Waivers & Transfers

Waiver and Transfer Information

The opportunity for families to choose the school most appropriate for their student(s) is a priority of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors. As a result, 4,999 students attend a school outside their attendance area. That means that 23 percent of the district’s student body is on some type of waiver to attend their current school.

With the construction of new schools and resulting new attendance boundaries, it is critical that parents understand the district’s waiver process and the contingencies within School Board Policy 3131.

New attendance boundaries will go into place in the fall of 2019. Students attending their school on a waiver must reapply for consideration.

Intra-District Transfers

Resident students who wish to attend a school, other than their resident school, must complete an elementary, junior high, or high school Intra-District Transfer Application.

This application can be found at local schools, the Puyallup School District Education Service Center (ESC), or on the website. 

The timeline for submitting an Intra-District Transfer Application is as follows:

Elementary: Elementary school transfer requests for the 2019-2020 school year will not be accepted before February 14, 2019. For optimal consideration, submit the Elementary IntraDistrict Transfer Request by March 1, 2019. Parents will be notified of acceptance or denial of the application by April 15, 2019. Additional due dates are May 1, 2019 and June 15, 2019. Transfer requests submitted after the third due date in June may not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Secondary: Junior high or high school transfer requests for the 2019-2020 school year will not be accepted before December 10, 2018. For optimal consideration, submit the Junior High or High School Intra-District Transfer Request by January 10, 2019. Parents will be notified of acceptance or denial of the request by February 28, 2019. Additional due dates for review are April 10, 2019 and June 1, 2019. Transfer requests submitted after the third due date in June may not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent on the following criteria:

   1. There is adequate capacity in the school. There must be space available in the building of interest.

   2. Students must demonstrate regular attendance, academic effort, and maintain good behavior.

   3. Parents must be willing and able to provide timely transportation.

Waivers will be granted based upon the following considerations:

   1. Length of time having attended the school of choice. Priority will be given to those having a longer history with the school.

   2. Hardships such as medical plans or parenting plans.

   3. Siblings currently attending the school of choice.

   4. Students of current employees will be given priority.

   5. The school offers a program suitable to meet the educational needs of the student (such as QUEST, PAGE, Special Education).

Out-of-District Waivers

The Puyallup School District also allows for students living outside the district to request a waiver to attend school here. The waiver application must be submitted annually. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent on the following criteria:

   1. There is adequate capacity in the school — the acceptance of the transfer does not cause a hardship on resident students.

   2. The student demonstrates regular attendance, academic effort, and conformance with school disciplinary standards.

   3. The parent is willing and able to provide timely transportation.

   4. The school offers a program that is suitable to meet the educational and other needs of the student.

   5. The request does not cause a financial burden to the district.

To apply, families must:

   • Obtain a Release of Attendance from the resident district.

   • Complete a Non-Resident Application for Enrollment. The application to waiver can be found at the child's local school, the Puyallup School District administrative office, or online.

   • If this is a first-time application, also provide:
      o Transcript
      o Immunization records
      o Previous school discipline record (If there are no discipline issues, the district needs a signed dated statement from the current school that there are        no discipline issues.)
      o Attendance record
      o State assessment records
      o A copy of the child’s birth certificate is also required for kindergarten students
      o Submit the application, the release, and the necessary paperwork to the district's Education Service Center, 302 2nd St. S.E., Puyallup, WA 98372

Applications must be fully complete to be considered.

Application Due Dates

Elementary:
Elementary school transfer requests for the 2019-2020 school year will not be accepted before February 14, 2019. For optimal consideration, submit the Elementary IntraDistrict Transfer Request by March 1, 2019. Parents will be notified of acceptance or denial of the application by April 15, 2019. Additional due dates are May 1, 2019 and June 15, 2019. Transfer requests submitted after the third due date in June may not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Secondary
: Junior high or high school transfer requests for the 2019-2020 school year will not be accepted before December 10, 2018. For optimal consideration, submit the Junior High or High School Intra-District Transfer Request by January 10, 2019. Parents will be notified of acceptance or denial of the request by February 28, 2019. Additional due dates for review are April 10, 2019 and June 1, 2019. Transfer requests submitted after the third due date in June may not be considered until after the fourth day of school in September.

Applications will be accepted or denied within 45 calendar days after the submission windows.  If a waiver application is denied, the parent has a right to appeal. A written letter must be submitted to the district’s director of student services at the district office within five business days of receipt of the notification. A meeting will be scheduled to address the appeal.