Welcome to the Orange County Schools Office of Student Assignment.

  • School Transfer Requests 2021-2022

    Choice Transfer & Admission applications will be available January 1st - 31st

    This application period includes the following schools/programs ONLY:

    • Central Elementary: Engineered for Excellence
    • Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary
    • Hillsborough Elementary (Year-Round Calendar)
    • IB Program at Cedar Ridge HS

    Link to PowerPoint Presentation on OCS Choice Schools (1-20-21)


    Families can expect notification of placement offered, waitlist placement, or denial within the first two weeks of February. Notification will be via Smart Choice and email.  Denials are sent via USPS Certified Mail.


    Discretionary Transfer & Admission applications will be available February 1st - 28th

    More information coming soon...


    Transfer Applications

    All families applying for a new student transfer will need to set up a Parent/Guardian account.  Go to Smart Choice to set up your Parent/Guardian account and to submit Transfer and Admission applications. 

    IMPORTANT: Be sure to retain your login and password receive important messages, view the status of your application, lottery seat offer, etc.  Also, please be sure your email accepts messages from Smart Choice.  Please log into your Smart Choice account for updates and important notifications.


    New to Orange County Schools

    If you have moved into the Orange County Schools district, and are trying to "transfer" your student to their new assigned school, please see instructions for Enrollment.

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

    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.  

    Find out what school's your child is districted for by using our 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 tuition rate for the 2021-2022 school year is $4,367 per student and must be paid in full prior to July 1, 2021.  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
    Email: michelle.dodson@orange.k12.nc.us