Section 6n: Nonresident enrollment

The following rule text represents modifications made during the 2014-15 school year. Sections that have been added are highlighted and sections that have been removed are crossed-out.

Rule Text

(n) School districts may accept nonresident students under the school choice enrollment provisions of RCW 28A.225.200 through 28A.225.230 and chapter 392-137 WAC for enrollment in alternative learning experiences.


The purpose of this subsection is to emphasize the responsibility the non-resident district incurs when agreeing to enroll a student who does not live within the district’s boundaries, often referred to as a "choice" transfer. Note: As a result of the amendment to the online learning statute (RCW 28A.250.070) in 2013, all districts must use the Standard Choice Transfer System for a Choice Transfer for releasing a student for the purpose of enrolling in an online school. The system may also be used for non-online Choice Transfers and Interdistrict Agreements.

Common Questions

Q. If a non-resident student enrolled in my program under the "choice" provisions fails to make satisfactory progress for three consecutive months despite our intervention efforts, can I terminate our acceptance of the non-resident student?

A. If a student fails to make satisfactory progress for three consecutive months, you must find a course of study that more appropriately meets the student’s educational needs. This may include terminating the "choice" agreement with the student and referring the student back to the resident district. However, you retain responsibility for that student until the student has actually enrolled in the other district, or has otherwise met mandatory attendance requirements.

Last updated: 8/22/2011

Q. What is meant by "retain responsibility?"

A. The district retains responsibility for the non-resident student identically to its responsibility for resident students. This includes legal, ethical, and reporting responsibilities. An example of a legal responsibility is following truancy procedures specified under 28A.225 RCW. An example of an ethical responsibility is actively working with the student and the student’s parent to find a more appropriate educational placement for the student. An example of a reporting responsibility is to code the student as a "dropout" until you have evidence of actual enrollment in another district, such as a request for student records.

Last updated: 8/22/2011

Q. What is the resident school district’s responsibility if student’s choice transfer is rescinded by the non-resident district?

A. The responsibilities are spelled out in WAC 392-137-230. If the transfer is rescinded before the end date according to conditions listed in the nonresident school district policy, the resident school district reassumes responsibility for the student on the date they are notified of the rescindment.

Last updated: 6/1/2015

Q. What is meant by "…has otherwise met mandatory attendance requirements?"

A. The three main mandatory attendance requirements are:

  1. Enrollment in a public school;
  2. Enrollment in an approved private school; or
  3. Formally receiving home-based instruction.

Last updated: 8/22/2011

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