The Pasadena Unified School District's (PUSD) annual open enrollment process for the 2010-2011 academic year will open Monday, November 30 with a priority application period for the siblings of students who currently attend a school through open enrollment, for students interested in the District's signature programs, such as dual language immersion or college and career pathways, and for the children of PUSD monthly employees. Specific criteria for priority enrollment are listed in the 2010-2011 Parent's Guide to Schools and at www.openenrollment.info. The general open enrollment period begins January 11, 2010. Open enrollment is PUSD's school of choice program and offers area families an opportunity to explore options and choices that best fit the academic and developmental needs of their children.
Except for late entry into the dual language immersion programs, there are no academic requirements for admission. All students who will enter K - 11th grade are eligible to apply, and selection is made by random lottery. Space is limited, however, and notifications of acceptance are mailed in March.
"With schools that are winning national recognition, PUSD offers academically rigorous programs that challenge and inspire students to become imaginative and critical thinkers while preparing them for the responsibilities of living in a global society," said Superintendent Edwin Diaz. "I invite area families to visit our schools, and to discover the possibilities available on our campuses."
Priority open enrollment applications will be available in English and Spanish online at www.openenrollment.info and in the PUSD Parents' Guide to Schools 2010-11, available at schools, local libraries, community centers, and at www.pusd.us
Applications for priority open enrollment will be accepted November 30 through December 11, 2009. Online applications are preferred, although applications may be mailed or submitted in person. Priority enrollment applications must be completed by 5:00 p.m. December 11 or postmarked that day.
Siblings of students who currently attend a school through open enrollment may submit applications directly to that campus during the priority enrollment period. Sibling priority is forfeited unless applications are submitted during this period, although students can still apply through the general open enrollment period that begins January 11.
Approximately 2,000 students currently attend school through the open enrollment process, although these numbers have declined as schools throughout PUSD have posted dramatic gains in test scores.
"Parents are choosing their neighborhood schools for excellence in academics, the community and culture of the school, commitment to parent involvement, and the simple convenience of home and school proximity," said Meg Abrahamson, who manages PUSD's open enrollment process as Director of Student Support Programs.