Intradistrict/School Choice Information

The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) is fortunate to have outstanding schools serving middle school students.  The District has an Intradistrict/School Choice Board Policy that allows parents who reside within district boundaries to request for their student to attend an IUSD middle school that is outside of their attendance area. 

Families wishing to pursue Intradistrict/School Choice for the 2022-23 school year must make a request during the lottery window which begins at 8:00 a.m. January 3, 2022 and closes at 4:00 p.m. on January 28, 2022.  

Note: Sierra Vista Middle School is only open to requests for siblings of concurrently enrolled Sierra Vista Middle School students for the 2022-23 school year.  Sierra Vista Middle School is closed to general Intradistrict/School Choice requests and any requests made for Sierra Vista Middle School without a concurrently enrolled sibling will not be considered. 

Note: Jeffrey Trail Middle School is only open to requests for siblings of concurrently enrolled Jeffrey Trail Middle School students for the 2022-23 school year.  Jeffrey Trail Middle School is closed to general Intradistrict/School Choice requests and any requests made for Jeffrey Trail Middle School without a concurrently enrolled sibling will not be considered.

If you would like to request a school other than the school to which your student is currently enrolled, please follow these steps by submitting a request through your Parent Portal:

  • Click on the banner titled: The 2022-23 Intradistrict/School Choice lottery window is open
  • Under the Student Info tab, click on School of Choice Requests
  • Review the Parent Acknowledgement and Instructions
  • Click on Create New School Choice Request
  • Complete the request and SAVE

There will be a one-to-one exchange based on a random and unbiased lottery that will take place after the Intradistrict/School Choice lottery request deadline. This process creates an ordered interest list of students at the participating schools. The lottery does not account for extenuating circumstances or specific reasons for the request and it is not based on a first come first serve basis. 

You may log into your Parent Portal account to view the status of your request.  Due to the high volume of requests received, we are unable to provide status updates regarding a request.

If you would like to request San Joaquin Middle School (IVA) for the 2022/2023 school year, please submit this request through the school choice process as described above.  This process is to request FULL time enrollment at IVA.  

Siblings of students who are currently enrolled in a choice school must apply for an Intradistrict/School Choice transfer.  Siblings will be given priority at their school of choice, if space is available, providing the student resides within IUSD attendance boundaries.  Sibling requests must also follow Intradistrict/School Choice steps and adhere to the same January 28th deadline.  

Below are considerations for Intradistrict/School Choice:

  • students in special programs will be approved for transfer only if the receiving school has the capacity to provide the appropriate program or service;
  • parents may only request one school other than the school to which they are assigned;
  • space must be available at the requested school;
  • some schools with lower enrollment may be able to accept additional students beyond the one-to-one exchange;
  • parents must provide transportation to the requested school.

Notifications will be sent to all families the week of February 14, 2022 via email to parents​/legal guardians​ who submitted an Intradistrict/School Choice request during the lottery window

Families do need to be aware that moving students between schools impacts staffing.  For this reason, families must adhere to their school of choice, if approved.