Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is a Seasonal Request for Transfer period?

    A: Students whose primary residence is within the CUSD boundaries may apply for ONE requested school during the four set periods throughout the school year. Parents must visit the Student Assignment Office to fill out a Request for Transfer form and will be notified by phone only if/when space becomes available at the requested school.  

    Q: What is the purpose of the Request for Transfer period(s)?

    A: This is an opportunity for any CUSD parent to apply to move their child from the current school to another school within CUSD.

    Q: When can I apply?

    There are four periods throughout the school year: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Please check the assigned tabs to find the exact dates for each period of the current school year.

    Q: Where do we apply?

    Student Assignment Office only located at 1309 S. Mary Avenue, Suite 150, Sunnyvale.

    Q: What are the office hours?

    Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm only.

    Q: May I apply for multiple schools?

    A: No. Parents may only apply for ONE school per Request for Transfer period. Multiple requests will result in the cancellation of all requests.

    Q: May I apply to any school within CUSD?

    A: No. There are specific school sites and grade levels with availability. Please check the assigned tabs to find the exact schools and grades for each period of the current school year.

    Q: Do I have to live in the district to apply?

    A: Yes, only current CUSD residents may apply.

    Q: My child currently attends private school.  May we apply?

    A: Yes. If you live in the CUSD attendance area, you may apply with complete proof of residence.

    Q: May I pick up a Request for Transfer form in advance or after noted hours?

    A: No. Forms are only available in person during the Request for Transfer period and must be completed during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

    Q: How will I know if my application is approved?

    A: You will be notified by phone if your there is adequate space available. A copy of the Request for Transfer form will then be mailed to you as confirmation.

    Q: Will I get a phone call whether my child is approved or placed on a wait list?

    A: No. Parents will only be notified if their request is approved and a space is available for their child at the requested school.  CUSD will not notify parents unless the request is granted.

    Q: Will I be notified by mail?

    A: No. Parent notification will only be by phone, and only if/when the form is approved and space is available for your child.

    Q: When will the move occur?

    A: The moves will occur throughout the school year. Please check the assigned tabs to find the exact movement dates for each period of the current school year.

    Q: If my request is approved, may I change my mind and have my child stay at his/her current school?

    A: When notified a space is available, parents will have 24 hours to confirm acceptance of the space. Once accepted, parents may only change to a prior or different school during the next Request for Transfer period providing adequate space is available. Note: Subsequent Request for Transfer opportunities may not include all CUSD school sites and/or grade levels.

    Q: What happens if I refuse the offered spot and later change my mind?

    A: Once a space if refused, a parent must wait for a subsequent Request for Transfer opportunity.

    Q: Does sibling priority apply to these Request for Transfer periods?

    A: No, there is not sibling priority. Sibling priority is only given during CUSD Priority Open Enrollment in February of every calendar year.

    Q: If the Request for Transfer is approved, does the approved school site become our new assigned school?

    A: Yes. The requested school will become the child’s new assigned home school until completion of the highest grade providing the child continues to reside in the CUSD attendance area (or during a subsequent Request for Transfer period if applicable). If the family moves to another location within CUSD, the requested school assignment will not change. However, a parent is required to notify the Student Assignment Office within 10 days of any address change. 

    Q: If we are approved to attend a different elementary school, what happens when it is time for middle school?  Will my child be placed back to their original neighborhood middle school or the one assigned to the new elementary school?

    A: If approved to attend the requested elementary school, then upon completion of 5th grade, student placement will revert to assigned attendance area school.  For example, if child attends De Vargas Elementary school (which flows to Hyde Middle school) and is approved to attend Montclaire Elementary school (which flows to Cupertino Middle school), then upon completion of 5th grade, the child would attend Hyde Middle school, as the attendance area middle school. 

    Q: What happens if I miss a Request for Transfer period?

    A: You will have to wait for a subsequent Request for Transfer period to apply for a change of schools. Note:  Subsequent Request for Transfer opportunities may not include all CUSD school sites and/or grade levels.