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School shift requests due Thursday
Demand not likely as high as last year
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Parents who want their child to attend a school outside their home district have until Thursday to submit their request to the Forsyth County school system.

“We have received 114 new requests to date that must be reviewed,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, system spokeswoman.

“Please remember that once you are approved for an out-of-district [request], you don’t have to apply again unless [your children] are moving from elementary to middle or middle to high school.”

Due to crowding, several schools that exceed capacity will not accept out-of-district requests. Those include all of the district’s high schools except for Forsyth Central.

Elementary schools that won’t be taking students who live in another district include Daves Creek, Kelly Mill, Midway, Shiloh Point, Vickery Creek and Whitlow.

Lakeside, Otwell, Piney Grove, Riverwatch and Vickery Creek middle schools also aren’t accepting requests.

This school year, some 2,300 students attend a school outside their home district, Caracciolo said. Nearly half of those, or 1,079 students, are children of school system employees.

Those employees must fill out an application, but don’t need to meet any other requirements for their children to be transferred.

All other students, however, must have a sibling in a special education class or a family moving to the requested district.

High school students can apply if they want to enroll in a program not offered at their local school, such as the STEM Academy at Forsyth Central.

Parents must provide transportation to and from the out-of-district school.

Caracciolo said those making a request must fill out an application and submit it to the admitting school. Both the school’s principal and superintendent or his designee must approve the applications.

The requests were heavy last year, said Caracciolo, as the opening of Kelly Mill Elementary and the accompanying systemwide redistricting shifted some 2,300 students.

Without redistricting or any new schools this year, applications likely will be down.