School Choice Information 2023-2024

The Intradistrict/School Choice process for the 2023-24 school year window for current 6th through 11th graders will open on January 2nd at 8:00 a.m. and close on January 27th at 4:00 p.m. 

The Intradistrict/School Choice information is on the district website and is referenced in all correspondence with our families.  Grades K-6 will be run through our Elementary Education office and will resemble past practice - for Elementary questions, please call 949-936-5054.  Requests for grades 7-12 will be completed digitally through AERIES parent portal. 

All families with a student entering 7th-12th grade, will receive an email from the District Office/Student Services today, December 12th announcing the opening of the lottery window and sharing the process families will take when filling out the request.  Once the choice window closes, a random unbiased lottery will be run for all students and their requested school, as we review space available and accommodate as many families as possible.

Some things to know:

  • Intradistrict/School Choice requests are not “first come, first served”.  All requests submitted during the lottery window will be randomized and a list created for each school site.
  • All requests will be based on space availability at the requested school.
  • If a family misses the choice window, a request may be submitted through the Wait List window and students are waitlisted behind those who applied during the lottery window.  Requests are to be submitted in the same manner as those within the lottery window, but will populate to the waitlist through our office.

Note: 

  • Jeffrey Trail Middle School is closed to general requests for the 2023-24 school year.  We are only accepting requests for concurrently enrolled siblings.
  • Sierra Vista Middle School is closed to general requests for the 2023-24 school year.  We are only accepting requests for concurrently enrolled siblings.
  • Portola High School is closed to general requests for the 2023-24 school year.  We are only accepting requests for concurrently enrolled siblings.
  • To request San Joaquin Middle School or San Joaquin High School (IVA) for the 2023/2024 school year, please direct families to the school choice process.  This process is to request FULL time enrollment at IVA.  
  • Middle school students who live in the Columbus Grove area that are assigned to Lakeside MS and would like to exercise choice to have their child attend Venado, should use the Intradistrict/School Choice process to submit a request.
  • Incoming 7th grade students who are part of the group that is assigned to South Lake Middle School and then to University High School may put in a request for Rancho Middle School.  Special consideration of these requests will occur outside of the one for one process and will be approved on a limited basis (up to five students per year).

Below are school choice timelines: 

December 12, 2022

Parent Square email to all 6th - 11th grade families

January 2, 2023 at 8:00am

School Choice lottery window opens to requests

January 27, 2023 at 4:00pm

School Choice lottery window closes to requests

February, 2023

Families of all 7th - 12th  graders notified of lottery status

April 10, 2023 at 8:00am

Wait List window opens to wait list requests

May, June

Monthly review of requests

June 2nd, 2023

Waitlist window concludes for 2023-24 school year

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Student Services.

Best,

Student Services

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