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SCHOOL OF CHOICE

2020-2021 School of Choice Information

WHAT IS SCHOOL OF CHOICE?

Almost all of our Simi Valley Schools are considered Schools of Choice. (The standing exceptions to School of Choice are Hollow Hills Elementary and Vista Elementary, which are fundamental schools, and Santa Susana High School which is a magnet school.) In some years, schools that are filled to capacity may be closed to School of Choice, but for the 2020-2021 school year, all of our schools except those listed as standing exceptions are able to accept School of Choice applicants. As long as the school is not filled to its capacity with existing students and incoming neighborhood students, students living outside the neighborhood boundaries of a school may apply to enroll in that school, and the school may accept these students until the school is filled to capacity. If there are more applications than there are available spots for interested students, the school will conduct a random lottery to select the number of students they are able to accept.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR SCHOOL OF CHOICE?

Any school-age child living in the boundaries of the Simi Valley Unified School District may apply for School of Choice. But, some students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) may be directed to a specific school because of that student's needs. School of Choice can be used by any existing student at any grade wishing to transfer into another school that is not the student's neighborhood school. You do not need to submit a School of Choice application if you are planning to attend your neighborhood school. 

Click HERE to see the Boundary Maps for Simi Valley Schools' elementary, middle and high schools. Locate your address on the appropriate map to determine which school is your neighborhood school.

HOW DO WE APPLY FOR SCHOOL OF CHOICE?

To apply for School of Choice, complete the form(s) required. *THE LINKS FOR THESE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACTIVE UNTIL TUESDAY JANUARY 7, 2020 WHEN THE WINDOW FOR SCHOOL OF CHOICE FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR OFFICIALLY OPENS. School of Choice applications are due on or before February 28, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Applications submitted by this date will be given equal weight if a lottery is needed to determine admission to the school for School of Choice. 

WHAT IF WE WANT TO APPLY AFTER THE DEADLINE?

We will take School of Choice applications after the February 28, 2020 deadline, but these applications will be placed at the bottom of the school's waiting list. As space becomes available, applicants will be advised of their potential enrollment.

HOW ARE THE APPLICANTS CHOSEN FOR SCHOOL OF CHOICE ENROLLMENT?

Beginning in March, schools start to determine if and how many open seats they have in their school by each grade. (The incoming grades--Kindergarten, 6th, 7th and 9th grades--are usually the grades receiving the most School of Choice applications.) If the school has enough available open seats for the applications received, then all applicants will be notified that they may enroll in the school. If there are more applicants (by grade level) than there are open seats, then the school will randomly draw on-time applicants from the group and offer enrollment to those students. The applicants who are not initially selected will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they are randomly drawn, with priority given to the order. (Number one on the waiting list will have priority for an available seat over number five on the waiting list.) Applicants are told what their waiting list number is to help them assess the potential for enrollment.

If an applicant who has been offered enrollment into their School of Choice declines the enrollment, the next applicant on the waiting list is offered the position. This process continues until ALL of the available seats are filled, or until there are no more applications for that grade level.

I'VE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO A FUNDAMENTAL SCHOOL AND TO A SCHOOL OF CHOICE.

If you ARE selected for one of the initial spots at a Fundamental School, you will have until 4:00 p.m. on February 28, 2020 to enroll your child by submitting the required forms to your school. ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED THE ENROLLMENT FORMS, YOUR CHILD'S NAME WILL BE REMOVED FROM ANY OTHER SCHOOL OF CHOICE APPLICATION YOU MAY HAVE SUBMITTED AT OTHER SCHOOLS.

If you are NOT selected in the Fundamental School lottery, applicants will be placed on the Fundamental School waiting list, in the order of the lottery selection. Parents may also apply to another school via School of Choice during the open enrollment period (February 1 to 28, 2020 by 4:00 p.m):

  1. Determine if you want your child to attend your neighborhood school or another school in the district for kindergarten. If  you desire a school other than your neighborhood school, submit a School of Choice form online by 4:00 p.m. on February 28, 2020.
  2. If you desire that your child attend kindergarten at your neighborhood school, enroll your child at that school during March. Registration during March will assist us in planning for the coming year.

WHEN DO WE KNOW IF OUR CHILD HAS BEEN ACCEPTED INTO OUR SCHOOL OF CHOICE?

As said above, the process begins in March and applicants can be notified as early as the end of March/beginning of April. Because there are many factors that constantly shift throughout the end of the school year to determine how many open seats are available at a school, an applicant may not have a definite answer about acceptance into their School of Choice even up to right before the school year begins in August. An applicant's neighborhood school will always accommodate a new student, so many families plan to attend their neighborhood school as they wait to hear about a School of Choice application. 

MAY WE SUBMIT A SCHOOL OF CHOICE APPLICATION TO MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL?

Yes. But when an applicant is offered a position at a school, they are given a strict deadline to accept the placement and submit all enrollment paperwork. Once the paperwork is submitted, the student's name will be removed from all other School of Choice lists.

WHO MAY WE CONTACT IF WE HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOOL OF CHOICE?

Our schools all have warm and friendly staff members in the offices who are happy to answer questions and guide prospective families through the process. Feel free to call any school you are interested in at any time during normal school hours. Private tours can also be arranged.