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The Window of Opportunity for 2020-2021 Student Reassignment will begin on February 3, 2020 and end on March 20, 2020.  Forms will be available below, at the schools and the Wallace Educational Forum.

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Welcome to the Rowan-Salisbury School System! We look forward to partnering with you to guide your child to academic and career success. Registration must be done at the school for which your child is zoned to attend. Attendance zones are based on the property address of where you and your child live.


Please be prepared to provide the following items when enrolling your child:

  • Student's birth certificate
  • Approved ID of parent/guardian
  • Proof of domicile
  • Immunization record
  • Health Assessment in accordance with North Carolina law - required for kindergarten registration and when enrolling from another state.


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Student Reassignment


Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS) Board of Education assigns students to schools based on their home address. It is the intent of the Board of Education that a student should attend the school that serves his/her home address. Exceptions to this will be made within criteria provided by the RSS Board of Education.

Student reassignment only applies to students who wish to attend a school that is not currently associated with their home address. This includes students wishing to attend a school with a specialized academy. If you are moving into Rowan County or changing schools because you moved within Rowan County, refer to the enrollment section of this page.

Parents wishing to request a reassignment to a different school may do so during the Transfer Window. The transfer window for 2020-2021 is February 3, 2020 to March 20, 2020.

Reassignments for Rowan County residents that are granted are approved through the grade span of the school (K-5, 6-8 or 9-12). You do not need to reapply each year.

Reassignments for Out-of-County residents that are granted must be re-submitted annually.

Application and Notification Process

  • Applications must be submitted by midnight of the day the transfer timeline closes
  • Applications must be completed by the parent/legal guardian
  • Supporting documentation MUST be attached for processing to begin
  • Applications can be returned to any school location or at the Central Administrative Office
  • Applications are reviewed by the Enrollment Specialist
  • Applicants will be notified by letter of approval or denial by the end of June

Review Guidelines

  • Requests for transfers are reviewed and appropriate decisions made based on reason(s) for request and space availability in requested school
  • Requests are approved for a valid educational purpose (see below)
  • Requests for transfer should be made during the Transfer Window
  • There is no longer an Emergency Transfer Window
  • No more than one reassignment request per student will be granted each year
  • Approved reassignment requests are for the duration of the current grade span
  • Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school for reassigned students

What is a “Valid Educational Purpose”?

A valid educational purpose is one that directly affects a child’s ability to learn and includes, but is not limited to, availability of academic and vocational course offerings, hardships, or special program availability. Requests for romantic purposes, athletic participation, or racial/ethnic reasons are unacceptable. Specific regulations and procedures can be found in the RSSS Board of Education policies.

Appeal Process for reassignment denials

Parents and legal guardians may contest a transfer denial by:

  • Completing and submitting an Appeal Request to Superintendent or designee.
  • The statement must be received within five (5) working days after the postmarked date on the denial or within five (5) days of sent date if denial letter received by email.
  • The Superintendent or designee will study the appeal requests, hold any necessary hearings, and render a decision within ten (10) working days.
  • If the parent/guardian is still dissatisfied, they should notify the Board of Education Appeals committee (through the Chief Legal Officer) within five (5) days of receipt of the Superintendent or designee decision.
  • The Appeals Committee will hear the request (based on the reason and documentation on the original transfer application).

Circumstances where reassignment may be revoked

A Principal or the Student Assignment Office may revoke a transfer if the student has problems with behavior, tardiness or unexcused absences. If the reassignment was granted for specific academic programs, the student must meet the expectations of that program in order to continue participation and the reassignment.

Athletic Eligibility

High School students with approved transfers will be subject to a one-year (365 days) athletic wait period that begins on the first day of enrollment in the new school before athletic eligibility can be established.

**Both the Appeals Committee and the full board shall base their decision on consideration of the best interest of the child, the orderly and efficient administration of the public schools, the proper administration of the school to which reassignment is requested, and the instruction, health, and safety of the pupils there enrolled.

In compliance with federal law, the Rowan-Salisbury School System administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law


High School Academies

Many High Schools at Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS) offer Academies. These are specialized curriculums for students in addition to the traditional high school diploma curriculum offered at every school within RSS. A student who is not currently assigned to one of these schools may apply to be reassigned to an Academy. Below is a list of links to more information on the currently offered academies.

High School Academies

Location: West Rowan High School

Learn industry-based skills in agriculture with focuses available in animal science, horticulture and agricultural mechanics. Take your agricultural knowledge to the next level in our farm-to-table program by learning how to cultivate, prepare, design and market meals using fresh and home-grown ingredients in a commercial restaurant environment. Join students with like-interests and career goals by participating in award-winning organizations such as Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Location: South Rowan High School

Learn industry-based skills in digital media, gaming design, and broadcasting through project-based courses and relevant experiences in the communications field. Join Skills USA to develop and market your communication skills with an opportunity to compete at the State and National levels. In the Communications Academy, students can practice with the latest version of the Adobe Suite software, develop programming skills using the latest technology, or gain experience in a classroom broadcasting studio. 

JROTC Academy - Develop your leadership potential, physical fitness, speaking and writing skills, self-discipline and self-reliance by attending the South Rowan JROTC Academy. Students will be immersed in an in-depth study of the ethical values and principles of good citizenship, learn the historical relevance and organization of the US Armed Forces, and participate in leadership and community service. Students have opportunity to earn rank, conduct relevant research, earn certifications, and participate in numerous co-curricular competitions and challenges.

Location: Salisbury High School

Choose from over 20 Advanced Placement courses to prepare for a college S.T.E.M degree and learn to use specialized robotics equipment for engineering design. The new Advanced Manufacturing Academy will ensure students hone skills from every aspect of manufacturing from engineering and design to product creation. Successful students will be immediately employable or well-prepared for a two-year or four-year program in mechanical engineering, computer integrated machining, or welding.

Location: North Rowan High School

Learn industry recognized health care skills with focuses available in general health sciences and nursing. Students will be immersed in real-life scenarios using simulation mannequins that allow students to apply life-saving skills in practical situations. Students can join the award-winning Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and have the opportunity to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Location: East Rowan High School

Learn industry recognized skills in the areas of productivity software, ecommerce, accounting, marketing and entrepreneurship. Join students with like-interests and career goals by participating and competing in East’s award-winning Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Students apply entrepreneurial skills in specialized business internships and market local businesses through website development.

Location: Jesse Carson High School

Students are immersed in fine and performing arts, including visual arts, theater, chorus and musical performance. Showcase your talents in one or many school and community performances. Develop your passion for the arts and expand your portfolio by participating on stage and/or behind-the-scenes in musical and theatrical productions while immersed in traditional and rigorous academic courses.

Enrollment and Reassignment Contact

Amanda Howard

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools Pilots State Renewal Program

The State of North Carolina passed HB 986 enabling qualifying school districts to become a renewal district. Currently only Rowan-Salisbury Schools district qualifies. On June 28th the RSS Board of Education elected to participate in this program. Click for details.