Discretionary Admission/Release Application
  • Discretionary Admission/Release (DAR) applications were due on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year.     As of Monday, September 11, 2017, the application fee for DARs is $20 per student.  Applications received after May 31 will be assessed a $30 late fee per application unless the verified reason for requesting a DAR has just occurred.

 
Applications are accepted annually February 1 through May 31 for the next school year.


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


IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

An application must be completed for each student, every year.

  • There is a $20 fee per student, with a maximum of $100 per household.  Applications received after the May 31 due date will be assessed a $30 late fee per student, with a maximum of $150 per household. This also applies for parents who are employees of the school system. Policy 4130 is available on the district website, at each Buncombe County school, and in the Student Services office.

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. Please contact Student Services at 828-255-5918 for more information and to schedule a tuition contract appointment.   A $300 deposit toward tuition is due at the time the application is submitted.

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:  http://www.nchsaa.org/transfer-and-residency-requirements
 
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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