Outgoing Interdistrict Transfers

  • How do I apply for an Interdistrict Transfer (IDT) Agreement to enroll at a school outside of Oakland?

    Step 1:
    Complete the Alameda County Office of Education’s Interdistrict Transfer Application. Please read the front and back of this form carefully and thoroughly. The PDF forms are fillable and you may use the buttons in the bottom right to save and print the documents.

    If you are interested in an Interdistrict Transfer (IDT) for the 2020-21 school year, please note that OUSD will not be accepting any applications until March 1, 2020.

     

    Step 2:

    Gather ALL of the evidence/documentation requested to support the reason(s) selected on the application. (See section on back of the application for a complete listing of all the proof/evidence required to support each reason.)

     

    Step 3:

    Submit the IDT application for review in person at the Student Welcome Center (746 Grand Ave, Oakland). Remember to submit the completed application and all necessary evidence/documentation in original form to the Student Welcome Center. 

    If you are interested in an Interdistrict Transfer (IDT) for the 2020-21 school year, please note that OUSD will not be accepting any applications until March 1, 2020.



    Step 4:

    You will be notified by mail with the decision to your request.

     

    If your request is denied, you will receive a letter in the mail advising you of the decision. You may submit a second request with additional documentation within 30 days of the initial denial.

     

    If your request is approved, you will be notified of the approval by mail and the approved from will be mailed to you so that you may forward the approval to the requested school district.

     

    What are the reasons which may qualify for an Interdistrict Transfer Agreement to be approved for release from OUSD?

    The following 10 reasons are valid reasons for IDT approvals, with appropriate documentation:

    • Child Care (K-6th Grades only) When the child care provider is located in the requested city.
    • Parent Employment (AB 2444 formerly known as the Allen Bill) When the parent is employed in the requested city.
    • Sibling (Sibling must already be in attendance at the proposed district.)
    • Well-documented Health and/or Safety issues which impede the child from attending any other school in Oakland.
    • Specialized Programs not offered anywhere within the entire Oakland Unified School District.
    • Continuing Enrollment at the same school. (Please note that a student’s continuing status terminates when a student transitions to a new school, even if it is a new school within the same district.)
    • Final year (AKA: Senior Privilege)
    • Change in Residence. When the family's move-in date is scheduled far beyond the date in which escrow or lease agreements are duly signed.
    • Stability for Foster Youth (AB 490)
    • Other extenuating and well-documented circumstances which may make an IDT necessary will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

     

    What evidence is required to prove that I qualify under the reason that I selected on the IDT application?

    Child Care (For Kindergarteners through 6th graders only. Child care provider must be located in the requested city.)

    1. Proof of employment of all parents/guardians who are involved in the student’s life on a day-to-day basis. (A and B together for each parent, or C)

    A. Copy of a recent pay stub

    B. Letter on the employer’s stationery verifying schedule (hours and days) and location of employment

    C. If self-employed, letter stating schedule (hours and days) and location of employment plus a copy of business license.

    2. Letter from the adult, center, or organization providing child care

    - Name, address, and contact information of the adult, center, or organization

    - Child care license number and fees, if applicable

    - Hours of operation for the center or organization, or hours that the student is under care

    - Length of time student has been under care by the adult, center, or organization

    3. Letter from parent/guardian explaining the circumstances that an interdistrict permit is necessary under child care reasons

     

    Parent Employment

    1. Proof of employment of all parents/guardians who are involved in the student’s life on a day-to-day basis. (A and B together for each parent, or C)

    A. Copy of a recent pay stub

    B. Letter from employer on the employer’s stationery verifying schedule (hours and days) and location of employment

    C. If self-employed, letter stating schedule (hours and days) and location of employment plus a copy of business license.

    2. Letter from parent/guardian explaining the circumstances that an interdistrict permit is necessary under parent employment reasons.

     

    Sibling (Sibling must already be in attendance at the proposed district of attendance.)

    1. Sibling’s most recent report card.

    2. Both students’ birth certificates.

    3. Copy of the sibling’s approved IDT agreement from the district of residence.

     

    Health and/or Safety Issue

    1. Letter or report from a doctor, psychologist, or other appropriate professional verifying health related issue. (Letter must include diagnosis, treatment, and reason why they are supporting an IDT.)

