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- Freshman Choice
- Transfer Appeal
- Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment Statement Procedure
- High School Transcripts
2024-2025 Freshman Choice Transfer Application
Hamilton Southeastern Schools will offer high school selection to all current eighth graders for the 2024—2025 school year. Parents of eighth grade students who wish to attend a high school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries may request a transfer by completing the Freshman Choice Transfer Application. The application window closes on Friday, December 15, 2023.
You do not need to complete an application if you want your student to remain at the high school they are designated to attend next fall based on your current address. Please review the FAQ’s below!
To view the current high school boundaries, please visit the Google Map.
THE FRESHMAN CHOICE APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 15, 2023. NOTIFICATION WILL OCCUR VIA EMAIL ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 22, 2023.
If you need assistance completing the form, are unable to access the online form, or have any other questions about this process, please contact Julie Hays at email@example.com
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO COMPLETE THE FORM: https://forms.office.com/r/ctCEkDKuWE
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I already have children attending a non-home high school. Do I need to complete this form for my current 8th grader?
A: Yes, all 8th grade students must have a Freshman Choice Transfer Application submitted by the deadline, December 15, 2023, in order to attend a non-home high school; students will not be automatically assigned to a school because of a sibling
Q: If my current 8th grade student elects to attend a non-home high school, will my younger children be able to attend that school as well?
A: Younger siblings will not automatically be able to attend a non-home high school (there is no “grandfathering”). When the siblings are in 8th grade, if the Freshman Choice Transfer is not an option, then you may complete the general transfer appeal request.
Q: My student is interested in the IB program, do I need to complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application?
A: A virtual meeting with the IB Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), the student, and the parent must take place in order to discuss IB program requirements and verify student eligibility. Please use this website to book your virtual appointment.
If your student is approved for the IB program following this meeting, it is not necessary to complete the Freshman Choice Transfer application. If you student does not receive official approval for the IB program, but you want your student to attend Fishers High School and it is not the student’s home school, you must complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application by December 15, 2023.
Q: Is bus transportation provided for students who elect to attend a non-home high school?
A: Transportation will continue to be an option in 2024-2025. A combination of the shuttle and direct bussing will be utilized. Details will be available later when bus routes are finalized for the school year.
Important: when/if the shuttle system is utilized, students will need to leave (be excused from) their 7th period class 10-15 minutes early (prior to the dismissal bell). It will be the students’ responsibility to make alternate transportation arrangements as needed.
Q: My student receives special services and/or accommodations. Will my student be able to transfer to a non-home high school?
A: Please complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application and your student’s needs will be reviewed to ensure the transfer can be accommodated.
Q: Is it advantageous to complete multiple forms or to submit the Freshman Choice Transfer Application earlier than the December 15, 2023 deadline?
A: Only one application per student needs to be submitted and all applications received by the December 15, 2023, deadline will be given equal consideration.
Q: After I complete the online application, how will I know it has been received and approved?
A: The Freshman Transfer Application is a Microsoft Form. When you answer the final question, a pop-up message will indicate your application has been submitted. Notification of approval will occur on or before December 22, 2023, via email from Julie Hays. If you do not receive notification by 6:00 pm on December 22, 2023, please contact Julie Hays via email at email@example.com.
Q: What if I change my mind after submitting the Freshman Choice Transfer Application and would like my student to attend his/her home school?
A: Please contact Julie Hays via email to request a return to your student’s home school.
Q: What if I change my mind after the deadline of December 15, 2023, and did not submit the Freshman Choice Transfer Application?
A: You will need to complete and submit the general transfer appeal form for review by the Transfer Appeal Committee and approval is not guaranteed.
Q: As an employee of Hamilton Southeastern Schools, do I need to complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application for my 8th grader?
A: Yes, employees should complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application for current 8th grade students. Please indicate you are an employee in the appropriate place in the application.
Current Hamilton Southeastern students who wish to transfer to a school to which they are not assigned within district must complete a Transfer Appeal application. To determine which school your student will attend, visit our MySchool Locator. The school your student will attend is determined by your home address.
Guidelines for all Transfer Appeal Applications
- Applications are only for one school year, must be filled out for each child, and must be re-submitted each year.
- All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- It is possible that NOT all applications will be approved due to several considerations including building capacity and class size.
