2023-2024 Interest Process & Draw  

Poway Unified School District is very proud of its schools and programs that ensure career and college readiness for every student.  There are situations that can occur upon enrollment into our schools or programs that necessitate a transparent drawing process to determine placement into a seat.  Some of these situations occur at schools that are near capacity in certain grade levels, or schools where special programs/pathways are offered for which interest is high. To ensure consistency of practice, the following overall practices are district-wide as part of any drawing process:

  • Information meetings are held for the community so that attendees will:

    • Gain understanding of the program and/or need for a drawing to be used.

    • Hear all timelines, priority criteria, and date(s) of the draw.

  • Parents confirm interest by filling out and submitting forms made available so that parents/guardians may express interest in being considered for enrollment via a drawing process.  

  • The draw is held on the date specified and is witnessed by the principal, staff from LSS and IT. A wait list is generated of those not enrolled via the draw.  Each draw will be videotaped.

  • Communication includes website language, feeder school outreach, email notification if enrolled through the draw process, and personal communication from administration if not enrolled.

  • Staff from Ed Tech and LSS attend site meeting after the draw to participate in placement process.

Optional Enrollment - Design39Campus is a school of optional enrollment and offers a TK-8 opportunity to students and families in a lab school setting for innovation.  The following process will be used for students interested in applying to D39C.

  • Hold parent information meetings and make application forms available.

  • Student Identification numbers and names of the students participating in the drawing are sent to our IT department.  IT generates a spreadsheet of all students using our student information system.

  • District staff from IT and Learning Support Services (LSS) works with the site staff to identify rules for two separate drawings after staff at the school conduct census survey to determine the number of students returning of current families at the school. One draw is for students who live within the school boundaries in specified CFDs, and the second is for seats open district-wide spread evenly across the grades.

    • PUSD employee in alignment with CA Education code, employee works at the school site.

    • Siblings of students who live within boundary concurrently enrolled in the school, including twins.

    • Children of PUSD employees who do not work at the school and are in PUSD attendance will be drawn as part of the IDT pool of applicants.

    • For a small number of seats (15%) open to children who live in PUSD attendance at elementary and middle school levels and are interested in transferring as part of the IDT pool of applicants (The number of seats is limited and determined by Cabinet annually).

    • For 85% of draw for students who reside within the 92127 specified CFD attendance boundaries.

    • Balance gender 50% male/female.

    • Demographics of the draw will reflect percentages of populations of students from neighboring schools.

  • On the specific date of the draw, the school principal, staff from IT and LSS meet at the (district office or school site) and conduct the draw using the random number generator application.

  • School staff notifies parents via email that they are invited to attend the school.  Principal or designee emails/calls families of students that did not get in and informs them that they will be placed on a waitlist and must enroll/stay enrolled at their neighborhood school.

  • Enrollment at D39C for students on IDT does not guarantee enrollment at Del Norte High School.
  • ​​PUSD Board Policy/Procedures 5116.1 prioritizes enrollment of PUSD employees, both certificated and classified contracted employees, at the site.  https://www.powayusd.com/PUSD/media/Board-Images/BoardPolicy/5000/BP-5116-1-Intradistrict-Enrollment.pdf
  • Enrollment Priority for Staff: Education Code 35160.5 https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/fq/districttransfers.asp
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