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.FIRST ROUND - February 1 to March 15, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021 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.
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.TransportationParents will provide transportation for students who voluntarily attend a school outside their attendance area.
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 ElementaryState Laws on Family Choice
Learning by Choice (a publication created by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Within District Transfer
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, our district office or email to email@example.com Transfer Form (Within District)2020-2021 Transfer Form (Within District)
Day Care Verification Form 2020-2021 For students requesting a transfer based on the location of their daycare.
Day Care Verification Form 2021-2022 For students requesting a transfer based on the location of their daycare.
If you have questions or need assistance accessing these forms, please contact our office at 360-458-6139 or email Debbie Stillwell
Nonresident Choice Transfer Request
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 it to our district office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some school districts use the Washington State Choice Transfer Request Portal to submit the Release of Attendance electronically, please contact your resident school district to inquire about their release forms and process.
For students who live in the Yelm Community Schools District and would like to attend a neighboring district, complete a Choice Transfer Request on the Washington State Choice Transfer Request Portal or contact the non-resident school district for a copy of a Choice Transfer Request form if they require a paper form.
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. Complete a Choice Transfer Request on the Washington State Choice Transfer Request Portal