Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
Open Enrollment FAQ’s
- How many schools can I apply to during the Open Enrollment window?
Each family may apply for only one school (one alternative school OR one attendance area school) during the Open Enrollment period. Duplicate requests will result in the cancellation of all requests, and late applications will not be accepted.
- Do I have to reside in the District to participate in Open Enrollment?
Yes, all Open Enrollment requests, and any resulting waitlist numbers, are valid only as long as the student resides within CUSD. Once a student moves outside the District, the Open Enrollment request, and any resulting waitlist number, is no longer valid.
- Do I have to reside in the District to attend parent information meeting?
No. Each alternative education program school may start parent information meetings in the month of December. You don’t have to reside within CUSD to sign up and attend the meeting. You do have to attend the meeting and reside within CUSD to participate in Open Enrollment.
- We live in the District; is it possible to participate in Open Enrollment if my child attends private school?
Yes. Your Open Enrollment request and resulting waitlist number is valid as long as you reside within CUSD. Your child may attend private school while waiting for the approval of the requested school.
- We won’t be able to attend the first day of school. Will it affect our status on the waitlist?
No. Your Open Enrollment request and resulting waitlist number is valid as long as you reside within CUSD. However, if your child currently attends an alternative education program, their enrollment will be dropped if you miss the first day of school.
- I have a child already in an alternative education program. Is my other child guaranteed a spot at the same alternative program?
No. Sibling priority is considered during the Open Enrollment window. However it does not guarantee placement at the same alternative program.
- My older child is currently attending 5th grade at an alternative program; will my younger child have sibling priority at the same alternative program?
Yes. Even though your older child will attend middle school next year, their younger sibling still has sibling priority for the same alternative education program during the Open Enrollment window.
- If our Open Enrollment is approved, do we still have a spot at our neighborhood school if we change our mind?
If you receive an approval letter in March and you give up your space in the CUSD school where your child is currently registered and the requested school becomes your new home school. After placement, any request to transfer to another school must be done by following the District’s Request for Transfer process. These requests will be approved on a space-available basis, determined by District regulations at the time of the request.
- My child is in Special Education; can we participate in the Open Enrollment window?
Yes. You can apply for an alternative school OR an attendance area school during the Open Enrollment window as long as your child is not in a Special Day Class (SDC). If your child is in SDC, prior approval from the Pupil Services Department is required for Open Enrollment.
- My child is in ELD; can we participate in Open Enrollment?
Yes. If your child is in an ELD program, or has been identified as an English Language Learner, you may participate in Open Enrollment.
- If my child is approved to attend a requested school through Open Enrollment, is transportation covered by the District?
No. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
- When will we know the result of Open Enrollment?
After the Open Enrollment Lottery on March 6, 2018:
- A Lottery waitlist will be established for each school based on the drawn lottery numbers.
- Results will be mailed to parent/guardian during the week of March 26, 2018 and will NOT be given over the phone. No exceptions.
- If you have not received your Lottery results by Thursday, April 5th, please call the Student Assignment Office at 408-252-3000 ext. 61110. Please note that the Lottery number assigned to your student on March 6th may not be the same as the Lottery wait list number assigned to your student after the Lottery.
- How long will the waitlist last? Do we need to apply again next year if we don’t get into the requested school?
A waitlist for each school is established every year after the Lottery. This waitlist is valid for a year and will expire on March 1st of the following year. If your child is not placed at the requested school by March 1st and you are still interested, you have to participate in Open Enrollment again next year.