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Student Transfer Options

All transfers are available to families that reside in Orange County

The general transfer window is now open and will close on May 31st.  
This document is based on School Board Policy JCA. You may review the entire policy at: 
Any change of address requires a new transfer application so please make sure your address is correct on your student’s records before applying for a transfer. It is important to remember that any application for a transfer that contains incorrect information will be grounds for the denial of an application or the immediate revocation of the transfer. Only the OCPS Office of Student Enrollment, Office of School Choice, Title 1 Department and Exceptional Education Department can approve a transfer or placement.
 
Transfers available from the Office of Student Enrollment
If you elect to apply for a transfer for your child, you must do so no later than May 31st, unless otherwise noted. Transfer request must be in the Student Enrollment office or postmarked no later than May 31st.
Transfer forms are available at the Office of Student Enrollment (445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando; (407) 317-3233). All approved transfers are valid for the duration of all grade levels at the assigned school (K-5, 6-8 or 9-12) unless there is a change of address.
Transfers may be revoked if the student is excessively tardy to school, remains at school beyond the dismissal time without prior arrangements with school officials, or is referred to the principal for disciplinary action.
Academic Transfer
(Timeframe: Submitted February 1st - May 31st of each school year)
This transfer is available to any high school student who wishes to complete a sequential course of study, such as the second or third year of a World Language or a course with the Career and Technical Education Program if that course is not available through the Florida Virtual Online School.
·         An approved transfer is valid as long as the student is enrolled and is successful in the requested academic subject.
·         Academic transfers are to the next nearest qualified school as determined by the OCPS Office of Student Enrollment.
·         The student must stay for the entire year unless there is a change of address.
·         ROTC initial entry into the program is restricted to rising 9th and 10th grade students.
·         Strings/Orchestra entry is based on an audition if the student is not successfully enrolled in a middle school strings program.
·         Students who exit the approved academic course are not eligible for Senior Privilege.
·         Sibling transfers are not applicable.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Change of Residence for Rising 5th, 8th, or 12th Grade Students
(Deadline: Processed year round)
This transfer allows a rising 5th, 8th or 12th grade student whose parent/legal guardian moves after the start of their 4th, 7th, or 11th grade school year to remain at the school through grade level (K-5, 6-8, 9-12).
    ·      The new residence must be in Orange County.
·         The student must stay for the entire year unless there is a change of address.
·         Sibling Transfers are not applicable.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Capacity Transfer
(Timeframe: Submitted February 1st - May 31st of each school year)
 
 
This transfer allows parents to transfer a student from a school that is over capacity to a school that is under capacity.
·         A list of qualifying sending and receiving schools is revised and published annually. Schools may be added or removed based on number of applicants and projected enrollment.
·         The sending (zoned) school must be over capacity and on the published list as overcapacity or eligible sending school.
·         The receiving (requested) school must be under capacity and on the published list as under capacity or eligible receiving school.
·         The student must stay for the entire year unless there is a change of address.
·         Siblings of an existing K-4, 6-7, or 9-11 student may apply for a Capacity Transfer to the same school.
·         The list of sending and receiving schools may be modified by OCPS from time to time based on programmatic changes or volume of requests.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Childcare Transfer (Elementary and Middle School Students Only)
(Timeframe: Submitted February 1st - May 31st of each school year)
 
 
This transfer gives parents a choice of school assignment based on the location of the
childcare facility.
 
·         The requested school must have available capacity.
 
·         A list of qualifying sending and receiving schools is revised and published annually. Schools may be added or removed based on number of applicants and projected enrollment.
 
·         The student must stay for the entire year unless there is a change of address.
 
·         Siblings of an existing K-4 or 6-7 student may apply for a Childcare Transfer; updated childcare provider documentation must be provided for all students.
 
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
·         Parents must provide documentation.
 
o    For a commercial daycare provider, the Guardian must provide on letterhead a statement that the student is actively enrolled in such program and a list of schools in which the daycare facility provides Transportation;
o    For a private daycare provider, the Guardian must provide a notarized statement from such provider with their address and a copy of the provider's Florida Driver's License or ID.
 
