- New Discretionary Admission/Release (If you have never completed a DA/R...)
- Schools will hold all new applications for DA/R until May 10th for District Review. After May 10th, schools will notify parents/guardian the status of the application. Parent will then complete Steps 3 and 4 of the application.
- Continued Placements
- Continued placements will be processed the same as previous years. Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 28th.
Public Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Release to Asheville City Schools
An application must be completed for each student, every year.
- There is a $10 fee per student, with a maximum of $50 per household. This also applies for parents who are employees of the school system. Policy 4130 is available on the district website, at each Buncombe County school, and in the Student Services office.
the Discretionary Admission/Release Application in its entirety, as
noted below. Incomplete applications will not be processed – they will
be returned to you for completion.
Choose the appropriate discretionary admission/release option for your
situation. Details of allowable reasons for discretionary
admission/release are included on the second page of the application. Discretionary
admissions/releases will not be considered on the basis of a
disagreement with school staff regarding school decisions such as
grades, homework, discipline, retention, or class assignment.
Complete the Student and Parent/Guardian information section. Please
indicate both your residential and mailing address, if different.
Obtain the appropriate principal signatures, as noted on the
application. If your child is being released from another school
district, any releasing paperwork from the other district should be
attached to your application.
Step 4: Submit
the completed application and payment by mail or in person to the Student Services
Department at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806. There is a $10.00
processing fee per student, with a maximum of $50.00 per household. Cash or checks made payable to Buncombe County Schools are acceptable. Employees of Buncombe County Schools are also responsible for the $10.00 processing fee per student.
Students who reside outside Buncombe County will be required to pay tuition.
The tuition contract on the second page of the discretionary
admission/release application must be completed and submitted in person
in the Student Services office. Please contact Student Services at
828-255-5918 for more information and to schedule an appointment. A
$300 deposit toward tuition is due at the time the application is
admission/release applications received in Student Services will be
submitted for approval at the next Board of Education meeting.
Applicants will be contacted within 10
business days of receipt of the application if there is any issue
approval. Notifications will only be made
if the application is denied by the Board. Confirmation letters of approvals
WILL NOT be mailed.
Release from another school, release from another district, or a
discretionary admission/release application approval in a prior year
does not automatically mean that the current application will be
NOTE: After initial entry to 9th grade, high school students with an approved discretionary admission/release forfeit, for one year, all athletic eligibility in any sport. Eligibility
is restored 365 days from Board of Education's approval of the
application. This is the statewide ruling of the North Carolina High
School Athletic Association. For more information, please refer to
their website: http://www.nchsaa.org/transfer-and-residency-requirements
NOTE: Court documents cannot designate that a student must be enrolled in a school in the middle of two parents' residences. The court system may not specify to a School Board where a student will be enrolled. As clearly stated in Policy 4120, Domicile or Residence Requirements
(excerpt below) students can only be enrolled in the district where a
parent or legal guardian lives, unless there are other criteria for a
"For the purposes of school enrollment, the law requires Buncombe County Schools to consider only the address of the student’s permanent domicile. The domicile refers to the permanent home of the parent/legal guardian with whom the child lives with the majority of the school year....Under no circumstances can a student have more than one domicile for the purposes of attendance."