Student Assignment / Transfers:
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Residential School Assignment-
Parents/Guardians may establish residence for purposes
of school assignment by taking one of the following and
registering at the residential zoned school.
1. Provide documentation of homestead exemption which
identifies the head of household and the address of the
dwelling used as the homestead; or
2. Provide copy of lease agreement or rental receipt which
indicates the location of the residence, parties to the
agreement and the effective date; or
3. Provide copy of a current power, water or gas bill
documenting the customer's name and address where the
service is provided and a form signed by the parent/guardian
stating that he/she and the student reside at the address
on the document.
4. If you are living with someone else, you will need
a power, water or gas bill of the individual you and the
children are living with, as well as, a letter from the
individual stating your name and children’s names.
5. You must have custody and /or guardianship papers for
the children that reside with you in order to register
Out-of-District Transfers – Requests
are handled at the Office of School Choice, 30 E. Texar,
The parent(s)/guardian(s) shall fill out a form in the
Office of School Choice requesting for their child(ren)
to be transferred to a school out of their respective
residential school attendance zone. The parent/guardian
shall be responsible for submitting any additional information
that may be needed.
Updated 6/6/07 ***Due to changes in state and federal laws, some of our schools are overcapacity. For these reasons, the Escambia County School District has made the decision to close the following schools to out of district transfers:
A.K. Suter, Bellview, Beulah, Blue Angels, Brentwood, Cordova Park, Ferry Pass, Hellen Caro, Lipscomb, Longleaf, Pine Meadow, Pleasant Grove, McArthur, Scenic Heights
Both Florida Law and Federal Law affect how many students may attend a school. These laws provide for a uniform, efficient, safe, and secure system of free public schools.
Transfers may be granted for the following reasons:
For childcare/supervision purposes your will need to bring
1. A letter from the provider or individual stating they
are providing childcare for your child(ren).
2. A power, water or gas bill with the individual providers’
name, if they are not a childcare facility.
3. A letter from the employer on letterhead, stating dates
and times worked. This is required of both parents, if
living in same household.
A transfer may be granted for eligible students to participate
in approved district academic or technical courses. Students
granted a transfer must maintain passing grades, acceptable
behavior, and attendance. Transfers for students who withdraw
from the course prior to completion should be recommended
for rescission. The Office of School Choice will monitor
each transfer request for academic reasons and notify
the home school of the numbers and academic reasons. Should
the principal of the home school decide to add the specific
course(s), then all students who requested a transfer
shall be denied.
b. Requests/application for transfers to enroll in other
schools or technical programs must be submitted no later
than January 31st, prior to the year the student wishes
c. Requests for students new to the county may be considered
at any time.
Completion of the Current School Year
Students moving out of the residential attendance zone
during the school term as a result of the relocation of
the family residence may be granted a transfer to complete
the school term in his/her current school. Transfers to
complete the school term shall be subject to the student
maintaining acceptable behavior, attendance and the amount
of time remaining in the school year. The recommendation
of the principal shall be considered.
a. Upon relocation of the family residence during the
summer prior to the beginning of the terminating (exit
year) grade, an elementary or middle school student may
be granted a transfer to complete the final year in the
school if he/she has been enrolled for the two previous
b. High school students having completed the first semester
of the junior year shall be granted a transfer to complete
the senior year.
Majority to Minority
a. A transfer may be granted for a student who chooses
to transfer from his/her assigned school, based upon residence,
where his/her race is in the majority to a school where
his/her race is in the minority.
b. Requests for a Majority-Minority Transfer must be made
no later than June 30th to be considered for the next
Higher Performing Public Schools
a. As provided in Section 1002.38, Florida Statutes, students
enrolled during the previous year at a school receiving
a grade of "F" in two of any four year period
shall be eligible to transfer to a higher performing public
school with a grade of "C" or better.
c. Any elementary school or secondary school that fails
for 2 consecutive years to make adequate yearly progress
(AYP) as defined in the State's plan shall be identified
as a school in need of school improvement.
d. Students who use the option to transfer shall be enrolled
in classes and other activities in the public school to
which the students transfer in the same manner as all
other children at the public school. Deadline will be
during the summer of each year and set by the Office of
a. Illness or physical disability - Transfer requests
based on an illness or physical disability of a non ESE
Student shall be supported by a written recommendation
by the attending physician and/or a 504 Plan.
b. Students not eligible to receive Exceptional Student
Education (ESE) services but experience emotional, mental
or other psychological disorders may be granted a transfer
to another school. Transfer requests shall be supported
by a letter from a licensed mental health professional
recommending a transfer and /or a 504 Plan.
Limitations of Transfers
a. Facility Capacity - Physical space must be available
at the requested school prior to transfer. Transfers shall
not be granted into schools if the current enrollment
equals 100% of the facility's permanent capacity.
b. Program Capacity - Transfers shall not be granted into
district approved programs beyond the program's established
All transfer requests recommended for approval by the
Student Transfer Committee shall be consistent with achieving
and maintaining an enrollment that includes a minority
(Black) enrollment of 15% plus or minus the district's
minority (Black) enrollment of 35%. Recommended transfers
that are inconsistent with this effort shall be limited
to hardships which cannot be reasonably addressed by an
Transportation for students who are granted an out of
district zone transfer shall be consistent with current
transportation guidelines. Transportation for transfer
students shall be on a space available basis with permission
of the principal and limited to existing routes and stops
within the attendance zone of the receiving school.
Duration of Transfer Approval
Once granted a transfer under this policy, a student may
continue enrollment in the receiving school through the
exit year provided the circumstances upon which the transfer
was granted remain unchanged. Failure to report to the
Office of School Choice within 30-days any change of circumstances
in which the transfer was granted may result in revocation
of the transfer and the student's return to the original
designated school. Students granted a transfer must maintain
passing grades, acceptable behavior, and attendance. If
the student fails to maintain passing grades, demonstrates
unacceptable behavior, incurs excessive tardies or unexcused
absences the principal at any time can request through
the Office of School Choice for the student to be returned
to their home school; however, no request for return transfer
may be considered by the Office of School Choice until
the principal demonstrates that a good faith effort has
been made to employ parental assistance to rectify the
student's deficiencies. Parents will be notified in writing
and given 10-days to withdraw the child(ren).
Penalty for Misrepresentation
Attempts to circumvent the assignment/transfer procedure
shall be grounds for denying a request or revocation of
the transfer. Additionally individuals that provide false
statements on the transfer or assignment request with
the intent to mislead may be subject to related penalties
as provided in Sections 775.082 or 775.083, Florida Statutes.
If interested in requesting a different school for any of the above reasons, click here and follow the instructions. Deadlines do apply.