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Inter-District Transfer


The "choice transfer" process is a protocol for allowing students in the state of Washington to attend public school outside of their resident school district boundaries. An agreement is required between the resident and non-resident districts, which must be renewed annually for each student. If you live outside of Ferndale School District and wish to attend school in Ferndale, review the "Non-resident Student Enrollment" section. If you live in Ferndale School District but wish to attend a different public school (either in person or online), review the "Release of Resident Students" section. If you are moving into Ferndale School District and your student(s) will be transferring here from another school, visit our Enrollment web page or contact the school registrar directly for information on that process.


A Washington State student who resides outside of the boundaries of Ferndale School District may apply to attend school in Ferndale School District.

  • Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school for their non-resident student(s).
  • Requests for non-resident admission are approved for one school year only and must be renewed annually.  Renewal requests for the next school year should be submitted prior to the end of the current school year.

There are two options to apply for non-resident admission or renewal:

  1. Submit request online using the WA State Choice Transfer Parent Portal; or
  2. Complete a Choice Transfer form Once completed, this form must first be submitted to the student’s resident district for release. Parents may contact their resident district directly to request release of their student.


A student residing in Ferndale School District may be released to attend school in another district.  There are two options for the student’s parent or guardian to request release from Ferndale School District:

  1. Submit request online using the WA State Choice Transfer Parent Portal; or
  2. Complete a Choice Transfer Form. Once completed and signed this form must be returned to the Ferndale School District Office for processing.     
    a. Hard Copy: PO Box 698; Ferndale, WA 98248
    b. Fax: 360-383-9201
    c. Email in PDF format only:

For assistance in this process, contact Ferndale School District’s Choice Coordinator at 360.383.9210 or


For students currently attending Ferndale schools on an approved Choice Transfer, we are accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year beginning now through April 14, 2023.  Any applications received during this time may receive a response as early as June 09, 2023.  Kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade requests may not know acceptance status until mid to late August.

Any applications received after April 17, 2022, will be considered following the review process for our current students, and applicants can expect to receive a response no later than mid-August.

2023-2024 Choice Transfer Form - English

2023-2024 Choice Transfer Form - Spanish