Student Voluntary Reassignment and Application Schools Process

  • The Johnston County Board of Education has the authority to assign any student from one school facility or classroom to another within attendance areas. Board Policy 4100 sets forth the following criteria for parents to request Voluntary Reassignment. .

    1. Students whose parents or legal guardians are full-time/permanent employees of the Johnston County Public Schools may choose to reassign their child to the school of employment or within that school’s feeder pattern.
    2. Students whose parents show documented proof of hardship circumstances resulting in the need for the student to attend another school.
    3. Students who have been accepted into a school/program which requires an application.

Student Voluntary Reassignment (Open May 15th-June 30th)

  • The Board considers voluntary reassignment to be appropriate only in rare or exceptional circumstances. Schools with enrollment caps will not have seats for students who are not in the base attendance area. If a parent would like to request voluntary reassignment of a student (who has enrolled in their base attendance area school) to a school other than their attendance area/assigned school (that is not a capped school), they should follow the student voluntary reassignment process described below. 

    • Parent/Guardian fills out the online Request for Student Reassignment Form
    • Principal reviews, signs, and submits the form to Dr. David Pearce, Area Assistant Superintendent.
    • The application will be reviewed to determine the reason for the request (JCPS Full-time/Permanent Staff or Documented Hardship). Request based on a documented hardship will not be granted for parent/guardian convenience.
    • Once a decision has been rendered the Parent/Guardian receives an email notification of the decision. If a documented hardship is not presented in the initial request, a parent may appeal the decision to the district’s Hearing Officer.
    • Parent/Guardian may file an appeal within 5 days of the denial by using the online Request for Student Reassignment Appeal Form (This form is sent with the denial response. The appeal process may take several weeks to complete.)
    • Students entering ninth grade for the first time are eligible to participate in athletic activities pursuant to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association guidelines. Students who decide to transfer back to their original base school will be eligible for sports the next sports season. Following state guidelines, if that student wishes to transfer again, they may not participate in athletics for 365 calendar days. Applicants must acknowledge that students who are granted a voluntary transfer, after ninth grade, to another high school will not be eligible to participate in athletic events for 365 days pursuant to Regulation Code 4100-R.
    • All approved applicants must complete the transfer process at the requested school within 15 business days of the application approval. Applicants who do not complete the enrollment process with the requested school within 15 business days will have the reassignment revoked.

Extraordinary Voluntary Reassignment Process (July 15th-April 30th)

  • The Board considers extraordinary voluntary reassignment to be appropriate only in rare or exceptional circumstances. Reassignments outside of the assigned timeline of May 15th- June 30th must document an extraordinary hardship circumstance. 

    • Parent/Guardian fills out the online Request for Student Reassignment Form
    • Principal reviews, signs, and submits the form to Dr. David Pearce, Area Assistant Superintendent.
    • The application will be reviewed to determine the reason for the request (JCPS Full-time/Permanent Staff or Extraordinary Documented Hardship). Request based on an extraordinary documented hardship will not be granted for parent/guardian convenience, or failure to meet renewal timelines.
    • Copies of documents supporting Extraordinary Voluntary Reassignment must be attached to the student reassignment profile (Home Contracts, Court Documents).
    • Once a decision has been rendered the Parent/Guardian receives an email notification of the decision. If a documented hardship is not presented in the initial request, a parent may appeal the decision to the district’s Hearing Officer.
    • Parent/Guardian may file an appeal within 5 days of the denial by using the online Request for Student Reassignment Appeal Form (This form is sent with the denial response. The appeal process may take several weeks to complete.)
    • All approved applicants must complete the transfer process at the requested school within 15 business days of the application approval. Applicants who do not complete the enrollment process with the requested school within 15 business days will have the reassignment revoked.

    Please use the JCPS School Finder Tool to determine your child's current Attendance Area/Assigned School.

    No person shall be assigned or reassigned, refused admission to, or be excluded from any public school on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin. No school attendance zone shall be drawn for the purpose of segregating persons of various races, creeds, colors, or national origins from the community.

    Completed requests for voluntary reassignment must be received by the Johnston County Public Schools no later than June 30th of each year.

    For more information please see Policy Code 4100.

Student Release

  • The Johnston County Board of Education has the authority to release any student from Johnston County school district to another county's school system. If a parent/guardian would like to have their child released from Johnston County Public Schools to another school system, they should follow the student release process described below.

    • Parent/Guardian fills out the new online Request for Student Release from JCPS Form.
    • The Superintendent’s Designee reviews the form and then approves or denies the request.
    • Parent/Guardian receives email notification of decision.

    Please use the JCPS School Finder Tool to determine your child's current Attendance Area/Assigned School or view the online District Boundary Map.

    For questions contact Dr. David Pearce, Area Assistant Superintendent - (919) 934-6031 x 8012.