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School Assignment Overview by Grade Level

There are a variety of choices to consider for the 2022-2023 school year! The following information should provide the answers to most questions. Should you need additional information, please contact Student Support Services at 910-251-2929.

PRE—K & KINDERGARTEN

  • Click here to learn more about Pre-K registration.
  • Click here to learn more about Kindergarten registration.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPTIONS
 

An Assigned School is a school near your home to which your child is guaranteed admission and transportation is provided, if needed. Click here to find your child’s assigned school.

A Year-Round School offers the North Carolina Standard Course of Study on a nine-week on, three-week intercession (off) schedule. NHCS offers two year-round schools: Codington and Eaton which follow the year-round calendar. Click here for a link to the NHCS calendars. If interested in attending a year-round school, the parent/guardian must apply to the school that is located in the assigned territory based on where the parent/guardian is domiciled. Students are selected for attendance by random lottery. Transportation is provided, if needed, if the student resides in the transportation zone. Accepting a seat requires a year-long commitment and once selected, the student may attend through the last grade level offered at the school.

Please contact Student Support Services at 910-251-2929 to find the year-round school in your child’s attendance zone.

  • Applications accepted for Kindergarten March 1 – April 15, 2022* will be included in the lottery draw.
  • Click here to submit a Kindergarten application for a year-round school using ScribEnroll. Click here to learn more about Kindergarten registration.
  • Kindergarten notifications will be mailed on or before April 29, 2022.
  • Grades 1-5 applications accepted March 1 - April 15, 2022* will be included in the lottery draw. Click here to submit an application for grades 1-5 for a year-round school using ScribEnroll.
  • NHCS will continue to accept new applications for year-round until the day before school begins. *Applications received after April 15, 2022 will not be included in the initial notification process and will automatically be added to the wait pool for consideration if seats remain available.

A Magnet School is a school with a specific focus that draws students from all over the county. The North Carolina Standard Course of Study is taught using this area of emphasis as an approach. There are three elementary magnet schools: Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, The International School at Gregory, and Annie Snipes Academy of Arts & Design. If the parent/guardian is already domiciled in the attendance zone for a magnet school, you do not need to apply to that specific school. Otherwise, the parent/guardian must apply and students are selected for attendance by random lottery. Rachel Freeman School of Engineering and Annie Snipes Academy of Arts & Design are on the restart year-round calendar. Click here for a link to the NHCS calendars. Accepting a seat requires a year-long commitment and once selected, the student may attend through the last grade level offered at the school.

  • If you live outside a magnet school’s attendance zone, you must apply. Click here to submit a magnet school Kindergarten application using ScribEnroll.
  • Applications accepted for Kindergarten March 1 – April 15, 2022* and click here to learn more about Kindergarten registration.
  • Kindergarten notifications will be mailed on or before April 29, 2022.
  • Grades 1-5 applications accepted March 1 – April 15, 2022* and click here to submit an application for a magnet school using ScribEnroll.
  • Transportation is provided if needed once accepted.
  • NHCS will continue to accept new applications for magnet schools until the day before the December holiday break begins. *Applications received after April 15, 2022 will not be included in the initial notification process and will automatically be added to the wait pool for consideration if seats remain available.

Open Choice - A school outside a student’s assigned school area for which the student may apply for a lottery assignment as an “open choice” placement if there is space available at the school within the student’s grade level. Once selected, the student may attend through the last grade level offered at the school.

  • Applications Accepted March 1 - April 15, 2022.
  • Random lottery will be held to select students for available spaces.
  • Applications submitted after April 15, 2022 will be considered a transfer.
  • Public school transportation WILL NOT be provided.
  • Click here to submit an Open Choice Application using ScribEnroll.
  • In order to remain at the school under Open Choice, the following criteria must met:
    • Regular attendance without excessive tardiness or absences, 
    • Timely pick up of student, and 
    • No patterns of disruptive behavior or disciplinary referrals. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPTIONS
 

An Assigned School is a school near your home to which your child is guaranteed admission and transportation is provided, if needed. Click here to find your child’s assigned school.

Open Choice - A school outside a student’s assigned school area for which the student may apply for a lottery assignment as an “open choice” placement if there is space available at the school within the student’s grade level. Once selected, the student may attend through the last grade level offered at the school.

  • Applications accepted March 1 through April 15, 2022.
  • Random lottery will be held to select students for available spaces.
  • Applications submitted after April 15, 2022 will be considered a transfer.
  • Public school transportation WILL NOT be provided.
  • Click here to submit an Open Choice Application using ScribEnroll.
  • In order to remain at the school under Open Choice, the following criteria must met:
    • Regular attendance without excessive tardiness or absences, 
    • Timely pick up of student, and 
    • No patterns of disruptive behavior or disciplinary referrals. 

HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
 

An Assigned School is a school near your home to which your child is guaranteed admission and transportation is provided, if needed. Click here to find your child’s assigned school.

Open Choice - A school outside a student’s assigned school area for which the student may apply for a lottery assignment as an “open choice” placement if there is space available at the school within the student’s grade level. Once selected, the student may attend through the last grade level offered at the school.

  • Applications accepted March 1 through April 15, 2022.
  • Random Lottery will be held to select students for available spaces.
  • Applications submitted after April 15, 2022 will be considered a transfer.
  • Public school transportation WILL NOT be provided.
  • Click here to submit an Open Choice Application using ScribEnroll.
  • Priority is given to those students selected to attend high school signature programs at a school outside their assigned school. If selected to attend a signature program, parents should apply to attend through Open Choice application. Students must remain in the program to continue attendance at the school and must agree to a year-long (or more) commitment.
  • In order to remain at the school under Open Choice, the following criteria must met:
    • Regular attendance without excessive tardiness or absences, 
    • Timely pick up of student, and 
    • No patterns of disruptive behavior or disciplinary referrals. 

For more information on available high school signature programs please click here. For information on innovative high school programs at Isaac Bear Early College High School, Southeast Area Technical High School or Wilmington Early College High School, please click here. Innovative high schools and signature programs utilize a district-wide rubric and acceptance process with a second level review by a district team.

Program requirements and program content for magnet schools, signature programs and innovative high schools are determined by the Curriculum & Instruction Division with New Hanover County Schools for each school.

Revised 5/20/2022

How to Enroll

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