Process Questions
Open Enrollment 2018-19

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If my child is already attending his/her school of choice through Open Enrollment placement, do I need to reapply?

No. You do not need to reapply to that school site. Your school of choice becomes your neighborhood school.

Does my child have the right to return to his/her neighborhood or current school after being accepted at his/her new school of choice?

It depends. Your new school of choice becomes your “neighborhood” school. However, if your original neighborhood school has space, and is not part of the Open Enrollment process, then your child can return to his/her neighborhood or current school if space is available. If your neighborhood or current school takes part in Open Enrollment, then in order to return, you must apply through the Open Enrollment process or obtain an intra-district permit through the Enrollment Center.

If my child is attending a Sacramento City School on an inter-district permit (i.e., you live outside of the district boundaries), can I apply for Open Enrollment?

No. Children currently attending a Sacramento City School on an inter-district permit cannot apply during this period. However; there is a process to reapply/renew an inter-district permit.

Where can I get an inter-district permit?

You can get an inter-district permit from your own school district, our website or you can get a form from the SCUSD’s Enrollment Center at 5601 47th Avenue or call us at (916) 643-2400. Your current district must approve the inter-district permit first, and then you must submit it to the SCUSD Enrollment Center for processing.  Inter- district permits must have attendance, behavior, and grade reports attached.

How will students be selected for placement?

Students will be selected for placement by a randomly computerized lottery selection process.

What happens if I am interested in a school that doesn’t participate in Open Enrollment?

Parents will be required to complete an intra-district permit and will be contacted if/when space becomes available (please attach grades, attendance and behavior reports from the last school the student attended). 

Do I need to bring any documents to apply for Open Enrollment?

No. Residency will be verified by district personnel.

Is translation available during Open Enrollment?

Yes. Translators will be available in Chinese, Hmong, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Can Special Education students participate in the Open Enrollment Process?

Yes. However, parents must indicate on the Open Enrollment application the Special Education Program Services their child is currently receiving. Students requiring special programs as a part of their Individual Educational Program (IEP) can participate in Open Enrollment based on space availability in both the required program and the school of choice. Students receiving Speech/Language Services, Resource Specialist Program (RSP) services and students who are fully included may apply for their school of choice through Open Enrollment.

Parents interested in their child attending a specific special day class (SDC) program should contact their  Program Specialist in the Special Education Department: 643-9174.

Do all schools participate in the Open Enrollment Program?

No. Not all district schools participate in the Open Enrollment process. Some schools reach their grade level enrollment capacity prior to the Open Enrollment time period.

I live within the Sacramento City Unified School District boundary, but my child is attending a private school. Can my child apply for Open Enrollment? 

Yes, because you reside within the SCUSD boundary.

Do GATE identified students receive priority preference in the lottery?

No.