Hardship Transfers

  • Families who are new to Manatee County, have moved out of their zone but want to remain enrolled at their current school, or who want to transfer schools or districts during the current school year, may submit a Hardship Request Form if their zone-assigned school poses a hardship. Transfer approval is based on class size allocation capacity, demonstration of genuine need, and student history.

    The 2023-2024 Hardship Transfer Form is available through the Focus Parent Portal (requires Google Chrome).  Received transfer requests are processed within 7-10 business days. Results are sent to parent email address.

    To submit a Hardship Transfer application to attend a public school other than your zone-assigned school in the School District of Manatee County (SDMC), please select your enrollment status for instructions:

    CURRENT SDMC Student

    INACTIVE (Previously Enrolled) SDMC Student

    NEW SDMC Student

    For more information or details on the hardship request process, please contact the Office of Student Assignment via email studentassignment@manateeschools.net or call (941) 708-4971 (option 3).