Out-of-District Transfers

2023-2024 Open Campus Transfer Procedures K-12 Interdistrict (Out of District)

  • A non-resident student living outside the Lubbock ISD boundaries that desires to attend school in the district can apply online for a transfer to a school found on the “open to transfer” list during the transfer application window. This type of transfer is referred to as an interdistrict (out of district) transfer. After reviewing enrollment projections and the capacity of our campuses (physical space and staffing), a list of schools open to this type of transfer is established. All transfer applications will be approved and or denied due to existing criteria established by the Lubbock Independent School District.  

    Transfer Process

    • Students may apply for a transfer during the open transfer window. The transfer window for the 2023-2024 school year opens on December 12, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. and temporarily closes on December 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The transfer window reopens January 5, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. and closes February 3, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.
    • For the 2023-2024 school year, only one interdistrict (out of district) transfer application is permitted. Only one choice of schools may be selected from the list of open campuses for the following transfer reasons: Dual Language, ROTC, Standard, or Specialty. The only transfer category that will have a second choice will be a magnet transfer. The magnet campuses of Talkington School for Young Women Leaders (TSYWL) or Commander William C. McCool Academy must be the first choice. The second choice can be the other magnet school that is not selected as the first choice or another specialty campus. 
    • For interdistrict (out of district) transfer applicants, the parent/student must also provide the evidence of criteria outlined on the following form, Out of District Transfer Verification of Attendance and Discipline, by obtaining it from the student’s current campus. The completed form must be uploaded with the online application.  Failure to provide any of this information may result in the denial of the application.  
    • After the window closes, all students that have applied for a transfer for the kindergarten grade level will be determined by a lottery system as long as there is space available at the selected open campuses.
    • All students’ (grades 1-12) applications for transfer will be evaluated by using school attendance (i.e. number of unexcused absences) and discipline records (i.e. office referrals).
    • The student will receive a number from combining the number of unexcused absences for the first semester to the number of discipline incidents for the first semester.
    • A list of eligible candidates will be established from least to greatest based on rank score.
    • A student’s placement in a school will be determined by rank score order (attendance and discipline) and the number of available spaces allowed at the campus. The transfer placement will be made by the department of Student and School Support.
    • In the event of a tie (multiple students with the same rank score), a lottery will determine which student is approved for a transfer up to the limit a campus can accept.
    • In the event a student does not get placed at his/her first magnet choice and a second choice was selected, the student will enter the same process for their second choice campus. This is subject to space availability.
    • For all other transfer requests, if the student is not placed at their one school of choice due to the capacity of our campuses (physical space and staffing), the student will enroll in his/her home campus.
    • If the student’s interdistrict (out of district) transfer application is approved, the student is not required to submit a new application each year.
    • Students completing elementary school shall automatically be eligible, without applying for a transfer, to attend the middle school assigned to the feeder system applicable to the elementary school at which he or she completes grade 5, regardless of transfer status or attendance area of residence, so long as the student’s transfer has not been nonrenewed (revoked). 
    • Students completing middle school shall automatically be eligible, without applying for a transfer, to attend the high school assigned to the feeder system applicable to the middle school at which he or she completes grade 8, regardless of transfer status or attendance area of residence, so long as the student’s transfer has not been nonrenewed (revoked). 
    • It is important to note that at the conclusion of the school year, a transfer may be nonrenewed (revoked) for one of the reasons addressed in the transfer agreement (i.e. poor attendance, persistent and or serious misbehavior, numerous write-ups in behavior folder, failing citizenship grades).
    • Students will be notified by March 24, 2023 of the transfer decision.

            Spanish Immersion Specialty Program at Ramirez Elementary          Dual Language Placement Procedures

     Pre-K:  Pre-K transfer applications will begin on April 3, 2023. For more information, contact the Early Childhood department at (806) 219-0340. 

    Deadline: Online transfer applications are due February  3, 2023 by 4:30 p.m. for the 2023-2024 school year. 

    Transportation: It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide transportation for the student for which a transfer into Lubbock ISD has been granted.

    For more information about intradistrict transfers, refer to Board Policy FDB (LOCAL), or contact the Lubbock ISD district office of Student Support.

    • Technical Support - (806) 219-0190
      • Assistance logging in or any issues within online transfer application
    • Magnet/Specialty Information - (806) 219-0031
      • Questions regarding information about Magnet/Specialty Transfers
    • Regular Transfers - (806) 219-0031 or (219) 219-0033
      • Questions regarding information about Open Campus ("regular") Transfers
    • Pre-K Information - (806) 219-0340
      • Questions regarding information about Pre-K Transfers
    • Bilingual and ESL - (806) 219-0465
      • Questions regarding Dual Language/ESL Transfers.
    • Early Childhood - (806) 219-0340
      • Questions regarding PreK and Head Start Enrollment Transfers.
    • Student Support - (806) 219-0031 and (806) 219-0033
      • Questions regarding Specialty Programs Transfers. 
      • Questions regarding Spanish Immersion Program Transfers (Ramirez Elementary).
      • Questions regarding Magnet School Transfers (Talkington SYWL and William McCool Academy).
      • Questions regarding Early College High School Program Transfers (Estacado High School).
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