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District of Choice

Information on the District of Choice program, which allows local educational agencies (LEAs) to accept student transfers under the "District of Choice" provisions.

The District of Choice Program allows a student to transfer to a school district that participates in this program. For questions about student transfers contact your school district. The following provides detailed information about the District of Choice Program.


In 2017, the state budget act significantly changed the requirements for districts that elected to participate in the school District of Choice program. The new requirements are outlined in California Education Code (EC) sections 48300 through 48316 External link opens in new window or tab.. Under these new provisions, the District of Choice determines the number of transfer students it is willing to accept and must ensure that students admitted are selected through a random, unbiased process. The admissions process prohibits an evaluation of whether or not the student should be enrolled based on his or her academic or athletic performance, physical condition, or proficiency in English.

The new law requires Districts of Choice to meet several new state and local requirements including registration, student registration, and data reporting. The California Department of Education (CDE) and the respective county office of education also have a role in adhering to these requirements as specified in the following sections. Finally, the CDE must also respond to complaints as outlined in the complaints section.

2018–19 Districts of Choice

Districts of Choice were required to register with the CDE for the 2018–19 school year no later than July 1, 2018. A list of the districts who completed the registration process by responding to the CDE survey are provided below.

New District of Choice Registration

New districts electing to participate in the District of Choice program beginning in the 2019–20 school year were required to register with the CDE by October 15, 2018. Registration for the 2019–20 school year is now closed.

Questions: District of Choice Team | | 916-319-0703 
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 22, 2019