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Transfer Process FAQs
- Should we register online before submitting a transfer request?
Online registration opens on Jan. 4, 2021. If your student is new to AISD, and you live within AISD boundaries, please register online first. This will generate an ID number which will allow you to apply for a transfer online. If your student is not new to AISD, but you live within AISD boundaries, you can still register online starting Jan. 4, 2021. Online registration is not available to new students who live outside AISD boundaries.
- When I register online, the assigned school is not the school I will be requesting. Will registering online “lock in” my student’s home school?
No. If your student is approved for a transfer to another school, that information will be updated.
- How do I submit a transfer request?
There are three ways to submit a request: through the mail, faxed, or online (see www.austinisd.org/transfer). If you are submitting an out-of-district request, the online process can only be used if your student has previously (or currently) been enrolled in AISD.
- Do I need to provide anything other than the request form?
Yes. When you submit a transfer request, you’ll need to attach or upload a copy of your ID, proof of residence (current lease, current mortgage statement, gas bill within 45 days, or electric bill within 45 days), and if your student is new to the district, a copy of his or her birth certificate.
- Is it better to submit a transfer request on the first day they are being accepted (Jan. 26, 2021)?
No. Any request received Jan. 26–Feb. 19, 2021 will receive equal consideration. In other words, requests are not processed in first come, first served order during this time.
- In what order are transfers processed?
- Priority transfers to non-frozen schools are processed first. Priority transfers can be submitted until the end of the day Feb. 19, 2021.
- After priority transfers are processed, principals of non-frozen schools are asked how many spaces they have at each grade available for transfers. A lottery is run for general transfers. If there are more requests than spaces, a waitlist will be generated.
- Transfer requests to frozen schools are processed last so that the denial letter can include a list of schools that do have space.
- What happens if my student is on a waitlist?
Principals of non-frozen schools can open up spaces at a grade level at any time. If space is opened, the next request(s) on the waitlist will be approved and a letter emailed home. Waitlist numbers can be monitored in the Parent Cloud in the Online Student Transfer Request application.
- Can I appeal a denied transfer request?
Yes, you have 15 district business days to appeal a denial. Instructions are included in the denial letter. Appeals can be submitted online in the Parent Cloud using the Online Student Transfer Request application.
- If my student has been accepted into a magnet or application program, do I have to submit a transfer request?
No. If you have an acceptance letter from a magnet or application program, a transfer form is not necessary. Student Services receives data from campuses letting us know who has committed to a magnet or application program and we create approved transfers based on those data.
- I have additional questions. Who should I contact?
For the quickest response, please send us a message via www.austinisd.org/contact (Choose Student Transfers). You can also call the Office of Student Services at 512-414-9187, but there is a very high volume of calls in January and February.