Inter-District Transfers


Information Regarding Interdistrict Transfer Requests for the 2021-2022 School Year Will be Available on this Page in February of 2021

For new students requesting new Inter-District Transfers – please submit any permits and supporting documents via email to Lisa Wallace at

For current students turning in renewed Inter-District Transfers and/or Intent to Return forms - please submit any permits and forms via email to Lisa Wallace at

(Email is the preferred method for submitting documents; however, if you need to submit via fax the number is 562-799-4712.)


The Los Alamitos Unified School District is no longer accepting new interdistrict transfer students for the 2020-21 school year 

An interdistrict transfer/reciprocal agreement is when parents/guardians wish to register/admit/enroll their student(s) at a school other than the designated school that is in their attendance area outside of their district. California Education Code sections 46600–46610 permits parents/guardians to request an interdistrict transfer/reciprocal agreement. The fundamental basis for this provision is the signing of an agreement between districts. Interdistrict transfer/reciprocal agreement must be approved by both the student’s original district of residence and the district to which the student seeks to transfer to. Both districts must approve the agreement before it becomes valid. It is within the authority of either the home district or the receiving district to revoke an interdistrict transfer/reciprocal agreement at any time for any reason the local board or district superintendent deems appropriate. If a request for an interdistrict transfer/reciprocal agreement is denied, the student’s parents/guardians may file an appeal to the District Office within 10 calendar days of receipt of the notice of denial. If the appeal at the District Level for an interdistrict transfer/reciprocal agreement is denied, the student’s parents/guardians may file an appeal to the county office of education in the student’s district of residence within 30 days of receipt of the official notice of denial of the transfer. A parent/guardian's failure to meet any of the established timelines is deemed an abandonment of the request.

Accepting Interdistrict Transfer Agreements is a year-to-year decision and can change from one year to the next. There are limited openings in all of our award-winning schools. Los Alamitos Unified School District will begin processing Interdistrict Transfer Agreements for the 2020-21 school year on March 2, 2020. All permit agreements must be received by the District office and are date stamped when received. Permit agreements will not be date stamped prior to March 2, 2020.  The District will either approve or deny the permit request 30 calendar days after receipt for the current school year.  With regard to permit requests for future school year, the District will make a final decision as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the first day of school.  If the interdistrict permit request is denied, the District will provide the requesting party a written notice of the District's decision.

Students who attend Los Alamitos Unified School District schools on an interdistrict permit agreement must maintain satisfactory attendance and citizenship while enrolled. Failure to maintain satisfactory attendance and/or citizenship will result in the permit agreement being revoked. 
The District performs an annual review of all interdistrict permits to ensure all student information is current and correct.  Changes in a student's educational services may require the student to reapply for a new interdistrict permit through their home school district. 
The District makes every effort to maintain a student's enrollment at their assigned school, however, if enrollment is impacted at a particular school site, a student on interdistrict permit may be reassigned to a new school within the District where enrollment is not impacted.

TK-8 Interdistrict Permit Agreements:

TK-8 Interdistrict Transfer Agreements are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis provided space availability and the student applying for the interdistrict transfer meets the satisfactory attendance and citizenship eligibility requirements.

9th and 10th grade Interdistrict Permit Agreements

A limited number of new 9th and 10th grade Interdistrict Transfer Agreements will be accepted for the 2020-21 school year. All new 9thand 10th grade Interdistrict Transfer Agreements submitted by Friday, March 27, 2020, who meet the satisfactory attendance and citizenship eligibility requirements, will be placed in a lottery (we anticipate fewer than 20 openings total). Interdistrict Transfer Agreements entered into the lottery must submit all required supporting documents by March 27, 2020.

Interdistrict Transfer Agreements will be accepted after March 27, 2020, based on space availability and may be entered into a new lottery.

Process for Obtaining an Interdistrict Agreement

For families residing outside Los Alamitos Unified School District, parents should first contact their district of residence to request an Interdistrict Transfer Agreement. After receiving the Agreement form from the district of residence, please submit the Interdistrict Transfer Agreement to:

LAUSD District Office
10293 Bloomfield Street
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Please attach the following items to your Interdistrict Transfer Agreement:

1)      Los Alamitos Unified's IDT Permit Information Form

2)     Copy of unofficial transcripts and current report card

3)      Copy of Attendance Record

4)      Copy of Discipline Record

5)      Copy of Current State Testing Results (if available)

6)      Information related to special programs (if applicable):  Current IEP, Section 504 Plan, GATE Status, Advanced Placement Coursework


  1. Student fails to continue enrollment in a special program or course of study.
  2. Student does not maintain a satisfactory record of scholarship, citizenship and/or attendance.
  3. Family uses false, misleading or deliberate omission of information as a basis for securing or renewing a permit or fails to update initial information when address or circumstances change.
  4. Issuance of permit would cause the class to which the pupil desires a transfer to exceed the pupil-class average established by the district.
  5. Space at the student’s grade level is not available (as determined by the principal).
  6. The transfer would negatively impact on the desegregation plan of this district or of the district of residence.
  7. Student is suspended for any violation of Ed. Code 48900 through 48900.7 whereby, an immediate interdistrict transfer revocation may occur.*
  8. Immediate interdistrict revocation may occur for other discipline problems if, in the opinion of the site administrative team, the student’s disciplinary problem warrants revocation.
  9. In the opinion of the Superintendent/designee, the permit is not renewed in the best interests of the students of the District.
  10. The transfer of the student would require the District to create a new program or provide a new service to serve that student.
  11. The programs for which the student qualifies are impacted.

The District will provide a letter to applicant’s whose permits were not approved.

For more information about Interdistrict Agreements, call (562) 799-4700 Ext. 80411.

Board Policy 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance