Transfer Guidelines for Georgia Choice Laws
Transfer requests will be made and
acted upon in accordance with Federal Legislation, Georgia
Statutes, Georgia State Board of Education Rules, as well as
School Board Policy and Administrative Guidelines.
of School Capacity
The Superintendent or designee
shall determine which schools have space available for
transfers, the capacity for each school in the School District
to accept student transfers will be determined and a
corresponding list developed of school status classifications
(Note: School capacity will be determined in accordance with
applicable State Board Rules and School System Protocol)
III. Types of
The Superintendent or designee may approve transfer requests for
several reasons as decided below.
Georgia Choice Laws (SB-10 ,2007/HB-251, 2009)
Transfers allow students currently
receiving Special Education services under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to seek enrollment transfer to
schools in a "Limited Status” classification student transfers,
but only after services and space availability within the
grade/class/course being requested has been verified.
Administrative Components of Transfers
The parent/guardian is obligated to
provide transportation for students attending a school on a
All transfers are considered
a permissive transfer per Georgia High School Association
Guidelines (permissive transfer does not carry eligibility).
If a student transfers from enrollment at one school to
enrollment at another school during a school year, the student
will be ineligible for Varsity-level athletics at the receiving
school for the duration of the school year. The only exceptions
to this rule will be if the student’s transfer was in
conjunction with a “bona fide move“ of the student’s residence,
the divorce or legal separation of the parents, the death of one
or both of the parents, the court-ordered incarceration or
institutionalization of one or both of the parents or the
student’s placement by the Department of Family and Children
Services into a foster home in another school zone.
Students who transfer within the same academic school year for
any other reason will result in athletic ineligibility unless
the student applies for and is granted a hardship waiver by the
Georgia High School Association.
An Application for Transfer
form may be obtained from the Welcome Center, the department
managing student transfers located at the LaFayette Education
Center and online at www.fcboe.org. The application must be
received by the Welcome Center No later than Wednesday, July 15,
Review and Parent/Guardian Notification
Superintendent or designee will
review all transfer applications based upon the provisions of
Policy, will render a decision of the parents’/guardians’
request and notify parents/guardians, and the sending and
receiving schools of the decision.
Any student currently receiving any special education services,
and requesting reassignment or transfer must have that request
reviewed by the Director of Exceptional Children Services.
Once a transfer is granted to a
student for a given school, the transfer remains effective
through the highest grade of the school. The student is not
required to re-submit a transfer application on an annual basis.
Transfers cannot be transferred
from school to school. In the case of a student matriculating
from one school to another (i.e., promoted from elementary
school to middle school, promoted from middle school to high
school, etc.), a new transfer application must be submitted for