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Open Enrollment - Intradistrict Transfers

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2022-23 Open Enrollment/Intradistrict Transfer for Grades TK-8


Open Enrollment Window #3

August 10, 2022 - December 16, 2022

Requests will be reviewed every 2 weeks (excluding CSA requests)

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) 

TK programs are offered at the following sites:

  • Jefferson Elementary: Serving Buena Vista, Calavera Hills, Hope, Jefferson, & Magnolia

  • Poinsettia Elementary: Serving Aviara Oaks, Kelly, Pacific Rim & Poinsettia

An intradistrict transfer request is required to attend a different school than the one assigned.

Independent Study Program (Grades TK-12)

Carlsbad Seaside Academy (CSA) is open to all students. Students currently attending CSA who wish to transfer back to in-person instruction must complete an intradistrict transfer request and notify the CSA Office. These requests will be facilitated within 5 school days.

Intradistrict Transfers/School of Choice

Transfer to a different school may be submitted for the following reasons:

  • Return to in-person instruction from CSA

  • Moved - want to stay at current school

  • Sibling attending requested school

Transfers are approved through the grade span TK, K-5th, 6th-8th, or 9th-12th). A new transfer request is required for students wishing to return to their school of residence during the year. 

Intradistrict Transfers/School of Choice Procedures

Current CUSD Students: 

  1. Submit School of Choice request via the Parent Portal:  ENGLISH   SPANISH

Students New to CUSD: 

  1. Complete the CUSD Online Enrollment process

  2. Once residency is verified and the student is pre-enrolled, families will have access to the Parent Portal and will be able to submit a School of Choice request.  ENGLISH    SPANISH

Students will be placed in priority order for (a) siblings, (b) students who have attended for a full year, (c) students of employees at the school, (d) students assigned to impacted schools.

Schools with Space: Schools are open for transfers.

Elementary Schools

Carlsbad Seaside Academy (independent study)

Calavera Hills Elementary School

Jefferson Elementary School

Middle Schools

Carlsbad Seaside Academy (independent study)


Schools with Limited Space: Schools are at or near capacity, but may be able to accommodate one-to one transfers.

Elementary Schools

Buena Vista Elementary School

Hope Elementary School 

Kelly Elementary School

Magnolia Elementary School

Pacific Rim Elementary School

Poinsettia Elementary School

Middle Schools

Aviara Oaks Middle School

Calavera Hills Middle School

Valley Middle School



Impacted Schools: Schools are closed to all applications unless there is a sibling currently at the school

Elementary Schools

Aviara Oaks Elementary School



High Schools: Transfers between high schools are not recommended during the school year due to the different systems (semesters or trimesters) offered at each school. Students should discuss the implications of changing schools mid-year with their counselor. 


Intradistrict Transfer/Open Enrollment Policy

The district has an intradistrict open enrollment policy (Board Policy 5116.1 and Administrative Regulation 5116.1) that allows students to apply to attend a school other than their assigned school. Schools are required to serve the students who live within its attendance boundary before accepting students from outside the boundary.


Students NOT CURRENTLY attending a CUSD school

There are several steps that must be completed in order to request a School Of Choice Request for a student who does NOT currently attend a CUSD school:

  1. Complete the CUSD Online Enrollment process for the new student. Be sure to select the Pre-Enrollment option for the next school year. The instructions and links can be found HERE

  2. The school will contact you once the information has been verified or if additional information is still needed.

  3. Once your Assigned School has verified your residency documents and officially pre-enrolled your student, you will be provided Parent Portal access and will be able to submit the School Of Choice Request.

High School Selection Window: January 1, 2023 - January 31, 2023

All 8th-grade students must declare the high school they wish to attend (Sage Creek High School, Carlsbad High School, or Carlsbad Seaside Academy-Independent Study).  This selection will be made in the Parent Portal. Students new to CUSD will be asked to select a high school when they utilize the Online Enrollment process once pre-enrollment for next year is initiated, on January 1st. 

High School Selection Information

Students who are currently enrolled in high school do not need to complete a high school selection form unless they wish to transfer to another high school.  Students who wish to transfer between CUSD high schools must adhere to the application window and apply through the Parent Portal as well.  (Please note there are CIF regulations that will be followed for all athletes).