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No More Camping Out At AISD Headquarters To Make Transfer Request

AISD headquarters
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News
This is where parents used to have to camp out overnight to request transfers for their kids. The new lottery system being used by the district will put an end to that tradition.

The Austin Independent School District began accepting transfer requests today, and for the first time, AISD is using a lottery system to award transfers. The end of the longstanding first-come-first-served system means parents no longer have to camp overnight outside school district headquarters to improve their child's odds of having the transfer request granted.

"This will be just a much more family friendly process," AISD spokesperson Carmen Luevanos told KUT News.

Parents can submit the request for a school transfer to the Office of Student Services at AISD headquarters, located at 1111 West Sixth between 7:45 and 4:45. The lottery will be held on January 31.

The school district has frozen some schools to transfers because they are already over capacity.

SCHOOLS TO BE FROZEN TO TRANSFERS IN 2011-2012: High Schools (5):Akins, Anderson, Austin, Bowie, McCallum Middle Schools (3):Kealing, Murchison, O.Henry Elementary Schools (28):Andrews, Baranoff, Barrington, Blazier, Brentwood, Bryker Woods, Casey, Casis, Clayton, Cook, Doss, Graham, Harris, Hart, Hill, Kiker, Langford, Lee, Linder, Odom, Patton, Perez, Pickle, Pillow, Rodriguez, Summitt, Walnut Creek and Wooldridge.    SCHOOLS TO BE MONITORED AND POSSIBLY FROZEN IN 2011-2012 High Schools (1):LBJ Middle Schools (2):Bedichek and Burnet Elementary Schools (14):Baldwin, Cowan, Davis, Gullett, Highland Park, Houston, Jordan, Kocurek, Mathews, McBee, Menchaca, Mills, Widen and Zilker.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.