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Open Enrollment and Transfers

Frequently Asked Questions about Open Enrollment 

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Enrollment Announcments


Date: October 26

Time: 5:00-6:30 PM

Location: NVUSD Education Center, 2425 Jefferson St., Napa


For: Parents of incoming and current elementary and middle school students.


Representatives from all of our elementary and middle schools -- including principals -- will be in attendance. District administrators will also be available to discuss preschool, transitional kindergarten, special education, ALPS, and our magnet school programs.


Information break-out sessions will be held in which parents will learn about the enrollment process and the school choice options offered within our district, including neighborhood, magnet and charter schools.


More information:



Other Types of Transfers

(NVUSD School to NVUSD School)

(into or out of NVUSD and another School District)
Renewal Letter (English)
Renovación de Carta (Spanish)

Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year

Oct. 2 - Nov. 30, 2017


This is will be your opportunity to request a school for your student outside of your residential area for the 2018-19 school year. 


For assistance with general questions concerning Open Enrollment, please contact your school of residence. 


It is important for parents with students changing levels in fall 2018, (such as elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school), to be aware that your child will automatically roll into your school of residence. The school that your child will automatically roll into is not based on where they are currently attending – it is based on your residential address.


Example: If you “open enrolled” your elementary child in kindergarten, your child will automatically be placed into the middle school of your residence and will not automatically roll into the middle school in the area of your “open enrolled” elementary school.


Please confirm your residential area for the next level in order to decide if you want to apply for Open Enrollment during the Oct. 2 – Nov. 30, 2017 application period for 2018-2019. Click here to find your school of residence.


Download the announcement (English/Español)




Manual (pdf)







How Open Enrollment Works

Open enrollment offers students and parents choice in the schools they attend for elementary school and for secondary (middle and high) school. NVUSD accepts Open Enrollment elementary and secondary applications for a school year only during the Open Enrollment period in the fall of the prior year. An applicant must be a registered NVUSD student before completing an Open Enrollment application. NOTE: Applicants interested in applying to River Charter Middle School do not need to register as NVUSD students. Please contact River School for further information as needed.


For most students who apply for open enrollment, acceptance will be based on an unbiased lottery process. Elementary, middle and high school families will be notified in mid-December if they are selected. Notified families then have 48 hours to accept the new school placement or the spot will be offered to the next student on the list. Once a student is accepted to a new school, the student does not have to re-apply every year to continue at that school.


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Important to Know...

Do not assume you are in a particular school’s area based on how close you may live to the school.

Do not assume that because you have an older child at a particular school that your younger child will automatically be placed in the same school as your older child. Placement is always based on your residential address for each student.

TK families, if you completed an Open Enrollment application for 2017-18 TK, and your student was accepted into an Open Enrollment TK seat, you do not need to again participate in Open Enrollment, as this TK school of choice has become your child's school of residence. Your child will automatically enter Kindergarten at this same TK school, and may remain until the exit grade, (in most cases 5th grade) without participating in the annual Open Enrollment process.  

You may check with your current school to confirm what schools are in your residential area or use the district website school finder tool: www.nvusd.org/findingaschool

Remember that “School Choice” is a request and not a guarantee. Approval is based on capacity at each school. If there are more requests than available capacity, a random unbiased lottery will be conducted to select students. Some schools have very limited availability. 

Click here to see availability.

NVUSD staff must apply through Open Enrollment to request that their child attend the school where the parent/guardian works if the school is outside the student's school of residence area and if that is the parent/guardian's primary permanent place of employment.