The window is now open for Wake County families to seek early transfers for the 2015-16 school year, especially if they want to change their calendars or be grandfathered from changes in the latest student assignment plan.
The Wake County school system’s online early transfer application period runs from Feb. 20-26. Click here to access the application.
One of the most popular requests is for a calendar change, which unlike the other transfer requests will result in students getting bus service if their request is approved. For instance, families assigned to year-round and modified-calendar base schools can apply to the traditional-calendar options for their address, or vice versa.
Last year, 78 percent of the 1,960 applicants got accepted into year-round schools. Also, 60 percent of the 1,448 applicants were approved into traditional-calendar schools.
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Another popular early transfer request is made by people who were moved in the assignment plan but who want to grandfather at their current school. Last year’s plan reassigned 2,734 existing students but 1,585 are eligible for grandfathering.
All students eligible for grandfathering will have their requests automatically approved. But approval comes without bus service, which can discourage some families from applying.
Grandfathering covers any existing student reassigned to an existing school, such as current Holly Springs High School students who are being moved to Apex High School.
The grandfathering also covers rising fourth- and fifth-graders assigned to Abbotts Creek Elementary and Scotts Ridge Elementary, the county’s two newest elementary schools.
Parents can also use the early transfer period to request a seat at any school in the district that’s not a magnet school or an application school, i.e. the early colleges, leadership academies and CTE high school.
Click here to view the selection criteria.