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Madison Metropolitan School District

Internal Transfer Requests

The internal transfer process provides an opportunity for students to attend an MMSD school that is outside of their regular MMSD attendance area. Transportation is not provided to students attending under an internal transfer.

Internal Transfer Policy Revised:

The Internal Transfer policy was revised for the 2022-23 school year to allow students currently enrolled and attending 9th-12th grade who move to a different attendance area within the District will remain at their currently enrolled school for the remainder of their high school years. They will be responsible for providing their own transportation and are subject to revocation.

Apply online starting May 2, 2022. Application closes at 4pm on May 20, 2022.

  • Applicants will know if their request has been approved or placed on a wait list on or before July 1.
  • Students on the wait list will know if their application has been approved or denied on August 25, 2022.
  • Requests on the wait list are processed before second round requests.

Second round application opens May 20, 2022 at 4pm., application closes at 6pm on August 18, 2022.

  • Applicants will know if their request has been approved or denied on August 25, 2022.

Request an Internal Transfer

Schools at Capacity

The District has finished the process for determining which schools will be accepting applications for new internal transfers beginning next school year. For an elementary school to be closed to new internal transfer requests, it must be over 95% of its current capacity and over 80% of its maximum capacity. Based on these factors, the following elementary schools will not be accepting new requests for K-Grade 4 Internal Transfers for 2022-23:

  • Anana Elementary

Because we will attempt to grandfather students in Grade 5, we allow families to apply to these schools if their student currently attends that school in Grade 4.

All conventional middle and high schools will accept internal transfer applications.

Elementary to Middle School, Middle to High School

Like most districts, MMSD’s schools are set up in what are called feeder patterns.  These patterns group certain elementary schools together and students from those schools go to the same middle school.  The same is true for grouping middle schools together for going on to high school. When a student progresses from 5th to 6th grade, they have to reapply if they want to follow along with their school's feeder pattern, unless they already live in that middle school's attendance boundary. The same is true for students moving from middle to high school (8th to 9th grade). Please note this only applies to students under the new transfer policy, 2015-2016 or later. Please email enrollment@madison.k12.wi.us or call the enrollment office at (608) 663-4957 if you have any questions regarding an existing or future internal transfer.

More Information

If your child has an approved internal transfer from the 2014-15 school year, nothing has changed for your child and their transfer.  They continue to follow the rules outlined in the previous version of Board Policy 4023 – Internal Transfers.  For a copy of the policy that applies to internal transfers approved for 2014-15 and before, click HERE.