Intradistrict Open Enrollment
- Board Policy 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment
- Administrative Regulation 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment
BP 5116.1 - INTRADISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT
Students > Board Policy 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment
The Board of Trustees desires to provide enrollment options that meet the diverse needs and interests of district students and parents/guardians, while also maximizing the efficient use of district facilities. The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for the selection and transfer of students among district schools in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.
The parents/guardians of any student who resides within district boundaries may apply to enroll their child in any district school, regardless of the location of residence within the district. (Education Code 35160.5)
The Board shall annually review this policy. (Education Code 35160.5, 48980)
No student currently residing within a school's attendance area shall be displaced by another student transferring from outside the attendance area. (Education Code 35160.5)
The Superintendent or designee shall grant priority to any district student to attend another district school, including a charter school, outside of his/her attendance area as follows:
Any student enrolled in a district school that has been identified on the state's Open Enrollment List. (Education Code 48354)
Any student enrolled in a district school designated by the California Department of Education as "persistently dangerous." (20 USC 7912; 5 CCR 11992)
Any student who is a victim of a violent crime while on school grounds. (20 USC 7912)
Upon a finding that special circumstances exist that might be harmful or dangerous to the student in the current attendance area. Special circumstances, include, but are not limited to, threats of bodily harm or threats to the emotional stability of the student.
To grant priority under these circumstances, the Superintendent or designee must have received either: (Education Code 35160.5)
A written statement from a representative of an appropriate state or local agency, such as a law enforcement official, social worker, or a properly licensed or registered professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or marriage and family therapist
A court order, including a temporary restraining order and injunction
Any sibling of a student already in attendance in that school.
Any student whose parent/guardian is assigned to that school as his/her primary place of employment.
Application and Selection Process
In order to ensure that priorities for enrollment in district schools are implemented in accordance with law and policy, parents/guardians are notified that applications for intradistrict open enrollment shall be submitted during the transfer request window during the school year preceding the school year for which the transfer is requested.
The Superintendent or designee shall calculate each school's capacity in a nonarbitrary manner using student enrollment and available space. (Education Code 35160.5)
Except for priorities listed above, the Superintendent or designee shall use a random, unbiased selection process to determine who shall be admitted whenever the school receives admission requests that are in excess of the school's capacity. (Education Code 35160.5)
Enrollment decisions shall not be based on a student's academic or athletic performance, except that existing entrance criteria for specialized schools or programs may be used provided that the criteria are uniformly applied to all applicants. Academic performance may be used to determine eligibility for, or placement in programs for gifted and talented students. (Education Code 35160.5)
200 Prohibition against discrimination
35160.5 District policies; rules and regulations
35351 Assignment of students to particular schools
46600-46611 Interdistrict attendance agreements
48200 Compulsory attendance
48204 Residency requirements for school attendance
48300-48316 Student attendance alternatives, school district of choice program
48350-48361 Open Enrollment Act
48980 Notice at beginning of term
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
11992-11994 Definition of persistently dangerous schools
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6316 Transfers from program improvement schools
7912 Transfers from persistently dangerous schools
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34
200.36 Dissemination of information
200.37 Notice of program improvement status, option to transfer
200.39 Program improvement, transfer option
200.42 Corrective action, transfer option
200.43 Restructuring, transfer option
200.44 Public school choice, program improvement schools
200.48 Transportation funding for public school choice
Crawford v. Huntington Beach Union High School District, (2002) 98 Cal.App.4th 1275
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
85 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 95 (2002)
Adopted: March 21, 2013
Evergreen School District, San Jose, California
AR 5116.1 - INTRADISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT
Students > Administrative Regulation 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment
Transfers for Victims of a Violent Criminal Offense
Within a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 14 days, after it has been determined that a student has been the victim of a violent criminal offense while on school grounds, the student's parents/guardians shall be offered an option to transfer their child to an eligible school identified by the Superintendent or designee. In making the determination that a student has been a victim of a violent criminal offense, the Superintendent or designee shall consider the specific circumstances of the incident and consult with local law enforcement as appropriate. Examples of violent criminal offenses include, but are not limited to, attempted murder, battery with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, rape, sexual battery, robbery, extortion, or hate crimes.
The Superintendent or designee shall consider the needs and preferences of the affected student and his/her parent/guardian in making the offer. If the parent/guardian elects to transfer his/her child, the transfer shall be completed as soon as practicable.
