The Art of the Student Transfer Program

The Art of the Student Transfer Program

In 1993, the state of Missouri passed the Outstanding Schools Act. Section 167.131 of this law states that an unaccredited district must pay the tuition and transportation cost for students to attend an accredited school district. The Riverview Gardens School District (RGSD) was one of three unaccredited school districts in the state of Missouri in 2013. With close to 6,000 students, RGSD, located in St. Louis, Missouri, was forced to implement this program. While the majority of media reports focused on the political, financial, and school perspectives of the program, many of the personal family stories were neglected. Completed as part of a dissertation, this documentary highlights the personal experiences and stories of those who have been impacted by this program. The unique experiences and perspectives of these participants are based on the decisions that were made by each family, related to what has become known as the Student Transfer Program (STP). One of the participants (Jennifer) decided to keep her children enrolled in RGSD following implementation of the STP. Another participant (Michelle) decided to exercise her right to transfer her children from RGSD and enroll them in an accredited school district, at the expense of RGSD. The final participant (Tiffany) initially decided to transfer her children from RGSD to an accredited school district, but later that same year returned to RGSD. Watch to learn exactly how complex of an issue equitable education is.

Running Time
43 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Short
Howard Fields
Howard Fields, Howard Fields
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «The Art of the Student Transfer Program» (19)

Marie avatar

Such a great film. Well worth the watch.

Patrick A. avatar
Patrick A.

I really enjoyed this movie from beginning to end.

Beverly Allen avatar
Beverly Allen

I loved watching this movie. Very good movie and it was kind of sad at the end. A MUST watch movie.

Alexander H. avatar
Alexander H.

Can watch it 10 times and still see new things you missed. Howard Fields is a genius!

Wayne avatar

this really is the most amazing real movie I have seen this year

Margaret avatar

Completely mad story, screen play, twists, thrilling moments. Love this movie all the way, a superb thought showed on screen is not easy. But the magic has been happened on the screen.

Timothy avatar

I cannot say that this is Howard Fields best film, because it is the only that I have seen by him. But it has gotten my highest rating, so that counts for something.

Martha avatar

So, what makes this film different? It's smart, focused, and suspenseful.

Sarah avatar

Great FILM! You can watch it 4 times and still rediscover little quirks you hadn't noticed. Absolutely amazing.