Interdistrict Transfers (for families residing outside of district boundaries)


If your family lives outside of the Los Alamitos Unified School District boundaries and you would like information on the process of joining the Los Al family, please click on the Interdistrict Transfer Frequently Asked Questions link here: 

 Interdistrict Transfer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There will be an optional informational session via Zoom regarding the Interdistrict Transfer Process on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.  Click Here to Register and Receive the Zoom Link

(If you are unable to participate in the Zoom Meeting, or would like a "Sneak Peek of the presentation, please Click Here to view the Interdistrict Transfer Process Slides)

  • For new students requesting new Interdistrict Transfers – please submit forms and supporting documents 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.
  • For specific information regarding Universal TK/Kindergarten Enrollment, Click Here
  • For specific information regarding Middle School Enrollment, Click Here

Currently Enrolled Students/Interdistrict Transfer Permit Renewals
For currently enrolled students turning in renewed Interdistrict Transfer forms - please submit via email to Lisa Wallace at .

(Please note - current students only need to submit the new Interdistrict Transfer form releasing the student from the home district and the Intent to Return form. Transcripts, report cards, attendance records, discipline records, and state testing results are not required for currently enrolled students.)  Please complete and submit the Intent to Return form electronically - Click here for Intent to Return For Interdistrict Transfer Students for the 2023-2024 School Year.

Information about Los Alamitos Unified School District's Interdistrict Transfer Process

An interdistrict transfer/reciprocal agreement is when parents/guardians wish to register/admit/enroll their student(s) at a school (in another school district) other than the designated school within their district of residence. 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 (that denied the request) 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 (of the district that denied the request) 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 2023-24 school year on February 27, 2023. 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 February 27, 2023.  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 scholarship, attendance and citizenship while enrolled. Failure to maintain satisfactory scholarship, 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, this is reviewed on a yearly basis. 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 for the following school year.

Universal TK-8 Interdistrict Permit Agreements:

Universal TK-8 Interdistrict Transfer Agreements are considered based on date of submittal, space availability, and the eleven criteria listed below.

9th and 10th grade Interdistrict Permit Agreements

A limited number of new 9th and 10th grade Interdistrict Transfer Agreements will be accepted for the 2023-24 school year. All new 9th and 10th grade Interdistrict Transfer Agreements submitted by Friday, April 28, 2023, will be considered based on the eleven criteria requirements listed below and 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 April 28, 2023.)

Interdistrict Transfer Agreements will be accepted after April 28, 2023, 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 and supporting documents via email to Lisa Wallace at or you may bring them in to the District Office:

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

7)       Supplemental Agreement for Interdistrict Transfers


  1. Student fails to attend school the first day of the school year, fails to continue enrollment in a District-offered special program or course of study, or enrolls in any non-District school.
  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, fails to update information when address or circumstances change, or fails to follow school rules and policies.
  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.


1.    New permits may be withheld for a period of one week at the beginning of each school year for the 
        purpose of determining whether the issuance of a permit would violate the standards of class size
        established by the Board of Education.
2.    Permits may require a conference with the school principal or designee.
3.    Permits may be withheld for approval until appropriate records requested are received by Los Alamitos
       Unified School District.
4.    Parents/guardians must annually verify and update the information in the permit request.
5.    Students entering grades 11 and 12 shall not have their agreement rescinded, however, the permit may
       be revoked in accordance with the preceding reasons.

The District will provide a letter to applicants whose permits were not approved.

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

Board Policy 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance