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Office of Student Assignment

Welcome to the Orange County Schools Office of Student Assignment.


Choice Schools Transfer Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available from November 1-30, 2018.

Transfer applications to all other "open" schools will be available February 1- 28, 2019.


The following Choice Schools/Programs ONLY will be available for application November 1-30, 2018:

International Baccalaureate Program at Cedar Ridge High School

Hillsborough Elementary School (Year Round Calendar)

Engineered for Excellence Program at Central Elementary School

Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary School




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 Now 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.


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. 

If applying to a Choice School for the 2019-2020 school year, this application is to be submitted between November 1-30, 2018.  

The application window for all other schools for the 2019-2020 school year is February 1-28, 2019.



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.  

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.  




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 yet to be determined 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