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Requirements to Transfer Schools

Intra-District Transfers

For those wishing to apply for an intra-district transfer (within the district), applications will be accepted March 21 to May 31. Requests for intra-district transfers submitted after May 25 may not be approved until the first week in August when principals return to the school sites. All intra-district transfer requests during the transfer window will be considered in the priorities listed in Broken Arrow Public Schools Board Policy 4170. The following are the online links to apply for an intra-district transfer for the 2021-22 school year:


Out-of-District Transfers

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our student transfer policy. We appreciate your interest in Broken Arrow Public Schools, where our mission is to educate, equip and empower a community of learners by providing dynamic learning opportunities which enable all students to be successful. We do our best to welcome additional students to our district whenever it is possible.

Broken Arrow Public Schools makes decisions about student transfers in accordance with district policy and state law. You can download our comprehensive district policy below; however, we are providing the following information for your convenience:

  • Please note: all PK students must first be enrolled with their home district before applying for a transfer. No PK transfer requests will be accepted without first having a state student identification number that must be created by the sending district.
  • The State Department of Education requires that the following form be completed to apply for a transfer: Application for Open Transfer of Student (Please submit to registration@baschools.org upon completion.) Parents who need access to technology to complete the form can visit Broken Arrow Public Schools Enrollment Center at 210 North Main in Broken Arrow between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Decisions about transfers for the 2022-2023 school year will be initially reviewed after Aug. 1, 2022, upon receipt of all required documents. Every attempt will be made to provide approval and feedback before the first day of school, but the final approval will come by Sept. 6, 2022. We will contact parents directly about the approval status of their child’s transfer.
  • Mid-year transfer requests will be reviewed within 3-4 business days with the completed transfer form. The entire approval process can take up to 10 business days except in cases of students requiring special services, which could take longer.
  • To accept a transfer, enrollment in the grade the parent requests must be under the district-established capacity. The district’s capacity and vacancy numbers for each grade and school can be found below. New transfers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is preference given to children of teachers and active-duty military personnel.
  • Transfers may be denied based on capacity, attendance and discipline issues.
  • Transfers for siblings must be considered separately.
  • If the grade a student requests is over capacity, he/she will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. 
  • Transfer students must abide by eligibility requirements established by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) for OSSAA-sanctioned activities.
  • Transfer decisions may be appealed by the procedure identified in board policy.

List of documents and application link referenced above:

If you have any questions about the transfer process, please contact the Enrollment Department at 918-259-7400 or email registration@baschools.org.


Frequently Asked Questions regarding the district’s Out-of-District Transfers.

Can I apply to transfer my student to Broken Arrow Public Schools if I reside in another school district?

Yes. Beginning January 1, 2022, transfers will be reviewed for students in grades PreK - 12th and only declined due to lack of capacity, student discipline or attendance issues.

Transfer applications for certified teachers will automatically be approved.

Transfer applications must be submitted annually. The link to the application is here.

Transfers applications are limited to two (2) times per year in most cases.


How will I know if a school has the capacity to accept my transfer request?

The capacity by site and grade level will be published here on the first day of January, April, July, and October.


Can I select the school my child will attend?

If there are more than one District school sites available for the transferring student, the District retains the sole discretion to determine the school site the transferring student will attend. Teachers can select the site for their child(ren).


May siblings of current students receive any preference in the transfer process?

No. The sibling will need to meet the same criteria as a transfer student for attendance in the district.


Is transportation provided for my out-of-district transfer student?

No. Parents will be required to provide transportation to and from school.


Can my student’s transfer be approved for the current school year and denied the following year?

Yes. At the end of each school year, the District may deny the continued transfer of the student due to the lack of capacity, discipline reasons outlined in OKLA.STAT.tit.70, 24-101.3(A)-(C) & (E), or if the student has ten or more absences in the last full school semester that are not excused due to illness or for the reasons provided for in OKLA.STAT.tit.70,10-105(B).


What are the reasons that my student’s transfer can be denied?

  • A transferring student’s application will be denied if the transferring student is currently subject to discipline from the transferring student’s current school for any of the acts and reasons outlined in Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 24-101.3(A)-(C) & (E). A transferring student’s application shall be denied for any of the acts and reasons outlined in Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 24-101.3(F)(1) until such time as the District determines that the transferring student no longer poses a threat to self, other students, or District faculty or employees.
     
  • A transferring student’s application will be denied if the transferring student has ten or more absences in the last full school semester that are not excused due to illness or for the reasons provided for in Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 10-105(B).
     
  • An IDEA-qualified transferring student’s application will be denied if—as of the time of the transferring student’s application is received—the District determines that it cannot provide the transferring student with a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment as required by the IDEA.
     
  • A student may be granted a one-year transfer and may continue to attend the District each school year with the approval of the District. At the end of each school year, the District may deny the continued transfer of the student for the reasons outlined in Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 24-101.3(A)-(C) & (E), or if the student has ten or more absences in the last full school semester that are not excused due to illness or for the reasons provided for in Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 10-105(B).
     
  • A transferring student’s application will not be considered, if incomplete and will be denied if the parent makes a fraudulent, intentional or material misrepresentation on the application.

Can my out-of-district transfer student attend as a full-time virtual student?

In accordance with, Okla. Stat. tit. 70 § 3-145.5, beginning July 1, 2014, no school district shall offer full-time virtual education to students who are not residents of the school district.


Where can I find more information about out-of-district transfers?