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District of Choice Interdistrict Attendance Program

The Nevada City School District participates in the District of Choice Program (DOC) for families who live outside of district boundaries. The application period for the 2022-2023 school year was held in the fall of 2021 and closed December 31, 2021. The District of Choice for the 2022-2023 school year is closed. Please see more information about the District of Choice Program below.

2023-2024 Information Legislature Faces Decision About Reauthorizing the “District of Choice” Program. A state law adopted in 1993 allows students to transfer to school districts that participate in the District of Choice program. The program requires participating districts to accept interested students regardless of their academic abilities or personal characteristics. Unlike other interdistrict transfer laws, it also allows students to transfer without seeking permission from their home districts. The program currently consists of 45 participating districts enrolling nearly 9,600 transfer students. The program is scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2023.

If the District of Choice Program if extended by the State and approved by the Board of Trustees the application period for 2023-2024 will open October 17, 2022 - December 31, 2022.  Please use the District of Choice request form and submit your application to the District Office at 800 Hoover Lane, Nevada City, CA . Acceptance into the Nevada City School District is determined by the Board determined cap for each grade level and determined by space availability per grade level.

 District of Choice Facts

The governing board of any school district may elect to accept interdistrict transfers under the “District of Choice” provision authorized under California Education Code sections 48300 through 48316 Under this provision, the school district of choice determines the number of transfer pupils it is willing to accept and must ensure that pupils admitted are selected through a random, unbiased process that prohibits an evaluation of whether or not the pupil should be enrolled based on his or her academic or athletic performance.

Applications for transfer under this provision must be received by January 1 of the subsequent school year for which the pupil is requesting a transfer. The deadline for final written notice of transfer acceptance and rejection is February 15. The board has until May 1 to fill vacancies on a wait list, and no students are accepted after May 1.

School districts of choice must give priority for attendance to siblings of children already in attendance in the district, the second priority is students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and the third priority is children of military personnel. (Education Code § 48306.)

For more information please call 530-265-1827 or email [email protected]