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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Transfer Schools

School Transfer Process

Students transfer schools for many reasons, but the process can seem daunting to parents. Follow our guide to make the transition as smooth as possible. Start with these four steps:

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Research your options.

There are lots of great schools out there, so it’s important to find one that suits your student’s needs. Consider aspects like location, size, curriculum, and extracurricular activities.

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Narrow down your list.

Once you have a few schools that interest you, narrow the list even further. Consider cost, academic rigor, or switching to online school versus brick-and-mortar options.

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Tour the schools.

For any physical locations, make sure to see the school in person to give you a better idea if it’s the right fit for your student.

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Go for it!

If you’ve found a good option, make the decision and stick with it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek out advice.

What do you need to do to transfer schools?

Whether you’re wondering how to transfer schools midyear or over the summer,  there are a few steps you’ll need to take to get started. Begin by gathering the following information:

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Obtain transcripts from your current school. These will show your student’s grades, credit information, and proof of academic progress.

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Transfer Application

Fill out a transfer application, which should be available from your new school.

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Immunization Records

Be ready to provide immunization records and other documentation for your student.

Should I switch my child to online school?

Transferring to online school isn’t for everyone. But many students thrive when they switch to online. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when making this decision:

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Is your child struggling with in-person learning? Are they finding it difficult to focus or keep up with the pace of the classroom?

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Does your child have any medical conditions that may make being in a school setting more difficult or risky?

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Is your child bored with in-person learning? Could they use a challenge or a change?

The decision to switch to online school ultimately comes down to the needs of each unique student and your family’s lifestyle.

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How to Switch to Online School

Transitioning from a brick-and-mortar to an online school can be a big adjustment for students and their families. There are a few steps you can take to make starting online school easier for your student:

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Choose the right online school.

Do your research and find one that fits your student’s needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to representatives of various programs to ask questions.

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Set up a dedicated learning space for your student at home.

This should be a place that’s relatively quiet and free from distractions where your student can have all the necessary materials on hand.

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Create a daily schedule.

Plus, make sure to stick to this routine as much as possible. This can help your student stay on track with their studies while adjusting to their new learning environment.

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How long does it take to transfer schools?

The transfer process can vary depending on the school you pick, when you decide to transfer your student, and why you’re transferring. If you choose a K12-powered online school, we have dedicated enrollment consultants to help you complete the transfer process.

Begin by submitting a transfer request form. Then, a representative from K12 will reach out to discuss the transfer process and answer any questions you have. In most cases, the entire process can be completed in just a few weeks, but the timeframe may vary depending on individual circumstances.

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Get the Support You Need for a Smooth School Transfer

At K12, we know transferring to online school can be stressful, and we support families navigating the process. We offer several school options and are here to answer questions about the admissions process. We’ll help you find the right fit for your child.

Learn More About Midyear School Transfers

Switching schools midyear can bring up many questions. That’s why we’ve organized these pages to help provide information about how to get started. Click through to take advantage of these resources.