Requests for School Transfer

  • middle school students discussing social studies Lawrence Public Schools assigns students to schools based on the residential address of the legal guardian with whom the student resides. The legal guardian may request a transfer to a school outside of their assigned attendance area. 

    If your family or student is new to the Lawrence Public School District, please also complete the 24-25 New Student online registration as well to complete the request. When you email us the documents located under step 2 on the new student registration page, please indicate that you have filled out a transfer request and to where. 

    Returning students who currently attend Lawrence Public Schools, must complete the 24-25 Annual Registration April 1st - 12th, in order for your request to be considered.

    The April 1st, 2024 deadline for submitting a 2024-2025 Transfer Request was extended through April 30, 2024

    STOP: The deadline to complete a Transfer Request has now passed, except: 

    • Families who have had a change of address occurring after the deadline, but want to request that their student continue at their current school
    • Current Lawrence Public School students who want to request to attend LVS full time in the fall
    • Families who reside outside the boundaries of Lawrence Public Schools and want to apply for a transfer for their child(ren) to attend USD 497 (See Nonresident Enrollment.)

     

    Middle and High School: 2024-2025 Transfer Request

    Please Note: You will be required to upload a current Proof of Residence when completing the form (utility bill or lease agreement). For students currently enrolled in our district but wanting to apply to attend LVS full time, you may also use this form. 

     

    Elementary: 2024-2025 Transfer Request 

    Please Note: You will be required to upload a current Proof of Residence when completing the form (utility bill or lease agreement).  For students currently enrolled in our district but wanting to apply to attend LVS full time, you may also use this form.   You may look up an address using this elementary boundary interactive map.   

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    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 for students attending a school outside of their attendance area on a transfer. 
     
    Non-Resident students (at any grade level) who move or reside with their legal guardian at a residence outside the Lawrence USD 497 district boundaries (in 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 15 of any given year.