Intradistrict / School Choice

THE SCHOOL CHOICE WINDOW IS OPEN TO ADDITIONAL REQUESTS ON A WAIT LIST BASIS.  SCHOOL CHOICE REQUESTS ARE REVIEWED ONCE A MONTH AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH AND SHOULD AN OPPORTUNITY ARISE YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.  DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF REQUESTS,  WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE A STATUS UPDATE.  

THE ORIGINAL WINDOW WAS OPEN TO REQUESTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM JANUARY 8 TO FEBRUARY 2, 2018.

Note:  Jeffrey Trail Middle School is only open to Intradistrict/School Choice requests for siblings of concurrently enrolled Jeffrey Trail Middle School students for the 2018-19 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 approved. 

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.

INTRADISTRICT/SCHOOL CHOICE GUIDELINES:

The Irvine Unified School Intradistrict/School Choice Policy provides the opportunity for parents/legal guardians to enroll their student in any school within the district. The conditions which restrict this policy are the requirements that parents/legal guardians must provide transportation, and that space is available at the requested school.

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

Elementary Grades

(Incoming K-6th Grades)

Approval 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)

Approval Process for Secondary School Choice - Grades 7-12

  • Transition to middle school or high school is based not on previous school of enrollment but on the assigned school attendance area.
  • 6th and 8th Graders: Parents/legal guardians will complete a Transition Years School Choice Request Form.
  • 7th and 9-11th Graders: Parents/legal guardians will complete an Intradistrict Transfer Request Form.
  • 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 a one for one basis
    • Space permitting
  • 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 will be added to the end of the established waiting list.
  • Periodically, schools are closed to School Choice due to high enrollment.
  • Parents may only request one school other than the school to which they are assigned.

Transition Years (6th and 8th) Intradistrict Transfer Request link  (click here)  is open to wait-list requests for the 2018-19 school year.

 

 

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

  • Transition to middle school or high school is based not on previous school of enrollment but on the assigned school attendance area.
  • 6th and 8th Graders: Parents/legal guardians will complete a Transition Years School Choice Request Form.
  • 7th and 9-11th Graders: Parents/legal guardians will complete an Intradistrict Transfer Request Form.
  • 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 a one for one basis
    • Space permitting
  • 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 will be added to the end of the established waiting list.
  • Periodically, schools are closed to School Choice due to high enrollment.
  • Parents may only request one school other than the school to which they are assigned.

The Intradistrict (7th and 9-11th) Transfer Request link  (click here) is open to wait-list requests for the 2018-19 school year.

 

 

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 need not 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 their assigned school may be refused enrollment at 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.