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Interdistrict Transfers

The Board of Trustees believes that children should attend schools where they live and supports the concept of neighborhood schools. In addition, the Board shall consider requests for interdistrict attendance as prescribed by the Education Code of the State of California.  Interdistrict transfers will not be denied for arbitrary or discriminatory reason, on the basis or race, ethnicity, sex, parental income, or scholastic achievement, except as expressly set forth herein.

Pupils Requesting Interdistrict Transfer Into Healdsburg Unified School District

As a Basic Aid District, the Healdsburg Unified School District does not receive additional funds from the State to support students who transfer into the district. As a result, every student who attends the district through an interdistrict attendance agreement reduces the support available to students who reside in the district.

Therefore, the district will approve interdistrict attendance agreements into the district only under exceptional circumstances unique to the child concerned, when no other suitable school attendance option exists, and when the criteria specified in this policy have been satisfied.  Criteria include:

1.         The applicant has a satisfactory conduct record, as determined by the district.

2.         The district finds the transfer is in the best interests of the child and the district.

3.         The applicant has appropriately agreed to and signed an Interdistrict Attendance Contract as described in Administrative Regulation 5117.

4.         The transfer does not negatively affect the district financially.

The district may, the above criteria notwithstanding, permit children of district employees to attend school in the district.

In the case of an interdistrict transfer, it is the responsibility of parents to provide transportation.

INterdistrict transfer process


  1. Students requesting a transfer out of the Healdsburg Unified School District shall file a written application on the form provided by the district. This form must be submitted to the Healdsburg district office.
  2. Students requesting a transfer into the district shall file a written application with their district of residence. Said district of residence will forward the application to the district for approval before release is granted.
  3. Requests for transfers out of, or transfers into, the district must include a statement clearly explaining the reason for the request.
  4. Parents/guardians will be notified of the Superintendent’s decision within 30 days per Education Code 46601. If the transfer request is denied, the parent/guardian shall receive notice regarding the process of appeal to the Superintendent or designee and thereafter, to the Sonoma County Board of Education.