SCHOOL CHOICE FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR (top)
Ashland School District offers three small K-5 elementary schools, (Bellview, Helman, Walker) one K-8 school, (John Muir) and one K-8 alternative program (Willow Wind).
In most cases, students attend school at a small elementary in their neighborhood. From time to time, parents have an interest in changing schools.
Changing elementary schools is generally discouraged because it often has a disruptive impact on a student’s education. That said, family factors, child care factors and residence changes may prompt a need for a change in schools.
Additionally, some families are displaced from their neighborhood schools because of space and may want the option to return when space is available.
K8 PROGRAMS: JOHN MUIR SCHOOL AND WILLOW WIND ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM (top)
1) Indicate preferred school choice BEFORE SPRING BREAK on your current schools “Intent to Return Form,” available from your school’s Office Manager around MARCH 1.
2) Follow current application process.
Willow Wind http://ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1702
3) The application lottery is held on April 20. Applicants will be contacted within the week in most cases.
4) On notification, applicants must commit to that program for the upcoming school year or relinquish their space.
SMALL ELEMENTARIES: BELLVIEW, HELMAN, WALKER (top)
1) Before spring break, parents will indicate on “Intent to Return” form if they want to be considered for a transfer to another elementary school.
2) Transfer requests will be reviewed after August registration. Parents will be notified the following week.
3) Transfers are approved by the District Office of Student Services
AUGUST PLACEMENT MEETING (top)
In August, elementary and K-8 administrators meet with the Director of Student Services to review School Choice requests based on the order below. For details on how this process was developed, please see the Superintendent’s Message on School Choice and Class Size.
Order of approval:
Entering Neighborhood Resident with continuing sibling
Entering Neighborhood Resident
Entering Non-Neighborhood with continuing sibling
Resident School Transfer Requests – in neighborhood Ashland resident
Resident School Transfer Requests – out of neighborhood Ashland resident
Enrolled Non-ASD-Resident School Transfer Requests with continuing sibling
Enrolled Non-ASD-Resident School Transfer Requests
New Inter-district Transfer Placements Requests with continuing sibling
New Inter-district Transfer Placements
Requests in the same approval category will be considered in the order they are received.
MID YEAR MOVE-INS TO DISTRICT (top)
The neighborhood school may refer new resident students that enroll after the first day of school to Student Services if classes are passed their target size or if there is an imbalance of students in classrooms across the district.
Student Services may assign a student to a non-neighborhood school. Those students will be given priority for returning to their neighborhood schools if requested for the following year.
If students are required to attend a school outside of their neighborhood through this process and live more than 1 mile from the new school, the district will provide transportation with the exception of John Muir and Willow Wind.
MID YEAR REQUESTS FOR SCHOOL CHANGE (top)
Middle of Year (MOY) School Transfer Requests include all parent school change requests after August 15 for the coming year. Transfers are discouraged after the start of the school year. Mid-year requests will not be considered after September 30th unless they meet a hardship review.
Print School Transfer Request Form available on web page (link to be added)
Present for to principal of attending or neighborhood school EVEN IF NOT ENROLLED (such as a home-schooler).
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School sends recommendation to principal of desired school.
Principal of desired school adds recommendation and forwards to Student Services
Determination made by by Director of Student Services
Considerations for approval/denial:
Balance of class size across schools
Families that move from one neighborhood to another may remain at their initial school of enrollment so long as they remain Ashland residents.
MID YEAR MOVE OUTS (top)
If a family moves to another Ashland address, they may continue at their school of origin through 5th grade. Families must complete the Residency Verification Form and turn it in to their child's school within 10 days of moving.
If they want to attend a new neighborhood school, they must follow either the SOY or MOR processes outlined above to request a change.
If they move from Ashland, they become non-residents under state law and follow our process for non-residents which includes remaining in school of origin for mid-year move outs. Click Here for Non-Resident information or contact Student Services.