Deadline approaches for school transfer requests

Spring deadlines are approaching for Leander ISD student school transfer applications.

The district allows students to transfer to schools that are not at capacity or projected to be at capacity. Student transfers are based on space and staffing at the school and are evaluated in each grade level and program.

District evaluations take place in January of each year and include projected enrollment for the following school year to determine which campuses can receive transfers, said Veronica Sopher, LISD’s assistant superintendent of community and government relations.

In February, staff presented the board of trustees with a summary of campuses that are open and closed to transfers for the 2016-17 school year, and the list was posted to the district’s website and updated as needed, she said.

Requests for transfers are not approved if additional staff or classrooms are needed to accommodate the student’s transfer to a campus.

In an email, Sopher said all approved transfers for high school students remain in effect for the duration of a student’s high school career “unless the transfer is revoked for failure to remain in good standing, or because the student is no longer participating in an eligible program transfer.” Once a transfer has been granted, students do not need to continue to apply for a transfer to continue attending that campus.

The application for first- through 12th-grade students is available until March 20. For prekindergarten and kindergarten students, the application is available from April 15-29. Applications are not considered until after the deadline, including applications for students with existing transfers.

All students residing in the attendance zone for Tom Glenn High School, which opens in the fall, are not able to request transfers for the 2016-17 school year, according to LISD. The opening of TGHS means some families with multiple children may have an older sibling zoned for the high school he or she attended in 2015-16, but a younger sibling that is zoned for TGHS, Sopher said.

“Leander ISD tries to maintain an open student transfer option for its parents, while still working to be sure that no safety issues arise from overcrowded conditions,” she said. “We want to remain as flexible as possible in order to offer choice for our families while ensuring there are no negative impacts to the campus or district.”


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