Three area schools have been among the emptiest in Palm Beach County for years because many students opt out to attend other schools.
But a shot at a federal diversity grant potentially worth millions has school district officials hoping that underused Galaxy Elementary, Congress Middle and Boynton Beach High schools could soon be packed with students looking to take advantage of new magnet programs.
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Three Boynton Beach-area schools targeted for new magnet academies with a federal grant have been among the district’s emptiest schools with the highest number of students opting out.
School 2012-2013 Enrollment 2012-2013 Capacity Utilized 2012-2013 Students Attending Elsewhere
Galaxy Elementary 369 56% 419
Congress Middle 995 69% 622
Boynton High 1,618 74% 1,596
Source: Palm Beach County School District.