Sweetwater Un HSD | AR 5116.1 Students
The Sweetwater Union High School District supports the neighborhood school philosophy. School boundaries are established in an effort to balance enrollment throughout the school district and students are assigned to a home school based on established school boundaries. All transfers are contingent upon space availability.
It is important to note that all schools in the district follow the same rigorous curriculum. The district realizes that there may be valid reasons for students to be permitted to attend a school other than their home school.
1. There are two types of Intradistrict transfers:
a. Voluntary transfers, where students are permitted, upon approved request, to transfer to a school other than the one in which they have residence. Voluntary transfers may affect athletic eligibility for grades 9-12.
b. Involuntary transfers, where students may be transferred to another school as a result of administrative decision. Involuntary transfers shall affect athletic eligibility for grades 9-12. All involuntary transfer students will be placed on an Academic/Behavior contract and will be required to meet specific unique program guidelines.
2. Intradistrict transfers may originate from three sources:
a. Sweetwater Union High School District school of residence.
b. Student Support Services.
c. Parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) and student request.
Justifiable Reasons for Consideration of a Voluntary Intradistrict Transfer
1. To satisfy adjustment needs.
2. To allow siblings from the same family to stay together at the same school.
3. To allow a student to enroll in a school closer to the parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) workplace.
a. The school assigned shall be generally that school closest to the workplace.
b. Pursuant to Education Code 48204, the following limitations shall be considered when responding to any request for an intradistrict transfer because of the workplace of the parent/ guardian/caregiver:
(1) The additional cost of educating the student does not exceed the state allocation for a regular student, and
(2) Neither home-school nor school-home district transportation shall be approved, and
(3) There must be sufficient room in the school of desired attendance.
4. To finish the balance of a semester or a year when time left is short.
5. To allow continuance until graduation (current 12th grader) in a school, for students who have completed at least one full school year as regular resident students or as voluntary or unique curriculum program transfers and who have subsequently moved into another attendance area within the district.
6. To meet educational/career goals and to enroll in unique curriculum programs (including but not limited to Foreign Language and Global Studies (FLAGS), International Baccalaureate (IB), School of Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA), Dual Language Immersion Program, and Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), California Partnership Academies (CPA) and other programs approved by the Board).
Process for Granting Transfer
1. Unique curriculum program transfers
a. Unique curriculum program transfers provide access to a sequence of courses at a school not available at the attendance area school. Unique curriculum program transfers may affect athletic eligibility for grades 9-12.
(1) Students incoming from feeder elementary districts and students presently enrolled in the district, may apply for a unique curriculum program only during the spring semester prior to the beginning of the new school year.
(2) New enrollees to the district have 10 days from time of enrollment.
(3) The student and parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) shall initiate the unique curriculum programs transfer request by contacting the Director of Student Support Services and submitting the Intradistrict Transfer Request Form No. 7220. Approval will be made in conjunction with the school site administration. For grades 9-12, the administrator responsible for overseeing athletics shall oversee athletic eligibility.
(4) Student Support Services will forward the Intradistrict Transfer Request, Form No. 7220, to the receiving school.
(5) Student Support Services will distributes copies, and contact the student and parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) with enrollment information.
(6) A student who withdraws from the unique curriculum programs or classes shall return to his/her attendance area school. It is the receiving school's responsibility to monitor the eligibility of students in their unique curriculum program. Upon the return of the student to the resident school, athletic eligibility may be affected.
b. All requests for voluntary transfers (II. A, B, C) from the school of residence to another school in the district are to originate at Student Support Services. They are to be processed on an Intradistrict Transfer, Form 7220. Voluntary transfers may affect athletic eligibility for grades 9-12.
The assistant principal of the school of residence initiates the process by referring the student and parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) to the office of Student Support Services.
2. Administrative/Involuntary Transfer
a. At such time the continued presence of a student is no longer in the best educational, social or emotional interest of the student and/or fellow students, an administrative/involuntary intradistrict transfer may be initiated to transfer to another school within the district.
b. The site assistant principal may review and grant a continuance of the transfer if it is felt by all concerned that it would be to the student's best interest educationally, socially, and emotionally.
c. Disciplinary transfers are ineligible to participate in sports for one calendar year at the new school following the transfer.
d. Administrative/Involuntary transfers are contingent upon space availability at the receiving school site.
3. Continuance Transfers
Students who live with their parent(s)/guardian(s)/ caregiver(s) and have been in attendance in a school for one full year as a regular resident, or a voluntary transfer student, then moves with their parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) to another attendance area within the district may request to continue in that school to promotion/graduation. If transfer is granted, student maintains athletic eligibility.
4. To Finish the Balance of a Semester
Students who have been in attendance as regular resident students and move to another attendance area may request an intradistrict transfer to complete that semester. If transfer is granted, student maintains athletic eligibility.
5. To Allow a Family to Stay Together
Students who are concurrently enrolled with a sibling in a middle/junior high or high school may be allowed to attend the same middle/junior or senior high school. Family togetherness may affect athletic eligibility.
Guidelines to be Observed in Granting Transfers
1. Voluntary Intradistrict transfer
a. Unique curriculum program transfers are to be filed during the spring enrollment period for the fall semester.
b. All Intradistrict transfers will be contingent upon space availability.
c. All students granted Intradistrict transfers shall NOT be provided transportation commensurate with district policy.
d. Terms and conditions to maintain a transfer:
(1) Maintain a 2.0 GPA in both Scholarship and Citizenship.
(2) Have no persistent conduct code violations.
