Permissive Transfer

Permissive transfers may be granted for students who have attended their neighborhood school for three (3) or more years and subsequently move to a new Oak Park school zone, but wish to remain at their original neighborhood school for a variety of reasons.

If granted, elementary school students are allowed to remain at the original school until fifth grade. However, they must re-apply for middle school placement, which will be determined by class size projection.  Middle school students who are granted a permissive transfer are allowed to remain at the middle school through 8th grade.  

The district may, at its discretion, rescind any permissive transfer placement.

Families who have moved or plan to move to a new Oak Park location in a different school zone and qualify for a permissive transfer should apply beginning June 1, 2021, and no later than Aug. 1, 2021. If you currently have a child exercising a permissive transfer and will have another child entering kindergarten in the district, we encourage you to apply for a permissive transfer so that your kindergartner can be with the rest of his/her family. Please note, your oldest student must have been previously enrolled in the district for at least three consecutive years in order to be eligible for this service.

Transportation will not be provided for permissive transfer students.

District 97 Permissive Transfer Form

Renewal Provisions

The district has the right to rescind the permissive transfer of any student who has violated the rights of the agreement. Upon applying for the transfer, families are made aware that it can be rescinded for reasons that include, but are not limited to:

  • Excessive tardies (both excused and unexcused)
  • Excessive absences (both excused and unexcused)