Choice School and Transfer Applications

Release Applications

  • Release from the Orange County Schools (for families that are domiciled within the Orange County Schools and would like their children to enroll in another school district)

    Letters of Release will be sent via email and the Smart Choice account.

Discretionary Admission Applications

  • Complete a Discretionary Admission Application

    • Upcoming 2023–24 school year: Only Hillsborough Elementary, Gravelly Hill Middle, Orange Middle, and Cedar Ridge High (IB and traditional) are open to transfers and admissions.
    • Current 2022–23 school year: Orange High, Efland-Cheeks Elementary, New Hope Elementary, and River Park Elementary Schools are closed to discretionary admissions for students who are not the children of full-time staff members.

    Tuition Rate for Discretionary Admission Students

    Students who are domiciled in another school district and are admitted to the Orange County Schools will be charged tuition unless the student meets an exemption qualification listed in Board Policy 4120: Admission to the Orange County Schools.

    • The tuition rate for the 2023–24 school year is $4,808 per student and must be paid in full prior to July 1, 2023.
    • The tuition rate for the 2022–23 school year is $4,367 per student and must be paid in full prior to July 1, 2022.

    We do not currently accept debit/credit cards 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:

    Catherine Mau, Student Assignment & Technology Project Coordinator

    Student Assignment Office
    919-732-8126 x12512