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Admission and Transfer Applications

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

The application period for Discretionary Transfers to Choice Schools ONLY will open November 1-30, 2017.  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 their receipt of written notice of the student's school assignment.  

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.

*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.  

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.  

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
Email: michelle.dodson@orange.k12.nc.us