We know that you have many choices in selecting the best education for your child and we thank you for considering PUSD.
While every child living within PUSD boundaries is guaranteed placement in their neighborhood school, a different campus might offer a specialized program or focus that better meets the interests and needs of the individual student.
PUSD’s annual winter Open Enrollment process offers families an opportunity to apply to attend a school other than their assigned neighborhood school in the next academic year.
Applications, including Employees, Submitted Online. Check back here for the latest information.
Please check the District’s school locator to become familiar with school boundary changes. New boundaries were approved at the October 23, 2014 Board of Education meeting. The new boundaries shift the geographic school boundaries of many PUSD schools but do not include any school closures. While these changes will take effect for the 2015-2016 school year, students will not have to change the school they are currently attending. Parents are also able to choose any school outside their attendance area with space available through Open Enrollment.
|January 8 — 29, 2015||Applications, including Employees, Submitted Online
Las solicitudes, incluidas las de los empleados- se presentan en línea
|January 13||First Choice Festival: Open Enrollment Fair
Festival Primera Opción: Feria de inscripción abierta
If you need assistance, or internet access, you can also complete an application at:
January 9 & 29, March 26, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
January 13, 4:30 — 7:00 p.m.
January 21 & 28, March 27, during school hours
Home, Libraries, Community Centers, etc.
Open Enrollment is Pasadena Unified School District's (PUSD) school of choice program that offers Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre families the opportunity to attend schools outside of their neighborhood school's attendance boundaries. While every child living within PUSD boundaries is guaranteed placement at their school of residence, one campus may have a special program or focus that best meets the needs or interests of an individual student.
Each winter, the Open Enrollment process offers district families the opportunity to apply to attend a school other than their school of residence. Schools project enrollment based on demographic data about the number of school-age children residing within a campus' boundaries. Any seats not occupied by neighborhood students are made available. Space is limited. Open Enrollment is a random lottery. Once enrolled, a student does not have to annually reapply.
Families are responsible for providing their own transportation arrangements to and from school. PUSD's 2015-16 transportation routes are still to be determined. More details will be forthcoming.
First, learn about your school of residence and explore PUSD's signature programs for your child. All campuses offer rigorous academic programs aligned to the Common Core State Standards, highly qualified teachers and an array of enrichment opportunities. PUSD schools continue to demonstrate consistent academic achievement. Inquire about before and after-school care programs. Consult the official Guide to Schools & Services (PDF) for more information on PUSD schools and programs.
To find your school of residence, visit boundary maps and use the School Locator. If you feel your address is on the border or perhaps is a different school, please call the Office of Enrollment, Permits & Student Records, 626-396-3600 x.88340 for a definitive answer.
To support the school's planning it is strongly encouraged that families register by early March. Simply go to the office of your school of residence during the school day. To register you must present your child's:
Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2015 to enroll in Kindergarten for the school year beginning August 2015.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten experience for those students turning five years old between September 2 and December 2, 2015. TK offers children developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with Kindergarten standards, taught by credentialed teachers. TK is available at limited school sites. Children have an assigned school based on their home address. Transitional Kindergarten is voluntary.
Yes. If your child will be starting Kindergarten, you would need to complete an Open Enrollment application to attend one of PUSD's three Dual Language Immersion campuses: San Rafael Elementary-Spanish, Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy-Spanish, and Field Elementary-Mandarin Chinese. However, these schools offer "neighborhood preference" for students living within a defined area of the respective school. (See below.)
There are no requirements to apply for PUSD's Spanish and Mandarin Chinese dual language programs, but a student who applies and is accepted as a "native speaker" will need to pass a language assessment verifying native-language knowledge and skills prior to final registration. If it's determined the child is not a native speaker, the child will not be able to register.
Yes, to attend a Magnet Grant school, families apply. PUSD's two magnet elementary schools are Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy and Washington Elementary STEM Magnet. The two middle school magnets are Eliot Arts Magnet and Washington STEAM Magnet Academy.
Note: If applying for the Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program at Jackson you will need to select that specific language program when making your school selections on the application.
