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Transfer deadline Tuesday
Requests on rise after lines redrawn
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Forsyth County News


Out-of-district request forms are available on the system’s Web site at

Tuesday is the deadline for students applying to attend a public school outside their home district.

As of Friday, the Forsyth County school system had approved 1,291 requests for the 2012-13 school year.

According to system officials, that number includes requests rolling over from the current year, but not those from high school students. Those will be approved in January.

Last year, 1,674 requests were approved. The system expects that number to swell this year, as about 2,300 students are being shifted through redistricting for next school year.

The redrawn school attendance zones account for the August opening of Kelly Mill Elementary and also relieve overcrowding in middle and high schools.

Redistricted rising fifth-, eighth-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders have the option to remain in their current school, as long as they don’t use system transportation.

But for tracking purposes, an out-of-district request form must still be completed.

Students can also ask to attend a different school if: a parent is an employee; a sibling is in a special education class; or they want to attend a program not offered at their school.

North Forsyth High School, for example, features the county’s lone JROTC program, while Forsyth Central has the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, Academy.

Officials have said principals also will be looking at rising ninth-graders who have a sibling in high school.

By determining projected enrollment counts at the various grade levels, the district can then factor how many teachers, administrators and other staff are needed.