ASSIGNMENT AND TRANSFER PROCESS Notwithstanding the assignment processes described below for in-district and out-of-district students, the Superintendent shall reserve seats necessary to comply with the criteria mentioned in Section C of this Policy. The Superintendent shall take such reserved seats into account when determining that a school is at or over “capacity” pursuant to this Policy.
Board Policy 4150 states in part:
In-district students will be assigned to schools in the following order:
1. During open enrollment in the Spring of the preceding school year, parents shall submit applications for assignment or transfer, ranking each magnet school, middle school or high school. All applications shall be given equal consideration if submitted within the open enrollment period.
2. All in-district students, including newly admitted in-district students and indistrict students seeking transfer, shall be assigned to a magnet school, middle school or high school. A lottery system shall be used for schools where the number of applicants listing that school as their first choice exceeds capacity. A lottery system will not be used to determine applicants’ second and third choices. The administration will use the list generated by a lottery to place students in the event that space becomes available prior to the start of school.
3. Parents shall be notified of assignment and transfer decisions by the first Friday in May.
4. Applications submitted after open enrollment for new students or transfers will be addressed in the order that they are received. The parent should understand that some magnet schools will already be at or over capacity at the completion of open enrollment.
Out-of-district students will be assigned to schools in the following order:
1. During open enrollment in the Spring of the preceding school year, parents shall submit applications for assignment or transfer, ranking each magnet school, middle school or high school.
2. After the Superintendent has placed all in-district students applying during open enrollment, the Superintendent shall place out-of-district students in the following order of priority: a) Siblings in the same school; b) Currently enrolled students and Asheville Preschool students; c) Currently enrolled students seeking a transfer; and d) Students seeking their first assignment in the Asheville City Schools.
3. Parents shall be notified of assignment decisions by the last Friday in May.
4. After open enrollment, a parent may still submit an application for assignment. Such applications will be addressed in the order that they are received. The parent should understand that some magnet schools will already be at or over capacity at the completion of open enrollment.
5. Once an out-of-district student is assigned to a certain school, that student may choose to remain at that school subject to the conditions of Policy 4130.
Transfers of students during the school year:
1. Unsafe School Choice Transfer under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Transfers for students who are victims of violent criminal offenses at school or for students attending persistently dangerous schools as defined by State Board of 3 Education policy will be made pursuant to policy 4152, Unsafe School Choice Transfer.
2. Transfer of Homeless Students Students who become homeless between academic years or during an academic year may request to remain at the school of origin for the duration of their homelessness or may request to be enrolled in any public school that other students living in the same attendance area are eligible to attend. Any decision about the transfer or reassignment of a homeless student will be consistent with legal requirements and based on the student’s best interest. (See policy 4125, Homeless Students.)
3. Transfer of Students in Foster Care Students who are assigned to foster care between academic years or during an academic year will remain in their school of origin unless remaining in the school of origin is not in the best interest of the student. The best interest of the student will be decided based on all relevant factors, including consideration of the appropriateness of the educational setting and proximity to the school in which the child is enrolled at the time of placement in foster care.
4. Other Transfers The Superintendent shall consider student requests for transfer to another school during the school year based upon space availability, the needs of the child, the effect on the school to which transfer is requested, principal recommendations, and other criteria deemed relevant by the Superintendent.