    2. Police report, incident report, or school report supporting the safety related issue.

    3. A letter from the parent/guardian explaining the circumstance that makes an IDT agreement is necessary under health and/or safety reasons.

     

    Specialized Programs (Must be requesting an academic program which is not being offered anywhere within the entire Oakland Unified School District.)

    1. Copy of the flyer, brochure, or other informational material detailing the specialized program in which the student is interested.

    2. Letter from parent/guardian expressing the extent of the student’s interest in the specialized program, and how the program is either unavailable or not comparable at the district of residence.

     

    Continuing Enrollment (Remember: A student’s continuing status terminates when a student transitions to a new school even if it is a new school within the same school district of most recent attendance. If a student’s continuing status has terminated, then the student is expected to return to their school district of residence unless he/she qualifies under a different reason.)

    1. Copy of the student’s last report card.

    2. Letter from parent/guardian stating the enrollment history (grade and school/district) of the student since kindergarten.

     

    Final Year (Senior Privilege)

    1. Copy of the student’s last report card.

     

    Change in Residence

    1. Copy of escrow documents/rental agreements.

     

    Stability for Foster Youth (AB 490)

    1. Agency placement letter

    2. Most recent report card/transcript

     

    Other

    1. The parent/guardian must submit a detailed letter explaining the extenuating special circumstance which makes an IDT agreement necessary.

    2. Parent/guardian must submit all necessary documentation which support/prove all of the claims made in the letter.

     

    What are your most common reasons for denials? 

    • Insufficient documentation has been provided.
    • Reason(s) provided is/are not within those indicated on the front of request form.
    • Preference is not a valid reason.
    • Proximity is not a valid reason.
    • Convenience is not a valid reason.
    • Oakland Unified School District offers a similar or comparable program within the city.
    • Sports, music, and after school programs are not valid specialized programs.
    • A student’s continuing status terminates when he/she transitions to a new school, even if the new school is within the same school district of most recent attendance.

    Terms and Conditions of IDTs within Most Alameda County Schools

    • Approval is subject to space availability in the district of attendance and may not be at the site requested.
    • Once an IDT has been granted, a student may not be required to reapply, except for any student transitioning from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school.
    • A permit may be denied, revoked or rescinded at any time by the district of enrollment for the following reasons:
      • Student is excessively tardy or absent from school, or student is brought to school excessively early or left excessively late
      • Student fails to uphold appropriate behavior standards,
      • Student fails to make appropriate academic efforts.
      • False or misleading information was provided.
        Other conditions that occur would render continuance inadvisable.
    • Continuing students entering grades 11 and 12 shall not have their permits rescinded or revoked by either district.
    • Students who are eligible for Special Education Services may be asked to obtain an Inter/Intra-SELPA Agreement for Individuals with Exceptional Needs, in addition to the IDT permit.
    • If the student participates in any athletic program governed by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), he/she may not be eligible to participate at the new school. Parent/Guardian should check the CIF rules before submitting this application.
    • No financial obligation shall be incurred by the district of residence for services rendered under this agreement.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for providing transportation to and from school.

InterDistrict Transfer Application Forms

Student Welcome Center

  • Student Welcome Center staff is available to help you enroll your student every step of the way!

     

    Lakeview Student Welcome Center
    746 Grand Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94610

    Student Welcome Center will be closed to the public from March 16 through April 3. But, we will be available to answer calls, texts, and emails during that time.

    Text / Call : 510-879-4600
    Fax: 510-879-4606
    Email: enroll@ousd.org

     

    Please see the Enrollment News section for any upcoming dates when the Student Welcome Center will be closed.

     

Enrollment News

  • Student Welcome Center is Closed to the Public through April 5, 2020

    In an abundance of caution, we are closing the Student Welcome Center to the public because of COVID-19. Our staff will still be working during this time. Please email, text or call any enrollment related questions and we will respond as soon as possible.

    510-879-4600 | enroll@ousd.org

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  • Still need to apply for school for next year? 

    The Round 1 enrollment window for the 2020-21 school year closed on February 7, 2020. If you did not submit an application by February 7, there will be a Round 2 lottery you can participate in. Applications for Round 2 are currently only being accepted by phone with the Student Welcome Center (510-879-4600)  between the hours of 8 AM and 2 PM.

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