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INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFERS

Intra-district transfers 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 2017-18 School Year

Elementary Schools

  1. Intra-district transfer requests for the 2017-18 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 intra-district transfer shall be determined after the 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 at Newport Elementary.
  4. Younger siblings will have priority if their older brothers or sisters are currently on an approved intra-district transfer. 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 intra-district transfer shall not increase staffing requirements at the school receiving the student.
  6. Students approved for an intra-district transfer 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 2017 who have an elementary sibling already attending a school under an intra-district transfer will be enrolled in the intra-district transfer school unless otherwise requested.
  8. Applications for consideration for transfer to another elementary school outside of the assigned attendance boundary should be submitted by March 1, 2017.
  9. If the number of intra-district transfer requests exceeds the available space in a grade level, the order of approval shall be determined by selecting names through a lottery process.
  10. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from school in every instance where an intra-district transfer 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 intra-district transfer policy for elementary schools and make recommendations for the 2018-19 school year.

Middle Schools

  1. Intra-district transfer requests for the 2017-18 school year may be granted on a space available basis subject to 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 at Oltman, Woodbury and Cottage Grove Middle Schools.
  3. Intra-district transfers to Lake Middle School will not be approved due to capacity constraints.
  4. Students moving during the school year outside of the attendance boundaries of Lake Middle School may finish the school year, but may not be able to attend the next school year. The next school year the student may be assigned to their attendance boundary school.
  5. Acceptance of a student under an intra-district transfer shall not increase staffing requirements at the school receiving the student.
  6. If the number of intra-district transfer requests exceeds the available space in a grade level, the order of approval shall be determined by selecting applications through a lottery process.
  7. Students approved for an intra-district transfer in one year shall be included in the enrollment projections of the receiving school in future years for staffing purposes.
  8. Applications for consideration to transfer to another middle school outside the assigned attendance boundary should be submitted by Dec. 15, 2016.
  9. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from school in every instance where an intra-district transfer has been approved.
  10. Families must reapply if requesting enrollment outside the assigned attendance boundary when school transitions occur (elementary to middle; middle to high school).
  11. The School Board shall review the intra-district transfer policy and make recommendations for middle schools for the 2018-19 school year.

High Schools

  1. Intra-district transfer requests for the 2017-18 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 in grades 11 and 12 who request transfer to the International Baccalaureate Program at Park High School. Intra-district transfers to East Ridge High School will not be approved due to capacity restraints.
  3. Students moving during the school year outside of the attendance boundaries of East Ridge High School may finish the school year, but will not be able to attend the next school year. The next school year the student will be assigned to their attendance boundary school.
  4. 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.
  5. Families must reapply if requesting enrollment outside the assigned attendance boundary when school transitions occur (middle to high school).
  6. Students approved for an intra-district transfer in one year shall be included in the enrollment projections of the receiving school in future years for staffing purposes. 
  7. 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 MSHSL already recognizes International Baccalaureate as an exception to their transfer eligibility policy.
  8. Acceptance of a student under an intra-district transfer shall not increase staffing requirements at the school receiving the student.
  9. Applications for consideration to transfer to another high school outside the assigned attendance boundary should be submitted by Dec. 15, 2016.
  10. Parents/guardians/students are responsible for providing transportation to and from school in every instance where an intra-district transfer has been approved.
  11. The School Board shall review the outcome of the intra-district transfer policy for high school students and make recommendations for the 2018-19 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