Transfers from a "Persistently Dangerous" School
Upon receipt of notification from the California Department of Education (CDE) that a district school has been designated as "persistently dangerous," the Superintendent or designee shall provide parents/guardians of students attending the school with the following notifications:
Within 10 days of receipt of the notification from CDE, notice of the school's designation
Within 20 days of receipt of the notification from CDE, notice of the option to transfer their child (cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
Parents/guardians who desire to transfer their child out of a "persistently dangerous" school shall provide a written request to the Superintendent or designee and shall rank-order their preferences from among all schools identified by the Superintendent or designee as eligible to receive transfer students. The Superintendent or designee may establish a reasonable timeline, not to exceed seven school days, for the submission of parent/guardian requests.
The Superintendent or designee shall consider the needs and preferences of students and parents/guardians before making an assignment, but is not obligated to accept the parent/guardian's preference if the assignment is not feasible due to space constraints or other considerations. For students whose parents/guardians accept the offer, the transfer shall generally be made within 30 school days of receiving the notice of the school's designation from the CDE. If parents/guardians decline the assigned school, the student may remain in his/her current school.
The transfer shall remain in effect as long as the student's school of origin is identified as "persistently dangerous." The Superintendent or designee may choose to make the transfer permanent based on the educational needs of the student, parent/guardian preferences, and other factors affecting the student's ability to succeed if returned to the school of origin.
Other Intradistrict Open Enrollment
Except for transfers for victims of a violent crime and from a "persistently dangerous school," the following procedures shall apply to intradistrict open enrollment:
The Superintendent or designee shall identify those schools which may have space available for additional students. A list of those schools and open enrollment applications shall be available at each school site, the district office, and on the district's web site.
After the enrollment priorities have been applied in accordance with Board policy, if there are more requests for a particular school than there are spaces available, a random drawing shall be held from the applicant pool. A waiting list shall be established to indicate the order in which applicants may be accepted if openings occur during the year. Late applicants shall not be added to the waiting list for the current year but shall instead wait for a subsequent lottery.
The Superintendent or designee shall provide written notification to applicants as to whether their applications have been approved, denied, or placed on a waiting list. If the application is denied, the reasons for denial shall be stated.
Approved applicants must confirm their enrollment within 10 school days.
Any student who, prior to the 2016-17 school year, was granted a transfer out of a Title I school that had been identified for program improvement shall be allowed to remain in the school of enrollment until he/she completes the highest grade offered at that school.
A student granted intradistrict enrollment under other circumstances shall not be required to reapply for readmission but may be subject to displacement due to excessive enrollment.
Bulldog Tech at LeyVa Middle School and Lobo School of Innovation (LSI) at Quimby Oak Middle School
In an effort to provide a variety of educational options, Evergreen School District offers families the choice of a project based learning environment for their 7th and 8th grade students. These programs shall first be made available to students residing within the school attendance boundaries. Should there be more applicants than space allows a lottery system will determine the order in which students will be admitted. All additional space will be made available via the intradistrict transfer process.
Dual Language Academy at Holly Oak Elementary School
Enrollment for the Dual Language Academy at Holly Oak Elementary School will be processed at the Evergreen School District office. Registration forms and enrollment information can be obtained from either the School office or the Evergreen School District Office.
As part of the Dual Immersion focus of the school, as much as is possible, an enrollment percentage of no more than 2/3 English language learners and 1/3 English only students, with a goal of having 1/3 English only students, 1/3 Bilingual (English and Spanish) students and 1/3 Spanish will be maintained to allow for appropriate modeling for Spanish and English.
Students wishing to enroll after the second semester of first grade will be assessed to determine the student's ability to participate successfully in a dual immersion curriculum. Assessment results will determine eligibility for the dual immersion program.
The program shall first be made available to students residing within the school attendance boundaries. A priority and lottery system will determine the order in which students will be admitted to Dual Language Academy at Holly Oak Elementary School if there are more applicants than space available.
Notifications shall be sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year describing all current statutory attendance options and local attendance options available in the district. Such notification shall include: (Education Code 35160.5, 48980)
All options for meeting residency requirements for school attendance
Program options offered within local attendance areas
A description of any special program options available on both an interdistrict and intradistrict basis
A description of the procedure for application for alternative attendance areas or programs and the appeals process available, if any, when a change of attendance is denied
A district application form for requesting a change of attendance
The explanation of attendance options under California law as provided by the CDE
Adopted: March 21, 2013
Evergreen School District, San Jose, California