SVUSD Inter-District Transfers

Inter-District Transfers

The law allows two or more districts to enter into an agreement for the transfer of one or more students for a period of up to five years. New agreements may be entered into for additional periods of up to five years each. The agreement must specify the terms and conditions under which transfers are permitted. There are no statutory limitations on the kinds of terms and conditions districts are allowed to place on transfers. All transfers are granted on a space availability basis. The law on inter-district transfers provides for the following: 

1.  Both the school district and the parent/guardian is requesting a transfer to a school other than the designated school that is in their attendance area outside of their district, and must take into consideration the child care needs of the student.  If the transfer is approved based on child care needs, the student may be allowed to stay in the new district, or the high school district through the 12th grade, subject to certain conditions.

  • If either district denies a transfer request, a parent/guardian may appeal that decision to the County Board of Education. There are specified timelines in the law for filing an appeal and for the County Board of Education to make a decision.

  • The receiving district is not required to provide transportation to a student who transfers into the district.

2.  The law provides that if one or both parents/guardians of an elementary school student are employed in the boundaries of a school district other than the one in which they live, the student may be considered a resident of the school district in which his/her parents or guardians work. This code section does not require that a school district automatically accept a student requesting a transfer on this basis, but a student may not be rejected on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, parental income, academic achievement, or any other “arbitrary” consideration. Other provisions of the EC 48204 include:

  • Either the district in which the parent/guardian lives or the district in which the parent/guardian works may prohibit the transfer if it is determined that there would be a negative impact on it.

  • The district in which the parent/guardian works may reject a transfer if it determines that the cost of educating the student would be more than the amount of government funds the district would receive for educating the student. This limitation might particularly apply to any special needs student that would require extra services from the district for which the district believes the state aid it would receive would not fully pay.

  • There are set limits (based on total enrollment) on the net numbers of students that may transfer out of a district under this law, unless the district approves a greater number of transfers.

  • The district that prohibits the transfer of a student must communicate in writing to the parent/guardian the specific reasons for that determination.

See available forms below


Inter-District Transfer Request Forms

Board Policies