Open EnrollmentInformation 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
The Open Enrollment Act (SBX5 4, Chapter 3, 5th Extraordinary Session, 2010) 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
2015–16 School Year
- Open Enrollment Schools List 2015–16 (XLS; Revised 16-Jul-2015)
All 1,000 Open Enrollment schools for the 2015–16 school year.
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 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
2015–16 School Year
At its March 2014 meeting, the State Board of Education approved not to calculate the 2014 Growth and Base APIs during the transition to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system. Therefore, the 2015–16 Open Enrollment list was produced based on the 2013 Growth API scores.
To find a higher performing school you will first need to know the 2013 Growth API score for your school of residence. You can find the 2013 Growth API for your school of residence on the CDE API County List of Schools Web page. From the API County List of Schools, 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.