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CUSD Enrollment - New Students


Welcome to the Carlsbad Unified School District!

Our teachers, administrators and support staff are committed to academic excellence and quality service for our families. As such, we hope to make the enrollment process as quick and convenient as possible. To enroll just follow the steps outlined below and you'll be on your way to a successful school experience.

Before you start...

Assigned Neighborhood Schools:

Based on the address of your residence, you will be assigned a neighborhood school. If you are unsure if your address is located within the CUSD attendance boundaries, you can use the link below to look up your residence address.  Your actual school of residence will be determined by the online enrollment process.

Please note: Transitional Kindergarten programs are offered at the following schools: 

Jefferson Elementary: serving Buena Vista, Calavera Hills, Jefferson, Hope and Magnolia 
Poinsettia Elementary: serving Aviara Oaks, Kelly, Pacific Rim and Poinsettia

The only exception to this policy on Assigned Neighborhood Schools is for high school students; they choose which school to attend when they enroll for the first time.  High School students may elect to change schools during a specific Open Enrollment Period each year.

** Please be aware: If you live in the new Mirasol Apartments, there is a bug in our system. It will say your assigned school is  Calavera Hills Elementary however it actually is Hope Elementary. Please take your paperwork to Hope Elementary at 3010 Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad (760-331-5900). Sorry for the inconvenience.**


Open Enrollment/Intradistrict Transfer  Policy:

The district has an intradistrict enrollment policy that allows students to apply to attend a school other than their assigned school. Applications are only accepted during a designated period of time each year, depending on the grade level.  Note that each school is required to serve the students who live within its attendance boundary before accepting students outside the boundary. Additionally, some schools may be unavailable for open enrollment.


Step 1 - Online Enrollment


If you do not have an email address, you can easily sign up for a free Gmail address. Here
are some videos to walk you through the process:

How to create a Gmail Account

Cómo Crear una Cuenta en Gmail


For students new to the district, CUSD has set up an online data entry process that will help you get started with the enrollment process. You must have a valid address within the Carlsbad Unified School District attendance area to use this system. If your address is not accepted by the system, and you believe it is within our boundaries, please contact Ruth Cartagena in Pupil Services. Verification of residence and immunizations will be required before you complete the enrollment process.

To enroll click below:



Step 2 - Required Documents

Once you have completed the online data entry process, your next step is to verify your child's enrollment eligibility. There are several required documents you must have in order to complete the enrollment process.


Step 3 - Enrollment Verification

Once you have assembled the required documents, you'll need to verify enrollment. Please contact your assigned school for details.