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Admission and Transfer Applications

2018-2019 Applications for Discretionary Admission, Discretionary Transfer & Release from the Orange County Schools

The application windows for Choice Schools Transfers and Discretionary Transfers are now CLOSED.  Please check visit the Office of Student Assignment page starting in October 2018 for more information regarding the 2019-2020 school year.

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

(For In-District Families) Discretionary Transfer* Application: This application is for individuals domicilied within a school assigned attendance zone for the Orange County Schools.  Parents wishing to request reassignment for another school or current students not attending their assigned school must reapply for Discretionary Transfer each year.  New for the 2018-2019 school year, a separate application window will be open November 1-30, 2017 for Choice Schools ONLY.  The 2018-2019 application window for requesting a school assignment transfer to all other schools deemed as "open" will be from February 1st-February 28th.

Complete a Discretionary Transfer Application - This application is now CLOSED.

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 the following closed schools: Cameron Park Elementary, Grady A. Brown Elementary, New Hope Elementary, and Cedar Ridge.  Returning students may reapply.  The deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.  Parents/Guardians will be notified of acceptance or denial on or before April 1, 2018.

2018-2019 Orange County Schools Discretionary Transfer Application

Solicitud de Transferencia Discrecional de las Escuelas del Condado de Orange 2018-2019

*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.  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 prior to November 30, 2017 for the Choice Schools option, or prior to February 28, 2018 for general "open" schools.  Students previously admitted may apply for admission for the 2018-2019 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

I want my child to be admitted into the Orange County Schools, and I live in another school district or county not served by the Orange County Schools.  



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 tuition amount for the 2018-2019 school year for Discretionary Admissions is $3,991 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 tuition rate for the 2018-2019 school year is $3,991 per child and must be paid in full prior to July 1, 2018.

If you are requesting a release from Orange County Schools:

To request a release from the Orange County Schools for the 2018-2019 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.   The application must requested and submitted to the Orange County Schools prior to July 1, 2018.  

Complete a Release Request Application

I want my child to be released from the Orange County Schools to enroll in another school district, county, private, or charter school.  Requests for the 2018-2019 school year must be received by July 1, 2018.  Letters of Release for the 2018-2019 school year will be processed after April 1, 2018.




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