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BOARD POLICY: REVISED 1/2017
CIF SPORTS & SCHOOL OF CHOICE
Please be advised that school choice and possible placement does not determine CIF eligibility. Parents with questions should make sure they contact CIF or their school’s athletic director for clarification regarding changing schools and the impact of transfer to their student’s athletic eligibility under CIF rules.
 
By Laws and standards of eligibility/transfer and  can be found here in the CIF Blue Book
 
SCHOOL OF CHOICE HISTORY
Capistrano Unified School District's School of Choice program offers parents the opportunity to apply to the school that they would like their child to attend.
 
Since the program began more than 20 years ago, more than 90 percent of our parents annually choose to have their child remain at their home school, which is the local school serving their child’s attendance area. For a variety of personal or educational reasons, however, some parents prefer to have their child attend another school within the District. Our program provides parents with this option on a space-available basis. Detailed information describing each school and its academic offerings is available on their websites.
 
Parents of high-school student athletes are urged to learn more about CIF sports eligibility requirements prior to pursuing the School Of Choice process so that there will be no misunderstanding regarding sports participation rules. Transportation to any school other than the home school is the responsibility of parents.

School of Choice

THE WINDOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOOL OF CHOICE FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR HAS CLOSED.  

Notifications for those who applied during the window, were sent on April 1, 2022.  Please check your email for your notification. 
 
      No further requests for applications, changes, or cancellations will be accepted.

THE WINDOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOOL OF CHOICE FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR HAS CLOSED.  

Notifications for those who applied during the window, were sent on April 1, 2022.  Please check your email for your notification. 
 
      No further requests for applications, changes, or cancellations will be accepted.

If you applied and receive an approval to your requested school, please note that the approved school is now your School of Record and there is no rescinding or cancelling the approval, as part of the application process was agreeing to the following:
I have read and understand the guidelines which govern Board Policy 5119:  School of Choice    
I understand that I am making a commitment for my child to attend the School of Choice.  The approved School of Choice is now considered the school of record.
I am giving up my child’s space at his/her school of residence.  In order to request a return to the school of residence, I understand I must re-apply for School of Choice the following school year during the online application period.
I understand that home to school transportation is the responsibility of the parent and I cannot apply for a CUSD bus pass.
I understand that the above named student may be transferred back to his/her school of residence for any of the following reasons:  (1) unsatisfactory attendance; (2) continual tardiness; (3) failure of the  parent/guardian to make adequate transportation arrangements; (4) unsatisfactory academic performance: (5) unsatisfactory behavior; (6) no longer residing within CUSD boundaries.
I understand all School of Choice decisions are final.  There is no appeal process for School of Choice denials. 
If approved, the initial School of Choice agreement is in effect for the duration of a child’s years at the requested school. You do not need to reapply annually.
I understand that approved applications are valid until the student matriculates to the next level (i.e. elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school).
I understand there are no rescinding an application once approved for School of Choice.  Any requests to return to the home school must apply for School of Choice in the following school year.
I understand that if this student is approved to the requested school, it DOES NOT guarantee approval for siblings in the future.
All information on this application is current and true. I understand that if any information on this application is found to be false, this School of Choice application is VOID and my student will be immediately returned to their school of residence.
I understand that I can only apply for School of Choice once per school year, either during the annual application window or at time of enrollment with CUSD as a new student. 
 
Unfortunately, if you applied and were denied, there is not an appeals process or completing an additional application.
SECONDARY STUDENT ELECTIVES

SECONDARY STUDENT ELECTIVES

For secondary students choosing their courses/electives for the next school year, please select your courses with your school of residence.  If approved to the requested school, those selections will be automatically sent to the approved school.  The approved school will do their best to accommodate the requests after all in boundary students are placed.

TRANSFERS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OF CHOICE WINDOW

TRANSFERS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OF CHOICE WINDOW

Outside of the annual application window, one exception for applying is when a new student is enrolling with CUSD. The student must first enroll at the school of residence and then complete a hard copy School of Choice application. The school of residence would be able to provide the application.
Any other transfers outside of the annual application window for students already enrolled in CUSD must go through a process called Administrative Placement.  These types of transfers are for serious and compelling reasons on why the student needs to leave their current school of enrollment.  This document explains the process of requesting Administrative Placement by starting with the current school of enrollments administration.  These transfer requests can take up to 10 business days for a decision once received by Student Services.