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Within District and Out-of-District Transfer Request Process

Any student desiring to attend or continue to attend school in the Olympia School District, outside of their regular attendance area, shall apply for a transfer. The student does not have a guaranteed enrollment from year to year, but the intent is for students to continue year to year in the school where accepted. Parents/Guardians must request enrollment renewal by submitting their name(s) to the waitlist. Transfers are generated through the online waitlist process. An annual request is required for all types of transfers and families must submit their name(s) to the waitlist via the online form.


New Transfer & Renewal Requests (2023-24)


Renewal Request

defined as a transfer request by any student who is currently attending an Olympia School District school as outlined below:

  • Within District Transfer for any student attending an OSD school outside of their OSD resident school; or
  • Out-of-District Transfer for any student attending an OSD school but lives outside of the Olympia school district.


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Transferring Out of the Olympia School District


Transferring OUT of the Olympia School District
For students who live in the Olympia School District and would like to enroll in a school outside of the Olympia School District, please use the Washington State Choice Transfer Request Portal to submit your request electronically. Please make sure you:

Select New Request

  • Select the correct school year you are requesting to be released for. 
  • This will release your child from the Olympia School District and allow you to submit your request to attend another school district.
  • Parent/Guardian/Students should follow the withdrawal procedures at their current school to ensure the transfer process is completed.



Completed Requests

Once a transfer request has been submitted, OSD staff will contact you only if there is space at the school and/or grade level you requested.

Those who have not been offered a spot by June 30, 2023 may choose to stay on the waitlist but should enroll with their resident school. 

Names added to the waitlist after May 26, 2023, will be considered in late August/early September, on a case-by-case basis, and may have to wait until actual enrollment counts in September have been completed. Again, OSD staff will contact families only if space is available. Please note that school offices are closed in July and early part of August.


Once the district identifies space is available by school, grade, program and services, applications will be accepted in order of the waitlist.  All transfers will be managed at the district office.


Griffin and McCleary Students

Griffin and McCleary students do not need to apply to attend Capital High School. They do need to go through the application process for Olympia High School by submitting a NEW TRANSFER REQUEST to the waitlist beginning April 10, 2023. They will be enrolled prior to other out-of-district students, but not before a Capital High School student wishing to attend Olympia High School. Once they enroll in an Olympia School District high school, that school will become their home high school for four years and they do not need to apply each year. Transportation is provided for Griffin students to attend Capital High School. If a Griffin or McCleary student wishes to enroll at ORLA or Avanti, they will need to go through the established application process for these schools. Shelton students attending Griffin DO need to apply to attend an Olympia School District school as a nonresident student. 

Important Things to Consider Before Submitting a Transfer Request

Due to high enrollment, not every school in the Olympia School District is open for Within District (Resident) and/or Out-of-District (Non-resident) transfers. Requests are granted based on: capacity of the requested school, grade level and services needed. 

A student shall attend the school designated for the student’s area of residence, as defined in Policy 3130. Student's school and resident school district is based on where the student resides. Approval or denial of a transfer request is based on criteria outlined in OSD Board Policy 3131 for resident students and Policy 3141 for nonresident students. All transfer requests will be handled at the district office. 


Student Who Transfers to the Olympia School District

Any student who transfers to the Olympia School District is expected to be in compliance with other District policies, including those relating to student attendance, academic and disciplinary standards.


Duration of the Non-Resident Transfer

The District shall approve a requested transfer of a nonresident student to attend a school in the District for a period not to exceed one (1) year. The intent is for the student to continue at the school, but a request for renewal needs to take place yearly.



Parents/Guardians will provide transportation for students who voluntarily attend a school outside of their resident attendance area.


Secondary students who request transfers are subject to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) eligibility rules.


Optional Programs

These transfer steps do not apply to students seeking enrollment in Lincoln Options, Hansen-HAP, Jefferson-JAMS, Marshall CSI, unless the student ALSO seeks to attend that school in the general population. Please see the Educational Programs section of our website for more details to apply to these programs.
ORLA and Avanti have an established application process. Please visit their school website for details. 


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