Public High School Choice, Act 129 of 2012, allows students to apply to attend any other high school in the state. Schools are allowed to limit the number of students who may transfer from a school, with a cap of 10 percent of resident students or 40, whichever is smaller; schools may set higher limits.
Schools are also required to determine annually their capacity to receive students, using a variety of criteria, although there is no numerical or percentage formula. If more students want to transfer out of − or enroll into − a school than there are places available, nondiscriminatory lotteries are used. The law provides no funding for transportation and, unless schools agree otherwise, no tuition or other charges changes hands.
Public High School Choice is different from towns paying tuition for their students when they do not have schools at specific grade levels and if they are not part of supervisory unions.
- Map of Vermont's Public High Schools
- Complete Text of Title 16, Section 822a, Public High School Choice
- Public High School Choice Legislative Reports
- Memo: Public High School Choice Application Process Timeline
- Memo: Public High School Choice Limiting Student Transfers
- Frequently Asked Questions
Email Claire O'Shaunessy, Staff Attorney, or call (802) 479-1756.