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Freshmen Choice Information

Hamilton Southeastern Schools offers high school selection to eighth graders. 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

You do not need to complete an application if you want your student to remain at the high school that they are designated to attend next fall based on your current address. Please review the FAQ’s found below. 

To view the current high school boundaries, please visit the “My School Location” link: https://www.myschoollocation.com/hamiltonsoutheasternsd/


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 jhays@hse.k12.in.us

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO COMPLETE THE FORM: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=PkZ4tvvZX0eBU43PqJYEfbg-6hjmKNtJqhI_GtnMqf1UNUhRQTA0OVRVNjY2SUNNSVVFMzRIV0ZZWS4u

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Older Siblings Already Attend Non-Home High School
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 in order to attend a non-home high school.
  1. Younger Siblings
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.
  1. IB Program
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 (jgabbard@hse.k12.in.us), the student, and the parent must take place by December 11, 2020 in order to discuss IB program requirements and verify student eligibility. Please use this website to book your virtual appointment: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/FHSIBProgramme@hsek12inus.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/M5W1qyMJIUWeoM481CDj8w2
If your student is approved for the IB program following this meeting, it is not necessary to complete the Freshman Choice Transfer application. 
  1. Transportation
Q: Is bus transportation provided for students who elect to attend a non-home high school?
A: 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.
  1. My Student Receives Special Services
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.
  1. This is not a “Lottery”
Q: Is it advantageous to complete multiple forms or to submit the Freshman Choice Transfer Application earlier than the deadline?
A: Only one application per student needs to be submitted and all applications received by the deadline will be given equal consideration.
  1. How Will I know if my Application Was Received and Approved?
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 via email from Julie Hays. 
  1. Return to Home School
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 at jhays@hse.k12.in.us to request a return to your student’s home school.
  1. Missed the Deadline
Q: What if I change my mind after the deadline 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.
  1. HSE School Employees

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.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665

  • To send a general inquiry email to the District Administration Office, click here

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Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides excellence in education and opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.

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