Transfers and Waivers

In-Zone Transfers

Parents or guardians may request a transfer for their child to attend another school in their choice zone at certain times by reapplying through the school selection and student enrollment process. Transfers are subject to the same factors impacting initial school enrollment.

The parent or guardian must make requests for transfer at a student enrollment office, indicating their ordered preference of the schools in the assignment zone for which they are eligible.

Absent extenuating circumstances, only one such transfer is permitted during an academic year. In addition, if a transfer request is made during the first ten days of each school year, the student will immediately be removed from the eligibility pool for any requested school.

In-zone transfers for KG through 5th grade students are not permitted during:

  • FTE reporting periods;
  • County-wide testing dates;
  • Three weeks prior to the end of the first semester; or
  • The last quarter of each school year.

Transfers will be permitted for students in grades 6 through 12 that win a seat on an eligibility pool during the first 10 days of school.

Incoming seniors will be restricted from exercising their annual transfer after the end of the first semester of their junior year.

Middle and high school students in grades 6th-11th grade may apply for a transfer for second semester. Parents will need to submit an application to the Student Enrollment Office during a two week period. Students will be notified if a seat is available for their transfer.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the application period for in-zone transfers is December 3 - December 14, 2018. Parents and students will be notified the week of December 17, 2018 if a seat was available.

Employee waiver

An employee may request an employee waiver year round. Every effort will be made to accommodate employee waivers.

Hardship waiver

A waiver may be granted when extenuating circumstances, which can be documented, exist for a family and those circumstances necessitate the placement of a student at a different school than the school enrolled.

If the student enrollment office denies a hardship waiver the first time it is submitted, the parent or guardian has the right to request a second review. If the student enrollment office declines the waiver request after a second review, a third review may be requested. A committee composed of three-to-five community members selected by the Superintendent from the Unitary School System Advisory Committee and/or the former Student Enrollment Task Force will conduct the third review. The committee shall be known as the Student Enrollment Community Committee. No District staff will be appointed to this Student Enrollment Community Committee. Parents and guardians are encouraged to provide additional documentation to support their hardship as they move to a higher level in the review process. All decisions by the Student Enrollment Community Committee shall be reviewed and approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

Junior - Senior waiver

A student who has been in attendance at a high school for four consecutive semesters and moves to a different zone may request a Junior/Senior waiver in order to stay at that school until graduation. High School waivers may also be granted for those students who have remained in the International Baccalaureate or Center for the Arts programs for four consecutive semesters and want to leave the program but remain at the same school.

Moving waiver

A parent or guardian who moves into a different zone during the school year after the first grading period is eligible for a moving waiver to continue the child at his or her current school until the end of the year. The parent or guardian is required to complete an application for the next year for the correct zone at the time of filing a moving waiver request.

Second Semester Transfer: Middle and High School Students

  • Students may apply for a transfer of schools for second semester November 11, 2019 through December 6, 2019.
  • Students must complete a Choice application to be considered for a transfer.
  • Transfer approval is subject to seat availability at the requested school.
  • Transfers may be submitted by visiting a Student Enrollment office.
  • Notification of approval or denial of transfer will occur December 17, 2019 through December 21, 2019.
  • Students granted a transfer will need to attend the NEW School on January 8, 2020.
  • Questions studentenrollment@leeschools.net

Additional Information

The District may, in the interest of promoting student enrollment stability, approve a temporary waiver. Such a waiver shall expire at the end of the academic year in which it is requested.

The District may also grant a waiver in the form of a temporary enrollment to a school in another assignment zone if it can be assured, to the satisfaction of the Director of Student Enrollment, that the student's residence will change to the new zone in the first semester of the academic year and that it is in the best interest of the child to begin and complete the school year in the new zone of residence.