Within-District Student Transfers
Within-district transfer requests apply to students who live with Springfield Public Schools attendance boundaries who wish to attend another school in this district.
Transfers for the 2017-2018 School Year
The best time to apply within district for the coming school year is during the month of January.
High Priority Period
January 2017 (January 3-31): Within-district families requesting transfers to another Springfield school may submit applications beginning January 3, 2017. The month of January is considered a "high-priority" period for in-district requests.
Open Enrollment Period
March 2017 (March 1 - April 1): Families will have another opportunity to submit applications during this Open Enrollment period.
High Priority and Open Enrollment requests are processed based on a four-tiered priority list:
1) Returning seniors are given top priority. 2) Students requesting to return to their current school for the next year and 3) siblings of a student that will be attending the requested school will be given priority over 4) new applicants.
Requests received during the High Priority or Open Enrollment periods will be approved provided they do not exceed the desired grade-level or school capacity.
Once approved, these transfers are valid until the student completes the highest grade at that level (in other words, moving from elementary to middle school, or from middle to high) or moves from the address the transfer was originally approved for.
All Other Within-District Transfers
Beginning May 1, 2017
Because final space availability will not be determined until after fall registration, transfer requests received on or after May 1 will be processed after registration using the same priority list outlined above. Requests may also be accepted as a one-for-one exchange — a student wishing to transfer from one school to another can be approved if a student also wishes to do the reverse.
This type of transfer is valid only through the remainder of the current school year. Families must reapply for the following year.
Read the full guidelines attached to the forms for within-district transfers for more detailed information.
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Completed transfer request forms must be submitted to the Instruction Office (525 Mill Street, Springfield) by personal delivery, regular mail, email or fax.
Q. How does transportation work for transfer students?
A. The parent/guardian must provide transportation for approved transfer students to and from school, regardless of documented disability.
Q. Do I need to reapply for the transfer?
A. In general, only students receiving a space availability or exchange transfer are required to reapply each year. Students must also reapply when changing from elementary to middle or from middle to high school or if they have moved from the address of the original approved transfer.
Q. How do we get notified?
A. Families submitting High Priority or Open Enrollment requests will be notified in writing of approval or change in status. Notifications are made after May 1, and every attempt is made to notify families before the start of the new school year. Families who apply after May 1 will not receive notification until after the desired school's registration day.
Please note: Students are expected to pre-register and complete final registration for the school in their attendance area even though a request for a transfer has been submitted.
Should you have questions regarding within-district student transfers, contact the Instruction Office at 541-726-3254.