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Transfer Process FAQs
- What schools are frozen for 2020–21?
Schools frozen to transfers will be announced by Superintendent Paul Cruz in December 2019. They will be posted on the transfer website prior to Winter Break.
- Should we register online before submitting a transfer request?
Online registration opens on January 3, 2020. 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. 3, 2020. 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.
- When can I submit a transfer request for the 2020–21 school year?
In-district transfer requests for the 2020–21 school year can be submitted starting Jan. 3, 2020.
Out-of-district transfers for families living outside AISD boundaries will be accepted starting Feb. 3, 2020.
- How do I submit a transfer request?
There are four ways to submit a request: in person, 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.
- When can we submit a priority transfer request?
Priority transfers can be submitted beginning Jan. 3, 2020 through the end of the day Jan. 31, 2020. All priority transfers will be approved to non-frozen campuses if the requested campus can meet the student’s needs (e.g., Special Education services). Priority transfers will not be approved for frozen schools. Priority transfer requests can only be submitted by families living within AISD boundaries. Please see www.austinisd.org/transfer/priority-transfer for more details.
- When can we submit a general transfer request?
A general transfer request can be submitted at any time on or after Jan. 3, 2020. In order to be in a lottery for spaces at a non-frozen school, it needs to be submitted beginning Jan. 3, 2020 through the end of the day Jan. 31, 2020. Any transfers not approved from the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. General requests for the January lottery can only be submitted by families living within AISD boundaries.
General transfer requests and out-of-district transfer requests (which can be submitted beginning Feb. 3, 2020) received in February or after will be processed in date/time stamped order (i.e., first come, first served).
- Is it better to submit a transfer request on the first day they are being accepted (Jan. 3, 2020)?
No. Any request received Jan. 3–31, 2020 will receive equal consideration. In other words, requests are not processed in first come, first served order in January. Starting in February, however, requests will be processed in date/time stamped order (i.e., first come, first served). Only requests made by families living in AISD boundaries will be accepted in January.
- 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 Jan. 31, 2020.
- 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.
- When should I get a response?
Decision letters submitted in January are typically mailed by Spring Break. If the request is made using the online system, you can choose to have the decision letter mailed or emailed.
- 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 mailed 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-us (Choose Student Records and Transfers). You can also call the Office of Student Services at 512-414-1726, but there is a very high volume of calls in January and February.