website under the ANSWERS tab. If you should have any additional questions we invite you to contact us using the email address provided.


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