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
- Open Enrollment Regulations
Title 5 California Code of Regulations (5 CCR), Section 4700 et seq., effective date January 1, 2011.
- California Education Code sections 48350-48361
2014–15 School Year
- Open Enrollment Schools List 2014–15 (XLS; Revised 13-May-2014)
All 1,000 Open Enrollment schools for the 2014–15 school year.
2013–14 School Year
- Open Enrollment Schools List 2013–14 (XLS; Revised 14-Mar-2014)
All 1,000 Open Enrollment schools for the 2013–14 school year.
2012–13 School Year
- Open Enrollment Schools 2012–13
Search for an Open Enrollment school for the 2012–13 school year.
- Open Enrollment Schools List 2012–13 (XLS; Revised 11-Feb-2013)
All 1,000 Open Enrollment schools for the 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.