Intradistrict / School Choice

Intradistrict/School Choice is for families who reside within the attendance boundary area of Irvine Unified School District and wish to request a school other than their assigned school.   Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

*Note: Jeffrey Trail Middle School is only open to requests for siblings of concurrently enrolled Jeffrey Trail Middle School students for the 2020-21 school year.  Jeffrey Trail Middle School is closed to general Intradistrict/School Choice requests and any requests made for Jeffrey Trail Middle School without a concurrently enrolled sibling will not be processed.

*Note: Sierra Vista Middle School is only open to requests for siblings of concurrently enrolled Sierra Vista Middle School students for the 2020-21 school year.  Sierra Vista Middle School is closed to general Intradistrict/School Choice requests and any requests made for Sierra Vista Middle School without a concurrently enrolled sibling will not be processed.

*Note: Woodbridge High School is only open to requests for siblings of concurrently enrolled Woodbridge High School students for the 2020-21 school year.  Woodbridge High School is closed to general Intradistrict/School Choice requests and any requests made for Woodbridge High School without a concurrently enrolled sibling will not be processed.

THE INTRADISTRICT/SCHOOL CHOICE WINDOW IS NOW OPEN TO WAIT LIST REQUESTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL

FOR CURRENT IUSD STUDENTS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL ONLY , YOU MAY SUBMIT A WAIT LIST REQUEST, BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW THROUGH YOUR PARENT PORTAL.  **Please contact the requested elementary school directly for students in elementary grades regarding school choice .  Requests submitted through this system for elementary school grades will be denied.

  • Click on the banner titled: The 2020-21 Intradistrict/School Choice wait list window is open.
  • Under the Student Info tab, click on School of Choice Requests
  • Click on Create New School Choice Request
  • Complete the request and SAVE.

You may log into your Parent Portal account at any time to view the status of your request.  The Office of Student Services reviews wait list requests monthly and should an opportunity arise in the coming months to accommodate a request, parents will be notified by email.  Due to the high volume of requests received, we are unable to provide status updates regarding a request.

For currently enrolled students in a Private/Non-IUSD school students who reside within the attendance boundary area of IUSD and wish to submit an Intradistrict/School Choice wait list request to a school other than the assigned school, may do so by creating a Portal account and submitting your request.  Your student will be placed on a wait list and you will be notified by email in the coming months if we are able to accommodate the request.

*Note: Elementary school requests are submitted directly to the school site.  Please click on the Elementary Grades tab below for further instructions.

INTRADISTRICT/SCHOOL CHOICE GUIDELINES:

The Irvine Unified School Intradistrict/School Choice process provides the opportunity for parents/legal guardians to request a school other than their assigned school.  The condition which restricts this policy is space availability.  

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Transferring your child to a different school other than their assigned school may result in your child not matriculating with his/her peers.
  • Due to the high volume of requests, we are unable to provide status updates regarding your request.
  • Parent/Legal Guardian must provide transportation to requested school.
  • Middle school students who live in the Columbus Grove area that are assigned to Lakeside MS and would like to exercise choice to have their child attend Venado, should use the Intradistrict/School choice process to submit a request.

To assure that the approval is random and unbiased, the approval process is implemented as follows:

Elementary Grades

(Incoming K-6th Grades)

Process for Elementary School Choice - Incoming Grades K-6

  • The school choice window begins the first day school resumes after winter break and ends the last Friday in February.
  • Parents/legal guardian complete a School Choice Form and submit the form to the front office of the desired school site.  Forms are available at the schools.
  • Based on request forms submitted by the deadline, a lottery is held and waiting lists (by grade level and site) are established.
  • Requests received after the deadline are added to the end of the established waiting list.
  • Periodically, schools are closed to School Choice due to high enrollment.

secondary grades

(Grades 7-12)

Process for Secondary School Choice - Grades 7-12

  • Transition to middle school or high school is based on the assigned school attendance area, not on previous school enrollment.
  • Parents/legal guardians wishing to pursue Intradistrict/School Choice must make a request during the School Choice window.
  • Opportunities for transfer may be granted in the following manner:
    • On-to-one exchange
    • Space availability
  • Based on request forms submitted by the deadline, a lottery is held and waiting lists (by grade level and site) are established.
  • Requests received after the lottery deadline will be added to the end of the established waiting list.
  • Periodically, schools are closed to School Choice due to high enrollment.
  • You may NOT receive a response in time for cheerleading try-outs, sports try-outs, music try-outs, early course selections, or any other programs/activities.
  • Parents may only request one school other than the school to which they are assigned.

