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Effingham County Schools, School Choice Privilege Options

Effingham County Schools - School Choice Privilege Options
For School Year 2024-25

This year, School Choice applications will only be accepted using an online form, or via US Mail. The form can be easily filled out using a cell phone as well as any other device.

In accordance with Georgia law, Effingham County Schools provides a window of time each school year during which parents may make an application to transfer their student to a school outside his or her attendance zone that has been identified as having available space.  School Choice options include those available pursuant to Effingham County Schools policy JBCA Resident Students and  'Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (Senate Bill 10)'. The procedures and rules for making an application for school choice under these options for the 2024-25 school year are available on the district website as of Monday, March 18th, 2024

Closed Schools Open Schools

Ebenezer Elementary

Guyton Elementary

Marlow Elementary

South Effingham Elementary 

Springfield Elementary

South Effingham Middle

Blandford Elementary

Rincon Elementary

Sand Hill Elementary

Ebenezer Middle

Effingham County Middle 

Effingham County High

South Effingham High

Once a student has been approved to attend a non-zoned school under one of these School Choice options and maintains continuous enrollment, he or she may continue at that same school until all grades offered at that school have been completed, unless the student is deemed to have excessive absences, tardies, or early/late pickups.  The school principal or superintendent's designee may, at his or her discretion, require a meeting with the parent/guardian to discuss excessive absences, tardies, or early/late pickups.  If it is determined that the student's attendance issues are a result of non-zoned school attendance, the student may be required by the district to transfer to his or her zoned school. A new application is only required if the student wishes to attend a different non-zoned school (i.e., when moving to 6th or 9th grade) or re-enters Effingham County Schools after being withdrawn.

If a school is closed for School Choice, the registering parent/guardian may fill out a Non-Zoned School Request prior to the start of school. Parents will have the opportunity to submit documentation for hardship cases beginning June 1st. These requests will not be reviewed until mid-July.  

Following is the timeline during which these options will be made available to parents in Spring 2024:

8AM Monday, March 18th, 2024

Click here for the Annual School Choice Notification. Hard-copies are available at the Effingham County Board of Education Central Office. This document will specify the procedures and rules for making an application to transfer.

*This process will also apply to employees of Effingham County Schools who wish to enroll or transfer their children to a non-zoned school.

8AM Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 Click here for the School Transfer Request Form. This form is for those who wish to mail in their request.

8AM Monday, March 25th, 2024


4PM Friday, April 19th, 2024

Apply for school choice using the School Choice Online Form.

School Choice applications are only being accepted through the online link, or U.S. mail to the Effingham County Board of Education Central Office at 405 North Ash Street, Springfield, GA 31329.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 Email letters sent regarding approval status of School Choice applications.


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