- By submitting an application, parents agree to provide their own transportation to and from school for the duration of the school year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I transfer if I live outside of the district?
I'm sorry but Hamilton Southeastern Schools does NOT accept outside transfers.
Am I allowed to transfer to another school within the district?
If you are currently in the HSE district and want to transfer to another school, you must complete a Transfer Appeal.
Paper transfer appeal forms will always be accepted as needed, however, completion of the online form is preferred.
- Downloadable English Transfer Appeal Form coming soon!
- Downloadable Spanish Transfer Appeal Form coming soon!
What if my student completed their junior year of high school, but will be moving. Can they finish their last year at HSE?
Yes. Students who have completed their junior year at Fishers High School or Hamilton Southeastern High School may complete their senior year regardless of their residency. Students must provide their own transportation. If moving outside of the district, you must file a Transfer Appeal as listed above.
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that ensures the right of students to go to school even when they are homeless or don’t have a permanent address. The Act aims to reduce barriers that have prevented many homeless youths from enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school, including transportation, residency requirements, and documentation requirements, such as birth certificates and medical records. For more information, click the box below.
McKinney-Vento Act Residency & Educational Rights Information
(Questionnaire must be completed for each student)
In Indiana, over 29,000 children experience homelessness each year. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was created with the goal of ensuring the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth in school. The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students. This includes waiving certain requirements such as proof of residency when students are enrolling and allowing eligibility for certain services, such as free textbooks.
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth (NAEHCY) https://naehcy.org/
- The National Center for Homeless Education https://nche.ed.gov/
- US Department of Education https://nche.ed.gov/
- School House Connection https://schoolhouseconnection.org/
*Pursuant to programs administered under the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act
This document addresses the requirements of 42 USC § 11432 for resolving complaints applicable to comparable educational services as covered by McKinney-Vento. A complaint may be submitted by any individual or organization, in-state or out-of-state, and is defined as a written, signed allegation that a federal or state law, rule, or regulation has been violated by a local school corporation or the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). A complaint must include a statement that a school corporation or the IDOE has violated a statute, rule, or regulation applicable to a covered educational service and the facts on which the statement is based. The complaint must allege a violation that occurred not more than one (1) year prior to the date that the complaint is received unless a longer period is reasonable because the violation is considered systemic or ongoing.
Dispute Resolution Procedure
Pursuant to programs administered under the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act This document addresses the requirements of 42 USC § 11432 (See section 722(g) (1)(C)) for resolving disputes applicable to enrollment or school placement for homeless children as covered by McKinney-Vento.
Jimmie Lake, Jr.
Director of Student Pathways and Opportunities
Homeless Education Specialists
Hamilton Southeastern Schools (the “School”) has designated several staff members as coordinators of non-discrimination and anti-harassment. The identity and contact information for these staff members are listed below. The coordinators are responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with all non-discrimination and anti-harassment law. The coordinators shall document all reports of discrimination or harassment and establish a protocol for recordkeeping. Nothing in this procedure shall supersede or substitute an employee’s other mandatory reporting obligations including, but not limited to, reporting suspected child abuse and neglect and bullying.
Title VI Coordinator
(Race, color, national origin)
Chief Operations Officer
13485 Cumberland Road
Fishers, IN 46038
Title IX Coordinator
(Sex, including sexual harassment / sexual assault, gender discrimination)
Chief Operations Officer
13485 Cumberland Road
Fishers, IN 46038
Section 504 Coordinator
Director of Exceptional Learners
13485 Cumberland Road
Fishers, IN 46038
(All other forms)
Assistant Superintendent of Staff and Student Services
13485 Cumberland Road
Fishers, IN 46038
In addition, each school building shall have a designated building-level coordinator who will work in conjunction with the appropriate coordinator listed above to respond to allegations of discrimination.
Harassment or discrimination of students, staff members, and guests is prohibited at all academic, extra-curricular, and school-sponsored activities. Behavior prohibited by this policy also includes conduct in any school program or activity taking place in school facilities, on school transportation, or any off campus conduct that has a continuing effect on campus or in a school program or activity. The School prohibits discrimination and harassment through a computer, computer system, or computer network. Notwithstanding any other prohibition, the School will not take action to regulate expression protected by the United States and Indiana Constitutions. The School is particularly devoted to preventing and diligently addressing discrimination and harassment based on a protected class including but not limited to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sex.
