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Open Enrollment and Transfers



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The District will notify all elementary, middle and high school open enrollment applicants of their status via the user account email and parent dashboard in December.


Students who are not selected through the random process to attend their school of choice will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified by email and parent dashboard account as capacity becomes available.

When is Open Enrollment?

Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year

Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, 2018

This is your opportunity to request a school for your student outside of your residential area for the 2019-2020 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 (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. 1 – November 30, 2018 application period for 2019-2020. Click here to find your school of residence.

Please keep in mind: Neither transportation nor child care are provided for students approved to transfer schools through Open Enrollment. However, as part of a magnet grant project, resident students from McPherson and Shearer Elementary Schools who apply and are accepted to attend Willow Elementary Magnet Arts Integration School will receive bus transportation.

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.


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, 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:

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. 

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. 


  • Canyon Oaks Elementary School is closed to Open Enrollment except to applicants with siblings who will be attending the school during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • IMPORTANT: Out of District applicants may now participate in the Open Enrollment process for all Magnet Elementary Schools: Bel Aire Park (International Baccalaureate/Communication and Media); Napa Junction (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); Phillips (Leadership, Engineering, Art Design); Pueblo Vista (Dual Immersion/Environmental Sciences; Willow (Arts Integration). 
  • Stone Bridge applicants must complete open enrollment at the Stone Bridge campus. 
  • Napa Valley Language Academy applicants may register at their school of residence, or to learn more about the Charter School program, families may choose to register at the campus of Napa Valley Language Academy. Out of District applicants are also welcome to apply. 
  • American Canyon Middle School is closed to Open Enrollment except to applicants with siblings who will be attending the school during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Redwood Middle School is closed to Open Enrollment except to applicants with siblings who will be attending the school during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • IMPORTANT: Out of District applicants may now participate in the Open Enrollment process for Harvest Magnet Middle School (Dual Immersion/International Baccalaureate World School). 
  • River Charter Middle School applicants must apply through Open Enrollment. Out of District applicants as well as in District River applicants do not need to be registered in a Napa Valley Unified School to participate in the Open Enrollment process.  
  • American Canyon High School has space available for grades 9 - 12.
  • Napa High School has limited space available for open enrollment for grades 9 - 12.
  • Vintage High School has space available for grades 9 - 12.
  • New Technology High School has space available 9 - 12.  Applicants must be registered at their high school of residence and apply through open enrollment.

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)