Transfers to Springfield Public Schools

  • At Springfield Public Schools, we offer an excellent core education for our students. Our schools are full of opportunities to learn, grow and excel. We welcome applicants from other districts as long as space permits. 

    The best time to apply from another district is during the month of March.

    Attention, Returning Out-of-District students:
    Returning out-of-district transfer students (whether they were Open Enrollment transfers or Inter-District transfers) may now submit their applications during the month of January (beginning January 8 next year). Applications for returning students are also accepted during the Open Enrollment window in March.
    • If applications are accepted in January or March, the student will not need to reapply the following year unless he or she is moving to a diferent level (e.g., elementary to middle school) or has changed address.
    • If both of those windows are missed, applications will again be accepted after May 8, and the student will again be considered an IDT student and will be required to reapply the following year. 

  • Open Enrollment Period
    • March: Transfer applications will be accepted from out of district during the Open Enrollment period.
      • Applicants are placed on a four-tiered priority list: (1) Returning seniors are given top priority. (2) Students who attended a Springfield school during the previous school year and are requesting to return to their current Springfield school for the next year are given priority over (3) siblings of a current Springfield student and (4) new applicants.
      • Open Enrollment requests will be granted as long as space is available at the requested school and grade level and there is no waiting list.
      • Other applicants will be placed on a waiting list and processed according to the Inter-District guidelines below. 
    • Open Enrollment transfers are valid until it is time for the student to change to a different school (for example, from elementary to middle or from middle to high).
    • All transfer students must reapply if their family moves from the address given for the original transfer. Applications will be accepted 
    Inter-District Transfer (IDT) Period
    • Beginning May 1: Requests received for returning students after the Open Enrollment period will be accepted after May 1. Applications will be processed according to Inter-District Transfer guidelines.
    • Beginning July 1: Requests received for new students after the Open Enrollment period will be accepted beginning July 1. They will be processed according to Inter-District Transfer guidelines.
    • All students who receive inter-district transfers must reapply the following year.


    • Students granted an Open Enrollment transfer may continue in the assigned school without reapplying.
    • However, students must reapply when changing from elementary to middle or middle to high school or if they move from the original approved address during the school year.
    • Students granted an IDT (that is, request outside of the Open Enrollment period) must reapply each year.
  • Forms: 

    Submitting Requests: 

    • Completed transfer request forms must be submitted to the Instruction Office, 640 A Street, Springfield, OR 97477, by personal delivery, regular mail, email or fax. See instructions.