The transfer window is now closed, and we will no longer accept transfer requests for the 2021–22 school year. 

In Leander ISD, we believe students receive a quality education regardless of the campus they attend; however, we understand there are circumstances when a parent may desire for their child to attend a school other than the campus they are currently assigned. The transfer window for the 2021–22 school is April 12–30.

Please review the following information regarding the type of transfer available and the application process for 2021–2022:

Previously approved transfer students remaining at the same campus WILL NOT need to reapply or pay another application fee, as they will be automatically approved for the next year if the student is in good standing*.

If the previously approved transfer student is changing campuses – moving from fifth grade to sixth grade or from eighth grade to ninth grade – they WILL need to apply and pay the application fee if their desired campus is different from their zoned campus.

If the previously approved transfer student wishes to return to their zoned campus, please contact the campus registrar.

*Good standing is determined through a district and campus review of attendance, grades and discipline.

Additional Information for Previously Approved Transfers

Schools Open / Closed for Transfers

Campus space and staffing availability are evaluated each year in each grade level/program and transfers will be approved based on this evaluation.

If a transfer application is submitted for a closed campus, the processing fee is NOT refundable.

Previously approved transfer students remaining at the same campus will be automatically approved regardless of the open or closed status of that campus.

Please review the list below of closed and open campuses for the 2021–212 school year. This list is subject to change and will be updated on this site.

Lists Updated on Aug. 3, 2021

Open or on Watch List

Campuses accepting student transfer requests for 2021–22 school year.

Elementary School

  • Block House Creek
  • Cox
  • Cypress
  • Faubion
  • Naumann
  • River Ridge
  • Steiner Ranch
  • Tarvin (Transfer into only – Reverse Moratoria)

Middle School

  • Four Points
  • Leander
  • Wiley

High School

  • Glenn
  • Leander

Reverse Moratorium for Tarvin Elementary School

Transfers out of Tarvin ES will not be granted unless the student will be in 5th grade for the 2021–2022 school year. A 5th-grade student zoned for Tarvin ES must request a transfer and pay the application fee to remain at his or her current campus. Incoming Kindergarten through 4th-grade siblings – of an incoming 5th grade5th-grade student zoned for Tarvin ES who applied for a transfer to remain at their current campus – must also apply for a transfer and pay the application fee for each sibling desiring to remain at their current campus.

For campuses other than Tarvin ES who were rezoned from an existing school WILL need to apply for a transfer and pay the application fee to remain at their current campus. Transfers are subject to the requested campus being open for transfer.

Closed List

Campuses NOT accepting student transfer requests for the 2021–22 school year.

Note: *Except for IB program transfers

Elementary School

  • Akin
  • Bagdad
  • Camacho
  • Deer Creek
  • Giddens
  • Grandview Hills
  • Knowles
  • Larkspur
  • Laura Welch Bush
  • Mason*
  • Parkside
  • Plain
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Reagan
  • Reed
  • River Place
  • Rutledge
  • Westside
  • Whitestone
  • Winkley

Middle School

  • Canyon Ridge
  • Cedar Park
  • Danielson
  • Henry
  • Running Brushy
  • Stiles

High School

  • Cedar Park
  • Rouse
  • Vandegrift
  • Vista Ridge

Requests for transfers will be open from April 12–30. After April 30, the application will close, and additional requests will not be accepted.

In-district Transfer Requests

Voluntary Parent-Choice Transfers

This type of transfer is for students who:

  • live within the boundaries of Leander ISD; and
  • request a transfer to a school not assigned to the student’s place of residence. (Refer to the Street Directory to determine your zoned campus); and
  • request transfer to a school listed as open for transfers.

Previously approved transfer students remaining at the same campus WILL NOT need to reapply or pay another application fee, as they will be automatically approved for the next year if the student is in good standing*.

If the previously approved transfer student is changing campuses – moving from fifth grade to sixth grade or from eighth grade to ninth grade – they WILL need to apply and pay the application fee if their desired campus is different from their zoned campus.

If the previously approved transfer student wishes to return to their zoned campus, please contact the campus registrar.

*Good standing is determined through a district and campus review of attendance, grades and discipline.

Please read the following information regarding a voluntary transfer:

  • All voluntary parent-choice student transfer applications are assessed a $30 processing fee that must be paid before the review of the transfer application.
    • Students participating in the federal free lunch program are not assessed a processing fee.
    • Students participating in the federal reduced-price lunch program are assessed a $10 processing fee.
  • The fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee the transfer request will be approved.
  • Students must be in good academic, behavior and attendance standing at their home campus to qualify for a Voluntary Parent-Choice Transfer.
  • If the transfer is approved, students must maintain good academic, behavior, and attendance standing or the approved transfer may be revoked requiring the student to return to their home campus.
  • If the transfer is approved, Voluntary Parent-Choice Transfers are NOT eligible for district-provided transportation.