Yes, with the exception of the APP Academy, if your child is entering 9th or 10th grade an application would need to be submitted for the Pathway if it is not offered at your school of residence. For Pathways, 50 percent of the total number of open seats is available for students residing outside the attendance area of the requested Pathway. The APP Academy which has entrance requirements (see below) only accepts students entering 9th grade.
Yes, but only for the APP Academy. Applicants must meet at least one of the following academic achievements at time of application: cumulative middle school GPA of 3.0 or above or a cumulative middle school GPA of 2.0 or above and earned at least one of the following:
Yes. You will need to complete an Open Enrollment application to attend any PUSD school other than your school of residence, including Marshall, a permit-only school which offers "neighborhood preference." (Please see below.)
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, Don Benito and Norma Coombs are no longer permit-only schools. They are schools with neighborhood attendance boundaries. Families interested in attending either school, not residing within the schools' attendance boundaries, are able to apply during Open Enrollment.
Marshall Fundamental 6-12 and the Dual Language Immersion Program campuses are subject to "neighborhood preference," which means 50 percent of available openings are for students living within defined zones around these schools; they must make their "neighborhood preference" school their first choice.
Magnet Grant schools also offer a neighborhood preference (please see above).
Applicants are selected through a random lottery and if not selected via "neighborhood preference," the student's application is re-entered into the general lottery.
Yes, if the current school the child attends is not the family's school of residence but you want your child to stay there for Kindergarten, you must apply. Enrollment at a PUSD Pre-School or Transitional Kindergarten class does not guarantee a student will be enrolled at that same school for Kindergarten. Parents must participate in Open Enrollment to have their student attend a school other than their school of residence for Kindergarten.
No. You need to submit an application only if:
Yes. Each applicant must submit a separate online application at www.openenrollment.info. All efforts will be made to ensure that families with siblings in the same grade are accepted into the same school.
Yes. You may submit an application during the late application-second lottery phase, March 23-27, 2015, provided your child did not register for 2015-16 following the first lottery. The second random lottery is for any unfilled seats following the first lottery and like the first lottery, upon conclusion of the late application phase no waiting lists will be maintained.
Whenever the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats at a particular school, a computer-generated random lottery process is utilized to fill the seats. You may view the number of available spaces at each grade level for individual schools at www.openenrollment.info January 8, 2015.
Yes. In addition to neighborhood preference described above there is employee preference and there are priority enrollments for:
Students who meet the criterion specific to each "priority enrollment" must complete registration with all appropriate documents from November 10-December 5, 2014 by 12 p.m. Eligible students who do not register during the specific time period forfeit priority. A student who registers during priority enrollment does not participate in any other phase of Open Enrollment as they have secured placement for 2015-16.
Completed applications must be submitted online by midnight, January 29, 2015.
Open Enrollment lottery outcomes will be posted online and mailed and tentative notification dates are:
You will need to register at your neighborhood school, your school of residence.
You must complete the registration process to secure a seat at a school. Once you receive notice that your application for a school has been accepted, you must register your child at that school by the deadline included in the notification. If a child is not registered by the deadline, the spot will be forfeited.
No. PUSD does not do mid-year transfers. If your child is currently attending a PUSD school other than your school of residence and you wish to change enrollment to your school of residence, you must wait until the end of the school year to un-enroll at which time you may present two proofs of residency (see above) at the Office of Enrollment, Permits & Student Records by July 31, 2015 to receive an intradistrict permit to the school of residence. No transfers will be permitted after July 31. The school a student is registered for on July 31 is the school of attendance for the school year.
Families that are new and missed Open Enrollment have the opportunity to request enrollment in a school that did not fill their projected seats at the close of Open Enrollment and will have space. This can vary by grade level within a school. This option closes the Friday before the first day of school.
Non-resident families are welcome to explore PUSD programs: College & Career Pathways in our high schools, Dual Language Immersion Programs in Spanish and Mandarin at elementary sites, the STEAM Magnet at Washington Middle School, Visual & Performing Arts at Eliot, the International Baccalaureate Programme at Willard Elementary School and Blair Middle and High School, and more. Non residents are invited to submit an online application of interest during Open Enrollment from March 23-27. All interdistrict transfers are made in accordance with Board of Education policy and state law.
Contact the Office of Enrollment, Permits & Student Records at 626-396-3600 x.88340.