topleft >  Services >  Governance Technology > 

Escondido Union ESD |  BP  5116.1  Students

Intradistrict Open Enrollment   

arrow Previous bar Next arrow

The Board of Education desires to provide enrollment options that meet the diverse needs and interests of district students and parents/guardians, while also maximizing the efficient use of district facilities. 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.

(cf. 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance)

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 their residence within the district. (Education Code 35160.5)

(cf. 5111.1 - District Residency)

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

Enrollment Priorities

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)

(cf. 5116 - School Attendance Boundaries)

The superintendent or designee shall grant priority to any district student to attend another district school, including a charter school, outside of his/her attendance area as follows:

1. Any student enrolled in a district school that has been identified on the state's Open Enrollment Act list (Education Code 48354)

(cf. 5118 - Open Enrollment Act Transfers)

2. Any student enrolled in a district school designated by the California Department of Education as "persistently dangerous" (20 USC 7912; 5 CCR 11992)

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

3. Any student who is a victim of a violent crime while on school grounds (20 USC 7912)

4. Any sibling of a student already in attendance in that school

5. Any student whose parent/guardian is assigned to that school as his/her primary place of employment

6. Any fifth-grade student who is attending a district school outside of his/her attendance area on an approved intradistrict transfer, and who desires to attend the feeder middle school of the elementary school of attendance.

7. Any incoming fifth-grade student for the subsequent school year who moves out of that school's attendance area after the close of the intradistrict application window and remains at the elementary school, or any current fifth-grade student who moves during the school year and remains at the elementary school, and who desires to attend the feeder middle school of the elementary school of attendance.

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 enrollment shall be submitted between November and February 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)

Except for priorities listed above, the superintendent or designee shall use a random, unbiased selection process to determine who shall be admitted whenever the 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 35160.5)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)


Except as required for students who transferred out of a Title I program improvement school, the district shall not be obligated to provide transportation for students who attend school outside their attendance area.

(cf. 3250 - Transportation Fees)

(cf. 3540 - Transportation)

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


6311 State plans

7912 Transfers from persistently dangerous schools


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 FAQs

Every Student Succeeds Act 2016-17 School Year Transition Plan, April 2016


Transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Frequently Asked Questions, rev. May 4, 2016

Unsafe School Choice Option, May 2004



California Department of Education:

U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: October 23, 2003 Escondido, California

revised: February 11, 2010

revised: September 12, 2013

revised: September 21, 2016

revised: November 15, 2018