(3) Have no more than 7 unexcused absences or 10 unexcused tardies per semester.
e. It is the receiving school administrator's responsibility to approve continuance transfers and for contacting parents at the end of each school year. A list of approved continuance should be sent to Student Support Services at the end of each spring semester.
2. Other Intradistrict Transfers
a. Students who move within the district and qualify for transfer may apply for such a transfer within the first ten days of enrollment.
b. Students may make only one request for a transfer to another school each year.
c. Students assigned to a school on an administrative/ involuntary basis are not eligible to request another school transfer on a voluntary transfer or unique curriculum program until the end of the current school year.
3. Victims of a Violent Criminal Offense Transfers
Within a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 14 days, after it has been determined that a student has been the victim of a violent criminal offense while on school grounds, the student's parents/guardians shall be offered an option to transfer their child to an eligible school identified by the Superintendent or designee. In making the determination that a student has been a victim of a violent criminal offense, the Superintendent or designee shall consider the specific circumstances of the incident and consult with local law enforcement as appropriate. Examples of violent criminal offenses include, but are not limited to, attempted murder, battery with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, rape, sexual battery, robbery, extortion, or hate crimes.
The Superintendent or designee shall consider the needs and preferences of the affected student and his/her parent/guardian in making the offer. If the parent/guardian elects to transfer his/her child, the transfer shall be completed as soon as practicable.
1. All current athletic eligibility requirements of the San Diego Section of the California Interscholastic Federation and the Metropolitan Conference must be met.
2. With the exception of Interscholastic Athletics, students on any type of intradistrict transfer are entitled to all student privileges regarding extracurricular activities.
Revocation of Intradistrict Transfers by School Personnel
1. All revocations should be given very serious consideration.
2. A transfer may be revoked for any of the following reasons:
a. Excessive enrollment of attendance area students.
b. Excessive unexcused absences (7 per semester or 14 per school year pursuant to AR 5113) or 10 unexcused tardies.
c. Persistent conduct code violations.
d. Student did not maintain a 2.0 GPA in scholarship or citizenship.
In administrative transfer cases, revocation shall or may be entertained only when the student has breached the academic/behavior contract which was signed upon enrollment in the transfer school.
1. Parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) has/have the right to appeal administrative/involuntary transfers within ten school days of the date of the administration decision to transfer the student.
2. Parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) shall be informed by the administration that they may appeal the transfer to the site principal, then Director of Student Support Services.
3. The student shall remain at the school pending the appeal process and decision.
4. The decision of the Director of Student Support Services shall be final.
NCLB Choice (Pending guidance from California Department of Education)
1. NCLB Program Improvement Transfers
a. Under the No Child Left Behind, students who attend a Title I funded school that is identified as Program Improvement must be given the option of NCLB school choice. This provision allows a student in grade 8-12 attending such a Title I school the option to transfer to another public school, including a public charter school, that is within the LEA and that is not in program improvement or is not persistently dangerous.
b. Incoming 7th grade students are not eligible for NCLB Choice.
c. The district has the right to set timelines for accepting NCLB Choice applications. The application process will take place in the spring of each year for the following school year. New students who enroll in Program Improvement schools will have the option of NCLB Choice to take effect at the next semester break.
d. Students who exercise their right to attend another school under this school choice provision must be given the option to continue to attend that school until they complete the highest grade of that school, even if the original school is no longer in program improvement.
e. NCLB Choice is not in Intradistrict transfer and cannot be revoked.
f. The district must provide transportation to students who transfer to another school. If funds to provide school choice and/or transportation are limited, local education agencies (LEAs) may give first priority to students from low-income families who are the lowest-achieving students (Title I, section 1116(b)(E)(ii)) based on achievement levels as evaluated by objective educational measures. In the case that the original school exits Program Improvement, students will no longer be provided transportation to the NCLB Choice School.
g. Choosing the NCLB Choice option may affect athletic eligibility for grades 9-12.
2. Enrollment under the No Child Left Behind Act Persistent Dangerous Schools
a. Within a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 10 school days, after a student becomes the victim of a violent criminal offense while on school grounds, the student's parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) shall be offered an option to transfer their child to an eligible school identified by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall consider the student's needs and parent/guardian/caregiver preferences in making the school assignment. If the parent(s)/guardian(s)/ caregiver(s) choose to transfer their child, the transfer shall be completed as soon as practicable.
b. Within 10 school days after learning that a school has been designated as "persistently dangerous," the Superintendent or designee shall notify parent(s)/ guardian(s)/caregiver(s) of the school's designation. Within 20 school days after learning of the school's designation, the Superintendent or designee shall notify parent(s)/ guardian(s)/ caregiver(s) of their option to transfer.
c. Parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) who desire to transfer their child out of a "persistently dangerous" school shall provide written notification to the Superintendent or designee and shall rank-order their preferences from among all schools identified by the Superintendent or designee as eligible to receive transfer students. The Superintendent or designee may establish a reasonable timeline, not to exceed 10 school days, for the submission of parent/guardian/caregiver requests.
Notifications shall be sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year describing all current statutory attendance options and local attendance options available in the district. Such notification shall include: (Education Code 35160.5, 48980)
1. All options for meeting residency requirement for school attendance
2. Program options offered within local attendance areas
3. A description of any special program options available on both an interdistrict and intradistrict basis
4. A description of the procedure for application for alternative attendance areas or programs and the appeals process available, if any, when a change of attendance is denied
5. A district application form for requesting a change of attendance
6. The explanation of attendance options under California law as provided by the CDE
Regulation SWEETWATER UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California
revised: February 26, 2013
revised: February 22, 2016