You have Educational Options in Fulton County
Fulton County Schools believes families should be allowed to choose the best education options for students, given their unique needs.
These choices are offered through a number of initiatives working to provide various opportunities and flexibility to families. Please learn more about your options below.
Interested in learning about school setting or curriculum options?
These options are based on curriculum offerings or educational settings and include: Charter Schools; Magnet Programs; Open Enrollment Transfers; and Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE).
Interested in learning about a school transfer based on need?
Interested in learning about our flexible learning options?
Fulton provides options such as Fulton Virtual and alternative scheduling at Independence High School. Fulton Virtual provides competency based, personalized learning options for students throughout the district.
School Choice Options & Program Information
Charter schools are independently governed, free-standing public schools that offer parents and students an alternative public education outside the traditional school district system. The Charter has been approved and is held accountable for meeting the performance based objectives specified in the Charter contract.
Current Sites: Amana Academy, Chattahoochee Hills Charter, Fulton Academy of Science and Technology (FAST), Hapeville Career Academy, Hapeville Middle School, KIPP South Fulton Academy, Latin College Prep, Latin Grammar School, The Main Street Academy, and Skyview High School.
Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE)
Career and Technical Education at Fulton County Schools aims to engage students in cutting-edge, grade appropriate career exploration and preparation opportunities that set them up to excel in post-secondary education and productive careers.
Current Sites: All Fulton High Schools (and many middle schools) offer at least one pathway program, however many locations offer several options. Click here to see all Career Pathways and locations.
Fulton County Schools offers several magnet programs throughout the district to provide opportunities for students to explore curriculum focused on specific areas of study. Programs currently offer studies including international studies, business, visual & performing arts and math & science.
Current Sites: Riverwood High School, Banneker High School, North Springs High School, Westlake High School, Tri-Cities High School
The Fulton County School System identifies schools each spring that can accept transfer students for the next school year through Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act (also called House Bill 251). Approved in 2009, the Intra-District School Choice section of the law allows parents of students enrolled in a public K-12 school to enroll in another school within the district if space allows.
Charter School Application Window
Varies, but generally Dec 1 - Feb 28
Fulton Virtual Registration Windows
Fall Semester - Summer to mid-Sept
Spring Semester - Jan to mid Feb
Summer Semester - March to June
Hardship Application Window
On-line from January 1 - February 28
Magnet Program Application Windows
November 15 - January 15
Open Enrollment Window
On-line from May 1 - May 15
SB-10 Application Window
On-line from March 1 - May 1
Special Needs Scholarship Information (GSNS-SB10)
Public School Choice / Intra-School Transfer Options
A parent can request a transfer to another public school within their school system as long as there is available space at that school and the school has a program with the services agreed to in the student's existing individualized education program (IEP). If a parent chooses this option, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation.
To apply for this option, a parent must complete and submit the online SB-10 In-System Transfer Request.
The transfer application must be received by the Fulton County School District no later than May 1, 2018: All transfer decisions will be communicated by June 30, 2018.
Private School Choice Option
If you are interested in transferring your child to a private school in Georgia, you may be able to take advantage of a Georgia Special Needs Scholarship. These scholarships provide funding that can be used to offset tuition costs at participating private schools in the state of Georgia. Eligibility will be determined by using the scholarship calculator on the GSNS website.
For more information on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship and the parent application process, please visit the Georgia Department of Education's website at http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Special-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx