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Discretionary Admission/Release Application
The 2021-2022 Discretionary Admission/Release deadline for submission will be May 31, 2021. Late fees will be charged for applications received after May 31st. Please contact schools directly to obtain information on how they are accepting applications for the upcoming year. 
Students who reside outside Buncombe County will be required to pay tuition.
Tuition must be paid upfront, in a lump sum, at the time the Discretionary Admission Release process is completed. 
Out of 
County Tuition Payers need to contact  directly to obtain information for the 2021-2022 school year.

**OUT OF COUNTY DAR applicants are subject to pay an Out-of-County Tuition fee and should contact for more information**

Applications - please click on your preferred language to view or print the application below. 
DAR Application - English
DAR Application - Spanish
DAR Application - Russian
DAR Application - Moldovan

 An application must be completed for each student, every year. This process is completed at the school level and involves approving signatures from both the releasing and receiving schools' administrators. 

  • The application fee for DARs is $20 per student.  
*If you are being released from a Buncombe County School to attend Asheville City Schools or another school district
 you will have the releasing Buncombe County School sign releasing and an approval signature is not required.

Please refer to Asheville City Schools Student Services for their specific requirements for Discretionary Admission:
Asheville City School - Discretionary Admission Release Process


Complete the Discretionary Admission/Release Application in its entirety.  Incomplete applications will not be processed – they will be returned to you for completion.  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.

Students who reside outside Buncombe County will be required to pay tuition.
Tuition must be paid upfront, in a lump sum, at the time the Discretionary Admission Release process is completed. 

Discretionary 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 impacting 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 approved.

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:
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 discretionary admission/release:
"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."

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