HB 251 Public School Choice

  • Student Transfer Procedures (School Choice HB 251) Guidelines & Application Process


    All children residing in Paulding County are required to enroll in the school of the attendance area in which they reside, unless special authorization is given by the Superintendent or designee. Attendance areas (school zones) are designated by the Board of Education.

    The District will not provide transportation for a student attending school outside his/her attendance area, unless the student is assigned to another school as a part of his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP).

    Special needs students will be assigned to schools from the central office level based on which schools have the programs needed to implement the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP).

    Information about the School Choice Law (House Bill 251)

    K-12 public school parents and guardians in Georgia may elect to enroll their child in a school within the local school district in which they now reside other than the one to which the student has been assigned by the local board of education; provided a school has classroom space available after its assigned students have been enrolled.

    The parent shall assume the responsibility and cost of transportation of the student to and from school.

    In compliance with HB 251, the Paulding County School District has provided notification and information about the District’s process. Parents may apply through Parent Portal beginning at 9:00 AM on Janaury 29, 2024. The deadline for submission will be close of business (5:00 PM) February 13, 2024. Please click on the links below for further information.  Parents will be notified via email of the status of their HB 251 selection by the end of the 2023-2024 school year. 

    Parent Annual Choice Notification Letter 2024 - 2025 (PDF)

    House Bill 251 Public School Choice Framework 2024-2025 (PDF)


    School Choice requests for currently enrolled students in grades K-11 must be made by the enrolling parent through Parent Portal under the “More” option from the Index. Simply log in to the Parent Portal, select "More" and proceed with the application.  Parents will not receive an email indicating that a selection has been made.  Emails will be sent before the end of the current school year.

    Parent Portal instructions may be downloaded from the right column of this page.

    For kindergarten registration under HB251, click here.

    School Choice Options under HB 251

    Attention parents, under HB 251 for the 2024-2025 school year, the following schools are receiving school choice students:





    Austin Middle

    Hiram High


    Dobbins Middle

    South Paulding High


    East Paulding Middle



    Herschel Jones Middle



    *McClure Middle



    *Moses Middle



     Ritch Middle



    Scoggins Middle



     South Paulding Middle


    *McClure MS and Moses MS are open to HB251 School choice with a cap of 50 available seats at each school.  If the total number of HB251 applicants is greater than 50, a lottery will be conducted to determine which students will be awarded the available seats.



Parent Portal Instructions

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HB-251 Parent Notification

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HB-251 Choice Framework

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