School Transfer Appeal Process
In-District Transfer Appeals
In the event that you disagree with an In-District Transfer Request denial, the parent or guardian of a student may request an appeal, in writing, to the Executive Director of Elementary Education or the Executive Director of Secondary Education.
Out of District/Non-Resident Transfer Appeals
If your student's Choice Transfer request is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision to Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). An appeal means you are requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge with the OAH.
If you choose to submit an appeal to OAH to request a hearing, complete the Notice of Appeal Form (PDF). Send only the appeal application form and a copy of the denial letter/email to (a brief cover letter is optional):
Student Transfer Appeal
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
600 University Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-3126
Appeals may also be filed via email: OAH.OSPI@oah.wa.gov. The notice of appeal form must be sent by secure email. If you do not have a secure email password, send an email to this address, without the form attached, to request instructions for filing the form by secure email.
Parents should be sure to have their child enrolled in a school while they are waiting to hear the outcome of their appeal.