- In-District Transfer Requests
- Attending School in Another District
- Admission for Non-Resident Students
- Application Schools for Non-Residents
2020-21 IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER REQUEST FORM:
Families who wish for their student to attend a school other than their neighborhood school must apply for an in-district transfer request. There are two time frames when we accept in-district transfer requests for the 2020-21 school year. They are:
- December 9 - January 31: Families will be notified of a decision by March 2, 2020
- April 6 - May 22: Families will be notified of a decision by June 30, 2020
Requests received in between transfer windows, will be held for review when the next transfer window opens.
All transfers will be approved or denied based upon the transfer categories outlined in Procedure 3132P. Also, transportation is not provided for transfers, except in circumstances noted in Procedure 3132P.
Childcare: Childcare transfers may be granted on a space available basis if current childcare circumstances directly impact the student’s ability to attend their neighborhood school. In all cases supporting documentation will be required. Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
Continuation: Students who move during the school year will be able to remain in their school for the remainder of the year. Families that wish to remain at the current school beyond the current year must apply for an in-district transfer for the following year at the time of the move. Student Placement will process the transfer request for the following year during the appropriate processing window. Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
Hardship: A student may be granted a transfer on a space available basis if attendance in the neighborhood school will cause severe hardship. Severe hardship is defined as any condition that directly interferes with the student's ability to attend the neighborhood school. In all cases, supporting documentation will be required. Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
Sibling: Sibling transfers will be considered on a space available basis. The granting of a transfer request does not guarantee that other siblings will also be granted a similar transfer. A sibling transfer request will only be considered if the siblings will be attending the same school during the same year. Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
Dual Language: Students who do not live in a dual language partner school service area may request a transfer into a dual language program. Transfers will be granted on a space-available basis. Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
Child of Current Highline Public Schools Employee:
Children of current Highline Public School employees may request a transfer to the school to which the employee is assigned or to a school forming the district’s K- 12 continuum that includes the school to which the employee is assigned.
Children of current Highline Public School employees may request a transfer to a school other than the one they are assigned to or a school in that K-12 continuum. These requests will be considered on a space available basis.
Transfer requests will not be approved for athletic or co-curricular activity reasons. As per WIAA regulations, students transferring from one high school to another high school within the Highline Public Schools district, without a corresponding change in home residence with natural parents or legal guardians, will be deemed ineligible for a one-year period at the varsity level of sports.
Students leaving Highline Public Schools or requesting non-resident enrollment.
Inter-District/Choice Transfer Requests:
What is the parent portal?
The parent portal is a Choice Transfer Request Portal (CTRP). The CTRP allows families to initiate a Choice Transfer request and submit it electronically to their resident district. The CTRP eliminates the need for resident district personnel to manually enter student Choice Transfer (CT) application information into the Choice Transfer System (CTS).
Once a parent/guardian submits the CT request in the CTRP, the request remains in the queue for the resident district's review and subsequent action regarding the student's release from the district.
What happens if our district opts-out of being listed in the CTRP but a parent/guardian attempts to use the system to initiate a Choice Transfer for our district?
In the CTRP, parents/guardians are directed to contact their school district to obtain the correct form to initiate the transfer process if they do not see their resident district listed in the CTRP pull-down menu of school districts.
Select this link for the Choice Transfer Request Portal
If you are a resident of the Highline Public Schools District and wish to request attendance in another School District, please print the Inter-district/choice transfer application available or visit the district central office.
Espanol: Si usted es residente del Distrito escolar de Highline y desea solicitar asistencia a otro distrito escolar, por favor imprima la solicitud de transferencia fuera del distrito/Choice disponible o visite la oficina central del distrito.
Submit the completed application to the Student Placement Office for processing. You may return the completed form by email to Student Placement
A completed inter-district/choice transfer agreement does not withdraw your student from the current school or resident district. If the inter-district/choice transfer is approved, it is recommended that the family provide the current school of attendance with a courtesy call to inform the current school that their student will be enrolling in another school district. Once the student enrolls in the requested school district, the student will be formally withdrawn from Highline Public Schools. If the inter-district/choice transfer is denied by the requested district, the student will continue enrollment in Highline Public Schools.
Non-Resident Students Are Those Who Do Not Live Within Highline Public Schools (HPS) Boundaries.
The Highline School District considers non-resident enrollment applications as long as the anticipated needs of resident students are met first. The application process takes into consideration space, and whether or not the acceptance of the applicant will result in financial hardship on Highline Public Schools' resources.
Highline Public Schools is currently planning for a variety of options for re-opening schools for Fall 2020. Highline is committed to serving all resident students, therefore given the extraordinary circumstances and the uncertainty of this time, Highline will be closed to all new non-resident transfer requests until further notice*. Our capacity to serve Highline resident students is of our upmost priority.
If there are any questions about the enrollment and transfer process for 2020-2021 school year, please contact Enrollment Manager, Micaela White (206-631-3148) or Student Placement Manager, Ebony Booker (206-631-3065).
*New non-resident students previously accepted to Raisbeck Aviation High School for 2020-2021 school year will be exempt from this closure as applicants were guaranteed enrollment into Highline Public Schools via a lottery conducted in March 2019 prior school building closure. Additionally, per RCW 28A.225.225, non-resident students of district employees will continue to have the right to request consideration for enrollment into Highline Public Schools for the 20-21 school.
*New non-resident students will be accepted into Highline Public Schools Open Door programs, PSHS/PSSC, and CHOICE Academy as capacity allows.
Timelines: July 13 - August 3, 2020, 2020-21 school year.
