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  • Student Transfer Requests Frequently Asked Questions

    Student Transfer Requests Frequently Asked Questions

     For a printable version of the FAQs below,  click here (en español). 

    How do I apply for a transfer request?

    The student transfer application is available online within the SchoolMax Family Portal. Parents and legal guardians must have a username and password to access the portal. After logging in, click on the External System Access tab to get to the application. Families who do not have a SchoolMax Family Portal username and password can visit https://idm.pgcps.org/parentregistration to view instructions on how to create an account. Transfer requests are limited to students enrolled after March 16, 2020. Transfer requests can be submitted outside of transfer season only for the following reasons:

    • Families who moved into Prince George's County after the transfer season ended.

    • Families with students with health issues or other documented compelling reasons for changing schools. Documentation from the attending physician or health care professional must be reviewed for recommendation by the appropriate PGCPS Office.

    Can I apply for a transfer request to any school within PGCPS?

    Only schools with available seats can be selected as a transfer option. This list will change as each school’s enrollment reaches seating capacity or grade-level capacity. Although a school is listed, seats may not be available at every grade level. Transfers cannot be accepted for schools or programs with a separate admission process, such as a specialty program or public charter school.

    When should my child stop attending their current school?

    All students are expected to attend the school assigned to the address where their parents or legal guardians reside. Students must not withdraw from or stop attending their assigned school until they receive an official letter of transfer approval. There is no guarantee that a student will gain admission to a listed school.

    How do I submit a transfer request based on the location of my child’s before and after school care provider?

    Parents seeking a transfer based on before and after school care must submit a transfer request through the SchoolMax Family Portal and enter “before and after school care” as the reason for the transfer.  School-based childcare is only available to families living within the boundary of the local school. If approved, the parent or legal guardian must submit proof of residency or a childcare license for the requested school’s attendance area and complete a residency verification form. These documents can be obtained from the approved school or the Office of Student Records, Transfers and Archival Services. Parents and legal guardians must provide a copy of the approval letter with documentation prior to enrollment. Before and After School Care Transfer Requests will only be considered for schools with available seats at the school and/or grade-level. If the request is based on childcare needs, please list the reason in the application.

    What schools are eligible for transfers? 

    The list of available schools will post on July 31, 2020.  Student Transfer Requests will only be considered for schools with available seats at the school and/or grade-level.

    If my transfer request is approved, is there transportation for my child?

    Parents must accept full responsibility for transportation for all approved transfer requests. Students may not ride special buses designated for technical, vocational, career, special education, or other specialty programs.

    When will I be notified?

    Decision letters are emailed to the email address linked to the SchoolMax Family Portal. Every attempt will be made to forward decision letters no later than August 31, 2020.

    Who can I contact if I need additional help applying for a student transfer?

    Parents requiring additional information and assistance in applying for a student transfer can email the Office of Student Records, Transfers and Archival Services at student.transfers@pgcps.org.