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In-District Transfers & Non-Resident Waivers

IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER AND NON-RESIDENT (OUT-OF-DISTRICT) WAIVER APPROVAL CRITERIA

Transfer requests and non-resident waiver applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis and are based on the following criteria:

 
There is adequate capacity in the school (acceptance should 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 (District transportation is provided only if desired school is
   within their attendance area)
.
 
The school offers a program suitable to meet the educational and other needs of the student.
 
The request does not cause a financial burden to the Puyallup School District (waiver requests only).

If the student on an approved transfer or waiver does not meet these criteria, the principal will communicate expectations to the parent and student, and the transfer or waiver may be revoked.

Due to overcrowding and high enrollment, not every school in the Puyallup School District is open for intra-district transfers and non-resident waivers. Listed below are schools whose enrollment is closed for the current school year (lists are subject to change).

Applications for enrollment in a closed school will be denied unless your student meets one of the exception criteria listed below. If you wish to enroll your student in a closed school, please provide a 1st and 2nd choice of schools that are currently open. The following exceptions may apply: 

• Siblings of a student currently attending and returning to the same school for the next school year
 
Children of district employees
 
Non-resident waiver renewals (students continuing at their current school)

APPLICATION DUE DATES FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Secondary Transfer Requests and Non-Resident Waiver Applications will be accepted each year beginning December 10. Applications will be reviewed on January 10, April 10, and June 1. For optimal consideration for the next school year, submit applications by January 10. Acceptance or denial of applications received by January 10 will be communicated to parents by February 28. Applications submitted after the third due date in June may not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Elementary Transfer Requests and Non-Resident Waiver Applications will be accepted each year beginning February 14. Applications will be reviewed on March 1, May 1, and June 15. For optimal consideration for the next school year, submit applications by March 1. Acceptance or denial of applications received March 1 will be communicated to parents by April 15. Applications submitted after the third due date in June may not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Submit the completed applications via email, USPS or in person. Non-resident applications must be complete to be accepted. If a parent/guardian applies for a waiver and does not provide the necessary documents within 15 says of submitting the waiver, their application will be denied. The parent/guardian will have to resubmit all documents and go through the entire waiver process again and wait for approval.

Puyallup School District
Attention: Waivers
Education Service Center
302 Second Street SE
Puyallup, WA 98372


APPEALS

Parents have the right to appeal a denied transfer or waiver application. Submit a letter to [email protected] within five business days of receipt of the denial notification. The appeal will be forwarded to the Executive Director of Elementary or Secondary Schools for review. A meeting or phone call shall be held within fifteen school business days after receipt of the request.  A written decision will then be issued.

Puyallup School District
Attention:  Waivers
Education Service Center
302 Second Street SE 
Puyallup, WA 98372


  • IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER REQUESTS
    Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year at the following schools is closed to in-district waivers, due to overcrowding and/or high enrollment (subject to change).

    • Carson Elementary (Grade 6)
    • Fruitland (Grade 4)
    • Northwood (Grade K, 1 and 5)
    • Pope Elementary (Grades 4 and 5)
    • Shaw Road (Grade 4)
    • Sunrise (Grade 6)
    • Zeiger (Grade 4 and 5)
    •  
        • Aylen JH (Grades 8)
          • Ballou JH (Grade 7)
        • Ferrucci Junior High (All Grades)
          • Glacier View JH (Grade 7 and 8)
        • Kalles JH (Grade 7 and 8)
        • Stahl JH (Grade 7 and 8)
       
      • ERHS (Grade 10)
      • PHS (Grade 10)
      • RHS (Grade 10)
 

FORMS
In-district transfer applications and application timelines can be found on the In-District Transfer page.

RESCINDING A TRANSFER
Parents who wish to rescind a transfer and enroll their child in their resident school should fill out a Request to Rescind form or submit a rescind letter as soon as possible.



NON-RESIDENT WAIVER REQUESTS
Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year at the following schools is closed to out-of-district waivers, due to overcrowding and/or high enrollment (subject to change).

  • Carson Elementary (Grade 6)
  • Fruitland (Grade 4)
  • Northwood (Grade K, 1 and 5)
  • Pope Elementary (Grades 4 and 5)
  • Shaw Road (Grade 4)
  • Sunrise (Grade 6)
  • Zeiger (Grade 4 and 5)
  •  
      • Aylen JH (Grades 8)
        • Ballou JH (Grade 7)
      • Ferrucci Junior High (All Grades)
        • Glacier View JH (Grade 7 and 8)
      • Kalles JH (Grade 7 and 8)
      • Stahl JH (Grade 7 and 8)
     
    • ERHS (Grade 10)
    • PHS (Grade 10)
    • RHS (Grade 10)
    •  

1. Complete a Non-Resident Application for Enrollment for applicable school year.

2. Obtain a Release of Attendance/Choice Transfer Request from your resident district. 

3. First time applicants must submit the following as well:
• Transcript
 Previous school discipline record (if there are no
   discipline issues, provide a signed and dated
   statement from the previous school
   indicating such)
 Kindergarten: A copy of the child's birth
   certificate and immunizations

FORMS
Non-resident applications and application timelines can be found on the Out-of-District Waivers page.