The transition to High School is a very exciting time for our 8th grade families. In GWL, our students have the opportunity to attend Chester Academy or Warwick High School. Over the course of the fall semester, 8th grade students will participate in assemblies, informational nights and day visitations to each District to help facilitate the selection process. Students will be invited to events to experience the social culture in each respective high school. In December, students will select their high school of choice with their parents and schedules for 9th grade will be developed with counselors in the spring.
8th grade students will select their HS of choice by December 15th. Transfer requests for 8th grade students will not be considered after April 1st for any student until the following school year, as Chester and Warwick are staffing programs and developing budgets based on GWLUFSD's projected enrollment numbers.
Please Visit Our Partner School's Website For More Information or Contact Matthew Friedler, GWL MS Guidance Counselor:
64 Hambletonian Avenue, Chester, NY 10918
(845) 469 – 2231
89 Sanfordville Road Warwick, NY 10990
(845) 987 – 3050
9-12th Transfer Applications & Considerations:
The Superintendent will consider transfer requests from current 9-12th grade students at the end of Fall semester for the Spring and before April 1st for the following academic year.
Only under extreme circumstances will a transfer be permitted during the middle of the semester - as it will impact the transcript of the transfer student and the tuition commitment made by the GWLUFSD to the high school of choice. A student who would like the GWL Superintendent to consider a mid-semester transfer must submit a letter to the Superintendent articulating the rationale behind said request and his/her most recent report card. After received, the Superintendent will schedule a meeting with the student and his/her parent.
Please note that starting in the 2017-2018 school year - all transfer requests must be approved prior to April 1, 2017 by the GWL Superintendent of Schools. In according with our new high school contracts, no transfers after that date will be approved for the 2017-2018 academic year.
NYS Athletic Association Guidelines Regarding Transfers
Please be advised that the high school selected in grade 9 is considered a student's school of residence. Students who transfer from their school of residence to another school (from Chester to Warwick OR from Warwick to Chester), are subjected to the athletic transfer policy (see below).
Excerpt from Page 136 of NYSPHSAA Handbook
A student who transfers without a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months prior) is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic contest in a particular sport for a period of one (1) year if as a 9-12 student participated in that sport during the one (1) year period immediately preceding his/her transfer. Students who transfer from any school to the public school district of the residence of his/her parents (or other persons whom the student has resided for at least six months) or a private school within that district's boundaries shall receive a waiver from the Transfer Rule. Such a transfer without penalty will only be permitted once in a high school career.
Note: Multiple High School Districts - The policies/boundaries of the school district will be followed. If the district has an open enrollment policy, the interpretation to be used will be the same as used for students of K-8 school districts. When a student enrolls in 9th grade, that is the district (building) of their residence. Any subsequent transfer would be subject to the Transfer Rule.
Please feel free to contact Chris Radon, Athletic Director, with questions regarding the transfer rule outlined above.