Transfers & Nonresident Requests

  • 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 2018-2019 Student Transfer Requests
     
    February 1, 2018
    Transfer Request Accepted for the 2018-2019 School Year.  Applications will be accepted at schools or at the district office.
     
    FIRST ROUND - February 1 to March 15, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018 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.
     
    Transportation
    Parents will provide transportation for students who voluntarily attend a school outside their attendance area.
     
    Forms
     
    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.
    2018-2019 Transfer Form (Within District)
    Day Care Verification Form For students requesting a transfer based on the location of their day care
     
    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.
     
    Fort Stevens Elementary Yelm Middle School Yelm High School
    McKenna Elementary
    Southworth Elementary
    Lackamas Elementary Ridgeline Middle School
    Mill Pond Elementary
    Prairie Elementary
     

    State Laws on Family Choice
    Learning by Choice  (a publication created by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)