Approval or denial of transfer requests is based on criteria outlined in board policy
3131 for resident and 3141 for nonresident students.
Key Dates for 2019-2020 Student Transfer Requests
February 1, 2019
Transfer Request Accepted for the 2019-2020 School Year. Applications will be accepted at schools or at the district office.
FIRST ROUND - February 1 to March 15, 2019
Applications received by March 15 will be given first priority and will be notified of the district decision by April 30. New applications may be subject to a wait list and should register at their resident school until a decision is made.
SECOND ROUND - March 16 to May 31, 2019
Applications received by May 31 will be given second priority and notified of the district decision by June 30. New applications may be subject to a wait list and should register at their resident school until a decision is made.
After June 1, 2019 through the First Day of School
Applications received after May 31 will be considered in August on a case-by-case basis and may have to wait until actual enrollment counts in September before receiving notification. Please note that school offices are closed in July and part of August.
School Capacity and Waiting Lists
Many of our schools are experiencing over-crowding in some grade levels. This limits their ability to accept transfer students. Students denied based on capacity will be assigned to their resident school and placed on a waiting list for their requested school and notified if a space becomes available. Consideration of transfers from waiting lists typically does not occur until late August or early September.
Parents will provide transportation for students who voluntarily attend a school outside their attendance area.
Transfer (Within District)
For students who live in the Yelm Community Schools District and would like to transfer from one Yelm school to another. Please deliver completed forms to the school or our district office.
Non Resident Choice Transfer Request & Release of Attendance
For students who live in a neighboring district (e.g., Eatonville, Bethel, North Thurston) and would like to attend a Yelm school. Please obtain a signed Release of Attendance from your current resident school district before bringing your application to our district office.
For students who live in the Yelm Community Schools District and would like to attend a neighboring district. Once filled out, bring it to our district office for a release signature.
Choice Transfer Request to Online School
For students who live in the Yelm Community Schools District and would like to enroll in an out-of district online school. Please deliver completed form to our district office.
A Note About "Feeder" Schools
Something to think about before requesting a transfer is that our elementary schools have designated "feeder" middle schools. If you request an elementary school that feeds into a middle school outside of your home attendance school, you will either have to continue to request transfers and transport your child to and from school, or your child will have to separate from his or her peer group when moving up to middle school.
Yelm Middle School - Fort Stevens Elementary, McKenna Elementary, Southworth Elementary
Ridgeline Middle School - Lackamas Elementary, Mill Pond Elementary, Prairie Elementary
State Laws on Family ChoiceLearning by Choice
(a publication created by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)