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Spring Transfer Process

Spring Transfer Request for 2018-19 School Year

- Transferring to a higher preferred school -

What is a Spring Transfer Request?

Students enrolled in SFUSD for Fall 2018 may submit a Spring Transfer Request for a spring semester transfer to a higher preferred school that has vacancies that may have occurred during the fall semester. The dates for submission for a Spring Transfer Request will be between August 31 and November 16, 2018.

Parents may submit a transfer request for one school with the understanding that a new assignment may be offered for the spring semester.  Parents who submit a transfer request must be willing to give up their child’s current placement at the semester break if they are offered their requested transfer to a higher-preferred school. There will be no opportunity to return to the previous school after a spring transfer assignment is completed.

Identified Openings

After August 31, any available openings that occur in a school, grade or program during the fall semester will be held open until the end of the semester if there are pending transfer requests. The openings will not be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  An assignment run will be conducted in December using the appropriate tiebreaker process for the school/program requested.

New SFUSD Students

New enrollees into SFUSD will be offered enrollment into schools that do not have pending requests for transfers. They will not be offered any school openings where there are transfer requests.  New students who are enrolled may submit a transfer request within the same timeframe as all other students.

Important Note:  The “Spring Transfer Process” is only offered to SFUSD students who are enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester.  Students who withdraw from SFUSD cannot participate in the transfer process.

The student assignment process will be completed on August 31, 2018.  After this date, no further transfers between schools are allowed until Spring.

Transfer Process

The transfer run will be conducted and completed prior to the spring semester (winter break) for active SFUSD students.  No further transfers will be allowed after that point.

Any assignment offers from transfer requests will be mailed out to families prior to the beginning of the Spring semester which begins on January 7, 2019. Requests will be processed with the understanding that the student will relinquish the assignment at the previous school in order to receive the transfer school.

Again, there will be NO opportunity to choose between the previous school and the transfer school.  Any submitted transfer requests will be active unless the parent cancels the request prior to November 16, 2018.

After the completion of the Spring Transfer assignment run, all pending transfer requests will be dissolved.  Any families who have a transfer request that could not be granted should submit an enrollment application form for the new enrollment cycle for the following school year.

Any openings that occur in the spring will be available for new students to enroll IF the opening has not been filled in the enrollment cycle for the following school year.

Enrollment Cycle for 2019-2020 School Year

In the event that a transfer request cannot be granted, it is recommended that students who desire a higher preferred school submit an enrollment application for a transfer for the 2019-2020 school year in addition to submitting a spring transfer request. The enrollment applications should be submitted for the March Placement Period from October 15, 2018 to January 11, 2019.

If a spring transfer request can be offered, then the parent should cancel the enrollment application for the next year’s transfer.

Spring Transfer requests are also accepted for students who are enrolled on interdistrict permits.

2018-19 Spring Transfer Request Form (available to download on 8/20)

Key dates

August 31, 2018: End of Student Assignment Process for SY 2018-2019

August 31–November, 16, 2018: You may submit a Spring Transfer Request

November 16, 2018: Deadline to cancel the Spring Transfer Request

January 7, 2019: Beginning of Spring semester

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