Admissions & Transfers
Enrollment, Transfers, and Admission
Students experiencing homelessness have the legal right to either remain in their school of origin or enroll in the neighborhood school/district of their current temporary living address.
- If the student/parent/guardian opts to stay in the school of origin and the distance between the temporary address and the school is one (1.0) mile or more, the counselor will work with the Office of Transportation and the school’s transportation specialist to make sure that the student receives the proper transportation assistance needed to attend school.
- If you are NEW to the School District of Philadelphia WITH access to technology:
- You should complete the online registration (OLR) through the Office of Student Enrollment and Placement. You can choose New Student Registration or Kindergarten Registration.
- Our team will create a Homeless Verification Letter and email it to you OR you can use a letter from a shelter or other community provider. You will use this letter for all required documentation sections of the application for which you do not possess documentation.
- If you are NEW to the School District of Philadelphia WITHOUT access to technology:
- Our team can work with you to complete the application over the phone or you can make an appointment to come to our office.
- If transferring within SDP:
- You will not need to fill out an online registration (OLR) since you are already in the system.
- You will only need to contact the school and request the transfer based on your status under McKinney Vento. Our team can help with that too.
- If you do not have enrollment documents such as valid ID, birth certificate, transcripts, immunization records, etc., the school is still required to enroll you immediately and help you get the other documents afterward. The school is not allowed to stop or hold-up enrollment; however, if you have any of the requested enrollment documents, it helps move the process move along. If a concern arises during this process, please contact our office.
- If you are an unaccompanied youth (meaning you are not living with your legal parent or guardian), you can fill out your own OLR and enroll yourself into school. When it asks for parent/guardian you should enter one of the following:
- your own name
- the name of an adult caring for you
- the name of a staff person/social worker working with you
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school:
- The student shall be immediately admitted to the school in which the enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute;
- The parent or guardian of the student shall be provided with a written explanation of the school’s decision regarding school selection or enrollment, including the rights of the parent, guardian, or student to appeal the decision;
- The student, parent, or guardian shall be referred to the district’s homeless liaison who shall carry out the appeal process as quickly as possible after receiving notice of the dispute; and
- In the case of unaccompanied youth, the homeless liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of the dispute.
The School District shall inform the parent or the unaccompanied youth of the right to appeal. The District shall provide the parent or unaccompanied youth with written notice including the contact information of the ECYEH Regional Coordinator Dr. Alfred B. Quarles, Jr.