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Yes, you can transfer ... even in high school

by Dale Mezzacappa and Paul Socolar

Not happy with the school you are in? It is possible to transfer, even if you are already in high school.

There are four major avenues. The first and by far the most widely used is the voluntary transfer program. For high school students, this is similar to the regular application process for 8th graders. Students can apply from September through the final Friday in October and learn in the spring whether they are accepted, with the choice made by the school after reviewing the student’s record.

A 9th grader hoping to get into a different school for 10th grade should start the process soon after he or she arrives. Eighth grade records and test scores are what the desired school will look at.

The second avenue is an emergency transfer, officially called transfers due to extenuating circumstances. This most often occurs when students feel unsafe or are threatened in their home school. These transfers must be approved by the principal and regional office and are generally backed by documentation, such as a police report. They can be effective in a matter of weeks, but are relatively rare.

The third avenue is through No Child Left Behind; students in schools designated as “persistently dangerous” by the state are entitled to transfer at any time to others not on that list. But high school students cannot transfer to selective schools without meeting their admissions criteria. Twenty high schools and five middle schools are on the 2009-10 state list. Transfer requests are also processed within a few weeks.

The fourth avenue is also under NCLB, which guarantees the right of students in schools that have not met performance targets for two or more years to transfer out. Last year, about half the District’s schools fell into this category; the list of which schools made Adequate Yearly Progress is made public shortly after school starts.

However, there are only a few schools designated as receiving schools, and so the number of slots limits the number of students who are approved for these transfers. Under NCLB, students who do not transfer out of these schools are entitled to special services, including private tutoring. The District is required to notify parents by letter of their options.

The District’s Director of Student Placement LeTretta Jones offers the following tips to high school students who are considering transferring:

  • Students who did much better in grade eight than grade seven – and continue to do well in high school – have a better chance to be admitted to a more selective school as a 10th grader.
  • Students who want to transfer should do research through the High School Directory and consult a counselor for help. It may also be possible to visit the school and shadow a student. Regardless, said Jones, “I would also talk to students in the school I am interested in attending.”
  • Those who are interested in vocational programs should transfer by 10th grade since these are three-year programs.
  • It is much more difficult, but not impossible, to transfer in 11th and even 12th grade.

Comments (10)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/31/2012 - 18:05.

what if i am planning to transfer to a private school and i have soild grades through 8th grade, and the second semester of 9th my first semester of 9th was poor could i still get in???

Submitted by shakuan (not verified) on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 07:52.

Is it possible to transfer if you get a good grade in the ninth in the last report card grade

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 05:07.

The fourth avenue is also under NCLB, which guarantees the right of students in schools that have not met performance targets for two or more years to transfer out. Last year, about half the District’s schools fell into this category; the list of which schools made Adequate Yearly Progress is made public shortly after school starts.
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Submitted by joshua irizarry (not verified) on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:25.

im in olympic heights high school in boca and i live in west palm beach but i want to be transfered to forest hill because olympic heights is to far i have to wake up to early and i miss the bus alot and cant get to school because the school is to far would i get transfered.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 13:48.

my dad wants to transfer me from my school. i dnt want to transfer. I love my school. Everyone is my friend. The teachers are awesome.How can i not get transfered. I just finished 9th grade goin to 10th. Help me

Submitted by Madeline (not verified) on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 22:09.

i Go To the Alief ISD District , currently in middle school , And About In November They gave Us (The 8th graders )Forms To Turn In And Select A High School That We Wanted To Transfer To , And iPut A School That My Brother Went To , But He Didnt Graduate , And About In january they didnt accept my request . But Now iWant To Go To A Diffrent School In AISD That one Of My Other Brothers Is Attending Right Now , Can i Still Transfer ? Please Help Me , Or Can i Transfer The First Week Of School ? Is There anywhere iCan Go Where They'll Help ?

Submitted by tom-104 on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 22:30.

You should learn how to use capital letters. They should only be used to start a sentence or names. This gives a very bad impression if you type like this on an application.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/21/2013 - 20:35.

what if i want to transfer my 11th grader going 12 grade this coming schoolyear of Aug 2013.i want to
transfer her from private school to a public school because of personal reasons.Is that possible ?and what would i do ?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/14/2013 - 22:56.

A student who plays basketball for a high school team wants to transfer to another school in the same county for his junior year. What does he need to do to make it happen.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:50.

im in 9th grade and i want to transfer to central what scores do i need for my keystones to go

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