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INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFERS

Intra-district transfers (IDT) are accepted when possible for students in grades K-12 living within the boundaries of District 833 who wish to attend a school other than the one they are assigned based on attendance boundaries. The approved process outlined below will continue to be evaluated annually.

INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFERS for the 2019-20 School Year

Requests are encouraged to be submitted online. The online form is located below. 

INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFERS for the 2018-19 School Year

Elementary Schools

  1. Intra-district transfer (IDT) requests for the 2018-19 school year may be granted for all elementary schools on a space available basis subject to the approval of the Assistant Superintendents for Academic Excellence and Accountability.
  2. Acceptance of a student under an IDT shall be determined after staffing levels for the schools have been determined and shall not increase the number of students at a grade level within the receiving school beyond 90% of the established classroom capacity for that grade level.
  3. Transfer approvals will be limited to a net +/- 3% above or below the assigned attendance boundary enrollment per grade level.
  4. Younger siblings will have priority if their older brothers or sisters are currently on an approved IDT. The approval is still subject to space being available in the school and at the grade level requested.
  5. Acceptance of a student under an IDT shall not increase staffing requirements at the school receiving the student.
  6. Students approved for an IDT in one year shall be included in the enrollment projections of the receiving school in future years for staffing purposes.
  7. New Kindergarten students in the fall of 2018 who have an elementary sibling already attending a school under an IDT will be enrolled in the IDT school unless otherwise requested.
  8. Applications for consideration for transfer to another elementary school outside of the assigned attendance boundary should be submitted by Mar. 1, 2018. Applications submitted after this date will be placed on a waiting list and evaluated as space becomes available.
  9. If the number of IDT requests exceeds the available space in a grade level, the order of approval shall be determined by selecting names through a lottery process. Applications submitted after Mar. 1, 2018 will be added to the existing waiting list created for schools.
  10. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from school and adhere to school start and end times in every instance where an IDT has been approved.
  11. Families must reapply if requesting enrollment at a school outside the assigned attendance boundary when school transitions occur (elementary to middle; middle to high school).
  12. The School Board shall review the outcome of the IDT policy for elementary schools and make recommendations for the 2019-20 school year.

Middle Schools

  • Intra-district transfer requests for the 2018-19 school year may be granted on a space available basis subject to approval of the Assistant Superintendents for Academic Excellence and Accountability.
  • Transfer approvals will be limited to a net +/- 3% above or below the assigned attendance boundary enrollment per grade level.
  • Acceptance of a student under an IDT shall not increase staffing requirements at the school receiving the student.
  • Students approved for an IDT in one year shall be included in the enrollment projections of the receiving school in future years for staffing purposes.
  • Applications for consideration to transfer to another middle school outside the assigned attendance boundary should be submitted by Dec. 15, 2017.
  • If the number of IDT requests exceeds the available space in a grade level, the order of approval shall be determined by selecting applications through a lottery process. Applications submitted after Dec. 15, 2017 will be added to the existing waiting list created for schools.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from school and adhere to school start and end times in every instance where an IDT has been approved.
  • Families must reapply if requesting enrollment outside the assigned attendance boundary when school transitions occur (elementary to middle; middle to high school).
  • The School Board shall review the IDT policy and make recommendations for middle schools for the 2019-20 school year.

High Schools

  1. Intra-district transfer requests for the 2018-19 school year may be granted on a space available basis subject to the approval of the Assistant Superintendents for Academic Excellence and Accountability.
  2. Transfer approvals will be limited to a net +/- 3% above or below the assigned attendance boundary enrollment per grade level to assure that space is used efficiently and that no site is over capacity or student opportunities diminished due to significant loss of enrollment. Priority for enrollment will be given to students who request transfer to the International Baccalaureate Program at Park High School.
  3. Should net requests to a school exceed +/- 3% above or below the assigned attendance boundary enrollment per grade level, a lottery process will determine the order of approval.
  4. Families must reapply if requesting enrollment outside the assigned attendance boundary when school transitions occur (middle to high school).
  5. Students approved for an IDT in one year shall be included in the enrollment projections of the receiving school in future years for staffing purposes. 
  6. Eligibility for athletic participation related to transfer to a different school would be under the rules and guidelines of the Minnesota State High School League. MSHSL has ultimate authority in these matters. NOTE: The MSHL already recognizes International Baccalaureate as an exception to their transfer eligibly policy.
  7. Acceptance of a student under an IDT shall not increase staffing requirements at the school receiving the student.
  8. Acceptance of a student under an intra-district transfer shall not increase staffing requirements at the school receiving the student.
  9. Parents/guardians/students are responsible for providing transportation to and from school and adhere to school start and end times in every instance where an IDT has been approved. Applications submitted after Dec. 15, 2017 will be added to the existing waiting list created for schools.
  10. The School Board shall review the outcome of the IDT policy for high school students and make recommendations for the 2019-20 school year.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS 

  1. Open enrollment for non-resident students will be set at a minimum of 1% and a maximum of 3% beginning in 2017-18. Liberty Ridge Elementary School, Cottage Grove Middle School, Lake Middle School, East Ridge High School and Woodbury High School are all closed to additional open enrollment students due to capacity constraints.
  2. Schools and/or grades meeting or exceeding the thresholds for intra-district transfer considerations have also met the criteria for being closed to open enrollment.
  3. Students moving during the school year outside of the ISD 833 attendance boundaries may apply for open enrollment and be able to finish the school year at the current school. However, the student(s) may be assigned to a different school the next year.
  4. Open enrolled students will continue at their assigned school throughout their years at each level. Families are provided with the opportunity to indicate their preferred school, when school transitions occur (elementary to middle; middle to high school). The district retains the right to assign nonresident students to sites other than direct feeder schools when these transitions occur, based upon capacity and program.