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House Bill 251

2022-2023 School Choice: HB 251


As the parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in Valdosta City Schools, we are notifying you of your rights under House Bill 251 (HB 251).  This bill provides that students who reside within the Valdosta City Schools’ district may apply to transfer to schools deemed by the district to have adequate, permanent classroom space for the 2022 – 2023 school year. The school district will not provide transportation for students who elect to transfer under HB 251. Transportation will be the responsibility of the parents/guardians.


The window for applications is from May 2, 2022 – May 31, 2022. The application window will close at 4:30 p.m. on May 31, 2022. There are no exceptions or extensions to the transfer window. Application forms will be available online at and at the district office, 1204 Williams Street. Application forms may be mailed or brought to the district office, but must be received by May 31, 2022. Forms are not to be sent to individual schools.


If there are more applications than spaces available at a particular school, a lottery drawing will be held.


Approved students may remain at the transfer school until they complete the last grade at that school. Students must abide by the student code of conduct and attendance policies. Approval may be terminated at anytime for violation of these rules. Parents will be notified by June 15, 2022 via regular mail of the transfer request status.


Preliminary List of Schools Not Accepting HB 251 Transfers


Based on enrollment projections, the following schools are currently at or over capacity, therefore these schools will not be accepting HB 251 transfers:


Sallas Mahone Elementary

W.G. Nunn Elementary

Valdosta Middle School


Preliminary List of Schools Eligible to Accept HB 251 Transfers


The elementary and middle schools below were selected because they are anticipated to have classroom space for the 2022 – 2023 school year. The school system uses a classroom allocation model which considers projected enrollment and the instructional program needs of each student to make the decision. However, these schools could change as final space analysis is conducted during the summer pre-registration period and prior to public school choice approvals.


J.L. Lomax Elementary

Pinevale Elementary

S.L. Mason Elementary

J.L. Newbern Middle School


Please download and complete the form below, submit completed forms to:


Valdosta City Schools
1204 Williams Street

Valdosta, GA 31602
(229) 333-8500