Open Enrollment is the District’s annual school of choice program. Open Enrollment enables students who reside within Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) boundaries to apply to attend any PUSD school.

Right Now: Late Applications

Accepted April 8—21, 2014

If you missed the initial application phase of 2014-15 Open Enrollment, or wish to make other choices, a Late Application will be accepted April 8—21, 2014.

Beginning Tuesday, April 8, PUSD will accept applications for spots that were not filled or to add a child's name to a school's wait list.

To complete the online Late Application, parents/guardians visit the District Office at 351 South Hudson, Pasadena 91109 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Late Application placements are determined based on first submitted, first placed.

Important: For any student selected from the wait list attend a school or program via the lottery, registration must be completed at the school site by the date specified or the spot will be forfeited.

To register your student, you will need to present the following:

  • Acceptance letter or copy of the online confirmation of placement
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Recent immunization/vaccination record
  • Two proofs of residency in parent/guardian's name: one is a rental/lease agreement or mortgage statement and the other is a current gas, electric or water bill
  • Middle and high school students new to PUSD need to provide current transcripts

Aviso sobre el proceso de la inscripción abierta 2014-2015: Solicitud Tardia

Si perdió la oportunidad durante la primera etapa del proceso de Inscripción Abierta 2014-15, o quiere hacer una elección diferente, entre el 8 y 21 de abril de 2014 se aceptarán una solicitud tardía.

A partir del martes 8 de abril, PUSD aceptará las solicitudes de ingreso para espacios que aún están disponibles o para agregar los nombres de los niños a la lista de espera de la escuela.

Para llenar una solicitud tardía en línea, los padres de familia/tutores legales pueden venir a las oficinas del Distrito ubicadas en el 351 South Hudson, Pasadena CA 91109 entre las 9:00 de la mañana y 4:00 de la tarde.

Los espacios se asignarán conforme la solicitud tardía se haya recibido.

Importante: Los estudiantes seleccionados para asistir a una escuela o programa a través de la lista de espera deberán completar la inscripción en el plantel escolar en la fecha especificad o el lugar se perderá.

Para inscribir al alumno, deberán presentar lo sigiente:

  • La carta de aceptación que le mandamos o copia de la confirmación que le llegó por correo electrónico
  • El acta de nacimiento del niño
  • El registro actualizado de las vacunas que se le han puesto al menor
  • Dos pruebas de residencia, por ejemplo el contrato de renta o arrendamiento donde viven, y el más reciente recibo de gas, luz o del agua a nombre del padre, la madre, o el tutor
  • Los alumnos de secundaria y preparatoria de primer ingreso al PUSD deberán presentar copia de su materias cursada hasta el momento

Important Dates

Dates are subject to change. Please check here for the latest.

April 8 — 21 Late Applications Submitted Online
April 8 — 28, 2014 Registration for Students on Waitlist & Late Applications
April 28, 2014 Open Enrollment for 2014-15 Ends
May 5 — June 13, 2014 Interdistrict Transfer Requests Accepted
April 28 — August 1, 2014 Intradistrict Transfer Requests to Return to School of Residence
and for New-to-PUSD Students Accepted at District Office Only

Questions & Answers

What is Open Enrollment?

Open Enrollment is Pasadena Unified School District's (PUSD) school of choice program that offers Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre families the opportunity to attend schools outside of their neighborhood school's attendance boundaries. Each year, schools project student enrollment based on demographic data about the number of school-age children residing within a campus' attendance boundaries. Any seats not occupied by neighborhood students are made available for Open Enrollment which is a random lottery. Once enrolled, a student does not have to annually reapply.

How do I select the right school for my child?

First, learn about your neighborhood school and explore PUSD's signature programs for your child. All campuses offer rigorous academic programs aligned to California learning standards, highly qualified teachers and an array of enrichment opportunities. PUSD schools continue to demonstrate consistent academic improvement. Also explore before and after-school care programs. PUSD serves the communities of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.

Consult the official Guide to Schools & Services (aquí en español) for more information on PUSD schools and programs.

What should I do to enroll my child at our neighborhood school?

To support the school's planning, it is strongly encouraged that all families enroll no later than March 7, 2014. Simply go to your neighborhood school and register your child. If you are registering your child for the first time at a PUSD school, you must present the following:

  • Your child's original birth certificate
  • Your child's most recent immunization and vaccination record
  • A first proof of residency in the form of a recent gas, electric or water bill in the parent/guardian's name
  • Second proof of residency in the form of either a deed of trust, mortgage payment receipt, rental/lease agreement, property tax bill or closing escrow papers
  • Transcripts from your child's previous school, if applicable
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP), if applicable

How do we apply for Open Enrollment?

  1. Read the school profiles in the annual Parent's Guide to Schools.
  2. Take a school tour and visit school events.
  3. Complete the 2014-2015 application online at www.openenrollment.info
  4. Indicate up to five school choices in order of preference. The application can be completed and submitted from any computer with internet service.

Should I submit an Open Enrollment application to enroll my child in Don Benito, Norma Coombs or Marshall Fundamental? Or for the Dual Language Immersion Programs, Magnet Schools and College & Career Pathways?

Yes. You must complete an Open Enrollment application to attend any PUSD school other than your neighborhood school, including the three permit-only schools: Don Benito, Norma Coombs and Marshall Fundamental, the three Dual Language Immersion campuses: San Rafael, Jackson and Field, and the high school Pathways. However, these schools offer "neighborhood preference." See below.

What is "Neighborhood Preference"?

The permit-only schools and dual language campuses are subject to "neighborhood preference," which means 45 percent of the total number of open seats is set aside for students who live within defined zones around these schools. However, preference only applies when seats are available in the requested grade levels and applicants who live in the "neighborhood preference" zones list the school as their first choice on the application. "Neighborhood preference" does not apply when the permit-only or dual language school is listed as the second through fifth choice. For College & Career Pathways, 45 percent of the total number of open seats is available for students residing outside the attendance area of the requested Pathway. Applicants are selected through a random lottery. If not selected via "neighborhood preference," a student's application is re-entered into the general lottery.

At what age is my child eligible to enroll in Kindergarten?

Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2014 to enroll in Kindergarten for the school year beginning August 2014.

What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten experience for those students turning five years old between September 2 and December 2, 2014. TK offers children developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with Kindergarten standards, taught by credentialed teachers. Transitional Kindergarten is voluntary. Available at limited school sites.

If my child is currently attending a PUSD Pre-K or TK should we apply for Open Enrollment?

Yes, if the current school the child attends is not the student's school of residence. Enrollment at a PUSD Pre-School or Transitional Kindergarten class does not guarantee a student will be enrolled at that same school for Kindergarten. Parents must go through the District's Open Enrollment process to have their student attend a school other than their home school for Kindergarten.

What are the enrollment opportunities for students who do not reside within PUSD boundaries?

Non-resident families are welcome to explore PUSD programs: College & Career Pathways in our high schools, Dual Language Immersion Programs in Spanish and Mandarin at elementary sites, the STEAM Magnet at Washington Middle School, Visual & Performing Arts at Eliot, the International Baccalaureate Programme at Willard Elementary School and Blair Middle and High School, and more. Non residents are invited to submit an online application during specified dates, to be announced.

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