Students Attending Schools Out-of-District

The policy of the Board of Education is that students shall attend the school designated for the attendance area in which they reside.  In some specific and limited situations, students may be considered for placement outside of their designated attendance area. The Student Services Department shall consider such requests. Purchasing a property, renting, moving into another families home, etc., while at the same time maintaining another residence in the county, will not constitute a reason for enrollment in a school in the attendance area of the secondary residence.

Out of District Eligibility:

Each school is identified as Open or Closed based on student enrollment.  Click on the link at the bottom of this page to view a list of Open and Closed schools.  Once you have identified a school's status please click on the link at the bottom of the page to view the criteria for out of district placement at that school.

Out of District Application Process:

Students who currently attend a school as approved out of district students shall be automatically renewed through the completion at that school level. First time applicants and students who are currently approved but requesting an out of district placement at a different school shall complete a paper application.  Applications may be obtained by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.  Completed applications must be postmarked or personally delivered by March 1, 2017 to:

Carroll County Public Schools
Student Services Department
125 N. Court St.
Westminster, MD 21157

Applications will be processed by April 1, 2017.

Transportation to and from the out-of-district school will be the responsibility of the parent(s) or guardian(s).

The Pupil Personnel Worker, with approval of the Director of Student Services, may rescind the out of district placement if one of the following conditions exists:

1. child’s attendance, behavior, or grades are unsatisfactory
2. child no longer meets out-of-district criteria
3. the information provided in the out-of-district application is found to be false or misrepresented

If a request is denied, the decision may be appealed in writing to the Superintendent of Schools, 125 N. Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157.  An appeal of the decision and all supporting documentation must be received no later than ten (10) working days after notification of the decision. 

The appeal of the Superintendent/Designee's decision shall be addressed to the President of the Board of Education, 125 N. Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157.  Appeals and all supporting documentation must be received by the President of the Board of Education within thirty (30) days after the decision is rendered.

2017 - 2018 School Year

The out of district process has changed. Students who currently attend a school as an approved out of district student shall be automatically renewed through the completion of that school level. New applicants must meet the new requirements identified in the "Criteria for Out of District Placement 2017-2018".

Chart of Open and Closed Schools (2017-2018)

 Criteria for Out of District Placement  (2017-2018)

2017-2018 Out of District Application