The school that a student attends is determined by their residential address, which must be confirmed by providing proof of residency as requested by the school administrator. If a student wishes to attend a school that does not serve the area of his/her residence, parents/guardians must request a transfer. Transfer requests are approved or denied based on a number of reasons, including but not limited to, whether or not there is available space at the requested school, grade level, or requested special program to serve someone who does not live in that school's attendance zone. The following Tumwater School Board Policies/Procedures govern the transfer process in our district. All families wishing to transfer are encouraged to fully review these documents:
- Interzone Transfer Policy (one Tumwater school to another)
- Interzone Transfer Procedure (one Tumwater school to another)
- Interdistrict Transfer Policy (one school district to another)
- Interdistrict Transfer Procedure (one school district to another)
Transfers are granted for one school year and are not automatically renewed. Families wishing to remain at their non-resident school must remember to apply for a transfer each year, which may or may not be approved based on district criteria. Students without a transfer request submitted/received by the district on or before the last day of school in the current school year will be withdrawn for the following school year.
Falsification of an address, residence or conditions of living arrangements to obtain a school assignment may be cause for withdrawal of the student from that school. Written notice of withdrawal of the student will be sent to the parent/guardian and the resident school district.
Students living with someone other than their parent/legal guardian must provide a legal guardianship agreement. Additional verification may be requested, e.g. letter describing the living arrangement from the family with whom the student resides. In the case of students placed in temporary homes on the advice or direction of a public agency, e.g., Juvenile Court, Department of Social & Health Services, written evidence provided by an agency shall be considered sufficient to demonstrate ncessity of a residential change and/or school assignment. If an eligible student is homeless per the Federal McKinney-Vento Act, the district shall not require proof of residency or any other information regarding an address and shall enroll the student at the request of the student or parent/guardian as allowable under the McKinney-Vento Act. Please contact either your child's school counselor or the District McKinney-Vento Liaison.
Transfers may be approved or denied based on:
- Space, program availability and/or class size
- Student's discipilinary records
- Student's attendance records
- At the high school level, student's academic progress
Transportation: In all cases where the District approves a transfer, the student or the student's parent/guardian shall be solely responsible for transportation to and from school.
Notification: Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. The District shall provide all applicants with written notification of the approval or denial of the application within 45 days of receipt.
Right To Appeal:
- Interdistrict Appeal: Students/Parents/Guardians have the right to appeal to the Tumwater School District Assistant Superintendent, as outlined in 3141P on the Tumwater School District website. In addition, per RCW 28A.225.230(3) and WAC 392.137.190, students/parents/guardians have the right to appeal to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine if the District complied with state statute, regularions, district policy and procedures.
- Interzone Appeal: Students/Parents/Guardians have the right to appeal to the Tumwater School District Assistant Superintendent, as outlined in 3131P on the Tumwater School District website.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION REGARDING SUBMISSION TIME-FRAMES AS WELL AS FILLABLE/PRINTABLE TRANSFER FORMS.
JANUARY 22, 2019 - HIGH SCHOOL-RENEWAL and NEW REQUESTS
We will begin accepting request forms for students who will be in grades 9-12 wanting to renew (currently attending on an approved transfer during the 18/19 school year) as well as those students who are not currently attending a Tumwater school on January 22, 2019. For students living outside the Tumwater School District, please have your student released from their resident district and submit the completed form to the Tumwater District Office at 621 Linwood Avenue SW.
MARCH 4, 2019 - MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY-RENEWAL and NEW REQUESTS
We will begin accepting request forms for students who will be in grades K-8 wanting to renew (currently attending on an approved transfer during the 18/19 school year) as well as those students who are not currently attending a Tumwater school on March 4, 2019. For students living outside the Tumwater School District, please have your student released from their resident district and submit the completed form to the Tumwater District Office at 621 Linwood Avenue SW.
Forms: BLANK TRANSFER FORMS AS WELL AS SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE COMPLETION OF THESE FORMS CAN BE FOUND BELOW.
Interzone Transfers - Transferring from one Tumwater school to another Tumwater school
2019/20 School year: Currently enrolled Tumwater families are asked to submit their Interzone transfer request by logging in to their Family Access account and clicking on the transfer option, which will appear at the top of the page. This option will be available to Tumwater families up to the last day of school. Once school dismisses for the year, only hard copy forms will be accepted and date stamped. Families without internet access may request a hard copy transfer form from their school office as an alternative.
The following forms may be downloaded for submission during the summer. Completed forms are to be submitted to the Student Learning Office at 621 Linwood Avenue SW in Tumwater or to the email address listed at the top of the form.
If you do not have the ability to print, copies are available from any Tumwater school office or the Tumwater District Office.
Interdistrict/Non-Resident Transfers - Transferring from one school district to another school district
Unlike Interzone transfers, Interdistrict transfers require completion of the form below. Please take it to your resident school district (even if the student has never attended there) to obtain a releasing signature. Once it has been signed, submit it to the Student Learning Office at 621 Linwood Avenue SW in Tumwater or to the email address listed at the top of the form.
If you do not have the ability to print, copies are available at any Tumwater school or the Tumwater District Office.
Online Learning Interdistrict Transfers - Transferring from Tumwater School District to an online program
Please complete the form below and submit it to the Student Learning Office at 621 Linwood Avenue SW in Tumwater or to the email address listed on the last page of the form.
If you do not have the ability to print, blank forms are available at the Tumwater District Office.
For current transfer space availability, click here.