School assignments are based on the residential address of the custodial parent, kinship caregiver or legal custodian ("enrolling adult") and proof of residency in Muscogee County is required before a school assignment is granted. Proof of address is a current utility bill and one of the following documents: a valid residential lease or rental agreement, a current property tax statement, property deed or settlement statement for the home. All proofs of address must indicate the enrolling adult’s name and address. If none of these documents are available in the enrolling adult’s name due to living with someone else, a notarized Affidavit of Residency must be completed by both the owner/tenant and the enrolling adult. The owner/tenant must provide the documents required for proof of address. The Affidavit of Residency must be completed at the Department of Student Services, Central Registration, and both parties are required to be present.
To determine the school of assignment based on your address for this school year, see the MapNet Web School Attendance Zone Locator (https://muscogee.k12.ga.us/Divisions/OperationsAndFacilities/Transportation/BusStops). The school identified for a particular address reflects the assignment for the current school year. The descriptions and maps of school attendance zones available in the MCSD website, in the Columbus City Planning Division website, or in the local newspapers are intended for general reference only.
Enrolling adult's requesting a Hardship transfer must provide evidence of a compelling reason for requesting the transfer. Bus transportation is not provided by the school district for hardship transfers. The deadline for hardship transfer requests closed on the last of April of 2018, at 5:00 P.M. Parents of students new to the school district for the coming year may request hardship transfer forms from the school or at Central Registration at the time of enrollment and submitted to the Director of Student Services at the Muscogee County Public Education Center.
Specialized programs of study are offered at Britt David, Clubview, Dimon, Downtown, Hannan, St. Mary’s, and Wynnton elementary schools; at Arnold, East Columbus, Fort, Richards middle schools and Rainey McCullers School of the Arts; and at all high schools. Parents of students interested in attending a magnet school/program should contact the desired school for information about the program and application process. Transportation is provided for students attending those schools/programs provided their residence is more than one and one-half miles from the school.
Out-of-County and Out-of-State students are not eligible to attend Columbus High School Liberal Arts Magnet or Britt David Magnet Academy. There is an exception for Muscogee County School District employees.
If you have questions about school assignments or school attendance zones, call Central Registration at 706-748-2222.
When a student is absent, a written excuse is to be brought to school explaining the reason for the absence. This excuse is to be brought to school within three school days of each absence, as required by Muscogee County School District policy. It is the responsibility of the guardian, or person in control of a child or children to ensure that the school receives each and every written excuse.
Children may be temporarily excused from school when:
Every student in Muscogee County receives a Student Handbook, which describes the attendance policy adopted by the Muscogee County School District. It is the responsibility of the student and parent, guardian or person in control to read and understand the contents of the handbook. Also, for the purpose of monitoring school and class attendance, it is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or person in control to initiate regular contact with school personnel to ensure that their child attends school and class regularly.
Georgia state law O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1 provides the following:
Out-of-County and Out-of-State Tuition for Students of Employees
Effective FY 2018-2019 (PENDING)
MCSD earns State money for students who live in Georgia but does not for student who live out of state. The out-of-county tuition calculation is based on the amount of local revenue received while the out-of-state takes into consideration both local and state revenue.
Tuition amounts change from year to year. The amount is determined just prior to the beginning of school. The annual amount of tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $2,802 for out-of-county students and $8,398 for out-of-state students.
When a student enters the school district during the school year an invoice is mailed within about 15 days from enrollment. Tuition amount is prorated per day for number of days remaining in the school year.
Submit a written request to the Superintendent that includes employee’s name, student’s name, school they are attending, a contact phone number and the reason for the waiver request.
You will receive a phone call from the Superintendent or his designee to schedule an appointment to discuss your waiver request.
After the appointment, you will receive a letter informing you of the outcome.
If your request for a waiver of tuition is denied, payment is expected within 2 weeks.
Please review the residency document information attached. You may contact the Department of Student Services, Central Registration, if you have any questions concerning residency requirements.