Alternate School Attendance

All STMA students, including open enrolled students, are automatically assigned to the school that serves their home address. The Alternate School Attendance (School Board Policy 552) allows for families to apply for a transfer to an assigned alternate school provided qualifying conditions are met and the parent/guardian provides or arranges transportation.

If you would like your child(ren) to attend a school beginning in the 2017-2018 school year other than their assigned neighborhood school, you must request an intra-district transfer. This transfer must be requested prior to the year in which enrollment is requested.

Please click HERE to complete the Alternate School Attendance Form. One application per student per school year will be accepted.

Please contact your building administrative assistant or Suzanne Gallagher (763-497-3180 press 3) if your request is due to:

  • Parent/guardian is deployed for a military assignment and requests to have a child continue to attend the current neighborhood school.
  • Parent/guardian moves from the assigned boundary attendance area where the child is attending school and requests to have a child continue to attend the current neighborhood school.
  • Sibling of a student currently assigned to alternate attendance school for education programming.

Who Should Complete a Transfer Request Form and When?

If you meet one of the qualifying conditions below, you are eligible to complete an Alternate School Attendance Transfer Form:

Qualifying Event

When Do I Complete a Transfer Form?

Parent/guardian is deployed for a military assignment and requests to have a child continue to attend the current neighborhood school.

Apply anytime during the school year to have a child continue to attend the current neighborhood school. Contact your child's building Administrative Assistant.

Parent/guardian moves from the assigned boundary attendance area where the child is currently attending school and requests to have a child continue to attend the current neighborhood school.

Apply anytime during the school year to have a child continue to attend the current neighborhood school. Contact your child's building Administrative Assistant.

Parent/guardian requests to have a child in first through fifth grade attend an alternative assigned school because child care is located in another attendance area.

Apply during the transfer request period.

Parent/guardian is an employee of the school district and requests to have a child attend school where the employee is employed.

Apply during the transfer request period.

Complete an Alternate School Attendance transfer form for each child applying to enroll in a non-attendance area school.

 

When Can a Transfer Be Requested?

Starting January 9, 2017, transfers may be requested online for the 2017-2018 school year. For the 2017-2018 school year, all applications completed on or before February 10th will receive first consideration. Future years will follow the dates outlined in Policy 552.

How Will I Know if My Transfer Has Been Accepted?

Transfers will be accepted during two periods for the 2017-2018 school year.

Applications Received January 9 to February 10, 2017

  • Parents/guardians will be notified of a decision in writing by March 2
  • Parents/guardians must confirm commitment and provide the completed child care verification form when applicable by March 16
  • The approved transfer will be revoked if the commitment response and child care verification form are not postmarked or confirmed by email to the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant, Suzanne Gallagher or 763-497-3180, by March 16
  • Students who are wait listed will be reviewed no earlier than June 15 and no later than August 10

Applications Received February 13 to August 10

  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed no earlier than June 15 and no later than August 10
  • Parents/guardians must confirm commitment and provide the completed child care verification form when applicable by August 15
  • The approved transfer will be revoked if the commitment response and child care verification form are not postmarked or confirmed by email to the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant, Suzanne Gallagher or 763-497-3180, by August 15

Alternate School Attendance is subject to available space and limited to ensure enrollment balance among schools, placement is not guaranteed.

How will Transfer Decisions Be Made?

If Assigned Alternate School Attendance Transfer applications to enroll in a school are fewer than the openings available, all students requesting admission will be enrolled.

A student shall be approved to remain at his/her school for the following reasons:

  1. Parent/guardian is deployed for a military assignment
  2. Student is currently attending the school and the family moves out of the attendance boundary area.
  3. Siblings of students who are assigned to an alternative attendance school because of special programming.

When the number of available spaces at the requested school is less than the number of requests, applicants will be chose by random selection with preference assigned in the following order.

  1. Siblings of a student whose parents/ guardians are residents of the district
  2. Siblings of a student whose parents/guardians are non-residents of the district
  3. Students of resident parents/guardians who are employees of the district
  4. Students of non-resident parent/guardians who are employees of the district
  5. Student of non-resident parents/guardians

Applicants who request a school with no space available or who have less space available than requests, will be placed on a waiting list for the requested school. Waiting list applicants will be reviewed no later than August 10 and approved to enroll if space becomes available at the requested school. Parents/guardians must confirm commitment and provide the completed child care verification form when applicable by August 15, or the transfer will be revoked.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more information about the Alternate School Attendance process.