Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes. The parent or legal guardian of the child must be a current resident of the DeKalb County School District at the time of open enrollment and thereafter.
  • Yes, if you have applied within the previous 4 years, you can use the old username. If you are a new applicant, then you must create a new account.
  • No. All applications and required documents musts be submitted online. All documentation will become the property of DeKalb County School District. Additional applications packets for Arabia Mountain Magnet Program, International Baccalaureate Programs (grades 9-12), D.E.S.A. (grades 4-8) and D.S.A (grades 9-12) must be completed and uploaded as indicated on the application packet for each school. The paper application packets can be found at
  • Yes, you may apply for any program that your child is eligible for based on the published eligibility criteria. However, there is a selection limit for each school choice program. Also, only first choice selections under each category will run in the initial lottery. 2nd and 3rd choice lotteries take place in the event additional seats remain available after all wait lists have been exhausted.
  • Applications are available at
  • You can apply ONLINE ONLY.
  • CALL-IN SUPPORT is available from January 7, 2022 to April 15, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 678-676-0050
    School Choice Phone: 678-676-0035/0050
    School Choice Email:
    School Information: Call school directly
    Transportation: 678-676-1333
  • January 7, 2022 9:00 a.m. through February 11, 2022 4:00 p.m.
March 21, 2022 High School
March 22, 2022 Middle School
March 24, 2022 Elementary School
  • If needed, additional lotteries will be held.
  • Late applications will be accepted from 4:01 p.m., February 11, 2022 until 4:00 p.m. August 31, 2022. Late applications will be reviewed and processed only if additional seats are available after the initial lottery is held and all selected students and wait lists students are placed. The School Choice Office will contact parents regarding placement of late applications. Selections will not be made after 4: 00 p.m., August 31, 2022.
  • After being selected from the lottery or waiting list, parents must visit the selected school’s website or call the school to find out the deadline date for school choice registration at the school. If parents do not register by the deadline set by the school, the seat will be declined and offered to the next student on the waiting list.
  •  Seats will be filled until 4:00 p.m., August 31, 2022.
  • Students are selected by a random automated lottery or essay/interview (IB Prep & IB DP) or audition (DESA & DSA) based selection processes depending on the grade level and program.
  • All notifications will be sent by email ONLY, which is also visible on the Application Dashboard Message Box. Student information will not be provided by telephone. On March 25, 2022 after 5:00 p.m., parents should log on to and select “Dashboard” or open their email box to check selection results.
  • You may log into your application to make changes, however the last date to make changes is February 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Go to the internet and type the question- How to create an email account?
  • Follow the steps on the screen.
  • Write down the email address and password for future reference.
  • Using a desktop or laptop computer log in the School Choice online application website at
  • On the welcome page, select “Start a new application for another student”.
  • Read Requirements & Policies.
  • Answer all questions listed on the Begin Application webpage.
  • Click the “Continue to Application” button to begin completing the application process.
  • An Application Progress box located left of the application will check the completed section of the application. You may click a title in the “Application Progress” box to return to that section of the application.
  • Please type the answer to each question if the cell is not populated. If the cell is populated, please review the information for accuracy. If the information is not accurate, you may retype the information or contact the School Choice Office at 678.676.0035 for application support.
  • Click the “Continue” button to go to next page, “Cancel” button to discontinue the application, or “Save and Exit” button to pause the application and submit the completed application packet with required documents by 4:00 p.m., February 11, 2022 or the application will be considered late.
  • Complete each page until you reach the final application step.
  • Review and verify each section of the application.
  • Before submitting make sure all information and selections are correct.
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  • The student application status will be noted on the Dashboard for each applicant.
  • Notes to parents regarding the application status will also be posted on the Dashboard if needed.
  • The DeKalb School of the Arts (elementary and high school) applicants are required to also complete the audition application available at
  • Applicants eligible for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme must complete an additional paper application which are available to download and print from
  • Parents/guardians must login to the apply to accept or decline placement in the selected program by the deadline listed in the selection notification sent by email.
  • If seat placement offer is accepted, the parent/guardian must register to enroll the student in the new school by the registration deadline listed on the school’s website to avoid forfeiture of the seat placement offer.
  • Using a desktop or laptop computer, log in the School Choice online application website at Use the toolbar at the top of the screen and select Dashboard.
  • Click the tab labeled with the student’s name to review the application status for the selected program(s).
  • At the bottom of the screen, select “View Confirmation” to access the Application Progress box.
  • In the Application Progress box, click the title of the section to access the data to be edited.
  • Save and exit after editing one or more sections of the application or continue to view each page until the final page.
  • Go to the final page to provide your initials to validate the edited application information.
  • Log in the School Choice online application website at
  • Using the toolbar at the top of the screen, select Dashboard.
  • Click the tab with student’s name to review application status for the selected program(s).
  • The online application will not accept a grade level retention. If your child is not a current DeKalb County School District student, please submit an email to providing notice from school that the retention is approved. If your child is currently a DeKalb County School District student, please email documentation to from the school indicating retention is approved OR request the Principal to send the approval document to the Director of School Choice.
  • If you wish to continue your application, please do so by changing your child’s birthdate to the year prior in order to be accepted by the application. After receiving your documentation we will adjust to the correct year on your application during final processing before the selection process begins.
  • Yes. An email address and password are required to create an online account.
  • All programs are offered including Arabia Mountain High School Career Technology Pathway & Magnet Program, Charter, Employee Student Transfer Request, Coralwood/Hawthorne Partnership, Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy, House Bill 251, Immersion Dual Language, International Baccalaureate, Magnet, Montessori, Senate Bill 10 & Theme.
  •  The most current DeKalb County transportation policy will be followed for the School Choice Programs. Students selected for a Theme School, High Achiever Magnet Program, and Arabia Mountain High will be provided satellite/shuttle transport service. The transportation schedule is available on website: /school-choice/transportation/. Theme elementary school students are provided neighborhood transportation. All other programs do not provide transportation.

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) reserves the right to change any statement in this publication concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, procedures, program guidelines, dates, curricula, and courses without advance notice or obligation. DCSD reserves the right to place students in any school choice program due to unforeseen circumstances. Failure to read this brochure does not excuse parents and students from the regulations and requirements described herein. It is the policy of the DeKalb County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or handicap in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. The DeKalb County School District School Choice Programs Office reserves the right to revise program guidelines, procedures, services, curricula and student placements without advance notice or obligation to support local, state and federal practices, regulations and policies. Failure to read this passage does not excuse parents and students from the regulations and requirements described on this website and the DCSD school Choice webpage.

If a deadline falls on a date that DCSD administrative offices are closed for business, the document will be considered due on the first business day after the deadline. The District reserves the right to change the timeline, as necessary. No exceptions will be made for missed deadlines.