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Early Decision Transfer Request

Early Decision Transfer Request

With new elementary school boundaries effective next school year, Highland Park ISD has revised its process for requesting an intradistrict transfer to another elementary school.


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An Early Decision Transfer Request process has been put in place to help families plan for next year as well as to allow time for the district to plan for the appropriate level of staffing at each campus during the 2020-21 school year.

Parents may submit Early Decision Transfer Requests to the district beginning at 8 a.m. January 7. Early Decision Transfer Request forms may be submitted online until 11:59 p.m., January 17. Any transfer request received after that date will be considered pursuant to the application procedures outlined in Board Policy FDB(LOCAL), which will not be processed until August 2020 utilizing the same limited exceptions.

A district-level committee of district and campus administrators will consider all applications for Early Decision Transfers. Transfer decisions will be made based on exceptions listed in FDB(LOCAL), which include:

• Students who are victims of bullying or students who engage in bullying, or other situations specified by law.
• Students who require a special program placement only offered at another elementary campus.
• Students who have been approved for voluntary in-district transfers two years in a row. However, younger siblings will be required to attend the new attendance zone campus.
• Students who have been transferred involuntarily to a non-attendance zone campus due to over enrollment, not rezoning, may elect to remain at the same campus.
• Students with other extraordinary and compelling circumstances.
Parents will be notified by email of the committee’s decision regarding the Early Decision Transfer Request by February 7. If the intradistrict transfer request is denied, the law allows parents to petition the decision to the Board of Trustees. It is recommended that parents who are seeking the decision to be reconsidered file their petition by February 14. The board will have 30 days to review and act on the appeal.

“Our goal with this process is to best serve the needs of every child, respect parents' rights, while implementing the new school boundaries with fidelity as recommended by the Rezoning Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees in October,” said Dr. Tom Trigg, HPISD Superintendent. “Opening a new elementary school next year requires significant planning, and the district needs to have reliable enrollment information so that the appropriate staffing decisions can be made.”


To access the Early Decision Transfer Request form, go here.


For information about the intradistrict transfer process as written in district regulations, go here