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Intradistrict Open Enrollment   

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The Board of Trustees desires to provide enrollment options that meet the diverse needs and interests of District students. The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for the selection and transfer of students among District schools in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation.

The parents/guardians of any student who resides within District boundaries may apply to enroll their child in any District school, regardless of the location of residence within the district (Education Code 35160.5)

The Board shall annually review this policy. (Education Code 35160.5, 48980)

Enrollment Priorities

Priority for attendance outside a student's attendance area shall be given as follows:

1. Any student enrolled in a District school that has been identified on the state's Open Enrollment List. (Education code 48354)

(cf. 5118 - Open Enrollment Act Transfers)

2. If a district school receiving Title I funds is identified for program improvement, corrective action or restructuring, all students enrolled in that school shall be provided an option to transfer to another District school or charter school. (20 USC 6316)

(cf. 0420.2 Charter Schools)

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

3. If while on school grounds a student becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense, as defined by the State Board of Education, or attends a school designated by the California Department of Education as persistently dangerous, he/she shall be provided an option to transfer to another District school or charter school. (20 USC 7912)

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

4. If a student attends a school designated by the California Department of Education as "persistently dangerous," he/she shall be provided an option to transfer to another District school or charter school. (20 USC 7912; 5 CCR 11992)

5. The Superintendent or designee may approve a student's transfer to a District school that is at capacity and otherwise closed to transfers upon finding that special circumstances exist that might be harmful or dangerous to the student in the current attendance area, including, but not limited to, threats of bodily harm or threats to the emotional stability of the student.

To grant priority under these circumstances, the Superintendent or designee must have received either: (Education Code 35160.5)

a. A written statement from a representative of an appropriate state or local agency, including but not limited to a law enforcement official or social worker, or a properly licensed or registered professional, including, but not limited to, a psychiatrist, psychologist or marriage and family therapist

b. A court order, including a temporary restraining order and injunction

6. Priority shall be given to siblings of students already in attendance in that school.

Application and Selection Process

In order to ensure that priorities for enrollment in District schools are implemented in accordance with law, applications for intradistrict open school day enrollment shall be submitted between the first school day in January and the last day of March of the school year preceding the school year for which the transfer is requested.

The Superintendent or designee shall calculate each school's capacity in a nonarbitrary manner using student enrollment and available space. (Education Code 35160.5)

For all other applications for enrollment outside a school's attendance area, the Superintendent or designee shall use a random, unbiased selection process to determine who shall be admitted whenever a school receives admission requests that are in excess of the school's capacity. (Education Code 35160.5)

Enrollment decisions shall not be based on a student's academic or athletic performance, except that existing entrance criteria for specialized schools or programs may be used provided that the criteria are uniformly applied to all applicants. Academic performance may be used to determine eligibility for, or placement in, programs for gifted and talented students. (Education Code 35160.6)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

No student currently residing within a school's attendance area shall be displaced by another student transferring from outside the attendance area. (Education Code 35160.5)

Legal Reference:


200 Prohibition against discrimination

35160.5 District policies; rules and regulations

35291 Rules

35351 Assignment of students to particular schools

46600-46611 Interdistrict attendance agreements

48200 Compulsory attendance

48204 Residency requirements for school attendance

48300-48316 Student attendance alternatives, school district of choice program

48350-48361 Open Enrollment Act

48980 Notice at beginning of term


11992-11994 Definition of persistently dangerous schools


6316 Transfers from program improvement schools

7912 Transfers from persistently dangerous schools


200.36 Dissemination of information

200.37 Notice of program improvement status, option to transfer

200.39 Program improvement, transfer option

200.42 Corrective action, transfer option

200.43 Restructuring, transfer option

200.44 Public school choice, program improvement schools

200.48 Transportation funding for public school choice


Crawford v. Huntington Beach Union High School District, (2002) 98 Cal.App.4th 1275


85 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 95 (2002)

Management Resources:


Public School Choice, January 2009

Unsafe School Choice Option, May 2004



California Department of Education, Unsafe School Choice Option:

U.S. Department of Education, No Child Left Behind:


adopted: July 26, 2006 Carlsbad, California

revised: June 10, 2009

revised: August 24, 2011