Oak Park schools are experiencing a leveling of enrollment due to the
fact that the area is "built out." This has created a unique opportunity
for a very limited number of students to attend our schools who do not
live in Oak Park. We have been designated a "District of
Choice," through the State of California which allows us to accept a
limited number of students from out of the attendance area.
Additionally, under new legislation, we are able to accept District of
Choice students (students that apply during Open Enrollment from 11/1 -
12/31 through our lottery). If you submit an online application during
our Open Enrollment period, you are NOT required to get a permit/release
from your resident school district.
Family Lottery Numbers 2016-17 District Of Choice
Oak Park Unified School District conducted the lottery for the District Of Choice program at the School Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016. Each family who applied by December 31, 2015 has been assigned a computer generated lottery number that will determine the order in which enrollment will be offered. The list of admitted students and wait listed students will be posted on our website on February 19, 2016. As a reminder, California State Law requires that enrollment be offered to students on the Sibling list prior to offering enrollment to students on the Non-Sibling list.
The links listed below provide detailed information regarding policies, guidelines and procedures for OPUSD Inter-District transfers and the District of Choice Program.
ATTENTION NEW OUT OF DISTRICT APPLICANTS FOR FALL 2016:
The lottery took place on January 19, 2016 and family lottery numbers were randomly assigned (see the Family Lottery Numbers listed on the left of this page). The list of admitted and wait listed students will be posted on this page on February 19, 2016 by 5:00pm.
Families of newly "admitted" students will be notified by email of the next step in the process (including enrollment information) by Monday, February 22nd.
Families of wait listed students will be notified by email of the status of their application as spots become available, no later than May 15, 2016. The wait list will expire at that time.
Families of newly admitted students who DO NOT follow through with enrollment and other mandatory appointments on the designated dates will forfeit their space. There will be no exceptions.
KINDERGARTEN AND DISCOVERY KINDERGARTEN AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR FALL 2016:
Kindergarten: your student must turn 5 years old by September 1,
Discovery Kindergarten: your student must turn 5 years old any
time between September 2, 2016 and December 2, 2016. If your student is admitted into our Discovery Kindergarten program, he/she will be placed
in Kindergarten for Fall 2017.
Cut-off dates are firm for Kindergarten and Discovery Kindergarten
based on California State law.
Please be sure to add Linda Gam's
email address to your contact list firstname.lastname@example.org and check your email
(spam folder as well) and our website periodically.
All contact will be by email only.
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR FALL 2015 IS CLOSED. PLEASE NOTE THE ONLY EXCEPTION:
OPIS (Oak Park Independent Study) may have space available as enrollment is
ongoing at this venue. If you are interested in finding out more about
the program, please contact OPIS Office Manager, Susan Meskis
ATTENTION CURRENTLY ENROLLED OUT OF DISTRICT FAMILIES:
If your student applied as a District of Choice student (through the
lottery), he/she will be automatically renewed to attend Oak Park
Schools through senior year.
The only exception is........if you become residents of Oak Park and then move out of Oak Park in the future. If this occurs, you will need to follow the procedures of an out of district family.
If you are an Oak Park resident and you move within another
district's attendance boundaries, you will need to obtain
an inter-district permit (for each student) from your new district of
residence. An additional permit is required (for each student) for the
subsequent school year. For the subsequent school year, a spot will be
given only if there is space available in the grade level you are
requesting. Decisions on acceptance will be made in July or early August, just
prior to the start of the subsequent school year.
For assistance with an inter-district transfer, Please contact Linda Gam at our District Office.