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In-District Transfer

In-District Transfer Requests
Updated 03/20/2021
Thank you for completing the In-District Transfer Request for the 2021-22 school year. The district communication identifying the status of your request will be mailed to you on Friday, April 23, 2021.  Upon receipt of the notification, you will have 5 days to either rescind the request or appeal the decision.
This process will be detailed in the notification. If you are wanting to complete an In-District Transfer Request for a 2021-22 Kindergarten student, you will need to wait until after Labor Day to do so.  At this time, please register your Kindergarten student at your neighborhood school. 

In-District Transfer is a program that manages students who wish to transfer from one school to another within the Moses Lake School District. The goal is to standardize the process across the district and the transfer request will be made at the District level, as opposed to the building level as in the past.





Boundary Changes: The addition of Groff Elementary to our district (opening Fall 2021) means that we must redraw school boundaries in order to balance attendance and alleviate overcrowding amongst our schools. When we began proposing new boundaries in February 2020, we considered which schools were already at capacity,  the feeder pattern to middle schools, the projected growth of our city, as well as the traffic flow to each school. We also surveyed our community and reviewed your recommendations and concerns. 

Thus, based on feedback from you, our parent community, as well as thorough vetting from our Board of Directors, the following changes to school boundaries were approved in June 2020 and will be initiated for the 2021 school year (maps).

That means ALL students will be now be returned to the school within their home boundary– which may be different than their current school. It is expected that students living within a designated attendance boundary will attend that respective school in the fall. 


Where can I look up my child’s school next year? 

To find your child’s school beginning next fall, enter your address here:

Can I request for my child/ren to attend a school? 

Yes. However, as a courtesy reminder, In-District Transfer Request applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due Monday, March 1, 2021. Any In-District Transfer Requests that are received after this period will be put on a “waitlist” and will not be considered during the transfer acceptance meeting. 

Do I need to fill out a form? 

Only submit an In-District Transfer Request if...

  1. your attendance zone has changed and you wish to request a specific school for your child next school year;  and/or
  2. your attendance zone has changed and you wish for your 5th or 8th grader to remain at their current school;  and/or
  3. you submitted an In-District transfer request for your child/ren last year and your 2021 updated boundary does not reflect the school you wish them to attend; and/or
  4. you are a staff member and wish for your child to attend (or continue attending) your school of employment outside of their designated attendance zone. (RCW 28A.225.225 provides for your child/ren to attend your school of employment, provided there is space available; resident students will receive priority over nonresident students.)

If we request an In-District Transfer, is it guaranteed?

No. We understand that this school year has already been unprecedented, complicated, uncomfortable, and exhausting for our community. That’s why we will carefully consider each request application on a case-by-case basis. However, due to the anticipated volume of requests, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your application(s) will be approved. Special consideration will be given to 5th and 8th-grade students.

Will my 5th or 8th-grader get to finish their last year at their current school? 

If your attendance boundary has changed, families wishing for their student in either 5th or 8th grade to remain at their current school for their final year still must complete the In-District Transfer Request.

These students will be given special consideration, however, younger siblings will not receive the same consideration. If you submit an In-District Transfer Request, you understand and agree that your family members or siblings may be attending different Elementary or Middle schools. 

Will you provide transportation if I request an In-District Transfer?

No. Students and families are responsible for their own transportation to and from school. 

Where do I find the form? 

Download and print from this page OR you may contact your school OR the Learning Services Center for a form. Please complete the form entirely and thoroughly. Providing false information on your request will be grounds for denial.

I have more than one child...Is one request form OK for all of them?

No. Each student will need their own request form and may only request for transfer to one school.

When will we learn our request status? 

For grades 1 through 8, parents will be notified of the transfer request approval or denial by April 1st. Transfer decisions for Kindergarten students are anticipated by July 1st. (Later confirmation is necessary to ensure that students who reside within the school boundaries have registered and transfer acceptance does not create class overloads.)