 

2020-21 Intradistrict/School Choice Timeline for Submission & Responses

 

January 6, 2020 TO January 31, 2020

LOTTERY WINDOW: For new Intradistrict/School Choice Requests to a different school (within the Irvine Unified School District) for the 2020-21 school year. All middle school and high school transfer requests received during the lottery window receive consideration regardless of date received within the window.

 

January 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. - OPENING date/time for lottery window requests. 

 

January 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. – FINAL closing date/time for lottery window requests. In order to staff our schools, we are unable to receive lottery requests after this date (no exceptions).

 

End of March, 2020: Notifications will be sent via email to parents/legal guardians who submitted an Intradistrict/School Choice Request to a different school during the lottery window.

 

Lottery questions are important to us. Please review the FAQ – Intradistrict/School Choice Requests (Frequently Asked Questions). If you are unable to find the answer to your question on our website, please contact us at StudentServices@iusd.org.  Due to the high volume of requests received, we are unable to provide status updates regarding your request.

 

If you wish to cancel the transfer request you submitted, please email StudentServices@iusd.org

 

 

April 20, 2020 TO August 7, 2020

WAIT LIST WINDOW:  For new Intradistrict/School Choice Requests for the 2020-21 school year.  All requests received during the wait list window from April 20, 2020 through August 7, 2020, will be placed on a wait list in the order they are received.

 

Parents/Legal Guardians will only receive a response via email if space becomes available for the request to be approved from the wait list.

 

You will need to plan on attending your school of residence unless you are notified via email that we are able to approve your wait list request.

 

Your questions are important to us. Please review the FAQ – Intradistrict/School Choice Requests (Frequently Asked Questions). If you are unable to find the answer to your question on our website, please contact us at StudentServices@iusd.org.  Due to the high volume of requests received, we are unable to provide status updates regarding your request.

 

If you wish to cancel the transfer request you submitted, please email StudentServices@iusd.org

 

 

Enrollment and Return Guidelines:

If a student is enrolled in a school outside their assigned attendance area and continued enrollment is desired, an Intradistrict/School Choice Form does not need to be completed.  Once enrolled in a school outside their assigned attendance area, students and their siblings receive priority at that school for continued enrollment over all other Intradistrict/School Choice applicants.  If, for any reason, the school is unable to permit continued enrollment, the principal will notify the student’s parents/legal guardians.

Students who elect to begin a given academic year at a school other than his/her assigned school may not be able to transfer back to their assigned school for the balance of the same academic year due to restricted space availability. Transfers within the school year may disrupt student academic goals and progress.  Students who still elect to return to their assigned attendance area school, may do so during the school year; however:

  1. Elementary and Middle school students may only transfer at the beginning of a trimester.
  2. High school students may only transfer at the beginning of a semester.
  3. Year-Round students may not transfer to a traditional school.

Sibling Rule
In cases where not all siblings or students assigned to a school can be accommodated, students shall be accepted for enrollment as space becomes available, in the following order:

  1. Students residing in an assigned school attendance area who would have an older sibling concurrently enrolled at the school.
  2. Students who reside in an assigned school attendance area regardless of a sibling.
  3. Students who do not reside in the assigned school attendance area, but would have a sibling enrolled concurrently.
  4. Students on a school’s waiting list who reside outside the assigned school’s attendance area.

    All policies and attendance areas are subject to change by the Board of Education of the Irvine Unified School District.