School Choice Requests for Santiago Hills Elementary School for the 2020-2021 School Year
This SCHOOL CHOICE request is for SANTIAGO HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ONLY. If you wish to pursue a school choice spot at ANY OTHER Irvine Unified School District school site, please visit our website at for the proper school choice procedure.

Reflecting the belief that parents should have a choice of schools, the Irvine Unified School District established at its inception an Open Enrollment Policy. This policy provides the opportunity for parents who reside in the district to enroll their student in any school within the district on a space available basis.

Each school is required to serve the students who live within its attendance area prior to accepting any students from outside its boundary. To determine your assigned neighborhood school, simply input your address in the School Locator map (found on our website at

Though the district supports parental choice and is committed to Open Enrollment, once enrollment reaches school capacity, that school or grade level will be closed to Open Enrollment. The following conditions also restrict the opportunities for Open Enrollment:

- Approvals are for one year and are reviewed each year.
- Parents must provide transportation.
- Space must be available at the requested school.
- Transition to middle school or high school is based not on previous school of enrollment, but on the school attendance area assigned to the neighborhood of residence.

To assure that the approval process for those interested in Open Enrollment is random and unbiased, a waiting list is maintained at each school based on an annual lottery. The deadline for submitting a request is noon on the fourth Friday in February.
Based on forms submitted by the deadline, principals draw names and establish waiting lists (by grade level at the elementary level). Requests received after the deadline are added to the school's waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When making the commitment for your child to attend the School of Choice - pursuant to IUSD's Open Enrollment Policy - your student(s) may be refused enrollment at their neighborhood school for the balance of the same academic year due to restricted space.

Student(s) may be transferred back to his/her school of residence for any of the following reasons: (1) unsatisfactory attendance, (2) continual tardiness, (3) failure of the parent/guardian to make adequate transportation arrangements, (4) unsatisfactory behavior, (5) no longer residing within IUSD boundaries.

Acceptance at the School of Choice is for one year and is reviewed each year. Should space availability at the School of Choice for the following year become an issue, provisionally enrolled students are subject to return to their neighborhood school. Under such circumstances, students will be returned on the basis of their enrollment date with last enrollees being the first to return to their neighborhood school. Please note that the school will make every effort to continue enrollment of all students whenever possible; however, it is the primary responsibility of the school to serve the needs of the immediate neighborhood first.

Student FIRST NAME *
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Student LAST NAME *
Your answer
Student PERMANENT ID # (9 digit number found on student's report card)
Your answer
Student DATE OF BIRTH (mm/dd/yyyy) *
Your answer
Student GRADE for the 2020-2021 school year. *
Please remember this is your child's grade level for the new school year!
Does the student (named above) have any of the following special program needs? *
Please note that your school of choice may not offer all special programs.
Does your student (named above) have a sibling that you also wish to have attend your school of choice? *
Please note that a separate request must be completed for EACH STUDENT you wish to make a School Choice request for.
What is the name (first and last) of the sibling?
Please note that a separate request must be completed for EACH STUDENT you wish to make a School Choice request for.
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What is the grade level of the sibling?
The assigned neighborhood school is based on the address of residence.
Have you made SCHOOL CHOICE requests at any other school sites? *
At what other school sites have you made SCHOOL CHOICE requests?
We ask that you make NO MORE THAN THREE SCHOOL CHOICE requests per school year.
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Parent LAST NAME *
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Address *
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Email address *
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Phone number *
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