Students assigned to a Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) by the Jefferson County Board of Education may request a transfer to another school. The student transfer application may not be used to apply to a magnet school, a magnet program, an optional program, or High School Open Enrollment.
A student who submits a student transfer application must attend the school to which he or she was assigned until the parent/guardian has received notification that the student transfer application has been approved by the Office of Student Services.
If a student transfer is approved, the parent/guardian is responsible for arranging transportation. This may include the use of existing JCPS bus transportation, but an additional bus stop will not be added. If a bus becomes overcrowded, the district may require students on a transfer to provide their own transportation.
One or more of the following factors may be used when considering a student transfer application: the building and/or program capacity at the school to which a transfer is requested; the programmatic needs of the student; the student’s academic, attendance, and disciplinary records; childcare; extenuating circumstances of the student and/or the family; assignment of the student’s siblings; and the school district’s diversity guideline. The race of an individual student shall not be used as a factor to grant or deny a student’s transfer application.
The existence of one or more of these factors does not guarantee that a transfer request will be approved. These factors do not represent any rank-order of importance for considering a transfer. Each transfer application will be considered in the order (time and date) it is received in the Office of Student Services.
Student transfer applications for middle and high school students are reviewed for the following criteria:
Middle School—Students must be passing all core classes and have no suspensions.
High School—Students must have a GPA of 2.0, and have at least 90% attendance, and no suspensions.
If a transfer application is approved, the student must enroll at the school to which the transfer was granted within three working days of the effective date of the transfer, or the transfer may be voided.
After enrolling in any Jefferson County Public School, a student who is granted a transfer will be ineligible for athletic participation, regardless of prior participation, for one calendar year from the date of the transfer. These students may not practice with any team at any level. This rule is in addition to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Transfer Rule (Bylaw 6).
Once a transfer is approved, a student may continue at that school as long as the transfer has not been revoked by the Office of Student Services.
If a transfer application is not approved, the parent/guardian will be informed in writing of the appeal process.
Expectations and Responsibilities
A student transfer for elementary or middle school grade may be revoked by the Office of Student Services at the request of the principal. Reasons for revocation may include, but are not limited to unsatisfactory attendance (including absences and tardiness), early drop-offs and late pick-ups (when not authorized in advance by the principal), unsatisfactory grades, and unsatisfactory behavior. Transfers may be revoked when a parent/guardian does not support plans for improving student attendance, grades and behavior.
The Office of Student Services will notify the parent/guardian in writing of the revocation of a student transfer and advise them of the appeal process.
If a student transfer is approved, the parent/guardian is responsible for arranging transportation. This may include the use of existing JCPS bus transportation, but an additional bus stop will not be added. If a bus becomes overcrowded, the district may require parent/guardian of a student on transfer to provide their own transportation.