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Intradistrict & Interdistrict Requests

Applications will be available at the district office beginning on the first working day of January.


All applications received by the San Marcos Unified School District Student Services office beginning on the first working day of January through the last SMUSD school day of March shall be eligible for admission if openings exist.  Transfer requests submitted during this time period will be considered beginning in May and parents/guardians will be notified of decisions by August. 


It is important that you proceed with enrollment and registration at your child’s current school of residence until you receive a response to your request via regular mail.  Please be advised that San Elijo Elementary and San Elijo Middle are closed to all transfers, per Board Policy 5116.1.

If your child will be entering middle or high school, please have them proceed with course selection based on attendance at the school of residence. 


Approvals and denials are based on attendance, discipline, satisfactory scholarship and space availability.  If the District approves your transfer, you must contact your school of desired attendance within 2 weeks to proceed with enrollment and secure your spot.


Please be aware that students who live in a school’s attendance area receive priority to attend their home school.  Students on a transfer may be placed back at their school of residence should the school they are attending on an intradistrict transfer reach capacity (except for high school). If the school is at enrollment capacity and your child is attending on an interdistrict transfer, the district may assign your student to another school if and where there is space to accommodate them.


San Marcos Unified School District students (students who live in the SMUSD attendance area) requesting transfers to non-district schools will not be granted transfers automatically to other districts per Board Policy #5117.1.  Approval will depend on the reasons given and whether the reasons can be validated.  Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the Student Services Office at 760-752-1237.


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Thank you for your support of the San Marcos Unified School District,


David Cochrane

Director of Student Services

San Marcos Unified School District