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Posted on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

In-district transfer spots at Ann Arbor Public Schools announced

By Danielle Arndt

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information on Lakewood Elementary from AAPS.

The time is now to switch elementary or middle schools in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Public Schools announced Wednesday it will accept applications for in-district transfers through March 8.

Parents may fill out an application to send their child to an elementary or middle school that is beyond the attendance boundary in which they reside.

Traditionally, Ann Arbor has offered limited availability solely at its elementary and middle schools. However, for the first time this year, seats also are open at Huron and Pioneer high schools.

Families of students who receive these transfers are assigned to their requested school instead of their residence-determined school. Once accepted through an in-district transfer, the student can stay for all grades offered at that school, according to the website.


Forsythe Middle School has 10 open spots for sixth-graders in fall 2013.

File photo

Ann Arbor's research services and child accounting department works with building-level staff each winter to determine how many seats it will offer for the following fall based on current capacity, enrollment and class size data.

Tappan is the only middle school that will not offer seats for in-district transfers for the 2013-14 academic year. Clague, Forsythe, Scarlett and Slauson all will have 10 open spots for sixth-graders.

Angell, Bach, King and Lawton elementary schools are not open to in-district transfers for fall 2013.

Kindergarteners through fifth-graders can apply to transfer to Abbot, Carpenter, Lakewood and Mitchell elementary schools. Dicken and Northside have space available in kindergarten through fourth grade. Eberwhite can accept students in kindergarten through third.

Allen Elementary School was excluded from last year's in-district transfer list. However, it is open to accept kindergarteners this year.

Logan Elementary has space available in all grades but third. Burns Park also can accept students, except those entering third or second grade.

Bryant and Pattengill, which operate as one school community in two buildings, have open seats for their respective populations. Bryant will accept in-district transfers in grades kindergarten through second, and Pattengill will accept applications from third- through fifth-graders.

Kindergarteners and first-graders can apply at Haisley and Wines elementary schools.

Thurston has space available in second grade and Pittsfield has space in kindergarten and fifth grade.

Transportation is not provided to families that accept in-district transfer offers. Families will be notified by mid-April if their applications are approved. If more students apply than seats are available at a particular school, a lottery will take place.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


Danielle Arndt

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:58 p.m.

This story was updated with new information we received last night from AAPS. Lakewood Elementary has been added to the in-district transfer list. It will accept applications for all grades.

Dog Guy

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 1:56 a.m.

I am aghast at the Forsythe sign: Numerous civil rights, educational, athletic, and academic organizations consider the use of Nordic names/symbols by non-Nordic teams to be a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping which should be eliminated. I trust that the above photo is old and that the demeaning, disrespectful, racist, insensitive, and false name of "Vikings" has long since been replaced with the mandatory "Eagles". As is, it will take centuries for Viking self-esteem to recover from that affront.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:49 p.m.

Thanks, Dog Guy. I needed a laugh!

Jeff Gaynor

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

More mirth and satire. 2 for 2 today, from what I've seen, Dog Guy!


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 12:30 p.m.

I am assuming this is in jest?


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 11:12 p.m.

This process annoys the heck out of me because they never get the numbers right - another round of 28 1st-graders in a class because the district opened the school when it should not have? Super.