Student Transfers

High School Open Enrollment: NOW CLOSED (as of December 18, 2020)
Elementary & Middle School Open Enrollment: January 6 - February 4, 2021
Open Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year will be handled differently this year. The timeframe for our high school Open Enrollment will be held earlier than our middle and elementary schools. Open Enrollment means that students who reside permanently in the MPUSD boundaries may apply for a transfer to any of the MPUSD schools where space is available.

  • High School Open Enrollment: Now Closed as of December 18, 2020
  • Middle and Elementary School Open Enrollment: January 6 - February 4, 2021

If you wish to apply for an Open Enrollment Intra-district transfer please utilize one of the following options:

These time periods are the only opportunity to request a transfer from your school of residence to one other than your assigned school for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. If you wish to request a transfer you must complete a request form.

Students who are currently on a transfer will automatically be renewed and you do not have to do anything to keep your student at the school he/she is currently attending. Students who are entering 6th or 9th grade (unless you are at the Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula) will automatically roll over to the middle or high school in the learning community in which the student is currently attending. For example, if your child attends Los Arboles Middle School, your student will be rolled over to Marina High School, even if you do not reside in Marina.

If you wish for your student to return to the school nearest your residency, please immediately notify your school of residence so the district may plan accordingly. For example, if your student attends Los Arboles Middle School and you live in Monterey and want your student to attend Monterey High School, you must go to Monterey High and enroll your student with a proof of residency showing that you reside in Monterey.

Students who meet the following criteria will be given first priority for first available spaces:

  • Sibling(s) currently enrolled at the requested school
  • MPUSD employee
  • Accepted into a specialized program (e.g., Art, Media and Performance Academy, Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science, or IB Programme)
  • Special Circumstances: Medical considerations, dangerous or harmful situations. Documentation required
If there are more Intra-District transfers to a high school than there are openings, a lottery will be held in late January. All applications will be placed into a lottery pool and student names will be drawn from the pool and assigned open seats at the school. If a student is not accepted at the time of the lottery, they may be placed on a waitlist if seats become available.

Only students who have submitted a transfer application by the deadline will be placed on the waiting list. This waitlist will remain valid until May 31, 2021. If your child is not selected to attend the school through the lottery process, you may attend your school or residence or list a second choice. Acceptance will be based on space availability.

If your request for an Intra-District Transfer is approved, you will be notified no later than February 28th, 2021. Parents should be aware that transportation is not provided for students on Intra-District transfers, except in circumstances that are required by law.

For questions, please contact your school’s Office Supervisor or the Student Transfer Office at 831-392-3983.


District Contacts

David Diehl
Student Support & Safety
Deisi Teran
Student Enrollment & Transfers
Direct: 831-392-3983

District Office - Room 8
700 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: 831-392-3411

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Closed for Lunch
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