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Student enrollment options

Most students attend the public schools that are closest to their residence and designated by the boundaries for each school, but parents and guardians have many enrollment options for their children. In some circumstances, students can transfer to other schools within or outside of the district in which they live. Other options include private school, home schoolingalternative learning experiences and many other options.

Boundary exception types

Process for requesting an exception

Transfer forms for in-district boundary exceptions will be available at the school offices January 9, 2017. Any student currently attending a Vancouver Public School on an in-district boundary must reapply for the following school year.

For an initial request:
1. Fill out the In-District Choice Transfer form available online or at any school or district office. Turn form into resident school for Principal OR DESIGNEE signature to release student.
2. After form is signed, take it to the school you want to attend.
3. The school staff will record the date and time on the application form when it is received by the school.
4. The principal at the requested school will accept the transfer or deny it and mark the reason for denial.
5. If accepted, the parent fills out registration paperwork for new school when ready to enroll. New school contacts resident school to withdraw student and send records.

For renewal request:
1. To continue attending the school where you have a boundary exception, fill out the In-District Choice Transfer form available online or at any school or district office. Turn form into the school you want to continue to attend.
2. The school staff will record the date and time on the application form when it is received by the school.
3. The principal at the requested school will accept the transfer or deny it and mark the reason for denial. Family is notified of decision.
4. If denied, student will need to fill our registration paperwork to return to resident school when ready to enroll. Resident school will request records from previous school.

Choice Transfer forms for out-of-district student transfers are available May 1. The process for out-of district transfers is different than the in-district transfer process.
Non-Resident boundary requests are valid for one school year only; therefore Choice Transfer Request form must be completed and submitted for consideration each school year.

For initial boundary exemption requests:

  1. Go to your releasing district to get a Choice Request Transfer Form and get it stamped.
  2. Bring stamped form to Student Welfare and Attendance at the Jim Parsley Center, 2901 Falk Road.
  3. We approve/deny based on space then discipline.
    1. We will look at space availability by school and grade, then we will examine discipline.
    2. We will accept or deny.
    3. First come, first served.
  4. Parent will be notified of decision within 45 days.
  5. If accepted, the parent fills out registration paperwork for new school when ready to enroll. New school contacts resident school to withdraw student and send records.

Exception: New, non- learning support Special education student requests will be forwarded to the Special Services Department for decision-making.

For renewal boundary exemption requests:

  1. Go to your releasing district to get Choice Request Transfer Form stamped.
  2. Bring stamped form to Student Welfare and Attendance at the Jim Parsley Center, 2901 Falk Road.
  3. We approve ALL renewal requests UNLESS, our office is notified by the principal that a boundary exception has been revoked before May 1st.

Magnet and Dual Language Programs: Principals/magnet coordinators will continue to make decisions for magnet programs. Student Welfare and Attendance will approve all boundary exceptions for students admitted into magnet programs. Students need to fill out a choice transfer form once accepted into a magnet or dual language program.

Students who wish to transfer out of Vancouver Public Schools, including to online programs such as WAVA or Insight, begins the process by completing the Choice Transfer Request form.

Releasing Process from VPS:
1. Print off the Choice Transfer Request form from our website or pick up a copy from Student Welfare and Attendance.
2. Bring form to Student Welfare and Attendance at the Jim Parsley Center, 2901 Falk Road.
3. Form will be signed and stamped and student will be released from our district.
4. An unofficial transcript and discipline record for the student will be printed, if needed.
5. Turn stamped form (and unofficial transcript and discipline records if needed) into district you want to enter.

Frequently asked questions

  • The boundaries change and the student wants to stay at their current resident school as opposed to the new resident school.
  • The student wants to start or continue in a program unique to a school.
  • The student has a medical or special family-related need, such as child care.

Athletic participation is not a valid reason to request a student transfer.

  • Whether space is available in the grade level or classes at the building in which the student desires to be enrolled
  • Whether appropriate educational programs or services are available to improve the student’s condition as stated in requesting release from his or her district of residence
  • Whether the student’s attendance in the district is likely to create a risk to the health or safety of other students or staff
  • Whether the district has already accepted as many nonresident students for the school year as permitted by this policy
  • Whether the student’s disciplinary records indicate a history of violent or disruptive behavior or gang membership
  • Whether the student has been expelled or suspended from a public school for more than 10 consecutive days, in which case the student may apply for admission under the district’s policy for readmission of expelled students
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Requests for student transfers must be approved each school year. A transfer approved one school year does not guarantee approval the following year. The exception is for students in magnet programs. Approval as they enter the magnet program extends for as long as they remain in that program, but they are still required to complete the form every school year.

Students who live in an attendance area are guaranteed enrollment at the school. Requests for transfers into a school are considered on a space-available basis within the grade level, class or program requested. If no space is available, students are placed on a waiting list in the order of the date and time the request was received.

State law requires schools to give priority to children of full-time school personnel (provided they live in Washington) at the school where the employee works or at the school that serves the student’s grade level within that boundary area. The district may reject applications if the staff member’s children would displace children who live in the district.

Transportation for transfer students is generally the responsibility of the parents, except for students in high school programs of choice.