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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Transfer Schools

School Transfer Process

Students may need to transfer schools for a myriad of reasons but learning how to transfer schools can seem daunting as a parent. Follow our guide to make the transition as smooth as possible.

These four steps can make up the foundation of your school transfer process. Other details might differ once you pick a specific school or program.

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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. Take into account 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 feel like 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 just how to transfer schools at all, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to move through the process efficiently. Look to obtain or provide the following information to begin the transfer process and start the transition to your new school:

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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.

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Should I switch to online school?

With so many new platforms and opportunities for online learning, parents are understandably asking, “Should I switch my child to online school?” Here are a few questions to ask yourself when making this decision:

  • Is your child struggling with in-person learning? Are they finding it difficult to focus or keep up with the pace of the classroom?
  • Does your child have any medical conditions that may make being in a school setting more difficult or risky?
  • 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.

How to Switch to Online School

Transitioning from a brick-and-mortar school 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 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, you can easily complete the transfer process.

The process begins by submitting a transfer request form. A representative from K12 will then reach out to discuss the transfer process and answer any questions.

In most cases, the entire process can be completed in just a few weeks, but the timeframe may vary depending on the individual circumstances.

Enjoy a Smooth School Transfer Process with K12

At K12, we support families navigating online school and the transfer process. We support different types of school options and are here to answer questions about the admissions process. We’ll happily help you find the right fit for your child.



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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.