Interdistrict Attendance Permits

Interdistrict Attendance Permits

The Interdistrict Transfer process applies to those parents who wish their children to attend school in a district other than that in which they reside.  All Interdistrict requests must be initiated in the district of residence.  Interdistrict transfers are valid for one year only and must be renewed annually.  An approved Interdistrict agreement must be in effect between the district of residence and the school district of desired attendance before a student can attend the desired school.


Status of interdistrict transfer application

  • We are not able to provide the status of a pending application. Notifications will be sent in writing once a decision has been made. For questions other than the status of an application, email
  • For Incoming Transfer requests, final notification will be emailed to the parent/guardian’s email address.
  • For Outgoing Transfers, final notification will come from the requested school district.

interdistrict submission windows

  • For 2024-25 Interdistrict Transfers: submissions will be accepted throughout the school year.

  • For 2025-26 Interdistrict Transfer renewals: submission window will open January 6, 2025.

  • For NEW 2025-26 Incoming Interdistrict Transfer applications: submission window will open April 7, 2025.  Any requests submitted prior to this date will be returned.


interdistrict transfer timeline

Requests will be processed in accordance with CA Ed Code 46600.2:

  • For traditional schools requested: Applications received before August 20, 2024, will be notified as soon as possible, but up to 14 calendar days after the new term begins.
  • For year-round schools requested: Applications received before July 17, 2024, will be notified as soon as possible, but up to 14 calendar days after the new term begins.
  • Applications received after the first day the school year begins, will be notified within 30 days from the date the application was received.


outgoing interdistrict transfers

Requests to attend school outside of IUSD

For students that reside in IUSD boundaries and are requesting to attend schools in another district, please complete the following:

1. Contact or view the requesting school district's website for their application window period (IUSD will process Outgoing Requests accordingly).

2. Gather supporting documentation for the Reason of the Request; this must be submitted with your application or it may delay processing.

3. Complete the online Interdistrict Transfer form. Please make sure to attach any supporting documentation.

Click here to complete the 2024-2025 Interdistrict Transfer Agreement online form (next school year).

4. Due to the high volume of submissions received, we are unable to provide details regarding a request. Irvine Unified School District currently has a processing turn-around time of 2 weeks for the current school year once the original hard copy and supporting documentation is received; timing is subject to change. For the next school year, applications will be processed as soon as possible, in the order they were received, but up to 14 calendar days after the new term begins.

incoming interdistrict transfers


The process to apply for an Interdistrict Transfer to IUSD requires the submission of an online Interdistrict Transfer Application.


1.  Incoming transfer applications begin with your District of Residence. Contact your District of Residence to request an Interdistrict Transfer. *If you have your approved transfer request, you may attach it to your Incoming IUSD Interdistrict Transfer application.

2. Once you have submitted your Interdistrict Transfer to your District of Residence, complete the online Incoming Interdistrict Transfer application. Please select the appropriate school year from the links below.

3.  Make sure to attach the appropriate supporting documentation. Applications missing documentation will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered.

For NEW requests, please attach the following:

  • Most recent transcript/report card
  • Attendance record
  • Disciplinary record (if a student does not have a disciplinary record, documentation must be submitted)
  • *Individualized Educational Program [IEP] (*applicable to Special Education students only)

For RENEWAL requests, please attach supporting documentation supporting your reason for renewal (proof of current enrollment in IUSD, proof of parent employment, etc.)

Click here to complete the 2024-2025 INCOMING Interdistrict Transfer Application online form (next school year).

Once received, IUSD will begin the review process. Final approval or denial notifications will be sent via the email provided on the application.

applicable interdistrict transfer conditions

The following conditions apply:

  • Students admitted to Irvine Unified School District under the Interdistrict Transfer agreement shall be assigned to schools where space is available at the discretion and determination of IUSD administration.
  • IUSD does not participate in the Allen Bill.
  • Interdistrict transfers are valid for one year only and must be renewed annually.
  • Interdistrict applications will be required if the student is a first time applicant in grades 11 or 12.
  • If the attendance, behavior and scholarship of the student are reviewed and any, or all, are found to be unsatisfactory as determined by school administration, the transfer may be revoked, except for students entering grade 11 or 12 in the subsequent school year.
  • When a students’ residency changes, the parent/guardian shall notify the school within 5 days of the change in residence.
  • Transportation, if needed, shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  • Childcare, if needed, shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  • All students and schools are subject to all California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) athletic eligibility rules and regulations. Approved transfers should not be understood to mean that any CIF rules or regulations have been waived.
  • If an Interdistrict Transfer agreement request is denied, the parent/guardian has the opportunity to appeal the decision to the IUSD Transfer Review Committee within 10 calendar days of the date of the denial.
  • If an Interdistrict Transfer Appeal is denied, the parent/guardian has the opportunity to appeal the decision to Orange County Department of Education within 30 calendar days of the date of the final denial.
  • A student, parent, or guardian who provides a false address and/or other pertinent data as a basis for enrollment in any school in the District may have the transfer revoked. The revocation may be immediate and notice promptly given to the student and parent/guardian.
  • Parent/Guardian will be notified of the Interdistrict Transfer final decision within 30 calendar days from the date the request was received. For outgoing Interdistrict Transfers, final decisions will be provided by the requested district.
  • Parent/Guardian will be notified of subsequent school year Interdistrict Transfer final decision as soon as possible, but no later than 14 calendar days after the commencement of instruction in the school year for which Interdistrict transfer is sought.
  • Failure of the parent to meet required timelines, including submission of supporting documents, will be deemed an abandonment of the Interdistrict Transfer request.
  • IUSD reserves the right to deny transfer requests or release students for the following reasons: adverse impact on ethnic balance; insufficient state aid; lack of documentation concerning employment within the identified district, lack of facilities either district wide or in a specific attendance/school; lack of suitable or impacted special education programs; student history of unsatisfactory attendance, scholarship or behavior.
  • With regard to Interdistrict Transfer of special education programs, funding agreements between districts shall be in accordance with the AB 602 funding model. This transfer does not authorize release of special education funds to the receiving district from IUSD.


Financial Conditions

Interdistrict attendance agreements shall be non-tuition unless Federal Impact Aid is involved. Under a non-tuition agreement, the financial apportionment for regular education students shall be credited to the district of attendance and not the district of residence.