Redistricting Glossary of Policy Terms

  • Designated Educational Program

    The School Board policies define designated educational programs in ACPS as the Dual Language Program, the K-8 Program and the Modified Calendar Program. This does not include exemplary school programs such as CETA or Core Knowledge.

    Grandfathering-in/Phasing-in

    Grandfathering-in or phasing-in is the terminology used to describe how long a student can remain at their existing school before they have to move to their newly redistricted school.

    Transfer

    There are different types of transfers. These include programmatic transfers, parent/guardian-requested administrative transfers and placement consideration for military children.

    Administrative Transfer

    The School Board policies define a parent/guardian administrative transfer as: the movement of a student from one school to another, based on a parent/guardian request and designated administrator approval that a student would benefit from a change in educational settings due to safety, health, or a temporary housing change. Administrative transfers are approved by the Superintendent or authorized designee. Transportation is not provided for parent/guardian-requested administrative transfers.

    Administrative transfers are different from programmatic transfers and placement consideration for military children. 

    Programmatic Transfer

    Programmatic transfers are designated educational programs (Dual Language, K-8, Modified Calendar). Designated educational programs in ACPS are the Dual Language Program, the K-8 Program and the Modified Calendar Program.

    Modified Open Enrollment

    These transfers are made due to specific grade-levels reaching capacity at the student’s boundary school. The School Board establishes a modified open enrollment policy which is set out by proposed policy JCD

    Boundary School

    A boundary school is the school a student is designated to attend according to their residency address and the ACPS School Board approved school boundaries.

    Current School

    The current school is the school a student(s) is currently enrolled in as of September 30, 2017, unless otherwise indicated.