Frequently Asked Questions

  • January 5, 2024, 9:00 a.m. through February 9, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • All programs are offered including Arabia Mountain High School Career Technology Pathway & Magnet Program, Employee Student Transfer Request, Coralwood/Hawthorne Partnership, Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy, House Bill 251, Immersion Dual Language, International Baccalaureate, High Achiever Magnet, Special Interest Magnet, Montessori, Senate Bill 10 & Theme.
  • 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.
  • Using a desktop or laptop computer log in the School Choice online application website at
  • Select the “START LOGIN” tab to apply.
  • All parents must create an account for the application system
  • To add a student to your profile, click on the blue Associate Student tab
  • To begin an application for a student, click on the green Begin Application tab
  • To apply for multiple programs, parents must click on the green Begin Application each time.
  • Required documents must be uploaded for each program application. (i.e. report card, birth certificate). This applies to new students only.
  • The student application status will be noted on the application once verification is complete.
  • 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 on the school’s website and at
  • Applicants eligible for the International Baccalaureate Programs must complete an additional paper application which are available at
  • Parents/guardians must login to the
  • Yes. An email address and password are required to create an online account. You must have access to your email account.
  • Log in the School Choice online application website at
  • Application status will be updated once verification is complete. This usually takes place a few weeks before the lottery is run.
  • 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 the 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
  • Using a desktop or laptop computer, log in the School Choice online application website at On the family dashboard click on the pencil to the left of the student’s name that you wish to edit. Your may edit anything within the student’s profile.
  • You may log into your application to add additional program/school selections, however the last date to make changes is February 9, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.
Late applications will be accepted from April 1, 2024 through August 23, 2024. 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 30, 2024.
  • 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.
  • March 18-21, 2024 – Electronic Random Lottery will take place.
  • If needed, additional lotteries will be held.
  • Results will be emailed on March 29, 2024 after 5:00 p.m.
  • 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 29, 2024, after 5:00 p.m., parents should log on to to check the lottery status or check their email for selection results.
  • Yes, parents must accept or decline their lottery selections. If selections aren’t accepted within 5 business days, the seat will be given to the next student in line.
  • 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 30, 2024.
  • 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: /schoolchoice/transportation/. Theme elementary school students are provided neighborhood transportation. All other programs do not provide transportation. Transportation: 678-676-1333

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.