House Bill 251 allows for eligible students to apply for a transfer to a school outside their designated attendance zone, provided the new school has permanent classroom space available and is more than four years old. The school system does not provide transportation for transfers under HB 251.
The schools accepting transfers are Anne Street Elementary, Crescent Elementary, Jordan Hill Elementary, Moore Elementary, Orrs Elementary, Carver Road Middle, Cowan Road Middle, Kennedy Road Middle, Griffin High and Spalding High.
Parents planning to utilize this option must fill out a School Choice Transfer Request Form — available either at the Superintendent’s Office at 216 S. Sixth St. or on the school system’s Web site — and submit it by Friday. The school system's Web site is at www.spalding.k12.ga.us.
Another transfer option is the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Public School Choice — a federal law that offers students enrolled in a school with Needs Improvement status the option of transferring to a school not in that status.
For the upcoming school year, Cowan Road Middle, Griffin High and Spalding High have been designated as Needs Improvement schools. Yet while Cowan Road Middle students can request transfer to either Carver Road Middle or Kennedy Road Middle, there are no transfer options for students of Griffin High and Spalding High under this law.
The transfer application form, which was mailed to parents, has to be submitted to the school system by July 15 — either in person, through fax (770-229-3708) or through email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“On behalf of the school system, we want parents to know that there are options for them to transfer to a school outside of their attendance zone,” said School and Community Services Director Anna Burns. “It gives parents more flexibility in choosing the school for their children to attend.”