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School Assignment

School Assignment Information

New elementary, middle, and high school students are initially assigned to a designated attendance area school based on where the student lives. As a general rule, if your student is currently enrolled, they will be assigned to the same school they are attending now, next year. Students who are moving up to middle or high school will be automatically assigned to their neighborhood school.

Student Assignment Plan

Student Assignment Transition Plan for 2022-23  

Superintendent’s Procedures for Student Assignment

Move Rules Chart

Transfer Appeals

Transfer Appeals are considered only in extreme or unique circumstances for a mid-year transfer during 2023-24 school year. If there is a school related matter, please attempt to resolve the issue within the school first and submit a Principal Review Form to

Appeals are subject to the SPS assignment guidelines and are not granted on the basis of:

  • Curriculum issues
  • Transportation issues
  • Personal preference
  • Perceived quality of a school
  • Desired cultural population
  • Child care
  • After school activities
  • Non-school appointments
  • Family members’ health

Please visit our Forms Page to access our 2023-24 Transfer Appeal Request Form

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