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Office of Student Assignment

Welcome to the Orange County Schools Office of Student Assignment.


Choice Schools applications for the 2020-2021 School Year will be available January 1, 2020.  This includes:

Central Elementary: Engineered for Excellence

Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary

Hillsborough Elementary (Year-Round)

IB Program at Cedar Ridge High

*Note: The Dual Language program at New Hope Elementary School and the Orange Engineering and Design Academy (OEDA) at Orange High are not designated as Choice programs accepting of transfers.  Students seeking to apply to either of these programs must be domiciled within that school's assignment zone.


Visit Smart Choice to apply.


Set up your Smart Choice Account

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. 

IMPORTANT:   When setting up your account, be sure to enter a valid email address and enable your email to accept messages from Smart Choice.  Also, remember to retain your login and password receive important messages, view the status of your application, lottery seat offer, etc.   

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


If your child will be attending school for the first time, or you have relocated to the Orange County Schools, please contact your child's school of assignment to enroll.  You can find your child's assigned school by clicking here and searching your address.


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.

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 anticipated tuition rate for the 2020-2021 school year is $4,352.25 and must be paid in full prior to July 1, 2020. 

Please remit payment to: 

Orange County Schools

Attn: Rhonda Rath

200 East King Street

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Current accepted forms of payment include cash, personal check, certified check, or money order.  Orange County Schools does not currently accept Debit/Credit for tuition payments.


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

Michelle Dodson, Student Assignment Specialist

Student Assignment Office
919-732-8126 ext: 12512