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School Choice (HB 251) Transfers

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Applications for the 2016-17 school year are no longer being accepted.

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are no longer being accepted. 

Any resident student of the Cobb County School District may apply for a School Choice transfer in accordance with Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2131 also known as HB 251).

  • The application window for the 2016-2017 school year will be open from February 1, 2016 and close at midnight on February 29, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.
  • Available space at a school is based upon permanent classroom space which includes available seats at each grade level.
  • Online applicants will be provided a confirmation email.
  • Available spaces are not assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • If there are more applications received than spaces available at a particular school, a lottery will be held.
  • Selected students may complete the highest grade of that particular school before having to re-apply if the student maintains acceptable attendance, behavior, and academic performance.  Parents/Guardians are also expected to maintain a cordial and cooperative working relationship with school personnel.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for timely transportation to and from the transfer school.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified via telephone and/or e-mail prior to Spring Break.
  • Charter schools and new schools are exempt from School Choice.
  • If the student transfers at the high school level, he/she must meet Georgia High School Association requirements to participate in competitive interscholastic activities.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Current fifth and eighth grade choice students applying to continue in the choice school feeder pattern will be given first priority in the lottery process.  These students must re-apply when moving from elementary to middle or middle to high but will be given priority in the lottery process.
  • Once those students are placed, siblings of current choice students applying to attend the same school will be given next priority in the lottery process.
  • The next lottery will give priority to new sibling groups applying to attend the same school.
  • The final lottery process will be to fill any remaining available seats.
  • Students not chosen in the random lottery for their first choice school will be placed on a waiting list based on the outcome of the lottery.
  • Acceptance of a school choice transfer:
    • Once a school choice transfer is approved, the parent/guardian must contact the receiving school by May 1, 2016 in order to indicate whether the transfer offer will be accepted.
    • The parent/guardian must also submit a school choice transfer enrollment form to the receiving school by May 27, 2016.
    • Failure to complete either of the above steps will result in the school choice transfer being nullified and forfeiting of the student’s seat.
  • Once the school choice transfer has been accepted, the parent/guardian will need to contact the school regarding the enrollment process.
  • Individual schools will use a waiting list generated during the lottery process to fill any available seats that are vacated.
  • Students chosen from the waiting list will be notified by the local school by July 15, 2016.