Reverse Moratorium for Tarvin Elementary School

Transfers out of Tarvin ES will not be granted unless the student will be in 5th grade for the 2021–2022 school year. A 5th-grade student zoned for Tarvin ES must request a transfer and pay the application fee to remain at his or her current campus. Incoming Kindergarten through 4th-grade siblings – of an incoming 5th-grade student zoned for Tarvin ES who applied for a transfer to remain at their current campus – must also apply for a transfer and pay the application fee for each sibling desiring to remain at their current campus.

For campuses other than Tarvin ES who were rezoned from an existing school WILL need to apply for a transfer and pay the application fee to remain at their current campus. Transfers are subject to the requested campus being open for transfer.

Program Transfer Requests

This type of transfer is for students who:

  • request to attend a school with a specific program offered at the transfer campus that is not available at the student’s zoned home campus. Program transfers must be approved by the appropriate department and campus. Please see the list below for programs available for this type of transfer.

On-campus Application

Students requesting a transfer for the programs listed below should contact the campus registrar of the student’s home (zoned) campus. That campus registrar will process the transfer application.

  • PSLP – Preschool Speech & Language Program
  • ELL – English Language Learners
  • ELE/SLE – Early Learning Environment / Structured Learning Environment
  • PreK – Qualifying students only
  • IB PYP (Primary Years Programme) at Grandview Hills and Mason elementary schools.
  • DLE – Dual Language Enrichment Program
  • Out-of-district pending residency
  • Out-of-district employee new to Leander ISD

Students interested in the IB Diploma Programme at Leander HS and Vandegrift HS will complete the IB application and transfer process through their IB coordinator.

New Students to LISD desiring a transfer

This type of transfer is for students who:

  • new to Leander ISD;
  • live within boundaries of Leander ISD; and
  • request a transfer to a school not assigned to the student’s place of residence. (Refer to the Street Directory to determine your zoned campus); and
  • request transfer to a school listed as open for transfers.

Note: Students new to Leander ISD in the 2021–2022 school year must first register at their zoned home campus. Once completed, a transfer request may be submitted.

Out-of-district Transfer Requests

Leander ISD does not accept out-of-district transfer requests pursuant to Board Policy FDA (local), except in the following cases:

  • The student is a child of a current Leander ISD employee. (Campus assignment will depend on space and staffing availability.)
  • Students moving into the district within 60 days with proof of residency and move-in date provided.
  • Resident students who move out of the district during the school year may continue until the end of the current semester only.
  • If transfer is approved, student must maintain good academic, behavior, and attendance standing. If not, the approved transfer may be revoked requiring the student to return to their home campus.
  • Out-of-district transfers are not eligible for district-provided transportation.

Transfer Application

Requests for transfers will be open from April 12–30. After April 30, the application will close, and additional requests will not be accepted.

Transfer applications for 1st- through 12th-grade students during the 2021–22 school year

  • Application may be submitted between April 12–30, 2021. (Please complete an online application, if possible. Paper transfer forms will be available at the campus, if needed.)
  • Parents will be notified whether the request was accepted or denied by May 14, 2021.

Transfer Priority Information

Upon receipt of the application and process fee, the transfer application will be reviewed as well as the priority of transfer. Transfer priority levels are listed below:

  • Program transfers (High School IB only – Leander HS and Vandegrift HS)
  • Existing transfer students at the campus requested
  • Incoming siblings of existing transfer students
  • Students of LISD employees who work at the requested campus
  • Students of LISD employees who do not work at the requested campus

Previously approved transfer students remaining at the same campus WILL NOT need to reapply or pay another application fee, as they will be automatically approved for the next year if the student is in good standing*.

If the previously approved transfer student is changing campuses – moving from fifth grade to sixth grade or from eighth grade to ninth grade – they WILL need to apply and pay the application fee if their desired campus is different from their zoned campus.

If the previously approved transfer student wishes to return to their zoned campus, please contact the campus registrar.

*Good standing is determined through a district and campus review of attendance, grades and discipline.

For information regarding admissions, student transfers, and transfer appeals, please refer to policies FD (legal), FD (local), FDA (legal), FDA (local), GF (local) in the Leander ISD Board Policy Manual.