Students usually attend a school designated by that student's home address. Requesting a "variance" means asking to attend a school not associated with the student's home address. Variances are approved or denied based on a number of reasons, including whether or not there is enough space for additional students.
Approval or denial is based upon space availability, class size and school growth patterns, attendance patterns at the current or last school, a student's disciplinary history, and variance application receipt date. Families of students on variances provide their own punctual transportation to and from the nonresidential school.
a. Students may continue at their variance school as long as they do not exhibit behaviors listed under section 2. (A variance may be denied or revoked). Failure to meet these criteria will result in the student returning to their attendance area school.
b. The variance request for grades 1-5 and 6-8 does not guarantee a variance request will be accepted for the feeder school in the district’s K-12 continuum.
c. New variance requests must be submitted as students transition between grades K and 1, 5 and 6 and between grades 8 and 9.
Area variances will be granted so that a student is allowed to continue at that school until the end of the child’s education in that school without re-applying in succeeding years. This assurance does not apply to all-day kindergarten or half-day kindergarten classes, and may be waived when district attendance boundaries are altered by board action and/or when a school is determined to exceed capacity per district guidelines.
When the annual student enrollment projections indicate there is not enough space for additional students or when a school is undergoing major construction, those schools are not able to accept variance requests for the next school year.
For the 2015-16 school year, the schools below have reached the maximum number of enrolled students; therefore, they are not able to accept any first-time variance requests, except possibly from a limited number of families of kindergarten students. In such kindergarten cases, it is doubtful that the student will be able to continue for first grade at that school in 2016-2017.
The following exceptions may apply:
*Students who are already on a variance and are returning to a school for 2015-16, may reapply to continue attending that school; however approval cannot be guaranteed.
Applications for first-time requests to attend schools in 2015-16 from the above list will be kept on file for consideration should conditions change.
Please note all district Non-Resident Variance Forms MUST be accompanied by this signed Non-Resident Variance Agreement. Please attach your agreement to the form you receive from your resident district and submit both forms together to the school you are requesting to attend.
Additional Information Needed:
If you are NEW to Everett Public Schools you will need to have a student background form completed by your current/past school and submit it along with your variance application to the school you wish to attend. If the student receives Special Services and is on an IEP you will need to also submit a copy of the IEP to the school you wish to attend.
Applications for either an in-district variance or a nonresident variance during a school year are accepted through March 31 each year. After March 31 each year, applications for variances are accepted only when students have changed their residential address and wish to continue at their current school.
Applications received after the first day of each school year are reviewed during the last week of each month. Notification about midyear applications are mailed by the second week of the next month.
Area variance students: Register at your neighborhood school first and then submit your area variance request to the school that you wish to attend.
Non-resident variance students: Obtain a variance release form from your resident school district office and submit it to the Everett Public School you wish to attend. If you are requesting tuition-based all-day kindergarten, please also submit the all-day kindergarten registration materials to the school you are requesting.
Additional variance information is available from your school and the Variance Office.