Can I transfer my child to another school in the middle of the school year?

Change of educational institution — a way out for those whose children feel uncomfortable at school: they are ahead of or behind the educational program, cannot find a common language with their peers, and for those who move or simply want to make their child smarter and happier than he is in the conditions of his school. An expert told about when it is possible to transfer a child to another school and how academic performance and other reasons affect enrollment.

At what time of the school year can a child be transferred to another school?

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Lawyer Anastasia Popovaexplained that such a thing as “translation” does not know the law. This word describes the process of expelling a child from one school and enrolling in another to continue education. “You can transfer a child to another school at any time during the school year and even during the holidays: he graduated from one class and went to another school for the next; went on September 1 — did not like it, from the second of September you can go to another school; could unlearn six months, one quarter, etc. and transfer — any option is possible. The set can be all year round. The only limitation for enrolling — number of seats. If there are places, it makes no difference at what stage of the educational process the child is enrolled in school, », — explained the expert.

How to transfer a child to another school?

To change a student's place of study, you must adhere to the following algorithm of actions:

1. Choose a school for translation. The first thing to do — find out what schools are in your preferred area, whether they practice in-depth study of any subjects and, most importantly, — are there any free places. Contact your local education office for information.

2. Get consent for enrollment. After receiving the information, it is necessary to visit the selected school, communicate with the management and obtain the consent of the administration for enrollment. It is important that you first get the consent of the new school before applying for a drop from another. You can confirm agreements with another school for a transfer by obtaining a certificate of consent to accept a child for education.

3. Drop out of the old school. Having received a certificate, you can write an application for expulsion addressed to the director of the school where the child is studying. Based on these documents, an expulsion order will be issued and all the student's documents will be handed over to the parents: a personal file, a medical card, a diary certified by the school seal, a report card.

4. Apply for a new school. Documents for the child and the application for enrollment must be transferred to the new school for issuing the appropriate order.

In what cases can a school refuse to transfer? 

The lawyer once again emphasized that in practice we are not talking about a transfer, but about a child entering a particular school in the middle of the school year, and it doesn't matter what he had before being expelled. A school may refuse to enroll a child for study only in one case — if there are no places in the school.

Does the reason for the transfer affect anything?

According to Anastasia Popova, the reason for the transfer from one school to another does not matter. “Why did a child come to a particular school and leave another school — does not concern anyone. They can’t even ask about it and find out anything, because it doesn’t affect anything, it has no legal significance, — a lawyer told

Do the grades of the child influence the decision of the host school? 

Considering that the only reason for the refusal — there are no places, any other reasons cannot be grounds for refusing to enroll a child in school, Anastasia Popova explained. “However, schoolchildren are obliged to study and master the compulsory educational program. If a student has unsatisfactory results at the end of the year, then, as for any other level of education, this is an academic debt. If a student has such a debt and we are talking, for example, about transferring from one class to another at the end of the academic year — the child has finished the seventh grade and is going to another school in the eighth grade — he can not be accepted to another school, but he must turn in this debt. This is called conditionally translated, that is, they were transferred with the condition to close the “tails”. They can’t not take a child to school because he doesn’t have such a level of grades, they can’t go to an ordinary comprehensive school, — summarized the lawyer.


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