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Tips and Guidelines for Requesting a School Transfer

There are many different reasons you may be looking into requesting a school transfer for your child in middle school or high school. A common reason parents may be looking into a school transfer is the services the potential new school may offer, including better before & after school care and academic or youth sports programs. To help ensure you have the best chance of being approved for the school transfer, check out the following tips and guidelines for requesting a school transfer:

Acceptable reasons for a school transfer:

  • Before/after school care programs for parents who work and are unable to drop off/pick up their child during normal hours.
  • If a student has a sibling in the school you would like to transfer to.
  • If a student is having an exceptionally hard time adjusting in the school they are currently attending. This includes a child who may be experiencing bullying or who feels unsafe in their current school.
  • If a student has a special need that can be better met at another school
  • If a student is looking to be involved in a certain academic program offered at another school.
  • A student who attends a school in an unsafe district may also apply to a “Choice Program” in which they have a chance at being admitted to a school in a nearby but safer district.

Things to consider before a school transfer:

  • Are you transferring your child for the right reasons? Think about if a change will truly solve a problem or benefit them.
  • Are you able to make the new commute to another school district?
  • Will your child lose any credits if they transfer to a new school?
  • Will your child struggle academically if they transfer to a new school

Guidelines for Requesting a School Transfer:

  • Once you have a reason that is considered valid, you will need to call the new school you wish to have your child attend to learn about their process. Not every state, district, or school has the same exact process. You will have to ask whether or not they have an open enrollment, a lottery system to accept applications, or if your child must meet certain academic standards.
  • You will need to fill out a student transfer certificate request in the school district you wish to transfer to prior to making any changes to your child’s current school enrollment. This gives the new school district the chance to make sure your child has a valid reason to transfer. There is normally a form to fill out that must be sent to the new school districts board of education, however you may also have to write a formal letter to accompany the form. The formal letter should state the reason for the transfer.
  • Once you have received approval to make a transfer, be sure you have filled out all of the requirements to enroll in the new school. You should have a list of requirements from when you called the new school to learn about their transfer process.
  • Once everything has been approved for your child’s transfer be sure that the old school has sent transcripts and records to the new school.

Attending a new school can help many children excel in their education or extracurricular activities. Be sure you have the all of the vital records you need to provide a new school, such as your child’s birth certificate. Go online and order the vital records you need today!


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