School Choice

Georgia House Bill 251

House Bill 251 Guidance

Parents of students enrolled in Georgia public schools may request to transfer to another school within the school district if the school district determines there is classroom space available and that other specific provisions, as outlined in the link provided, are met. If a transfer is approved, the parent must assume the responsibility and associated cost of transportation to and from the school.

Classroom space may be available at certain grade levels in the elementary and middle schools. If transfer requests exceed the available space, then a lottery selection process will be utilized after the following priorities are satisfied:

  • Students who are attending a school that is in any level of Needs Improvement

  • Students who have a disability whose IEP or IAP requires placement at a particular school

  • Students who are homeless

  • Students who have programmatic needs that are only available at a certain school

  • Students entitled to attend a certain school as a result of being children of employees

  • Students who are twins or other multiples in accordance with state law


The district will accept new transfer requests for the 2015-16 school year from May 2, 2016 until 5:00 PM on May 16, 2016. Parents will receive notification of approval or denial by email or standard U.S. mail on or before July 1, 2016 .

Transfer Request Forms can be picked up at the school from which the student is seeking to transfer or be downloaded from the following link:

Please click here for a printable copy of the Out of Zone Request Form.

Completed form must be returned to the school of your choice by the date shown above. No form will be accepted after this date.


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