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Interdistrict Attendance   

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The Board of Education recognizes that parents/guardians of students who reside in one district may, for a variety of reasons, choose to enroll their child in a school in another district. All interdistrict transfer requests will be carefully considered on the basis of space availability.

The Board of Education recognizes that a key component of successful education is parent engagement, and encourages all families to become involved in district programs and schools. There are many ways to become involved and contribute to the district including, but not limited to, serving on school site councils, PTA, PTO's, donating directly to the school district, or to foundations affiliated with the district. Every parent/guardian of a student who receives an interdistrict transfer agreement will be provided information on the district's mission and goals and informed of the variety of ways to become involved and contribute to the success of district students.

(cf. 0520.3 - Title I Program Improvement Districts)

(cf. 5111.12 - Residency Based on Parent/Guardian Employment)

(cf. 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment)

(cf. 5118 - Open Enrollment Act Transfers)

Interdistrict Attendance Permits

The Board may enter into an agreement with any other school district, for a term not to exceed five school years, for the interdistrict attendance of students who are residents of the districts. (Education Code 46600)

The agreement shall specify the terms and conditions under which interdistrict attendance shall be permitted or denied. It also may contain standards agreed to by both districts for reapplication and/or revocation of the student's permit. (Education Code 46600)

Upon receiving a permit for transfer into the district that has been approved by the student's district of residence, or upon receiving a written request from the parent/guardian of a district student who wishes to enroll in another district, the Superintendent or designee shall review the request and may approve or deny the permit subject to the terms and conditions of the interdistrict attendance agreement.

The Superintendent or designee may deny initial interdistrict attendance permits because of overcrowding within district schools, limited district resources, or other considerations that are not arbitrary. However, once an interdistrict permit is granted and the student is enrolled in the new school, the district (1) may not require the student to reapply, (2) must allow the student to attend the school unless the permit contains specific standards for reapplication, and (3) along with the district of residence, may not revoke the student's existing permit if he/she is entering grade 11 or 12.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and activities)

Once a student's interdistrict enrollment is accepted, that shall become the student's home campus for the duration of continuous enrollment, as long as the conditions of acceptance are met.


The district shall not provide transportation beyond any school attendance area.

Limits on Student Transfers out of the District to a School District of Choice

The Superintendent or designee may limit the number of student transfers out of the district to a school district of choice based on the percentages of average daily attendance specified in Education Code 48307.

In addition, transfers out of the district may be limited during a fiscal year when the County Superintendent of Schools has given the district a negative budget certification or when the County Superintendent has determined that the district will not meet the state's standards and criteria for fiscal stability in the subsequent fiscal year exclusively as a result of student transfers from this district to a school district of choice. (Education Code 48307)

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 3460 - Financial Reports and Accountability)

The district may deny a transfer of a student out of the district to a school district of choice if the Board determines that the transfer would negatively impact a court-ordered or voluntary desegregation plan of the district. (Education Code 48301)

A child of an active military duty parent/guardian shall not be prohibited from transferring out of the district to a school district of choice, if the other school district approves the application for transfer. (Education Code 48301)

Out of district students seeking admission to any charter school in the district is not required to have an interdistrict transfer so long as they are enrolled in the charter. (See Charter Schools BP 0420.4)

Legal Reference:


41020 Annual district audits

46600-46611 Interdistrict attendance agreements

48204 Residency requirements for school attendance

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

48350-48361 Open Enrollment Act

48900 Grounds for suspension or expulsion; definition of bullying

48915 Expulsion; particular circumstances

48915.1 Expelled individuals: enrollment in another district

48918 Rules governing expulsion procedures

48980 Notice at beginning of term

52317 Regional occupational center/program, enrollment of students, interdistrict attendance


87 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 132 (2004)

84 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 198 (2001)


Walnut Valley Unified School District v. the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, (2011) 192 Cal.App.4th 234

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

Management Resources:


Transfer Law Comparison, Fact Sheet, March 2011



California Department of Education:


adopted: November 15, 2012 Davis, California

revised: June 16, 2016