Work-Related Transfer (Elementary and Middle School Students Only)
(Timeframe: Submitted February 1st - May 31st of each school year)
 
 
This transfer gives parents a choice of school assignment based on the parent’s work location.
·         The requested school must have available capacity.
·         A list of qualifying sending and receiving schools is revised and published annually. Schools may be added or removed based on number of applicants and projected enrollment.
·         Parents must provide documentation to verify that they are employed at the current site and that he/she plans to be employed at that work site for the school year for which the transfer applications is being made.
·         The student must stay for the entire year unless there is a change of employment.
·         Siblings of an existing K-4 or 6-7 student may apply for a Work-Related Transfer.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Mid-Year Transfer
(Deadline: processed year round)
This transfer allows a student to stay at the present school for the remainder of the current school year only, in instances when the parents/legal guardians move to an address in a different assigned school zone.
 
·        The new residence must be in Orange County. 
·         Proof of residence, including the moving date (lease or property sales documentation) must accompany request.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Medical Transfer
(Deadline: processed year round)
This transfer is for any student who has a serious medical condition that is sufficient to warrant a transfer.
 
·         Documentation from a physician, hospital and the school is required.
·         Generally the requested school must be close to parent or medical facility.
·         The student must stay for the entire year.
·         Siblings of an existing K-4 or 6-7 student may apply for a Medical Transfer.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Pending Move
(Deadline: processed year round)
 
This transfer allows a student to attend a school of the Guardian’s future domicile.
 
·         Both current and prospective addresses must be located within Orange County.
·         The move in or closing date must be within 60 days from the date the application is submitted.
·         A legal document signed by both parties, such as a contract, indicating the location of the prospective address and the proposed occupancy date is required.
·         If the family does not move by the date provided, the student will be moved to the original zoned school.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Psychological Transfer
(Deadline: processed year round)
 
This transfer is for any student who has a psychological condition that is sufficient to warrant a transfer.
 
·         Psychological transfers are to the next nearest qualified school as determined by the Office of Student Enrollment.
·         This transfer requires documentation of compelling evidence, which may include documentation from an outside psychologist or counselor, and is generally reviewed by one of the district’s psychologists.
·         The student must stay for the entire year unless there is a change of address.
·         Sibling Transfers are not applicable.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
School Personnel Transfer (Students of OCPS staff)
(Deadline: processed year round)
 
This transfer is available for any student whose parent/legal guardian works in a particular school or OCPS facility and desires to have the student enrolled at that school or the nearest school that meets Board defined capacity.
 
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Sibling Transfer
(Deadline: processed year round and based on Siblings IEP)
 
 
This transfer is available only for students who have siblings who have been assigned on
an Exceptional Education Program Placement at a school other than their assigned
school. (Exceptional Education students are students with disabilities who have been
staffed into Exceptional Education programs such as Educable Mentally Handicapped,
Physically Impaired, etc.)
 
·         There is no transfer eligibility for siblings of McKay Scholarship recipients.
 
·         Students may remain at the school until all grade levels at the school are completed (K-5, 6-8 or 9-12).
 
·         The student must stay for the school year unless there is a change of address or placement of the ESE student.
 
·         If OCPS provides transportation to the ESE student, then siblings are eligible for transportation for so long as the ESE student is being served at a particular school.
 
Grandfathered
(Timeframe: Processed by May 31st prior to the opening of the new rezoned school or
up to 15 days after Board approval takes place after May 31st)
 
This transfer is available only for students who:
 
  ·    have been rezoned by OCPS two or more times during a grade level (K-5, 6-

       8, 9-12) at the current address or

  ·    who has been rezoned from an established school to another established
       school or
  ·    will be in 5th or 8th grade when the new school opens.  
 
In this case, the student may remain at the existing school instead of being assigned to
the rezoned school or rezoned for the 5th or 8th grade year.  The following shall appy to
Grandfathered Transfers:
 
·         There is no Transfer eligibility for siblings who do not meet the same criteria for a Grandfathered Transfer.
·         Transportation is not provided by OCPS.
 
Parents or legal guardians who wish to apply for their child to transfer to a school other than their assigned school for one of the above reasons must submit an application to the OCPS Office of Student Enrollment between February 1st and May 31st for transfer with stated deadlines.
Transfer applications are available at the Office of Student Enrollment, which is located at 445 W. Amelia St., Orlando, Florida 32801. For questions regarding the transfer process and requirements for requesting transfers, please call the Office of Student Enrollment at (407) 317-3233.
 

 

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