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Wake County School Assignment Office

Who is eligible to request a school transfer?

The following may request a school transfer for the current school year:

  • Families who are new to Wake County (within 10 days of enrolling).
  • Families who have moved residences within Wake County (within 10 days of changing your address).

You may request a school transfer for the 2018-19 school year during the School Transfer Request period, Feb. 20-March 6, 2018.

You will be notified by email if your request is approved or denied. If denied, the email will include information about how to schedule an appeal to the Board of Education.


Change your address mid-year

If you moved within Wake County during the school year, you have two options: remain at your current school for the remainder of the school year, or attend the base school of your new address. 

  • To stay at your current school, update your address with the data manager at your current school. If you decide to remain at your current school after updating your address, you will need to submit a transfer request during the School Transfer Request application period if you wish to remain beyond the current school year. 
  • To attend your new base school, update your address with the data manager at your new base school. 

Transfer and magnet students who move to a new address will not be affected. Transportation options for Magnet students may be impacted. 



School transportation is not provided to to students who receive an assignment based on a transfer request, unless the school is the base school or one of the calendar option schools for your address.


UPDATE 12/19: The Board of Education approved the final Student Enrollment Plan for the 2018-19 school year. Find your base school assignment and application schools.

The main drivers of this plan are the opening of four new schools in the 2018-19 school year: 

  • South Garner High School, 8228 Hebron Church Road, Garner (Opening for 9th and 10th graders)
  • Apex Friendship Middle School, 7701 Humie Olive Road, Apex
  • Bryan Road Elementary School, 8317 Bryan Road, Garner
  • Buckhorn Creek Elementary School, 5651 Honeycutt Road, Holly Springs

Learn more about the new schools.


We are committed to smart growth and planning strategies that promote healthy schools and address school crowding. We currently have more than 160,000 students, and are projected to add nearly 23,000 additional students by the 2024-25 school year.  


Watch the video to learn more about how we use smart planning and creativity to manage growth.


We are opening new schools every year to plan for this growth. New schools are populated with students from existing schools. This is what causes the majority of changes to student assignments. In some cases, a proposed change in assignment is caused by the opening of a new school, but the student is assigned to another existing school in the area. 



We also are proposing a number of other changes related to balancing school populations and a state-mandated reduction in K-3 class sizes.



Our school board and district staff makes these decisions by weighing four factors: Student Achievement, Stability, Proximity and Operational Efficiency.


Watch the video to learn more about the Four Pillars.



Why is this happening?

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