Students wishing to transfer to MRSS:
Students wishing to transfer to MRSS need to be aware that only transfer applications which meet the following criteria will be considered. Students who:
- live in catchment or
- are applying to our French Immersion program or
- who have a sibling already attending MRSS.
Due to space constraints there are no guarantees even if you meet these criteria.
Students who do not meet the criteria above but would like to be considered for a transfer are able to apply however priority will be given to students who meet the criteria.
Students wishing to transfer from MRSS:
Transfers will be processed only if there is space at the receiving school. If space is not available or if you apply after the deadline, your request will be waitlisted. There are no guarantees that your student will be accepted.
Transfer Considerations and Timelines
While it is important that every student is afforded the opportunity to attend their school of choice, it is equally important that each of our secondary schools are safe, caring, and orderly. Managing our schools in terms of student population, class size, and staffing requires that students, working with their parents, plan accordingly should they wish to change schools. The following process has been designed to allow our schools to best plan for student success.
FOR STUDENTS GOING INTO GRADE 8:
Grade 7 students wishing to transfer secondary schools are required to complete a transfer form at their assigned secondary school, complete all required information (including obtaining a parent/guardian signature), and return it to the school office. Date/time stamps of applications will be considered.
Phase #1: March – April 6, 2018
If there is a wait list, a fair and impartial lottery will be held. Successful applicants will be contacted by April 11, 2018.
Phase #2: April 9 – May 18, 2018
If there is a wait list, a fair and impartial lottery will be held. Successful Transfer Phase 2 applicants will be contacted by May 25, 2018, before the Grade 7 full day visit on May 30.
Phase #3: May 21- August 31, 2018
If there is a wait list, a fair and impartial lottery will be held. Successful Transfer Phase 2 applicants will be contacted before school opens.
FOR STUDENTS GOING INTO GRADE 9-12:
Phase #1 – February 1 – March 2, 2018
Students who wish to apply in this phase need to pick up a transfer form from the school office of the school they attend, complete all required information (including obtaining a parent/guardian signature), and return it to the school office. Date/time stamps of applications will be considered. Principals make a decision on the application, and students are informed of this decision by April 11, 2018. The best chance to transfer schools will occur during Phase #1.
Phase #2: April 9 – May 18, 2018
Students who were not successfully transferred in Transfer Phase 1 will be considered again in Transfer Phase 2. A second round of decisions will be made between principals, and students will be informed by May 25, 2018. Date/time stamps on the transfer forms will be considered. Phase 2 transfers will only occur if neither school is negatively impacted. The chance of a successful transfer in Phase 2 is less likely than in Phase 1.
Phase #3: May 25 and August 31, 2018
A decision will be made between principals, and students will be informed of their transfer status by August 31, 2018. This timeline allows both the school and the student to plan for first day of classes. Students wishing to transfer during Transfer Phase 3 should understand that the school’s staffing, class sizes and structures may prevent the transfer. Date/time stamps on the transfer forms will be considered. Good common sense decisions will be made to balance the needs of the student and those of the school. Chances of a successful transfer are not as likely as Phase #1 or Phase #2.
TRANSFER AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Students wishing to apply for a transfer after the first day of school should note that transfers may be considered under the following circumstances:
- where there is a change of residence;
- where it can be demonstrated that it is not in the best interest of the student to return to his/her home school, another school will be considered provided space is available; or
- where the home circumstances have changed.
Chances of a successful transfer at this stage are not as likely as Phase #1, 2 or 3.