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Open Enrollment for Elementary, Middle and High School Students

​​​​​​​​​​Open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year has closed.

Open enrollment window: October 1, 2016 - November 18, 2016

California Law and Santa Rosa City Schools' (SRCS) Board Policy provides an opportunity for parents/guardians to request that their student attend a school in an area other than the area in which they live. If that school is within the Santa Rosa City Schools district, the process is called "Open Enrollment."


The Santa Rosa City Schools District provides opportunities for parents and students who reside in the SRCS Elementary and Secondary Districts to select a school of choice outside their school of residence as school capacity permits.

Who Must Apply?
  • ​If you are at your school of residence and plan to attend your next school of residence(elementary to middle school or middle school to high school) YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING.
  • If your child is currently a 6th grader or an 8th grader and you are NOT at your school of residence and next school year (2017-18) you wish to go to a school that is NOT your school of residence, you must apply to Open Enrollment.
  •  If your child is in another grade and you wish to change from your current school to another school that is NOT your school of residence you must apply to Open Enrollment.
  • If you are on an Interdistrict Permit (from a district NOT SRCS) and you are planning to stay at your current school, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING.
  • If you are applying for a CHARTER school, you DO NOT use this form, you must contact the charter school for their enrollment process.
  • If you are on an Interdistrict Permit (from a district NOT SRCS) and you are changing school levels (elementary to middle school or middle school to high school) you must apply for a NEW Interdistrict Permit for your next school. There is NOT an automatic rollover from elementary to middle or middle to high school. YOU MUST APPLY FOR A NEW INTERDISTRICT PERMIT, NOT OPEN ENROLLMENT. Apply for an Interdistrict permit HERE
APPLICATIONSApplications are only accepted ONLINE.If you have no access to a computer with Internet connection at home or any other  place such as (public libraries, Internet cafés, etc.) you are welcome to use the computer in the lobby of the Student And Family Engagement Office (SAFE)  located at 211 Ridgway Avenue Santa Rosa (528-5137).
DATESOpen Enrollment is available online from 12:00 a.m.  October 1 through 11:59 p.m. on November 18 on the Santa Rosa City Schools’  website. After you submit your application on the SRCS website, please be sure to print a copy of your application. Families will be notified by December 1 and families must come into the school to register by Friday December 23, 2016 before 3 p.m. or they will lose the spot.
SPACEIf space is available at your selected school, approval will be granted. If there is not space available, your student's name will be placed on a waiting list based on a random and unbiased lottery (not on a first-come basis).

Only families that are already residents of Santa Rosa City Schools may submit application under "Open Enrollment" . Families outside the SRCS boundaries need to submit an "Interdistrict Permit." Click Here for that process.

Transportation to the new school is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. This includes Special Education. If your request is approved, your student may give up the right to return to his/her previous school until the next Open Enrollment period the next September to November.

  • If you are accepted at an elementary school, you will reed to re-apply for middle school.
  • If you are accepted at a middle school, you will re-apply for high school
QUESTIONSIf you have questions or need more information, call the Student And Family Engagement Office (SAFE) at 528-5137.



  • Students who live in the residence area have priority in attending their school of residence. The District maintains a street grid with addresses for purposes of determining the school  of residence
  • The SRCS Board of Education establishes the optimal capacity of each school.
  • If more requests to attend a school are received than there are openings, the District will use a random and unbiased lottery to fill the openings and establish a waiting list.
  • Transportation to the new school is not provided.
  • Remember, the waiting lists are done by lottery, not by the date and time the application is submitted.
  • A student placed in any school requested through Open Enrollment relinquishes his/her right to attendance area school for the remainder of that school year.
Find out more:


Open Enrollment began October 1, 2016. Open Enrollment closes November 18, 2016. Open Enrollment has closed for the school year 2017-2018. Please contact your school of residence for any information.

InterDistrict enrollment for residents outside of the Santa Rosa Attendance boundaries opens on February 1, 2017

Please see this page for more information .Transfers Outside the Open Enrollment Window​​​