Transferring within Springfield Public Schools

  • 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 2020 - 21 School Year

    The best time to apply within district for the coming school year is during the month of January.

    High Priority Period

    January: Within-district families requesting transfers to another Springfield school may submit applications beginning January. The month of January is considered a "high-priority" period for in-district requests.

    Phase 2 Transfer 

    April: Families will have another opportunity to submit applications during this Phase 2 Transfer period.

    High Priority and Inter-district 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 Phase 2 Transfer periods will be approved provided they do not exceed the desired grade-level or school capacity.

    All Other Within-District Transfers

    Beginning April 1st 

    Because final space availability will not be determined until after fall registration, transfer requests received on or after May 1 will be processed after fall registration using the same priority list outlined above.

    Once approved, within-district 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.

    Read the full guidelines attached to the forms for within-district transfers for more detailed information.


    Application forms for the coming school year will be available in late December.

    Forms will be accepted beginning the first school day in January.

    Submitting Requests:

    Completed transfer request forms must be submitted to the Instruction Office (640 A Street, Springfield) by personal delivery, regular mail, email or fax.

    Q. I am interested in applying for the Dual Immersion program. Do I need to submit a transfer application?

    A. No, applicants to the district's Dual Immersion program, currently located at Guy Lee Elementary School, do not need to submit a separate transfer applications, but they must apply to the program according to the deadlines shown above. As with other transfers, January is still the best time to apply for the program from within our district. If you miss this window, March would be the next opportunity to apply. Visit the dual immersion enrollment page for more information or to apply.

    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. New this year: Students on a within-district transfer do NOT need to reapply for a transfer each year if they are staying at the same school. Students WILL need to 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 Phase 2 transfer 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. Students without an approved transfer cannot register at the registered school or sign up for or practice with athletic teams or other activity groups.