Skip to main content

The Open Enrollment Process


It is the process that allows  parents/guardians, if they choose, to apply to enroll their student(s) at an NVUSD school other than their school of residence.

1. Socioeconomic balance goals for each school as outlined in the Napa Valley Unified School District’s Voluntary Desegregation Plan.

2. Students residing within the attendance area of a charter school who do not wish to attend a charter school.

3. Program alignment from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school for:

  • Dual Language Immersion
  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Spanish Academy (ISA)
  • Leadership Academy Youth Leaders in Action (LAYLA)
  • Legacy Youth Academy

4. Siblings of students already in attendance in a school, and who will be attending the school the same year a new sibling is entering the school.

5. Students attending a school that has been designated by the Board to close at the end of the current school year; and who either: (a) are currently attending the school designated for closure, or (b) in the following school year will be entering the earliest grade level of the school designated for closure. This priority only applies to students who reside within the boundaries of Napa Valley Unified School District. Students who attend a District school pursuant to an inter-district transfer are not eligible for lottery priority.

6. Students whose parent/guardian is assigned to that school as his/her primary place of employment. Primary place of employment means an annual assignment at that school as a permanent or probationary employee of the district.

7. For all other applications for open enrollment outside a school's attendance area, the Superintendent or designee shall use a random, unbiased selection process (e.g., a lottery) to determine who shall be admitted whenever a school receives admission requests that are in excess of the school's capacity. (Education Code 35160.5)

School enrollment decisions shall not be based on a student's academic or athletic performance, except that existing entrance criteria for specialized schools or programs may be used provided that the criteria are uniformly applied to all applicants. Academic performance may be used to determine eligibility for, or placement in programs for gifted and talented students. (Education Code 35160.5)

school choice in NVUSD