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Student Assignment

* Please note that these instructions are for new or relocated families who are requesting a transfer during the current school year. Families who are requesting a transfer for the upcoming 2014-15 school year should review school assignment information.


Student transfers

For families new to Wake County or for existing families who change address, you may request a transfer within ten business days of receiving your official notification of assignment. Whether requests will be granted depends on many factors, including the capacity of the school you are requesting and the nature of hardship caused to your family by the current assignment. Circumstances may include childcare, student health concerns, children of school employees seeking the same school or calendar as the parent, parents seeking aligned calendars for siblings, or parents moving to a new home. Review Board Policy 6203 for details. To request a transfer:

Transfer requests for the 2013-14 school year are no longer being accepted. Transfer request forms for the 2014-15 school year are available.

Eligibility for bus service
If your transfer request is granted, you'll be responsible for your child's transportation to school unless the transfer school is the base school or one of the calendar option schools for your address. See Board Policy 7105-E for information regarding possible transportation for ineligible students.

Participation in high school athletics
A student granted a voluntary transfer has a 365-day waiting period before participating in high school athletic activities at the new school. Students entering ninth grade for the first time are eligible to participate in athletic activities and are not required to file an appeal.The waiting period may be appealed in writing using the athletics transfer appeal form: English, Español. Email form to

Appeal a denied transfer request

For families who made their request within ten days of their initial assignment and whose  request is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision with the Wake County Board of Education. As instructed in the denial letter you received, you must make this appeal request within 10 days of receiving notification of the decision. Mail or deliver in-person your request to the Office of Student Assignment, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518. Or, email your request to

The Office of Student Assignment will contact you to schedule a hearing with the board-appointed panel. You will have two minutes to make your presentation to the panel. The panel will present your appeal to the Wake County Board of Education, which will consider and vote upon it. You will receive written notification of the outcome of your appeal within ten business days of the hearing.