Neighborhood School Transfer Options

The General Administrative Transfer Application Window for SY24-25 will be open January 15 through February 2, 2024

Everything you need to know about student transfers!

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) and the state of Georgia supports the concept of neighborhood schools and community involvement. During the 2012-2013 school year, APS began operating according to a cluster model. APS uses the cluster model to build alignment and collaboration across schools that feed into a neighborhood high school. All students will have access to music, arts, foreign language and core academic programs that are high quality and well-coordinated from kindergarten through Grade 12. 

APS allows families (residents and non-residents) to transfer to an APS school using one of four transfer varieties: School Choice, Children of APS Employees, Mid-Year Transfer, and Hardship Transfer. 

For more information on each type of transfer, select the transfer type below.

Transfer Types

General Administrative Transfers (School Choice)

Application Window: January 15 - February 2, 2024

Residents interested in attending an APS school, but live outside of the city of Atlanta, may attend if space is available, and pay non-resident tuition. For current non-resident tuition rates, contact the Office of Student Assignment and Records via email at or via phone at 404-802-2233.

APS offers two types of School Choice transfers:

School Choice Transfer Dashboard: Outside the Application Window for 23-24SY

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

Application Window: January 15 - February 2, 2024

To newly qualify for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program for the upcoming school year a student must meet ALL the following requirements: 

At the end of the school year, school systems update student records for students served by an IEP after the March count to reflect that they are special education students. By mid-July the database for the scholarship calculator is updated to include these students.

If a student meets the eligibility criteria for the GSNS Program; a parent/guardian has the right to request a transfer from a student’s current public school to:

Funds cannot be used to pay the costs of out of district tuition, charter schools, or other options available under public school choice. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Children of Employees

Application Window: January 15 - February 2,  2024

APS board policy and regulation offers children of full-time APS employees (custodial parents or legal guardians with whom a child lives) the choice of attending an APS school. Temporary (including part-time) and substitute employees are not eligible. Out-of-district tuition is waived for full-time employees residing outside of the city of Atlanta.

APS offers two types of transfer options for children of employees:

General Administrative Transfer Application: Contact our office for Employee Assistance for School Choice

FAQs for Students of Employee Worksite Transfer: Click Here

Student of Employee Worksite Transfer Application: Click Here

3.  Students of Employees Cluster Transfers- Children of full time APS or partner school-based employees as well as bus operators (FT drivers and monitors) may attend a school in the vertical feeder pattern at which the parent or legal guardian is employed, provided that the school has sufficient capacity.

FAQs for Students of Employee Cluster Transfer: Click Here

Student of Employee Cluster Transfer Application: Click Here

Please note: Your employment status will not be validated until 24 hours after your initial start date provided by Atlanta Public Schools Human Resources Department

Hardship Transfer

Application Window: April 8 - April 19, 2024

Hardship transfer applications are accepted annually each June. Applications received after the annual application window, will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Hardship transfers are permitted based on definitions described in the board policy manual; a few of these scenarios are listed below. For more information, visit the Atlanta Board of Education policy, Student Assignment to Schools – Student Transfers, JBCCA-R(2) Board Policy Manual §1.4.

Hardship transfers may be granted due to:

Grievances arising from parent-school conflicts, discipline and/or attendance problems, and general dissatisfaction with a school are not considered hardships. Parents experiencing these situations should refer to the Parent/Guardian Concerns, Complaints, & Issues protocol found in the APS Student Handbook

Parents also have the right to request a transfer to another school during the annual School Choice application window. We are currently outside the school choice window and the application will reopen January 15, 2024 for the 24-25SY.

Parents may submit a hardship application for the upcoming 23-24SY by contacting the Office of Student Assignment at 404-802-2233.

Transfer to Continue Enrollment

Application Window: Whenever a move has occurred. Apply here.

A Transfer to Continue Enrollment  Application may be requested from the Office of Student Assignment & Records whenever a change in residence has occurred and the parent is requesting the student to continues enrollment at the same school.

Students Who Move During the School Year

When a family informs the school that they have moved out of the school zone, the following rules apply:

Students who move from one school attendance zone to another during the school year may continue to attend the APS school of origin for the remainder of the semester in which they moved. No APS transportation will be provided. 

Students who are in transition grade levels 5, 8, 11 and 12 may remain in the school through the end of the year. Students who move after they have accumulated enough credits to be promoted to grade 11 may continue to attend the APS high school of origin until graduation. No APS transportation will be provided.

If a student wishes to remain at the school after this semester, the parent must secure an approved transfer from the Office of Student Assignment (please refer to Policy JBCCA and associated regulations). Midyear transfers shall be granted to students for the purpose of maintaining academic stability if space is available in the school. No APS transportation will be provided. Students must maintain regular and timely attendance to remain enrolled. The parent/guardian must apply for a school choice transfer during the transfer window in the spring to remain in the school for the following academic year.

Students Who Move Out of the City of Atlanta During the School Year

If a family moves out of the city, out-of-district tuition will not be required for the remainder of the semester. If the family wishes for their student(s) to continue enrollment in the APS school beyond the semester, they must secure an approved transfer and pay out-of-district tuition unless the family is homeless or has a documented hardship.

Student Athletics

Student athletic eligibility may be impacted by an approved out-of-zone transferFor additional information regarding student athletic eligibility, click here.