2020/21 Out-of-District Process
Deadline - January 17, 2020
Students with an approved out-of-district may remain at their approved school without submitting an annual request as long as the original "reason" for the request remains the same. An out-of-district request must be completed when:
- Moving from elementary to middle or middle to high and requesting a school other than the student’s zoned school,
- Moving into the Forsyth County School District OR moving within Forsyth County and requesting a school other than the student’s zoned school, or
- Requesting a change from the current approved out-of-district school.
Parents/guardians of out-of-district students must provide their own transportation with the exception of students who are accepted for an out-of-district to attend Alliance Academy for Innovation. FCS will provide transportation for students approved to attend Alliance Academy for Innovation.
Families with a change of residence must complete a Change of Address Form and supply current proofs of residency. The deadline does not apply to families who move within the county.
Schools projected to be at or over capacity for 2020-21 are not able to approve out-of-district requests for new students. Additionally, schools that have been redistricted to relieve overcrowding will not accept out-of-district students for three years from the start of the school year with the new attendance lines with the exception of specific high school program needs.
- Complete a separate out-of-district request for each student.
- Permission for a student to attend a school outside the zoned attendance district will be granted when the admitting principal and the superintendent or designee have approved the application. All transfers granted shall be on a space and/or personnel basis.
- The following reasons for out-of-district requests will be considered: a) high school program need (admitting principal must verify a program need exists), b) FCS employee's child (Policy JBCB), c) sibling in special education class, and d) moving within the district.
- Forsyth County Schools reserve the right to verify all information in the out-of-district request. If any false information is given, the transfer will be denied. In the event, the transfer is granted and false information is discovered at a later date, the approval for transfer will be rescinded.
- Parents are responsible for assuring the student complies with all policies. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of the approval to attend the out-of-district school. Principals have the authority to deny or revoke out-of-district status if students and/or their parents have not followed school rules. Repeated tardies, unexcused absences, discipline issues and/or poor academic progress may also be cause for revocation of out-of-district status.
- Please review Board Policy JBCD, Transfers and Withdrawals.
- After review, parents/guardians will receive notification. Application for out-of-district status does not guarantee acceptance.
Questions regarding reason for denial need to be directed to the school principal who declined the request for admittance. Appeals for denied requests must be received in writing within 15 days from the date of the denial. Appeals may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Forsyth County Board of Education/Professional Development Center, 1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040 to the attention of Joey Pirkle, Deputy Superintendent. Your appeal letter will be presented to the Board of Education in Executive Session. A letter informing you of their final decision will be mailed to you.
Parents and students are encouraged to reference the High School Course Digest on the school’s website to assist with program decisions. Attending a school other than the “home” districted school may result in loss of eligibility according to Georgia High School Association Constitution and By-Laws.