People linger in the lobby following the ribbon cutting ceremony at Hillcrest High School Wednesday night. (Photo by Jym Wilson)

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Registration for some Springfield Public Schools students to attend middle or high schools outside of their sending zone has opened for the ‘24-’25 school year. 

Called “transitional transfers” by the school district, the registration for them extends until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. 

Transitional transfers are open to fifth- or eighth-grade students who want to attend a different high school than the one designated for their address. They are a special type of transfer intended for students moving between buildings, and is part of an open enrollment process, according to information from SPS.

Approval for the transfers are granted on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by time stamps on the electronic applications. 

The application is handled on the district’s website. Applications may be approved, denied or placed in a waiting list. Approval of the transfer requires acceptance from the student’s parent or guardian. 

If a transfer is approved, the student or their parents are responsible for transportation to and from school. 

According to the district, transitional transfers to Cherokee Middle School and Kickapoo High School are not being accepted because of projected enrollment numbers. 

The district also offers a process for immediate transfers. The transfer process has an an effect on student-athletes under MSHSAA rules. 

Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is the education reporter for the Springfield Daily Citizen. Hadsall has more than two decades of experience reporting in the Ozarks with the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Contact him at (417) 837-3671 or More by Joe Hadsall