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Open Enrollment

Information on the Open Enrollment Act, which allows students the option to enroll in a different school with a higher Academic Performance Index (API) than the pupil's school of residence.

About the Open Enrollment Act

With the Open Enrollment Act (SBX5 4, Chapter 3, 5th Extraordinary Session, 2010), the California State Legislature has taken the step of giving students from the 1,000 schools listed on the "Open Enrollment Schools" list the right to enroll in higher achieving schools.

The Open Enrollment Act, SBX5 4 (Romero), was signed into law on January 7, 2010, and became effective on April 14, 2010. The Open Enrollment Act provides students enrolled in one of the 1,000 "low-achieving" schools, hereinafter referred to as "Open Enrollment" schools, the option to enroll in a different school with a higher Academic Performance Index (API) than the pupil's school of residence.

Overview of the Methodology
Used to identify the 1,000 Open Enrollment schools.

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers regarding the Open Enrollment Act.

Regulations & Legislation

Data Reports

2014–15 School Year
2013–14 School Year
2012–13 School Year

Find a Higher Performing School

2014–15 School Year

First, you will need to know the 2013 Growth API score for your school of residence. You can find the "2012 Growth API" on the CDE API County List of Schools Web page.

To find a school with a higher API score, go to API County List of Schools and select a county. Under "Select Report", choose the "2013 Growth API Report - List of Schools in the County." Review the first column, "2013 Growth API" for the names of schools and API scores. Compare your current school of residence API score with the school you desire to attend. The score of the desired school must be higher than that of your school of residence in order for you to apply for transfer.

Questions: Data Visualization and Reporting Office | DVRO@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-3245 
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