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.TRANSFERS ACCEPTED - February 15 to March 15, 2024
Applications received by March 15 will be given first priority and will be notified of the district decision by March 31. New applications may be subject to a waitlist and should register at their resident school until a decision is made.Applications received after the deadline also will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they are received. The Superintendent or designee will review late applications by the end of the first week of the start of the school year. Waiting lists will only be maintained until September 30 of the current school year.
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, district office or email Debbie Stillwell.
2023-2024 Transfer Form (Within District - Fillable)
2023-24 Transfer Form Within District - Spanish Fillable
2024-2025 Transfer Form Within District - Fillable
2024-2025 Transfer Form Within District - Spanish FillableFor students requesting a transfer based on the location of their daycare.
Child Care Verification Form 2023-2024 Fillable
Child Care Verification Form 2024-2025 Fillable
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
Most 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. If your district does not use electronic submissions, please obtain a signed Release of Attendance from your current resident school district before bringing it to our district office or email it to Debbie Stillwell.
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