TRANSFER FAQ

  • Who can ask for a transfer?

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    LISD accepts transfer requests to attend a school other than the one zoned by address.  Any student who lives in the boundaries of LISD and children of LISD employees and employees of businesses who provide custodial or transportation services for the district may request a transfer.  Additionally, the district will consider requests from other students who reside outside of LISD.

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  • What are the eligibility requirements to receive a transfer?

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    In the prior year students must have no more than 8 unexcused absences, no more than 10 unexcused late arrivals to school, and total attendance (excused and unexcused) must be 90% or better.  Also in the the prior year, the students must not have been expelled, placed at DAEP, or engaged in persistent misbehavior (3 or more office referrals).  Students must also have passed all classes (most recent semester for secondary, last yearly average for elementary).

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  • When can I request a transfer?

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    School to school transfers are not allowed during the school year.  Current students may request a transfer for the following school year during an open transfer window.  New students to LISD may request a transfer outside these windows, prior to enrolling or attending in the district.

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  • How long is a transfer approved for?

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    After recent changes, LISD Board policy FDB (LOCAL) now allows students who live inside the boundaries of LISD to request an in-district transfer that will allow the student to remain in that transfer feeder pattern through graduation, WITHOUT asking for additional transfers in subsequent years.  For example, if you receive an approved transfer in kindergarten to attend Timber Creek ES, that transfer is in place through Lamar MS, Marcus 9th, and Marcus High School.

    Students who were already attending on an approved in-district transfer will be automatically moved to the feeder pattern transfer.  You can view the transfer feeder patterns HERE.

    Under state law and Board policy, students who live outside the boundaries of LISD, including the children of district employees, must request a transfer each school year.

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  • What if I move and want my child to stay at his or her current school?

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    We accept transfer requests year-round for students who have moved out of the attendance zone and would like to remain at their current school.  After you have moved, please bring the first gas, water, or electric bill to Community Services (LISD Welcome Center) to complete a transfer request.  The campus will also need a copy of this bill so they can change your address in our system.  If the student meets transfer eligibility guidelines and there is available space, he/she will be allowed to remain at the campus.

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  • What if I want my child to participate in a program of choice?

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    LISD offers opportunities for participation in several programs of choice including its STEM Academies, Collegiate Academy, Discovery Academies, World Language programs and more. These programs require a separate application process and should NOT be requested through the district’s transfer form. A list of these campuses and more information about these special programs may be found HERE.

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  • My child is in the Dual Language program... do I need to ask for a transfer each year?

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    If your child is an English language learner and has been placed at an elementary campus by the LPAC committee to receive dual language as a service, that is NOT considered a transfer.  Your child will attend the middle school zoned for your address, not the feeder middle school for this elementary campus.  If you would like your child to attend a specific middle school not zoned for your address, you will need to request a transfer during an open window in your child's 5th grade year.

    If your child is a Spanish language learner and asked for a voluntary transfer to a different elementary school to participate in the Dual Language program to learn Spanish, this IS considered a transfer.  Under recent changes to Board Policy FDB, this transfer is in effect for your child to remain in the transfer feeder pattern through 12th grade.  Learn more https://www.lisd.net/Page/23181.

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