Out-of-Area Transfers(Submit between
March 1 - May 1 Each Year)
An out-of-area transfer is a request for his or her special permission for a student
residing in Anne Arundel County to attend a school within the county other than
assigned boundary school (often referred to as a student's home school). To find
out what school is a child’s “assigned boundary school,” go to
A parent or court-appointed guardian must enroll a child in the assigned
boundary school prior to requesting an out-of-area transfer. If a child attends
private school, he/she must first be enrolled in an Anne Arundel County public
school prior to submitting a request.
Where/When to Submit a Transfer Request
All applications should be submitted to the principal
of the requested school.
are submitted due to daycare with a documented
hardship or for continuation at a particular school will be submitted to the
principal of the requested school. All other middle and high school requests
must be submitted to the home school.
Even if a child already attends a
school as an out-of-area approved student, the application must be completed and
submitted each school year. The continuation is not automatic, and the
application must be submitted to the school during the out-of-area application
window, which is from March 1–May 1.
NOTE: If you are requesting transfer to a secondary school for a
reason other than daycare or continuation, the application must be submitted to
the principal of the home school. All other applications are to be submitted to
the school you are requesting a transfer to. See "Applications" above for a fillable pdf form (which can be printed and saved).
There are four reasons transfer requests are considered:
- The family moves after the first day of school.
If a family moves out of the attending school’s attendance area after
the first day of school, the student may finish the current school year
only. The following school year, the student needs to attend the assigned
boundary school based upon the new address.
- To complete the final year at a school.
If your child is in 4th, 7th, or 11th grade and you move within Anne
Arundel County during the school year, your child may remain at the school
to complete the final year of attendance at that particular school.
- Daycare (for students Grades K–8 only).
Verification of daycare services must be completed and signed by the
provider. We only consider daycare if you have a documented
hardship, which requires you to use a
provider outside your assigned attendance area.
- A professional recommendation
A physician or licensed mental health professional may recommend that a
student attend a different school and must submit a letter explaining the
need for the transfer. Click here for a letter to submit to your
provider. A recommendation which identifies a specific school for the
student to attend is not appropriate and a revised letter outlining the
needs rather than the specific location will be requested. The professional
providing the recommendation should provide the diagnosis, treatment plan,
and anticipated outcomes for the student. Anne Arundel County Public Schools
will determine where the needs of the student can best be met.
The Approval Process
Parents will be notified about the decision for the request by mail,
including a copy of the original application with a decision indicated near the
bottom of the form.
Requests will be approved if the requested school is not closed and the reason for the request is one of the
four reasons transfer
requests are considered.
Schools receive an open/closed designation based upon capacity. A school is also
closed if it is under construction or the area has been redistricted. When a
school reaches 90% of the state-rated capacity, the school is closed to
out-of-area transfer students (Title I schools are closed at 80%).
out if your school is open for out-of-area transfers here
Other Conditions for Approval
A student must maintain a “C” average, maintaining satisfactory attendance, 94%
or better daily attendance, and have no suspensions or expulsions from school.
Additional Information about Out-of-Area Transfers
All schools within the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) are
assigned a capacity in accordance with a prescribed formula as determined by the
Maryland Department of Planning (MDP). Annually, each school undergoes a
utilization study to determine how each instructional space within that school
is utilized. Those results are then forwarded to MDP for certification of a
state-rated capacity. In order to not purposely place a school over the
state-rated capacity, the Board of Education, through review, approved the “90%
Rule” in determining the maximum enrollment in which out-of-area transfers could
be accepted into a school. Per review of the out-of-area process, the Board of
Education determined that any school in which the enrollment exceeds 90% of the
state-rated capacity (or, for Title I schools, exceeds 80% of the state-rated
capacity), shall be deemed closed to out-of-area transfers. Specific schools may
also be closed due to individual circumstances.
What if I refuse to send my child to the assigned boundary school?
Contact the principal of your child’s school to discuss your concerns. Maryland
law states that children between the ages of 5–16 must be enrolled in school. It
is important to note that as of July 1, 2015, a student may not withdraw until
age 17 and as of July 1, 2017, a student may not withdraw from school until age
18, except in a few special cases listed in the law.
Documented hardship includes families with documentation supporting:
participation in witness protection, protective orders, pending foreclosure,
serious illness of parent, or other unusual and extraordinary circumstances.
What if my child is on an out-of-area transfer to a school for daycare
but it is not due to hardship?
Your child may continue to attend the school as an out-of-area transfer
as long as the conditions of approval are met and your child is not riding
an AACPS bus to and from the school. What about siblings? Siblings are
treated separately. You need to provide documentation of a hardship.
Transportation from established designated bus stops shall be
provided for students who were granted an out-of-area transfer for
daycare with a documented hardship as defined by the Division of Student
Transportation is the responsibility of the parent or court appointed
guardian for all other students attending a school as an out-of-area
Applications are accepted from March 1–May 1 for the following school year.
Applications submitted after May 1 must include documentation of a bona fide
emergency or event unforeseen prior to May 1.
Out of County Residents
Only residents of Anne Arundel County may apply for an out-of-area transfer. Out
of county residents may not apply.