Non-resident applications submitted prior to July 13 will be held for your convenience and considered to have been received on July 13. Applications submitted after August 3, will automatically be denied for the 2020-21 school year.
Non-resident assignments are for one academic year only. Non-resident students must obtain a Choice Transfer Request form from the district of residence each year to apply for non-resident enrollment. Please read below for specific process requirements.
Schools Closed to Non-Resident Students:
Some schools, grades, or programs, may be closed to non-resident enrollment. Non-residents may only be assigned to schools, grades or programs that have seats available and that are not closed to non-residents. Non-resident requests will not be placed on a waiting list. Preschool programs are not open to non-resident students. Non-resident enrollment school closures will be posted online a week prior to the non-resident transfer application window.
New non-resident students: A new non-resident student is a student that has never attended Highline Public Schools. See section "Requirement for New Students" below for application information.
Non-resident renewal students: A student requesting to attend the same school attended the full school year prior. See section "Requirement for Renewal Students" below for application information.
Non-resident students applying to choice schools: A student that lives outside of the district requesting attendance to a choice school. See the next drop-down menu option for "Application Schools & Alternative Learning Options".
Requirements for New Students:
Non-residents may apply to attend HPS by submitting a Choice Transfer Request (CTR) release through their resident district and with all appropriate district forms within the non-resident enrollment timeline. If your student is a brand new student to our district or transitioning to a new school from the prior 2019-20 school year, HPS requires additional documentation to be presented to the Student Placement Office (SPO), to complete an application for non-resident enrollment. An application is not considered submitted until it is complete and includes all required pieces of documentation as outlined in Policy 3141P. Additional documentation will not be accepted after the timeline. If a non-resident application is approved, for the academic year, the student’s parent/guardian will be required to complete district enrollment procedures as followed by residents.
- Choice Transfer Request (CTR) Form: Completed at the District of Residence. Electronic notification is sent to the HPS Student Placement Office. Select this link for the Choice Transfer Request Portal
- HPS Non-Resident Application Form (Aplicación de No-residentes de HPS: en espanol): Obtained here on Highline's website or at Highline's central office. If your student is renewing a Choice Transfer Request, this step is not required, unless they are transitioning to a new school.
- Discipline: Verification that your student had not had any disciplinary issues in the past year. Please provide a report from the current school of attendance. Students currently enrolled in HPS are not required to submit this documentation.
- Special Education Records and 504 Plan: If applicable, please provide copies of student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and or 504 accommodation plan. Students currently enrolled in HPS are not required to submit this documentation.
- Applications requesting continued enrollment, based on childcare needs, due to location of employment, or hardship circumstances require additional documentation. For more information on hardship documentation visit our hardship halfsheet (hoja de dificultad en espanol).
Delivery Email Address:
***Due to staff currently working remotely, please email documents***
Requirements for Returning (Renewal) Students:
All renewal applicants requesting attendance to HPS' schools may apply to HPS by submitting a Choice Transfer Request (CTR) within the non-resident enrollment timeline, and are not required to submit the non-resident application form.
If a student moves out of the district during the academic year and becomes a non-resident their assignment is not automatically continued. Non-resident students that wish to be considered for continued enrollment must apply for non-resident enrollment at the time of the move. Hard copy submission of the Choice Transfer Request (CTR) Release to the requested school and or the Student Placement Office (SPO) is encouraged to avoid delay of electronic submission and requires a signature from resident district. Contact the Student Placement Office at 206-631-3065 for more information.
Requirements for Non-Resident Students Applying Choice Schools:
Students applying to CHOICE Academy, Big Picture School, Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS), New Start and Alternative Learning Programs: See the next drop-down menu for application schools and alternative learning options.
If you should receive an approved transfer, the student will not be eligible for Highline Public Schools transportation, except when required under 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
If your non-resident student transfer request is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision. An appeal means you are requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
If you choose to submit an appeal to OAH to request a hearing, complete the Notice of Appeal FormPDF download (PDF). Send only the appeal application form and a copy of the denial letter/email to (a brief cover letter is optional):
Student Transfer Appeal
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
600 University Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-3126
Appeals may also be filed via email: OAH.OSPI@oah.wa.gov. The notice of appeal form must be sent by secure email. If you do not have a secure email password, send an email to this address, without the form attached, to request instructions for filing the form by secure email.
Parents should be sure to have their child enrolled in a school while they are waiting to hear the outcome of their appeal.
Non-resident students interested in attending an Application School or Alternative Learning Option, will have to follow the application process specific to each school as outlined below. Additional documentation is not required except in applications with students that have IEPs or 504 accommodation plans.
The application window opens each year in January.
CHOICE Academy & Big Picture School:
CHOICE Academy and Big Picture will open to non-residents after a lottery is conducted for residents. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity. The lottery for the 2020-21 school year will take place on March 2. A non-resident must complete the school-based application to be considered for enrollment. If the application is accepted, families will only be required to submit a Choice Transfer Request (CTR) release form from the student's resident district each year to apply for non-resident enrollment.
Raisbeck Aviation High School:
RAHS will allow non-residents to apply for non-resident enrollment during the open application window in January. If the application is accepted, families will only be required to submit a Choice Transfer Request (CTR) release form from the student's resident district each year to apply for non-resident enrollment. These CTR's are processed based on the acceptance to the school.
International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) at Mount Rainier High School (MRHS):
MRHS is currently closed for new non-resident requests for the 2020-21 school year, due to capacity/no space available to accommodate the request.
We offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Mount Rainier High School. Up to 15 seats per graduating year will be reserved for each of the high school service areas (Highline, Tyee and Evergreen). If more than 15 students apply from each service area, a lottery system will be implemented.