Office of School Choice & Enrollment

Our Services

1. School Transfer Requests

Understanding the School Transfer Process

It is important that students have a consistent school experience. Therefore, transfers during the school year are granted only for extenuating and urgently necessary circumstances. We strongly encourage parents to participate in the district’s School Choice lottery to apply to preferred schools.  

To apply for a school transfer during the school year, a parent or guardian may complete the student transfer request form. 

Transfers may be granted IF: 1) space is available at the school the parent or guardian requests, 2) in accordance with the district’s school choice process and 3) only if it is approved by the Superintendent or an appropriate designee. 

Transferring schools during the school year can be harmful for a student’s progress.  Parents cannot transfer their children between January 1 and June 30 unless approved by an appropriate Administrator. Again, these transfers may only occur under circumstances deemed most necessary. While parents are welcomed to submit transfer requests, no transfer is guaranteed. 


Submit a School Transfer Request

2. Instructions

  1. The Parent or Guardian must complete the attached form to initiate the request. Please be sure to add ALL details necessary to help the reviewer understand the reason for transfer.  Please note: This form does not guarantee a transfer.

  2. When the form is completed please return via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in-person to the Office of School Choice & Enrollment (54 Meadow Street, New Haven, CT 06519).

  3. Once the form is submitted to the Office of School Choice & Enrollment, it will be reviewed by an appropriate Administrator. If needed, School Administrators may be consulted to gain full detail and background. (It normally takes 2-3 weeks for a response from the date of submission); during the period of review children must regularly attend school.

  4. Once a decision is rendered, the Parent or Guardian will receive a formal decision letter via postal mail or email. We kindly ask that parents not call to request a status update. Please allow up to 2-3 weeks for a decision to be rendered. If the request is denied and there are unaddressed concerns please contact your child’s school principal. 

Should the parent or student have any questions regarding obtaining working papers, they may contact the Office of School Choice & Enrollment at (475) 220-1430 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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