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Interdistrict Transfer Requests

2023-2024 School Year: Please read all directions and use the link below to apply as an outgoing student. 
 
2024-2025 School Year: We will begin accepting 2024-2025 Interdistrict Transfer Applications starting April 8, 2024. Any Outgoing 2024-2025 applications received before April 8 will not be processed. 

2023-2024 School Year: Please read all directions and use the link below to apply as an outgoing student. 
 
2024-2025 School Year: We will begin accepting 2024-2025 Interdistrict Transfer Applications starting April 8, 2024. Any Outgoing 2024-2025 applications received before April 8 will not be processed. 

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2023-2024 INTERDISTRICT TRANSFERS TIMELINE

2023-2024 INTERDISTRICT TRANSFERS TIMELINE

 

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are not able to provide confirmation of receipt of the hard copy application or the status of an application. 

Approval and denial notifications will be sent to the email address on the application once a decision has been made. 

Per California Education Code 46600.1 and 46600.2:

Future year request applications received from April 8, 2024, to August 2, 2024, will be notified as soon as possible, but up to 14 calendar days after the new term begins.

Current-year applications received on or after August 3, 2023, will be notified within 30 days from the date the application was received.

 
APPLYING FOR AN INTERDISTRICT TRANSFER

APPLYING FOR AN INTERDISTRICT TRANSFER

Supporting documentation must be submitted with your original incoming or outgoing application or it will delay processing. Please make sure to submit your supporting documents with your original application at time of mailing or when you drop of the application.  
 
We are unable to make copies of applications or supporting documents.  Please maintain your own copy for your records. 
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OUTGOING APPLICATIONS

OUTGOING APPLICATIONS

APPLYING TO LEAVE CUSD
 
All students applying for a school outside of CUSD (OUTGOING) must complete an online application.  All Five Steps below must be completed. 
  1. Applicants will need to complete the online application
  2. A PDF application will be emailed to you and will need to be printed
  3. The parent/guardian must initial on each line of the Terms and Conditions and sign the application
  4. The signed original application along with the required supporting documents will need to be submitted to the CUSD District Office via mail or dropped off.
  5. Only after the signed application along with the supporting documents are received at the District Office, will the application will be reviewed. Failure to submit the signed application or supporting documents will deem the application abandoned. 
 
Original outgoing applications along with the supporting documents can be submitted to the CUSD District Office via mail or dropped off. 
Capistrano Unified School District
Attn: InterDistrict Transfers
33122 Valle Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
 
We are unable to make copies of applications or supporting documents.  Please maintain your own copy for your records.  
Our system cannot process Outgoing Applications for the 2024-2025 school year until April 8th. 
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INCOMING APPLICATIONS

INCOMING APPLICATIONS

APPLYING TO ATTEND CUSD
 
Incoming applicants must apply through their District of Residence. Once CUSD receives the approved released application and supporting documentation, the application will be reviewed. Failure to submit the signed application or supporting documents will deem the application abandoned. 
 
Original incoming applications along with the supporting documents can be submitted to the CUSD District Office via mail or dropped off. 
Capistrano Unified School District
Attn: InterDistrict Transfers
33122 Valle Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
 
We are unable to make copies of applications or supporting documents.  Please maintain your own copy for your records.
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CLOSED SCHOOLS FOR TRANSFER REQUESTS

CLOSED SCHOOLS FOR TRANSFER REQUESTS

We are currently not accepting applications for the following CUSD Schools
 
·         Ladera Ranch Middle School
·         Oso Grande Elementary School
·         Truman Benedict Elementary School
·         Esencia K-8.
·         San Juan Hills High School
·         Don Juan Avila Elementary School
 
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL INTERDISTRICT TRANSFERS

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL INTERDISTRICT TRANSFERS

The Interdistrict transfer process applies to those parents who wish their children to attend school in a district other than their district of residence.
CUSD does not participate in the Allen Bill.
 
All Interdistrict transfer requests must be initiated in the district of residence.
 
When applying please note that you are agreeing to the following conditions:
 
    • Interdistrict transfers are valid for one school year only and must be renewed annually.
    • An approved Interdistrict transfer must be in effect between the district of residence and the school district of desired attendance before a student can attend the desired school.
    • When a students' residence is changed, the parent or guardian shall notify the school of the change in residence within two weeks and provide the required proof of residency documentation.
    • Transportation, if needed, shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
    • Childcare, if needed, shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
    • Students admitted to CUSD under the Interdistrict transfer process shall be assigned to schools where space is available at the discretion and determination of CUSD administration.
    • All students and schools are subject to all California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) athletic eligibility rules and regulations. Approved transfers should not be understood to mean that any CIF rules or regulations have been waived.
    • A student, parent, or guardian found to have given a false address and/or other pertinent data as a basis for enrollment in any school in the district shall have the transfer revoked. The revocation shall be immediate and notice promptly given to the student and parent/guardian.
    • If an Interdistrict transfer request is denied, you have the opportunity to request to appeal the decision with the District’s Admissions and Discharge Committee within 10 calendar days of the denial notification.
    • If an Interdistrict transfer appeal request remains denied, you have the opportunity to appeal the decision to OCDE within 30 calendar days.
    • The transfer committee will consider transfer requests based on the date the request was submitted and the reasons given for requesting the transfer. If an outgoing transfer request is denied, the parent will receive a denial notification from Student Services.
    • If approved, transfers will be granted based on space availability after all students residing within CUSD are placed. 
    • CUSD reserves the right to deny incoming transfer requests or release students. Some of the reasons for denials may include the following reasons:
        • Adverse impact on ethnic balance;
        • Insufficient state aid;
        • Lack of documentation concerning employment within the identified district;
        • Lack of facilities either district-wide or in a specific attendance area/school;
        • Lack of suitable or impacted Special Education programs;
        • Student history of unsatisfactory attendance; behavior, or academic performance.
    • CUSD reserves the right to revoke an approved Interdistrict transfer for grades TK-10 for unsatisfactory attendance, behavior, or academic performance.
    • Interdistrict transfer applications are required if the student is a first time application in grades 11 or 12.
    • If a parent/guardian fails to meet any of the timelines associated with Interdistrict Transfers, including submitting the required supporting documents or requesting an appeal, the request shall be deemed abandoned. 
 
Parents may rescind their application at any time by notifying the approved school that they will not be attending, informing the school where the student will be attending, and completing the withdrawal process including returning all books or Chromebooks and paying any applicable fees.  
 
For questions, other than confirmation of receipt or status of an application, please email schooltransfers@capousd.org
 
This email address does not accept scanned copies of application.  The original signed application along with the required supporting documents must be submitted.