What is Open Enrollment and How Do I Apply?
Open Enrollment affords parents/guardians the opportunity to request a school other than their neighborhood school or current school of attendance. Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Open Enrollment window for the 2019-20 school year lottery begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 1, and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28. All applications submitted within the window are entered into a random lottery selection. The lottery determines the ranking order waiting list for applicants. All open enrollment placements will be finalized between the tenth and the fifteenth day of instruction of the 2019-2020 school year. After the fifteenth day of instruction, no open enrollment transfers will be considered until the next school year.
All Open Enrollment applications must be submitted electronically through a link that will be located at the bottom of this web page on Feb. 1st. Computers are accessible for families at the Sullivan Interagency Youth Services Center, 2195 Union Ave., from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Student Services staff are available to assist families during this time.Additional information regarding students enrolled in a K-8 School: A student enrolled in a K-8 school, and whose parents would like their student to attend a comprehensive middle school, need to request a transfer by applying for Open Enrollment. Please note, submitting an Open Enrollment application does not guarantee an approved transfer to the requested school.
Additional information regarding GATE: Incoming 6th grade GATE students, currently enrolled in a Kdg-8th school, will receive priority placement to attend a comprehensive middle school. All other students identified for the GATE program, and whose parents would like them student to attend a different school, need to request a transfer by applying for Open Enrollment. Please note, submitting an Open Enrollment application does not guarantee an approved transfer to the requested school.Do I need to complete an Open Enrollment Application if I want to enroll my child in a special program or school of choice, such as the Public Safety Academy?You do not complete an Open Enrollment Application to enroll in a special program or school of choice. Rather, contact the program and complete an application specific to the program requirements. For information regarding each program, please click on the respective link below.What happens after the Open Enrollment application has been submitted?After your Open Enrollment application is submitted your student is placed on a waiting list. Applications submitted during the window (February 1 at 8:00 a.m. - February 28 at 4:00 p.m.), are entered into a random lottery selection in accordance with California Education Code, Section 5160.5(b) and the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Administrative Regulation. Applications submitted after the window closes are considered "late" and are served on a first-come-first-served basis.
There is no guarantee of placement through the Open Enrollment process. Open Enrollment applications are accommodated if there is space available in the requested grade at the requested school. All applications received are placed on the list under a “pending” status and transfers are offered as space becomes available. Transfers are granted for individual students by school, by grade, and not by family.
While on the waiting list, your student must enroll in and attend the school in his/her attendance area. Should there be sufficient space available to offer your student a placement, Student Services will contact you by the 15th day of instruction of the 2019-2020 school year. Unless you are notified by Student Services, do not dis-enroll your student from his/her present school of enrollment. If your transfer is granted, you will be contacted via email. If no email is listed you will be called. You must respond within 48 hours to confirm your transfer. If you do not respond, the transfer will be offered to the next applicant.
Transfers that have not been granted remain on the list until Open Enrollment closes. Applications that were not granted do not roll over for the next school year. Applicants must re-apply if their transfer was not granted.
In the event your student receives an Open Enrollment transfer, the new school will become your student’s home school through the highest grade level at that school. Students who have been placed in specific programs such as: Dual Immersion (DI), International Baccalaureate (IB), Matt Garcia Career and College Academy, Early College High School, and the Public Safety Academy (PSA) and opt out of the specific program will revert to their school of attendance beginning with the next school year. Transportation and childcare will remain the responsibility of the parent/guardian.Please keep in mind:
- Neither transportation nor child care are provided for students approved to transfer schools through Open Enrollment.
- Students must be enrolled in their neighborhood or current school of attendance before an Open Enrollment application will be considered.
- While on the Open Enrollment waiting list, students must attend their neighborhood school.
- Applications must be submitted via online by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at 707-399-4325.