Open Enrollment Policy

Open Enrollment links below are now open and will close at noon on February 3, 2017.

Based on requests submitted by the deadline, a lottery is held and waiting lists (by grade level and site) are established.

Note: Jeffrey Trail Middle School is only open to Open Enrollment for siblings of concurrently enrolled Jeffrey Trail Middle School students for the 2017-18 school year. Jeffrey Trail Middle School is closed to general Open Enrollment requests and any requests made for Jeffrey Trail Middle School without a concurrently enrolled sibling will not be approved.

Note: Woodbridge High School is only open to Open Enrollment for siblings of concurrently enrolled Woodbridge High School students for the 2017-18 school year. Woodbridge High school is closed to general Open Enrollment requests and any requests made for Woodbridge High School without a concurrently enrolled sibling will not be approved.  

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT GUIDELINES:

Reflecting the belief that parents should have a choice of schools, the Irvine Unified School District established at its inception an Open Enrollment Policy. This policy provides the opportunity for parents who reside in the district to enroll their student in any school within the district on a space available basis.

Each school is required to serve the students who live within its attendance area prior to accepting any students from outside its attendance boundary. 

Though the district supports parental choice and is committed to Open Enrollment, once enrollment reaches school capacity, that school or grade level will be closed to Open Enrollment.  The following conditions also restrict the opportunities for Open Enrollment:

•             Approvals are for one year and are reviewed each year.

•             Parents must provide transportation.

•             Space must be available at the requested school.

•             Transition to middle school or high school is based not on previous school of enrollment, but on the school attendance area assigned to the neighborhood of residence.

SCHOOL CHOICE OPEN ENROLLMENT

(Incoming K-6th Grades)

2017-2018 School Year Approval Process for School Choice Open Enrollment - Incoming K through 6th Grades

To assure that the approval process for those interested in School Choice Open Enrollment is random and unbiased, waiting lists are established and maintained at each elementary school site. Existing students who would like to transfer from a school they are currently attending will follow the same School Choice Open Enrollment process as new students. This procedure is implemented as follows:

•             Parents complete a School Choice Open Enrollment Form (School Choice form) and submit it to the front office of the desired school site. Forms are available at any elementary school office the Monday following winter recess.

•             If you wish to request either Cypress Village Elementary School, Portola Springs Elementary School, Beacon Park Elementary School, Meadow Park Elementary, Plaza Vista, or Westpark Elementary School, go to the schools' websites and complete the electronic school choice request.

•             Parents complete a separate form for each student.

•             Requests for each different school are entered on a separate form.

•             The deadline for submitting a request is noon on the fourth Friday in February.

•             Based on forms submitted by the deadline, a lottery is held and waiting lists (by grade level) are established.

•             Requests received after the deadline are added to the established waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

TRANSITION YEARS OPEN ENROLLMENT

(Incoming 7th and 9th Grade)

2017-2018 School Year Approval Process for Transition Years Open Enrollment - Incoming 7th and 9th Grades

Deadline: February 3, 2017

To assure that the approval process for those interested in Open Enrollment is random and unbiased, a waiting list is maintained at the IUSD District Office based on an annual lottery. Students who are transitioning from one secondary level to the next (6th to 7th or 8th to 9th) should adhere to the following components and timelines of the Open Enrollment process. This procedure is implemented as follows:

•             Parents complete a Transition Years Open Enrollment Request Form via the link provided in a letter emailed to all current 6th and 8th grade parents. Students wishing to pursue Open Enrollment must make a request during the open enrollment window which begins at 8am on January 3, 2017 and closes at noon on February 3, 2017.

•             Parents are to complete a separate request form for each student.

•             Only one request per student will be accepted.

•             There will be a one for one exchange for all requests.

•             Based on forms submitted by the deadline, a lottery is held and waiting lists (by grade level and site) are established.

•             Requests received after February 3rd deadline may be added to the bottom of a school's waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

The Transition Years Intradistrict Transfer Request link (click here) is open and will close at noon on February 3, 2017.

 

INTRADISTRICT TRANSFER

All other (8th & 10th-12th)

All Other Secondary Open Enrollment Transfers: If you are interested in requesting a transfer for the current school year, or for any grade level not listed above, please see your site counselor or administrator for details.

•             Existing students who would like to transfer from a school they are currently attending should submit their request to the district office and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Parents complete an Intradistrict Transfer Request Form available below and within the Open Enrollment window.

•             Parents are to complete a separate request form for each student.

•             Only one request per student will be accepted.

•             There will be a one for one exchange for all requests.

•             Based on forms submitted by the deadline, a lottery is held and waiting lists (by grade level and site) are established.

 

The Intradistrict Transfer Request link (click here) is open and will close at noon on February 3, 2017.

 

Sibling Enrollment

For each academic year, priority consideration over all other Open Enrollment applicants shall be extended to the siblings of students concurrently or formerly enrolled as a senior during the current year of application at a given school under this policy. Please note that siblings do not take precedence over the students who live within the attendance boundary. For schools closed due to impacted enrollment, only concurrent siblings will be considered on space availability. Siblings are only admitted when there is space above and beyond what is needed to accommodate resident students.

Continued Enrollment in a Non-Neighborhood School

If a student is enrolled in a non-neighborhood school and continued enrollment at that school is desired, an Open Enrollment Form need not be completed. Once enrolled in a non-neighborhood school, students and their siblings receive priority at that school for enrollment over all other Open Enrollment applications. If, for any reason, the school is unable to permit continued enrollment, the principal will notify the parents. This provision also applies to students whose non-neighborhood school status is the result of a family change of residence within the district.

Returning to a Neighborhood School or Changing Schools After a School Year Has Begun

Students who elect to begin a given academic year at a school other than their neighborhood school may be refused enrollment at their neighborhood school for the balance of the same academic year due to restricted space availability. Students may transfer back to their neighborhood school, or to the school of geographic proximity inside their super attendance area, during the school year, except that no elementary student will be transferred after February 1. Middle school students may only transfer at the beginning of a trimester. High school students may only transfer at the beginning of a semester. Exception: Students who have started a school year at a year-round school shall not be accepted for transfer by a traditional calendar school during that same school year.

After February 1, in schools at or near capacity, an open seat may be claimed by a student who resides in the attendance area, or who resides in geographic proximity inside their super attendance area, but transfer may be delayed until the beginning of the next school year.

Displaced Students

Due to overcrowding, a student may be requested to enroll in a school that is not their assigned neighborhood school. In such cases, students have the right of continued enrollment at their new assigned school and it is treated as their neighborhood school. If there is an interest to return to their assigned neighborhood school when space becomes available, the principal of the neighborhood school should be contacted no later than noon on the fourth Friday in February.

Priorities within Super Attendance Areas

The District has a Super Attendance Area: Culverdale/Westpark.  Unless already closed to further enrollment, students residing in a super attendance area are entitled to a seat at one of the two schools in that super attendance area.

In the event requests exceed available seats at a grade level during the normal enrollment period, or there is a waiting list at any grade level of a school in a super attendance area, first priority will be given to requestors on the list who reside closest to the preferred school within the designated super attendance area.

All policies and attendance areas are subject to change by the
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