Intradistrict / School Choice

THE INTRADISTRICT/SCHOOL CHOICE WINDOW IS CLOSED FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL.  THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS OR REVIEW.   

STUDENTS WHO SUBMITTED WAIT LIST REQUESTS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR WILL NEED TO PLAN ON ATTENDING THEIR ASSIGNED SCHOOL OF RESIDENCE.

 

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

 

*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.

 

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.

 

 

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.