Transferring schools isn’t always easy for you or your student, especially if the transfer takes place in the middle of a school year. Here are some tips to make your midyear school transfer as seamless and easy as possible.
Research Your New School
You’ve most likely already done your homework on the school your student will be transferring to, but continuing to learn about their new learning environment even before you switch is a great way to increase your student’s familiarity with this new place.
Reach out to the principal, teachers, and families of students currently enrolled.
Align Your Transfer with the School Schedule
If you’re wondering, “Can you transfer schools mid-semester?” the answer is technically yes, but it’s not always the best idea. The easiest way to keep your transfer process smooth is to plan the transfer for the beginning of a new academic period. Some schools split their year into semesters, others into quarters or even trimesters. Your student will have an easier time adjusting to their new school if they can start fresh with their peers. If you’re having trouble finding an academic schedule, don’t hesitate to reach out to guidance counselors or other administrators at your student’s new school. They’ll have information on when grading periods begin and end, and you can use that to plan your transfer.
Plan Ahead with Paperwork
In most cases, there will be a fair amount of paperwork your old school and your new school will need to process for the transfer to be complete. Having as much of this prepared and completed ahead of time will help keep the process on track. Each school might have different document requirements, but some common ones to ask about include:
Application forms (if applicable) Transcripts Birth certificates Immunization records
Paperwork may extend beyond the administrative, especially if your student will be starting in the middle of the year. Ask about materials that have already been covered or subjects your student may have to catch up on so they can be as prepared as possible.
Bring Your Student into the Decision
Depending on how old your student is, involving them in the decision process about their new school can help them feel more involved, more in control, and more comfortable with the ultimate decision. If they have any questions or concerns, prioritize finding answers to these through your conversations with teachers or administrators.
Pay Attention Through the Adjustment Period
Your student’s school transfer doesn’t end on their first day at their new school. They will go through an adjustment period where they get used to their new peers, teachers, and classes.
Pay attention to your student’s moods and behavior, and make sure to address any further questions or concerns that might come up. If your student isn’t adjusting well, reach out to their teachers or guidance counselors to voice your concerns.
Make the Switch with K12
At K12, we’re here to support you if you transfer to one of our K12-powered online school programs midyear. We support various schooling options and are here to answer questions about the admissions process and help you find the right fit for your child.