Student Hardship Transfer Guidelines

  • To apply for a hardship transfer, child(ren) must be currently registered as a Paulding County School District student.  If your child(ren) are not currently registered, please visit the Central Registration webpage to make an appointment to register. 

    • Application must be completed by enrolling parent.
    • Parent/guardian and student must be residents of Paulding County.
    • Supporting documentation must be provided upon request.
    • Parent/guardian must agree to a one-year commitment.

    Hardship Transfer Application

    Parents will be notified in writing as to the decision made for the request – please DO NOT call the Board of Education as to the status of your request.  The hardship transfer process usually takes between 2-3 weeks.


    Parents/guardians of students requesting a hardship transfer from one attendance zone to another within the Paulding County School District must complete the online Hardship Application.

    High school students approved for school transfer must meet the rules of the Georgia High School Association in order to participate in extracurricular activities. 

    1. For the purposes of student transfers, a “hardship” is defined as an event or situation in which the Hardship Transfer Committee, determines that a student’s transfer to another school is warranted. The Hardship Transfer Committee will review the application and relevant data (student attendance / discipline) and make a determination to approve, conditionally approve, or deny. 
    2. Transportation for students out of their “home” district on transfer must be provided.  Students on transfer may not ride the school bus either to or from school.

    The Paulding County School District reserves the right to deny a school transfer request if the request is not considered a true hardship. 

    Transfer requests may also be denied due to:

    1. The student has excessive attendance, truancy or discipline issues;
    2. Lack of available permanent classroom space in the school to which the student requested the transfer;
    3. Insufficient reasons to warrant the move (disagreement with school administration or staff is not sufficient reason for a transfer to be granted);
    4. Falsification of records;
    5. Other just cause.

    For more information regarding the Paulding County School Districts School Choice procedures, please see Administrative Regulation Student Assignment to Schools JBCCA-R.


    If you have additional questions concerning hardship school transfers, please contact 770-443-8000 or email