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Old 01-11-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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Default School districts + address

If you live in a school district and move to another, do you have to change schools? How do they verify address, and do they do it every year? Ask b/c my 3rd grader is in a great district now, but we might be moving next fall (so she can remain in the same school for 4th grade) and if we could move to another (less-expensive) part of town, we would -- but not if it meant she had to change schools for 5th grade.

I just don't understand how that works.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: ABQ (Paradise Hills), NM
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If you live in a school district and move to another, do you have to change schools?
Pretty much.

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How do they verify address...
Utility bills, usually PNM. Cell phone bills won't cut it.

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...and do they do it every year?
Yup.

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Ask b/c my 3rd grader is in a great district now, but we might be moving next fall (so she can remain in the same school for 4th grade) and if we could move to another (less-expensive) part of town, we would -- but not if it meant she had to change schools for 5th grade.
School vouchers anyone?

Chap
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:56 AM
 
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I think its called yellow carding when you attend an out of zoning school.

There is date that the requests have to be in to APS. I believe its in February.

You might wish to start by informally asking the school secretary. IDK how APS handles it but maybe since your child is already a student there, there might be priority for staying in after changing the address.

I definitely would not assume you will be able to re-register for 5th grade with an out-of-zoning address. For sure ask someone ahead of time.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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If you live in a school district and move to another, do you have to change schools? How do they verify address, and do they do it every year? Ask b/c my 3rd grader is in a great district now, but we might be moving next fall (so she can remain in the same school for 4th grade) and if we could move to another (less-expensive) part of town, we would -- but not if it meant she had to change schools for 5th grade.

I just don't understand how that works.
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poochini, you did not mention what schools, so I am assuming you would be in the Albuquerque Public Schools area. Here is their web site: APS

They do in fact verify residences, but I do not know how accurately or how often.

If you move, you may be able to keep her in that area but you would be responsible for transportation, and you need to check into it in advance. I know some people who have done it, but not sure of all the details.

Please look through the web site and contact someone at the school.



Rich
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Paradise Hills
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poochini,

APS is beginning to require two forms of residental verification - one requirement being a PNM bill.
When you go to finalize registration in the fall, you must have your paperwork.
But, you do have a possible option.
APS is an open enrollement district - this means that you can apply to transfer into your present school. Application process starts in February and the deadline is in March.
Find out from your school if they have open slots for transfers in 4th grade. You will mark on you application that you presently attend the school.
Once you get a transfer to a school - it is good untill you change schools, ie move on to middle school - then you have to re apply. Talk to your school secretary or asst. principal.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Default Thanks!

We live in SY Jackson district and are renting, as we have a home on the market (which will probably never sell). This house is great and the school is excellent. The lease may be up in October, so we'd be set for 4th grade, but I wouldn't want to move my child for just 5th grade.

It is not easy to find a rental HOUSE in this school district. Apartments are not feasible as we have dogs. Maybe by then the economy will have improved and we could buy again, but doubtfully in this pricier neighborhood.

Just trying to get my ducks in a row as far as this goes. Thanks for the pertinent comments.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Most schools require at current PNM bill or utility bill that shows your name on the bill. We often get people who have moved into brand new homes, so the school also allows a current rental agreement or home purchase agreement if a PNM bill is not available. If the school mails anything to your old address after you move and it comes back "no longer at this address" the school will find out. Not everything gets forwarded like it should and the new occupants of your current home could send the mail back "return to sender."

It's best to be honest with the school because if they find out you've moved and didn't tell them, they can make your child transfer. I've seen this happen before where the child slips and mentions they've moved and have to drive a long way to get to school. Make sure your child does not get excessive tardies because that will be a trigger of suspicion. Some schools don't really care if you've moved as long as you tell them.

Usually if parents follow the APS open enrollment transfer policy within the time guidelines, they have no problems keeping their children at the same school.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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I know my daughter's school requires that you bring in a recent PNM bill EVERY year. Not just when you first register.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Burque!
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Makes you wonder how good APS is at detecting a photoshopped PNM bills...
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