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Office of Student Assignment

Welcome to the Orange County Schools Office of Student Assignment.


Beginning January 15, 2019, we will be accepting additional Choice Transfer applications to Central Elementary: Engineered for Excellence and the IB Program at Cedar Ridge High School.  If interested, please log into or create your Smart Choice account to apply.  Deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.  No late applications will be accepted.


NEW for the 2019-2020 School Year

All families applying for a student transfer will need to set up a Parent/Guardian account.  Go to Smart Choice to set up your Parent/Guardian account to submit Transfer and Admission applications, receive important messages, view the status of your application, etc.


Transfer applications to all OPEN schools will be available February 1- 28, 2019.

Si necesita asistencia en Español para completar esta aplicación contacte a Sandra Blefko al 919-644-3200 X 15508.

For more information on Student Transfer options, click here.


Attendance Zone Information

District lines can be irregular so the best way to determine which school your child will attend is to utilize the Orange County Schools Assignment Locator.

To use the School Assignment Locator, click the link below and enter your address information or click the approximate location on the map to find the school assignment information.  

*There have recently been some updates to the School Locator application.  Please refresh your browser if you experience difficulties.

School Assignment Locator

School Directories

If you need additional assistance locating the school in which your address is listed please call the Orange County Schools Transportation Department at (919) 732-2531 ext. 12530.


The Application Window for Discretionary Transfers for the 2018-2019 School Year is Closed.  Late requests for transfers cannot be accepted. 

Families that have moved to the district after or fewer than ten days prior to the posted deadline may apply for a transfer within ten days of receiving notice of the student's school assignment.  Please contact the Office of Student Assignment for more information.


Tuition Rate for Discretionary Admission Students

Students admitted into the Orange County Schools that are living in an attendance zone for another school district will be charged tuition if accepted into our school district unless the student meets an exemption qualification listed in Policy 4120: Admission to the Orange County Schools.  The tuition rate for the 2019-2020 school year is anticipated to be $4,165 and must be paid in full prior to July 1, 2019.  Orange County Schools does not currently accept Debit/Credit for tuition payments.

Please remit payment to: 

Orange County Schools

Attn: Rhonda Rath

200 East King Street

Hillsborough, NC 27278



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

Michelle Dodson, Student Assignment Specialist

Student Assignment Office
919-732-8126 ext: 12512