In-district transfer requests for the following school year open in May. Priority consideration is given for transfer requests received by the first Friday in June.
If you are considering a request for an in-district transfer, here are some suggestions that may help ease the process and increase the likelihood that we can honor your request:
Each student in the district is required to attend the school designated for the geographic attendance area in which he or she resides.
A parent or guardian may request that his or her child be allowed to attend another school in the district. Requests must be submitted in writing to the principal of the building at which the student is currently assigned. Secondary students who request attendance area transfers are subject to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s (WIAA) eligibility rules.
The superintendent will develop procedures and criteria for considering in-district transfer requests. In the case of requested in-district transfers, transportation is the responsibility of the parents or guardians.
Granted requests expire at the end of the current school year. Parents/Guardians wishing to have their child remain in a school outside of their attendance area must annually submit a transfer request for consideration according to the subsequent procedure.
When the school district must make involuntary student transfers due to excess enrollment and/or class size at one or more schools, the district will seek to use the same considerations as applied to requested transfers. Parents will be informed annually of the district’s attendance area transfer option. The Superintendent of Public Instruction's annual information booklet on enrollment options in the state is available online.
Transfers may be granted if space is available based on reasonably balanced class sizes and the parents transport the student. Priority transfer consideration will be given to students who:
Additional considerations for transfers include:
All of the considerations in this procedure are limited by space availability and class-size equalization. In the case of similarly weighted requests, proximity to the school, ability to walk to school, and age/grade level of the student may also be considered. The principal of the currently-assigned school will consult with the principal of the school to which the student desires to transfer to determine:
Transfers must be granted if the student is a child of a full-time certificated or classified school employee unless:
Parents/Guardians will be notified prior to the start of school if their request is granted or denied. If a parent’s request is denied, they may submit a request in writing to the requested school to be placed on the school’s “waiting list.” Requests from parents/guardians on a waiting list may be considered through October 1st of that school year. Appeals of school placement decisions may be submitted in writing to the assistant superintendent. Any written appeal must be received within 5 days of notification of the school placement decision.
A student who moves to a new attendance area in the district during the school year may elect to transfer (provided that space is available) at the time of the move, at the end of the semester or grading period, or at the end of the school year. Should they chose to remain at their current school for the remainder of the year, parents/guardians must provide transportation.
Proof of address may be required to verify a student’s attendance area. Granted requests expire at the end of each school year. Parents/guardians wishing to have their child remain in a school outside their attendance area must annually submit an in-district transfer request for consideration according to this procedure.
Transfer requests should be made prior to the start of the school year or upon enrollment. Midyear in-district transfers are strongly discouraged due to the disruptive impact on students and their learning.
When the school district must make involuntary student transfers due to excess enrollment and/or class size at one or more schools, the district will seek to use the same considerations as applied to requested transfers. The district may offer transportation for individual students who are involuntarily assigned to a school outside normal attendance areas.