Inter-District Transfers and District of Choice

 
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.
 

 
 
Kindergarten & Discovery Kindergarten Age Requirements for Fall 2016 

 
Kindergarten: 
Your student must turn 5 years old by September 1, 2016.
 
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 out 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. 

 
 
 
 
Inter-District Paper Permits

 
An Inter-District Paper Permit is available from January 1st until the first day of school of a given year. You will need to submit the permit to your resident district office. Once we receive the signed permit, it will be approved/denied based on credits, behavior, and whether there is space available in the grade level you are requesting.
 
For assistance with an inter-district transfer, Please contact Linda Gam at our District Office. 
 

 
 
 
 
 District of Choice Lottery

 
Senate Bill 680, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on October 11, 2009, extended the Education Code provisions authorizing a school district to become a school district of choice thereby permitting students in other districts to attend the District of Choice without residing in that district's attendance boundaries. OPUSD has been a District of Choice since 2004-05 school year.
 
Unlike an inter-district paper permit, district of choice is a status that is granted to a student without a release from the resident school district. District of Choice status guarantees enrollment through graduation so long as the student retains their status.
 
It is possible to loose your District of Choice status by moving into Oak Park and becoming a resident. Once this happens your District of Choice status is immediately revoked as you no longer qualify for the program due to your becoming a resident. If you move out of Oak Park at a later date, you will have to apply for the lottery again, or apply for an inter-district paper permit. If this is the situation, please understand that there is no guarantee that you will be offered a spot for the following school year as it is based on availability in the grade level you are requesting.
 
Prospective transfers can submit an online application anytime between November 1st and December 31st for the following school year. The lottery will take place in mid January, and results will be posted in February. Each student must have their own application submitted, and only one application per student will be accepted. You will not increase your student's chances of being admitted into Oak Park by submitting multiple applications. All duplicated applications will be discarded and the application that was submitted first will be entered into the lottery.
 
District of Choice Online Application
 

 
 
 
Residency Laws 

 
Student(s) must be living at a residence within Oak Park 5 days a week in order to be considered a resident of Oak Park.
 
All new residents must provide escrow papers or a lease agreement along with 2 utility bills with the new address in order to enroll in our schools.
 
For residents who move outside of Oak Park, you are required by law to apply for an Inter-District Paper Permit in order to continue attending Oak Park schools. Approval will be based on availability in the grade level(s) you are requesting.
 

 
 
 
 
Enrollment Information for Admitted Out of District Students

 
The enrollment process is handled through Linda Gam. Enrollment will be offered to you if we have space available in the grade level you are requesting. Details will be provided when you reach this point in the transfer process.
 

 
 
Announcements

  
 
There is space available in grades 3, 4 and 5 only for this fall. Please contact Linda Gam for details on how to obtain an inter-district permit/release from your resident school district.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASSIGNMENTS WERE EMAILED TO PARENTS OF ALL NEWLY ADMITTED 
OUT OF DISTRICT STUDENTS ON APRIL 19, 2016.
 
If your elementary aged student was admitted and you completed the enrollment paperwork but have not received the email with your school assignment, please check your spam folder. If you find that you did not receive the email please email Linda Gam
 
Also.......Please be sure to add Linda Gam's email address to your contact list lgam@opusd.org and check your email (spam folder as well) and our website periodically.  All contact is by email only. 
 

 
 
Future Freshman Night 

 
Future Freshman Night for incoming 9th graders and their parents is on Monday, February 22nd at the OPHS Gym at 6:30pm. Students on our waiting list and their parents are welcomed to attend. Please note that attending will not change your status on our waiting list.
 
All Families have been notified by email if their student(s) obtained a spot through the lottery in the grade level  that was requested. If you see your student's name on the list of "Admitted Students" above and you have not received an email with details on enrollment, please email Linda Gam ASAP.
 

 
 
Resource Links 

 
The links listed below provide detailed information regarding policies, guidelines and procedures for OPUSD Inter-District transfers and the District of Choice Program.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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.
 
 
  

 
 
 
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. 
 

 
 
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. 
 

 
 
ATTENTION: Families Who Are Considering Moving Out of Oak Park

 
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.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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