Lawrence Public Schools do not have an open enrollment policy. Students enroll in and attend the school designated to serve the attendance area in which the parent or legal guardian holds legal residence and in which the student resides. Parents/Legal Guardians may request a transfer to a school outside of their attendance area for special circumstances. Specific details and requirements for the request may be found on the Request for School Transfer Form.
School transfer decisions are based on such factors as available classroom spaces and code of conduct issues, which include attendance. Transfer requests may be communicated to each school’s administrative office before a final decision. Decisions and notifications regarding transfers may not be made until after the August registration period is completed. On occasion, buildings may be closed to all incoming transfer requests from students outside the assigned attendance area.
The approval of a transfer at one educational level does not set precedence for the next level. A new transfer request must be submitted for each educational level (elementary, middle school, high school). Siblings of students attending a school on a transfer request are not guaranteed approval to attend the same school. They must apply separately and are subject to the same stipulations as all other transfer requests. The district does not provide transportation to students attending a school outside of their attendance area.