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Admission and Transfer Applications

2019-2020 Applications for Choice School Transfer, Discretionary Transfer, Discretionary Admission& Release from the Orange County Schools


Smart Choice

Please create your Parent Portal account at for all of your student transfer needs.  NOTE: You will need to create an account before applying for a Choice School, Discretionary Transfer, Discretionary Admission, or Release Application.


If you live in an attendence area served by Orange County Schools 

(For In-District Families) Discretionary Transfer* Application: This application is for individuals domiciled within a school assigned attendance zone for the Orange County Schools.  Applications for Choice Schools ONLY will be available from January 1st - 31st.  Transfer applications to all other schools deemed as "open" will be available from February 1st-March 6th.  Unless a transfer is revoked for reasons stated in Policy 4125.3, current transfer students will be eligible to remain at their current school without reapplying.  Students requesting a NEW transfer must submit an application by the established deadline.

Complete a Choice Schools Transfer Application - Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted January 1 - 31, 2020.

Complete a Discretionary Transfer Application -  Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted February 1st - March 6th, 2020.

This application is for requesting a Discretionary Transfer from a student’s assigned school to another school within the district. Do not complete this application if you reside outside of an area served by the Orange County Schools. Individuals living outside of the Orange County Schools zone must request and submit a Discretionary Admissions Application.  Per local policy, new applications will not be accepted to schools deemed "closed" by the Board of Education.  The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020.  Parents/Guardians will be notified of acceptance or denial on or before April 1, 2020.


*Discretionary Transfer Application Notice: Students currently living in the Orange County Schools attendance zone will not be charged tuition.  Tuition is only charged for students living out of district.  If you are living out of district please read below.


If you live outside of an attendence area served by Orange County Schools 

(For Out-of-District Families) Discretionary Admission* Application: This application is for families are living outside the attendance zone for the Orange County Schools.  Out-of-district families seeking admission into the Orange County Schools must apply for Discretionary Admission on an annual basis.  To apply for Discretionary Admission to one of our Choice Schools, the online application for those families living in another school district’s area can be found here and must be submitted with all supporting documents from January 1 - 31, 2020.  For those seeking admission to one of our general "open" schools, submit application and all required documents between February 1st - March 6, 2020.  Students previously admitted may apply for admission for the 2020-2021 school year for any school available for transfer.  New applications for students not previously admitted may only be submitted to a school that has been declared “open” to transfers under Policy 4125.3.B.2 or the superintendent or designee has determined that it is in the best interest of the student and the school system as a whole to allow the student to be assigned to a school defined as “limited capacity” under Policy 4125.3.B.2.  

Complete a Discretionary Admission Application to a Choice School - Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted January 1 - 31, 2020.

Complete a Discretionary Admission Application to a Non-Choice School - Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted February 1st - March 6th, 2020.

If you are an Out-of-District student not applying to Central Elementary: Engineered for Excellence, Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary, Hillsborough Elementary, or the IB Program at Cedar Ridge

NOTE: Applicants not currently enrolled in the Orange County Schools must demonstrate a specific, extraordinary, and compelling need or hardship that can only be served by the Orange County Schools.  They must also submit required documentation (letter of good academic standing, copy of academic transcript, and copy of student discipline record).  The anticipated tuition amount for the 2020-2021 school year for Discretionary Admissions is $4,352.25 per student.  

See the additional documents required for admission on the Discretionary Admission Application.  

*Discretionary Admission Tuition Notice: Students admitted into the Orange County Schools that are living in an attendance zone for another school district will be charged tuition unless the student meets an exemption qualification listed in Policy 4120: Admission To The Orange County Schools. The anticipated tuition rate per student for the 2020-2021 school year is $4,352.25 and must be paid in full prior to July 1, 2020.


If you are requesting a release from Orange County Schools:

To request a release from the Orange County Schools for the 2020-2021 school year, submit the online Release Application.  This application is for families that are living within the areas served by the Orange County Schools that would like to be released from our school district to attend school in another school district.   Requests for the 2020-2021 school year must be received no later than July 1, 2020.  Letters of Release for the 2020-2021 school year will be processed after April 1, 2020.  Letters of Release will be sent to families via email and the Smart Choice account.

Complete a Release Request Application



More information about Open, Closed or Limited Capacity Schools.

For more information, please contact your child's school or:

Michelle Dodson, Student Assignment Specialist

Student Assignment Office
919-732-8126 ext: 12512