Requests for School Transfer

  • middle school students discussing social studies 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.  
    Please Note: Transfer Request Forms for the 2023-2024 school year should be available by March - please check back then. 
    The transfer Request Forms for this current 2022-2023 school year are below. 
    After the May 1, 2022 deadline, we will only accept new requests if your situation has recently changed (ie: attending a school and moving out of the school's attendance area). 
    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. 
    Non-Resident students (at any grade level) who move or reside with their parent/legal guardian at a residence outside the USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools district boundaries (another school district) who have applied and been approved, may be required to apply for admission each school year.  Non-Resident students who are approved must be enrolled and attending prior to September 15th of any given year.