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195 request transfers to new schools

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools has granted requests from 195 students wishing to transfer out of their "needs improvement" schools.

Under the national No Child Left Behind guidelines, nine Gwinnett schools offered the transfer option after being designated for not making Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more years. The schools are Lilburn, Radloff, Richards, Shiloh, Snellville, Summerour and Sweetwater middle schools and Meadowcreek and Norcross high schools.

According to a press release issued from the system Monday, the families of students of the nine schools received a letter informing them of their transfer option. Those interested in transferring were given a choice of schools accepting transfers and were asked to prioritize their choices.

System spokeswoman Sloan Roach said the schools accepting transfers all made AYP and their buildings were under capacity.

The middle schools taking in AYP transfer students were Dacula, Pinckneyville and Duluth middle schools. The high school options were Duluth, Peachtree Ridge and Central Gwinnett.

GCPS received 195 requests for a transfer before the Aug. 11 deadline. All the requests were granted, with every student receiving their first choice, according to Roach.

Roach added that the actual number of students who transfer might be lower than the 195 requests. When the system contacted families to tell them their request had been granted and the students could begin attending their "choice" school, Roach said, some indicated they'd changed their minds and their students would stay at their home school.

Only parents of students transferring from Title I schools - Lilburn, Radloff, Summerour and Sweetwater Middle and Meadowcreek High - are reimbursed for transportation costs. The school system will reimburse these families 44.5 cents per mile up to the round trip distance from the student's home to the new school on a once daily basis.

GCPS received student transfer requests from seven schools, with a total of 163 students requesting a transfer during this process last school year.