Open Enrollment & Overflow
Parents often ask how the district assigns students to school. By policy, our goal is for every student to attend his or her school of residence, often referred to as the neighborhood school. Attendance boundaries for each district school have been established by the Board of Education. These boundaries are periodically reviewed and adjusted to provide for such changes as the opening of new schools. Most students in the district attend their neighborhood school. There are some situations in which students attend schools other than their school of residence.These include:
- 1. Transitional Kindergarten which is located at only certain elementary sites.
- 2. Students choosing to attend another school. These students use a process called intradistrict/open enrollment transfer to attend District schools in which space is available. Not all District schools are open to transfers. Approval of transfer applications is reviewed in the spring. Applications are due by March 30th for consideration. Click here for the Open Enrollment form.
- 3. Schools that do not have enough room in a grade level to accommodate all students living within the boundary of that school. When this occurs, students are placed on a waitlist at their resident school and assigned, or overflowed, to another school. This situation occurs for a number of reasons: Rapid growth in student enrollment at a particular school and/or turnover of housing in existing neighborhoods, classes in a grade level have reached capacity limits or overflow of resident students from prior years. Class size in the district is bound by California Department of Education regulations and by class size limits contracted with the Benicia Teachers Association (teachers’ union).
If school personnel has told you that the school is fully enrolled at your child’s grade level, you will be placed on a waitlist. As school staff account for students not returning in the fall or if space becomes available during the year, waitlist students are called back to the resident school in the order they appear on the waitlist. While on the waitlist, the district will overflow students to another district school making every effort to place at the nearest available school. You will have the option for your child to remain at that overflowed school through the fifth grade or return to the neighborhood school. Students remain on the waitlist until they are called back or make the decision to remain at the overflowed school. All communication with parents regarding school placement will be handled through the resident school office.
We understand the inconvenience overflow may cause you and your family. We apologize for this situation. Feel free to contact the District’s Department of the Superintendent (707-748-2611) or any school office for more information. Thank you for your understanding.