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2021-2022 Open Enrollment/Intradistrict Transfer for Grades TK-12

Transfers for the 2021-2022 school year have been completed.

Information for the 2022-2023 school year will be posted by January 2022.

If you are requesting a transfer to the independent study program at Carlsbad Seaside Academy (CSA) or back to in-person instruction please visit the CSA website or CSA flyer for information.  

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs will be offered at the following sites:

  • Jefferson Elementary: Serving Buena Vista, Calavera Hills, Hope, Jefferson, & Magnolia
  • Poinsettia Elementary: Serving Aviara Oaks, Kelly, Pacific Rim, and Poinsettia

An intradistrict transfer request is required to attend a different school than the one assigned. 

Incoming Kindergarten and 6th Grade Students

An intradistrict transfer request is required for incoming kindergarten and 6th-grade students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school - even if there is a sibling currently attending the requested school.

Independent Study Program (Grades TK-12)

Carlsbad Seaside Academy (CSA) is open to all elementary and middle school students. Students currently attending CSA who wish to transfer back to their home school for 2021-2022 must complete a transfer request.

Intradistrict Transfers/School of Choice (Grades TK-12) Procedures

Current CUSD Students: 

  1. Submit School of Choice request via the Parent Portal:  ENGLISH   SPANISH

Students New to CUSD: 

  1. Complete the CUSD Online Enrollment process (select pre-enrollment for 2021-2022)

  2. Once residency is verified and the student is pre-enrolled, families will have access to the Parent Portal and will be able to submit a School of Choice request.  ENGLISH    SPANISH

Students will be placed in priority order for (a) siblings, (b) students who have attended for a full year, (c) students of employees at the school, (d) students assigned to impacted schools.


Schools with Space: Schools are open for transfers. 

Elementary Schools

Calavera Hills Elementary School

Carlsbad Seaside Academy (virtual school)

Jefferson Elementary School        

Poinsettia Elementary School*


Schools with Limited Space: Schools are at or near capacity, but may be able to accommodate one-to-one transfers. 

Elementary Schools

Aviara Oaks Elementary School *

Buena Vista Elementary School

Pacific Rim Elementary School


Middle Schools

Aviara Oaks Middle School

Calavera Hills Middle School

Valley Middle School 

Carlsbad Seaside Academy (virtual school)

Impacted Schools: Schools are closed to all applications unless there is a sibling currently at the school 

Elementary Schools

Hope Elementary School 

Kelly Elementary School

Magnolia Elementary School

*Does not include students who reside in the Poinsettia/Aviara Oaks Elementary dual enrollment zone.

Open Enrollment/Intradistrict Transfer Policy:

The district has an intradistrict enrollment policy that allows students to apply to attend a school other than their assigned school. Applications are only accepted during a designated period of time each year, depending on the grade level.  Note that each school is required to serve the students who live within its attendance boundary before accepting students outside the boundary. Additionally, some schools may be unavailable for open enrollment. Families will be notified of the decision by the first week in May.

Existing CUSD Students

How to submit a School Of Choice Request for your existing CUSD student via the Parent Portal:      


Students NOT CURRENTLY attending a CUSD school

There are several steps that must be completed in order to request a School Of Choice Request for a student who does NOT currently attend a CUSD school:

  1. Complete the CUSD Online Enrollment process for the new student. Be sure to select the Pre-Enrollment option for the next school year. The instructions and links can be found HERE

  2. When the online enrollment process has been completed, print out and sign the Enrollment Confirmation and contact your Assigned School to set up an appointment to bring it and all supporting documents.

  3. Once your Assigned School has verified your residency documents and officially pre-enrolled your student, you will be provided Parent Portal access to submit the School Of Choice Request. 

High School Selection Window: January 6, 2020 - January 31, 2020

All 8th grade students must declare the high school they wish to attend (Sage Creek High School or Carlsbad High School).  This selection will be made in the Parent Portal. The link and documentation will be posted here when the window is opened. Students new to CUSD will be asked to select a high school when they utilize the Online Enrollment process once pre-enrollment for next year is initiated, on January 1st.


                                           Parent Portal Link                                       High School Selection Info


Students who are currently enrolled in high school do not need to complete a high school selection form unless they wish to transfer to another high school.  Students who wish to transfer between CUSD high schools must adhere to the application window and apply through the Parent Portal as well.  (Please note there are CIF regulations that will be followed for all athletes).