Harassment and discrimination may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling; graphic and written statements; sexual violence or unwanted sexual contact; or other conduct that may be harmful, humiliating, or physically threatening. Harassment and discrimination do not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents, but may be present in peer-to-peer, staff-to-staff, staff-to-student, or student-to-staff interactions. Harassment and discrimination may be any act, speech, or gesture sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities provided by the School. These procedures will be used to investigate and address complaints of discrimination and harassment alleging discrimination by students, employees, or third parties.
The goal of these procedures is to ensure they adequately address and provide sufficient options for prompt and effective responses to incidents of discrimination and harassment. The School’s response will be reasonably calculated to end harassment and discrimination, eliminate hostile environments, prevent recurrence, and provide for a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”). The School will ensure that its policy and procedures against discrimination and harassment are widely distributed and readily available to students, parents of students, and employees. The School will take appropriate steps to educate employees, students, and parents regarding its non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and reporting procedures. This may include: presentations during employee training; seminars, workshops, or speakers; or signs, posters, or demonstrations emphasizing important parts of the policy. Policies and reporting procedures will be made available to the school community through hardcopy and via the School’s website.
Anyone who believes that a student or staff member has possibly been the target of discrimination or harassment is encouraged to immediately report the situation to an appropriate staff member such as a teacher, counselor, administrator, or coordinator based on the form of harassment or discrimination. Any employee who observes, suspects, or is notified of discrimination or harassment must report the behavior to his/her building level leader. The reporter need not be the target of the discrimination or harassment. Complaints against a staff member should not be reported to the accused staff. Instead, complaints against a staff member should be reported to that staff member’s supervisor or appropriate coordinator based on the form of harassment or discrimination. For example, harassment based upon disability should be reported to the Section 504 Coordinator.
Sexual conduct/relationships with students by School employees or any other adult member of the School community is prohibited, and any adult who engages in certain sexual conduct with a student may be disciplined up to and including termination and may also be in violation of crimes. Any employee accused of sexual relations with a student will be prohibited from communicating with students until at least the School’s investigation is completed. Proven sexual relationships with a student regardless of the age of the student will lead to a recommendation of employment termination.
If a report of discrimination or harassment is received by the School, the School will inform the reporter or target on whose behalf the report was made (and family members if appropriate) of the options for formal and informal complaint processes and the School’s responsibility to investigate the harassment or discrimination. Upon notice of alleged harassment or discrimination, both building and district level coordinators will provide appropriate interim measures, including but not limited to counseling, academic services, and limiting contact between the parties. All investigations into harassment and discrimination complaints will be prompt, thorough, and impartial, and conducted by an employee or agent free of any conflicts of interest.
The School will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint in a manner consistent with a request for confidentiality from the alleged target of the harassment or discrimination. If the alleged target insists that his or her name not be disclosed to the harasser or discriminator, the School’s ability to respond may be limited. The School, however, will endeavor to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory, and harassment-free environment for students and staff.
The School will address both formal and informal complaints of discrimination and harassment. Complaints of discrimination and harassment should be received within 30 days of discovering the alleged discrimination or harassment.
Complaints need not be in formal written format. Reporters may informally and verbally report discrimination and harassment to an appropriate staff member. The appropriate coordinators shall be included in the informal complaint to ensure compliance. Resolution of an informal complaint may include: an opportunity for the complainant to explain to the alleged offender that his or her conduct is unwelcome or offensive, either in writing or face-to-face; a warning to the alleged offender that the alleged conduct is not appropriate and could lead to discipline; mediation with individuals involved in the complaint; or any of the responses available in a formal complaint. Mediation will not be permitted for complaints of sexual violence. All complaints involving a School employee or any other adult member of the School community harassing or discriminating against a student will be formally investigated. At any time during the informal process any of the parties may end the informal process and initiate the formal process.
The formal complaint form is found here. The formal complaint form should be filed with the appropriate non-discrimination or anti-harassment coordinator. The coordinators shall receive, and process formal complaints of discrimination or harassment based on the protected class. All investigations into formal harassment or discrimination complaints will be prompt, thorough, and impartial. Investigations will be completed within 45 school days from the date the coordinator receives the complaint unless there is good cause for a longer timeline. The means of investigating harassment include: target, witness, and accused interviews; opportunity for the parties to present evidence and witnesses; requests for written witness statements from the parties; assessment of whether harassment or discrimination occurred pursuant to the preponderance of the evidence. If appropriate, the School will make alternative arrangements to avoid targets being in the same room as the accused during formal proceedings. The School will inform all parties at regular intervals of the status of the investigation.
