Interdistrict Transfers


Interdistrict Attendance Agreements and Permits
per PVSD BP 5117:  Interdistrict Attendance

In general, students must attend school in the district where their parents/guardians reside (their district of residence). The Board of Trustees, however, recognizes justifiable reasons for occasional interdistrict transfers.

Since interdistrict transfer decisions are largely based on projected enrollment at Ormondale and Corte Madera Schools, the District will accept Interdistrict Attendance Agreements and Permits no earlier than May 15th prior to the start of the requested school year. The Superintendent will make a recommendation to approve or deny the request, and notification of this decision will be made prior to June 1st.


Only complete transfer requests will be considered.

To be considered complete, the agreement must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian, include all information requested, and must also be signed by the Superintendent or designee of the district of residence, approving the request for the student to leave their home district. The agreement must be received by May 15th in the Portola Valley School District Office.
  • For an interdistrict transfer request received by the District 15 or fewer calendar days before the commencement of instruction in the school year for which the transfer is sought, the district will notify the parent/guardian of its final decision within 30 calendar days from the date the request was received.

  • For an interdistrict transfer request received by the district more than 15 days before the commencement of instruction in the school year for which the interdistrict transfer is sought, the district will notify the parent/guardian of its final decision as soon as possible, but no later than 14 calendar days after the commencement of instruction in the school year for which transfer is sought.

When determining availability of space for incoming interdistrict transfer students, the Superintendent shall be guided by the class sizes targeted in the district goals and will reserve adequate spaces for students who may move into the district by recommending denial of requests that would cause the average class size in any grade level to exceed 90 percent of the target average class size for that grade. The target average class for Kindergarten to 8th grade is 20. The target size for stand-alone TK is 12; the target size for combination TK/K classes is 20.

Due consideration will be given to the following factors: Class size policy, budget impact, other educational factors, child care needs, the welfare of the children and families involved, residential address, and community ties.

Upon notification that their interdistrict transfer request has been denied by the Superintendent, the parent/guardian has the right to appeal the Superintendent's decision to the Board. 
Families will be given time in Closed Session to make their appeal in June. Immediately following, the Board will take action on the Superintendent's recommendation in open session. If the appeal is ultimately denied by the Board, the family can APPEAL within 30 calendar days of the date of the Board's decision to the San Mateo County Board of Education.

Failure of a parent/guardian to meet the timelines established by the district shall be deemed an abandonment of the request.

Students granted an incoming interdistrict transfer will be expected to maintain satisfactory attendance, scholastic effort, and behavior. Failure to do so may cause the interdistrict transfer agreement to be revoked or rescinded.