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once im eighteen, can i transfer schools without parent consent?

Discussion in 'Child Custody & Visitation' started by audreym214, May 4, 2020.

  1. audreym214

    audreym214 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    hello, im a seventeen year old female currently living in WA. im originally from california and went to high school there my freshman- half of my junior year. my father unexpectedly came down from WA and picked me up in CA and had me move over night. i did not realize my mother gave up her custody rights and my dad has full custody now. it was years since i had seen him last, which brought me by surprise when he came to pick me up. being here with him is not healthy for me, i am not happy here. ill be eighteen in january and ive already emailed my old counselor from my old school asking questions but she had stop replying to me. so what im basically asking is; once im eighteen, am i able to transfer back to my old high school in CA (living with a family friend) without my parents knowledge and consent?
     
  2. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    I suspect that you will have trouble doing that. You will not have established residency in this state by the time you come down, and you will also be an adult. You will want to speak to the district which you want to transfer to and find out their policies on the matter.
     
  3. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    On your 18th birthday you are an adult with all the rights and privileges of any other adult. You can wake up in the morning, have your breakfast, pack your bag, and walk out the door.

    As to whether you can transfer back to your old high school that's something you need to take up with the administrative office by phone or in person with a person in authority.

    I suspect that there will be hoops to jump through. It occurs to me that you might not be getting a response to email because the school might be closed for the rest of the semester.

    If that's the case you'd probably be better off studying online for a GED this summer rather than starting as a senior all over again in the fall. See, that's one of the practical decisions that an adult gets to make. ;)
     
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    cbg Super Moderator

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    Your question can only be answered by the school district to which you want to transfer.
     
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    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Once you're 18, you're a legal adult and are free to move about regardless of what your parents do or don't want. You will also have no right to support from either of them. Your ability to re-enroll at your former school is entirely up to the officials there, so you'll have to wait until the current hulabaloo is done and someone has time to respond to you. Keep in mind, though, that, while you're still a minor, they may be unwilling to communicate directly with you about this.


    What section of the Education Code requires that a student (whether adult or otherwise) "establish[] residency in this state" before being allowed to enroll in high school? The only residency requirement of which I'm aware (as a parent of kids in a California high school) is the requirement that a student who is a minor live in the district where the school is located, and that requirement need not be met prior to enrollment. I doubt very much that there is any law that requires an adult high school student to "establish[] residency" prior to being allowed to enroll.
     
  6. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    You can go anywhere you want to go (assuming you have the funds to do so) at 12:01 AM on the day in January that you call "your birthday".

    Once you reach the age of majority (18 years old), you are free to turn your back and your pappy and walk away.

    You could return to CA and live with anyone you choose.

    The mother of the three little pigs told her three little pigs as she shooed them out of her lovely pig sty, " Whatever you do , do it the best that you can because that's the way to get along in the world. But you better keep an eye out for wolves, my sweet lil piggies."


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  7. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    All anyone has to do to be enrolled rapidly in any public school in this nation when asked for an address is respond, "I'm homeless."

    Once that two word declaration is uttered, an array of "bennies" opens up for the unfortunate person.

    The "Homeless Awareness Response Program" (HARP for short) makes many formalities obsolete, not only in Texas, but all across the country.

    https://www.killeenisd.org/UserFiles/files/HomelessProgramOverview.pdf


    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    Part C - Homeless Education

    https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/sit...tanding-federal-definitions-3-12-18_508_0.pdf

    McKinney-Vento – National Center for Homeless Education
     
  8. mightymoose

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    You will make it much easier on yourself to finish school first and then move. It is only a few months.
     
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    That's why I suggested that the OP contact the school prior to doing anything. The OP needs to know the policies, etc., of the school & district that she wishes to transfer to.
     
  10. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    I don't disagree that the easiest route would be for the OP to stay in the current school until graduation, but I think we're talking about a year here, not a few months.
     
  11. mightymoose

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    From the time OP turns 18 in January until graduation.... A few months.
     
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    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    Gotcha
     

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