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2020-2021 Freshman Choice Program

THE FRESHMAN CHOICE APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED.  To attend a different school other than the one you are currently mapped to, you will need to follow the standard Transfer Appeal Process 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

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.

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


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.

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.

IB Program

Q: My student is interested in the IB program, do I need to complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application?
A: A meeting with the IB Coordinator, the student, and the parent must take place by December 10th, 2019 in order to discuss IB program requirements and verify student eligibility. If your student does not receive official approval for the IB program, you must complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application by December 13, 2019.


Q: Is bus transportation provided for students who elect to attend a non-home high school?
A: The shuttle system will continue to be an option in 2020-2021. Students approved to attend a non-home high school will be assigned to a home high school bus route and will utilize the bus shuttle service between the high schools in the morning and afternoons. Important: when 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 need.

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.

This is not a “Lottery”

Q: Is it advantageous to complete multiple forms or to submit the Freshman Choice Transfer Application earlier than the December 6, 2019 deadline?
A: Only one application per student needs to be submitted and all applications received by the December 13, 2019 deadline will be given equal consideration.

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 powered by SurveyMonkey. 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 20, 2019 via email from Julie Hays. If you do not receive notification by 6:00 pm on December 20, 2019, please contact Julie Hays via email at jhays@hse.k12.in.us 

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.

Missed the Deadline

Q: What if I change my mind after the deadline of December 13, 2019 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.

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 Freshmen 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

  • HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the District Administration Office, click here. 

Our Mission

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