Transferring to a New School: A Guide for Parents

Moving to a different neighborhood, state, or country can be a joyous occasion but it does come with a number of difficult tasks.

If you have kids, this means you would need to look for new schools in your new place of residence. You’d also have to do your homework so that the transition is as smooth as possible. While this sounds daunting considering all the things you have to pack and arrange before moving day, there is a way for you to make the transfer process easier for yourself and of course, easier for the kids.

What to Do Before the Move

Your children’s school are among the first institutions you should notify about your move. Let them know that you are moving and when your move out date is. Call the new school too so that they know that you will be enrolling your children there. It is important for you to ask what documents are required for enrollment.

Request said documents from the old school two months or at least a month before your move out date. This gives the school ample time to gather all the documents needed. This should include school transcripts, current grades, standardized test scores, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for children with special needs, and other documents requested by the new school. You should also be ready with their medical documents which should include an updated physical and their vaccination records.

It is also a good idea to ask your children’s old teachers to share their contact numbers to the new school’s staff or with you so that you can give this information to the new teachers later on. Having the contact details of old teachers will make it easier for the new teachers to pick up right where the old teachers left off.

Write a thank you note to the school principal and the teachers before you leave.

Things to Do During the Move

Get all the documents you need from your children’s old school before you move out. Be sure to leave your new address to them too in case there are additional records that they need to send to you. Go to the photocopier right after so you can have multiple copies of everything.

Oh, and don’t forget to get the names, numbers, and social media usernames of your children’s friends if needed.


Things to Do After the Move

Visit the new school with your children so you can submit the required documents to the admin office. It is also a good idea to get to know the staff and your children’s new teachers. Be sure to ask about the dress code, extracurricular activities offered, and the curriculum. Don’t forget to ask about the bus route too.