Written notice of the outcome of the investigation will be provided to parties involved in the complaint to the extent permitted by law. A formal investigation outcome may be appealed by any party in writing to the district coordinator within ten (10) days receipt of the outcome of the formal investigation. The written appeal should identify the reasons why the coordinator should reconsider the outcome of the investigation. The coordinator should respond to the appealing party within ten (10) days of receipt of the written appeal indicating any reconsideration of the investigation outcome based on the appeal. A reconsideration of the formal investigation outcome may be appealed by any party in writing to the School’s governing body within ten (10) days of receipt of the coordinator’s reconsideration. The governing body or their designee should respond to the appealing party within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the written appeal indicating the final outcome of the investigation. Written notice of the final outcome of the investigation will be provided to parties involved in the complaint to the extent permitted by law.
Responses to Substantiated Harassment or Discrimination
In response to a complaint investigation, if the School determines that harassment or discrimination has occurred, the School will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to stop the harassment or discrimination, remedy the harassment or discrimination, and prevent the harassment or discrimination from recurring. Steps may include: separating the harasser/discriminator and the target, providing counseling for the target and/or harasser/discriminator, taking prompt disciplinary action against the harasser/discriminator, or identifying the discriminatory or harassing incident and reaffirming the school’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy. These steps should not penalize the target of the harassment or discrimination.
Disciplinary actions against the harasser/discriminator may include but are not limited to: suspension and expulsion for students; discharge for employees; exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors.
Following a substantiated discrimination or harassment incident, the School will communicate with the target and all participants of the investigation regarding how to report subsequent problems. The School shall follow-up to ensure that there have not been continuing or new incidents of discrimination or harassment.
Incidents of harassment or discrimination may be referred to appropriate law enforcement officials. If an incident is referred to law enforcement or another outside agency, including the Department of Child Services, the School will proceed with an internal investigation of discrimination or harassment simultaneously designed not to interfere with the law enforcement investigation.
In the course of discrimination and harassment investigations, the School will assess whether the nature of the conduct has civil rights implications. If the harassing or discriminatory behavior is on the basis of a protected class, the School will respond in accordance with the applicable federal civil rights statutes and regulations. The School shall follow the then-current legal standards for non-discrimination and anti-harassment including the standard of whether a hostile environment or disparate treatment exists.
Overall, the School’s process will provide for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints of discrimination and harassment.
Prohibition Against Retaliation
The School prohibits retaliation against persons who report discrimination or harassment or participate in related proceedings. The School will notify the person reporting the discrimination or harassment and all individuals participating in the investigation of the School’s policy prohibiting retaliation. The School will make all possible efforts to prevent retaliation against individuals reporting discrimination or harassment or participating in related proceedings. The School will respond promptly and appropriately to address continuing or new problems. Any person may report suspected retaliation to the appropriate coordinator for a protected class. Intentionally making false accusations about discrimination or harassment is also prohibited and should be reported in the same manner as suspected discrimination or harassment behavior.
Individuals with questions regarding non-discrimination laws may contact the appropriate coordinator listed above or the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ Chicago Office, which serves Indiana, as follows:
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Fax: 312-730-1576; TDD: 800-877-8339
Students who attended Hamilton Southeastern School District regardless of their graduation year can obtain their transcript from the last school attended:
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Transcripts can be obtained by either contacting the appropriate high school via email, phone call or in person or submitting a request via Parchment. There is no form or fee when requesting a transcript directly from the school. A small fee may be charged by Parchment.
Verification of Graduation
We cannot verify graduation or other information over the phone, due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. All verifications will be done via email, fax or Parchment. Please email or fax the appropriate school the request with the student release or submit a transcript request via Parchment. Diplomas are not retained by the schools; if a replacement is needed, contact the appropriate school for a reorder. There is a fee for the diploma reorder.
SAT and ACT Test Scores
Hamilton Southeastern School District does not permanently archive SAT or ACT test scores. To obtain your test scores, you will need to contact the following: