2013 - 2014 Transfer Request Information
Tips and guidelines for requesting a school transfer
How it works
We can approve transfers only if a school has space for new students. If more people request spaces than are available, we will use a lottery-style random drawing to approve transfers and assign spaces at each particular school.
Transfer request guidelines:
Here's how we prioritize requests to transfer schools.
MOVING? Students who move during the school year may finish the school year at the school in their old neighborhood (if space is available). They will also have first priority to attend the designated school for their new address.
Note: If you request a transfer to stay in the school at the student's old address, you will be given third priority in processing their transfer request.
If a transfer request cannot be approved for any of the requested schools, the student's name will automatically be placed on a waiting list for that school year.
Note: Waiting lists do not carry over from one year to the next. You must complete a new application each year, even if it's the same request as last year.
Contact the Transfer Office at (505) 855-9050 to get information about school enrollment space and program availability.
Transferring multiple students? A separate application form must be submitted for each student requesting a transfer. Please note that there is no guarantee that requests for multiple students will be approved at the same time.
If you are submitting requests for multiple students with the hope of placing them at the same school, list a single school on the Transfer Request Form to avoid having them placed in separate locations.
How will you be notified? By mail, you will receive notice that your transfer has been approved. NOTE: Approved transfer notifications will be mailed to the address listed with the student's current school (or to the address listed on the Transfer Request Form if the student is new to APS).
What's next? As soon as you receive a transfer approval, please contact your new school to find out when the student can complete the registration process. (Find a school)
The registration process for approved transfers varies depending on when you receive the approval notification:
If the student is currently enrolled in an APS school, you will might need to get withdrawal papers from their current school. However, we encourage you to contact the transfer school to find what what paperwork you need to bring with you. (Find a school)
Students who have successfully transferred schools will usually be automatically re-enrolled each year at the transfer school. However, because transfer requests are granted on the basis of available programs and classroom size, automatic transfer re-enrollment is not guaranteed.
A new transfer request will need to be filled out if:
Students who live in the attendance area of a School in Need of Improvement (SINOI) can request a transfer and have second priority when requesting a transfer to a non-SINOI school.
What is a SINOI? Each year public schools in New Mexico are categorized by the state under the federally mandated No Child Left Behind Act. Schools are categorized as meeting or not meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals. Schools that do not meet adequate yearly progress for two or more years are designated as SINOI (School in Need of Improvement) schools.
In order to determine the classification of your designated or transfer school:
AYP rating information is also available on the Research, Deployment and Accountability site.
Students transferring to a school outside their neighborhood school will not be able to ride an APS bus to school.
Athletics: Some restrictions regarding athletics programs apply to newly transferred students. Questions concerning athletic eligibility can be addressed by contacting individual school athletic directors or by contacting the Athletic Department at (505) 884-9580.
Activities: Certain education activities are not offered at all schools. Enrollment in special education programs is determined by educational program availability, physical site capacity, and the ability to maintain specified class sizes.