Students BP 5111.1(a)
1. Attendance Areas
In order to make efficient use of facilities and to plan for the organization, operation, and administration
of the schools, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees establishes attendance
boundaries for each elementary, middle, and high school within the District in compliance with the
Students must live within the school attendance area to be eligible for enrollment in that school. Schools
shall accept pupils living within their defined attendance area, with the following exceptions:
A school is at maximum capacity when class size has reached district and/or state regulations for
that year. Students in Grades Kindergarten through 8, who need to enroll after a school’s
maximum capacity has been reached, will be assigned to an alternate site if all of the classes at
the student’s grade level are full.
Due to state Class Size Reduction (CSR) regulations, students in Grades 1, 2, or 3 who move to the
attendance area of a school that has reached maximum capacity, may be assigned to an alternate
school site if all of the classes at the student’s grade level are at district and/or state CSR regulations
for that year. Waiting lists for students to return to their home school will be created by grade level
on a first-come first-served basis. Students will be invited back to their home school as space
If at any time during the year an opening becomes available at the student’s home school, the parents will
be given the option to have the student remain at the alternate school site for the remainder of the school
year or return to the student’s home school within their attendance area. Parents of students who remain
at an alternate school site until the end of the school year will also be given the option to remain at the
alternate school site or return to the school within their attendance area for the next school year.
Students in elementary schools with Dual Immersion programs must enter the program in kindergarten.
Students entering Grades 1 through 5 in elementary schools with Dual Immersion programs will be
assigned to a nearby alternate school for the duration of their elementary program if there are no Englishonly
classes available at the grade level. Students who have participated in a Dual Immersion program
in another elementary school or district may be eligible to enter at their appropriate grade level.
Students identified as special education may be administratively assigned to alternate school sites in
accordance with recommendations on their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
2. Definition of Residence
A student residing within the District may establish residency by documenting that he/she: lives with a
parent/guardian within the District; is an emancipated minor living in the District, or is in the courtappointed
care of a licensed foster home, family home, children's institution, or documented caregiver
within the District. (Education Code 48204)
A student not residing within the District shall be deemed a District resident if an interdistrict attendance
agreement is in effect or if the student is confined to a District area hospital or residential care facility for
treatment of a temporary disability. (Education Code 48206.3-48208)
District residency is not required for enrollment in ROC or ROP. (Education Code 52317)
3. Verification of Parent Identity
Prior to admission, the parent, licensed foster parent, or California Superior Court-appointed legal
guardian may be asked to provide a drivers license (any photo drivers license is permitted) or
passport with photo ID.
4. Proof of Residence
Prior to admission, students living within the District must provide proof of residency.
Residence of a student shall be verified by the principal or designee through two different documents
upon enrollment. Acceptable documents for verification include the following: Current electric/gas bill
or water/sewer bill and current mortgage statement or rental agreement. An escrow statement followed
by verification of closing documents is also acceptable.
In order to verify residency, the principal or designee or law enforcement personnel may make a home
visit, require the parent or guardian to sign a statement under penalty of perjury as to the validity of his or
her residence, or require additional documents establishing proof of residence.
Students determined to have enrolled in a school by falsifying residency records shall be immediately
transferred to their school of residence.
5. Change of Residency
Parent/guardian must notify the school within two weeks of a change of residency and provide the school
with the requisite proof of residence. Failure to notify may result in an immediate transfer to the
student’s new school of residence.
35351 Assignment of students to particular schools
48200-48204 Persons included (compulsory education law)
48206.3-48208 Students with temporary disability
48980 Notification of parent or guardian
52317 Admission of persons including nonresidents to attendance area
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 22
CDE LEGAL ADVISORIES
1115.88 Application of residency requirements for homeless children and youth,LO:5-88
Policy CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Adopted: August 18, 1997 San Juan Capistrano, California
Revised: February 14, 2000
Revised: June 28, 2005
Revised: January 8, 2007
Revised: April 21, 2008
Revised: September 15, 2009
Revised: April 13, 2010