01-03-12: Intra-district transfer and out-of-district waiver procedures
01-03-12: Intra-district transfer and out-of-district waiver procedures

In-District Transfers Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school in 2012-13 must complete an elementary, junior high, or high school Intra-District Transfer Application.

This application can be found at local schools, the Puyallup School District Education Service Center, or on this website. The timelines are as follows:

Junior High and High School: The timeline for submitting an Intra-District Transfer Application is January 10, 2012 for optimal consideration with additional windows of April 1 and June 1, 2012. Transfer applications submitted after June 1 might not be accepted until after the fourth day of school in September.

Elementary: The timeline for submitting an Intra-District Transfer Application is March 1, 2012 for optimal consideration with additional windows of May 1 and June 15, 2012. Transfer applications submitted after June 15 might not be accepted until after the fourth day of school in September. Applications for transfer for next year’s kindergartners are due during kindergarten registration.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent on the following criteria:

  • There is adequate capacity in the school — the acceptance of the transfer does not cause a hardship on resident students.
  • The student demonstrates regular attendance, academic effort, and conformance with school disciplinary standards.
  • The parent is willing and able to provide timely transportation.
  • The school offers a program that is suitable to meet the educational and other needs of the student.

If a student does not meet the above four criteria, the principal will communicate expectations to the parent and student. If the transfer is to be revoked, the parent will receive notification on or around May 1.

Transfers will be considered valid for all years that a student attends that school, unless a parent rescinds or the school revokes the transfer. This means the elementary transfer is valid for grades K-6, the junior high transfer is valid for grades 7-9, and the high school transfer is valid for grades 10-12. If a student is on a current approved transfer, the parent does not need to submit a transfer application for the 2012-13 school year.

Parents who wish to rescind a transfer and enroll their child in the resident school should submit a rescind letter as soon as possible.

Submit new transfer applications or send requests to appeal a decision or rescind a transfer to:

Barb Pope, Director of Student Services

Puyallup School District

Education Service Center

302 2nd St. S.E. Puyallup, WA 98372

For questions or comments, contact the school principal. Or, for elementary transfers, contact Director of Student Services Barb Pope or her assistant, Shirley Beauchamp, at (253) 435-6515. For junior high and high school transfers, contact Kathleen Heckman at (253) 841-8771.

Denial or conditional acceptance of all new transfer requests that meet the primary timeline will be communicated to the parent no later than February 15 for secondary students and April 15 for elementary students.

Denial or conditional acceptance of those applications that meet the second or third timelines will be communicated in a timely manner but no later than June 30. Applications which do not meet the third timeline may possibly not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Parents have the right to appeal a transfer application that is denied. A letter, e-mail, or phone call should be submitted to Director of Student Services Barb Pope, (253) 435-6515 within five business days of receipt of the notification. A meeting will be scheduled within 15 business days to address the appeal.

Out-of-District Waivers The Puyallup School District allows for students living outside the district to request a waiver to attend school here. The waiver application must be submitted annually. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent on the following criteria:

  • There is adequate capacity in the school — the acceptance of the transfer does not cause a hardship on resident students.
  • The student demonstrates regular attendance, academic effort, and conformance with school disciplinary standards.
  • The parent is willing and able to provide timely transportation.
  • The school offers a program that is suitable to meet the educational and other needs of the student.
  • The request does not cause a financial burden to the district.

The procedure for applying is:

  1. Obtain a Release of Attendance from the resident district.
  2. Complete a Non-Resident Application for Enrollment. The application to waiver can be found at the child's local school, the Puyallup School District administrative office, or online.
  3. If this is a first-time application, also provide:
    • Transcript
    • Immunization Records
    • Previous School Discipline Record (If there are no discipline issues, the district needs a signed dated statement from the current school that there are no discipline issues)
    • Attendance Record
    • State Assessment Records
    • A copy of the child’s birth certificate is also required for kindergarten students.
  4. Submit the application, the release, and the necessary paperwork to the district's Education Service Center, 302 2nd St. S.E., Puyallup, WA 98372.

Applications must be fully completed to be considered.

The windows for submitting applications are:

  • Junior High and High School: January 5-10, 2012 for optimal consideration. The next windows for consideration are April 1-5 and June 1-5, 2012.
  • Elementary: March 1-5, 2012 for optional consideration. The next windows for consideration are May 1-5 and June 15-20, 2012.

Applications which do not meet the third window may possibly not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Applications will be accepted or denied within 45 calendar days after the submission windows.

If a waiver application is denied, the parent has a right to appeal. A written letter must be submitted to the district’s director of student services at the district office within five business days of receipt of the notification. A meeting will be scheduled to address the appeal.