Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) offers students the opportunity to request placement in a different school/program through the Request for Reassignment/Transfer process.
Reassignment and transfer are different processes offered at different times throughout the year. Reassignment requests are not accepted by schools on the Closed for Reassignment List. A request to a closed school will be processed as a transfer.
Reassignment/ Transfer Form Links
New student online enrollment period for the district’s only lottery: December 5, 2022 – January 6, 2023. Future enrolled students (students who are not currently attending a CMS school) will receive their Student Assignment Notification letter beginning mid-December 2022.
Current CMS students will receive their Student Assignment Notification letters in time to participate in the 23-24 Choice Lottery: January 16, 2023 - February 13, 2023
If you are a current CMS student and do not receive your Student Assignment Notification letter by December 9, 2022, please contact your child’s current school to generate another copy of the assignment letter.
The application period for the Choice Lottery is January 16, 2023 – February 13, 2023, at 10:00 pm.
Lottery notification letters for the Choice Lottery will be sent: Early February 2022
Reassignment & Transfer Period
Request for Reassignment Period for the district: March 6, 2023 – March 24, 2023
*Students brand new or re-enrolling to the district after this date will have ten business days after enrolling to submit a request for reassignment for the 2023-2024 school year. An application does not guarantee approval.
Request for Transfer period in order to receive an answer by the start of school: March 25, 2023– July 14, 2023
Brand new students, re-enrolling or current CMS students can apply to schools not listed on the Superintendent’s Closed School list. An application does not guarantee approval.
January 7, 2023 – June 2, 2023: The district will continue to receive and process future online enrollment applications for home school placement for the 2023-2024 school year.
After June 2, 2023, any submitted enrollments will be processed by the home school starting the second week in July 2023.
Transportation is only guaranteed if the request is to the student's home school or a magnet, Career & Technical Education(CTE), or school option program that serves the student's transportation zone.
For a request based on allegations of bullying, the parents/legal guardian must provide the following:
- Documentation that the bullying incidents which are the basis of the transfer request have been reported to the principal (or another appropriate staff person) at the current school.
- Documentation confirming a face-to-face meeting between the parents/student and the principal of the current school to discuss the bullying report.
- A description of interventions developed to prevent bullying from recurring and details on how they have been implemented.
- Documentation of bullying occurrences after the implementation of the interventions by the current school.
ONLY emergency transfers with extenuating circumstances and documentation and medical requests will be processed after July 15th and, if processed, will be processed at the end of the first quarter for the start of the second quarter or processed at the end of the second quarter for the start of the third academic quarter.
Please contact a Student Placement Specialist if you have questions.