School Transfers

The Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) Board of Education endorses the neighborhood public school concept. A neighborhood school is a school assigned to students residing within the attendance boundaries of the school. However, the Board recognizes that parents/guardians may wish to choose a school of attendance other than the neighborhood school. The Board of Education believes that parent choice in our schools is integral to a well-rounded educational environment.

* Due to continued growth in Chula Vista, NO new transfers will be approved for the following schools:

  • Arroyo Vista
  • Camarena
  • Casillas
  • Discovery
  • East Lake
  • Hedenkamp
  • Heritage
  • Jeffers
  • Liberty
  • Marshall
  • McMillin
  • Muraoka
  • Olympic View
  • Salt Creek
  • Veterans
  • Wolf Canyon

Zone Transfer (within CVESD) and Interdistrict Transfer Applications (outside of CVESD)

Neighborhood school attendance areas are established to optimize the use of school facilities and to avoid crowded conditions. Parents/guardians, however, may request zone transfers to schools within CVESD or interdistrict transfers to schools in other school districts. Transfer requests are generally approved as long as space is available in the school of choice.

  • Applications for NEW Zone Transfers may be submitted electronically, contact your neighborhood school.
  • RENEWAL of Zone Transfers may be submitted from January 28 through February 17, 2022, at the CVESD school of choice that your child currently attends.
  • Outgoing (new and renewal) interdistrict permits will be processed beginning April 4, 2022, with an approved District Agreement.
  • Incoming (new and) interdistrict permits will be accepted for processing beginning April 4, 2022.

How to Apply for Zone Transfers (within CVESD)

  • Obtain a Zone Transfer link from your neighborhood school. Complete it in its entirety. An incomplete application could delay its consideration.
  • Submit your Zone Transfer request within the applicable application period shown above. Applications will be processed according to space availability.

Students must attend their neighborhood school until parents/guardians are notified by the Student Placement Office that space is available at the school of choice. Completing a transfer application does not mean that a student will automatically be allowed to attend a school of choice. Students are admitted to schools in accordance with school district-established priorities.

When a priority category contains more applicants than available space, students’ names are placed on a waiting list at the school for space availability.

Zone Transfers are reviewed annually for continued placement.

Waiting Lists for Zone Transfer Requests

Schools maintain waiting lists for zone transfer requests. Waiting lists are prioritized by the date of application within a school year calendar. When two zone transfer application dates are the same, applicants with siblings at the school of choice are given placement priority. The Student Placement Office or staff at neighborhood schools can discuss other options with applicants when transfers have been denied or if applicants have been placed on a waiting list.

Interdistrict Transfer Information (outside CVESD)

  • Download the Interdistrict Transfer Application located in the document container at the bottom of this page.
  • Complete the application in its entirety; an incomplete application could delay the review process. If the reason for transfer has an asterisk *, additional information must be provided with the application.
  • Interdistrict Transfer Applications will be processed when there is a District-to-District Agreement in place.

For Renewal and New Interdistrict Transfer Applications:

  • District of residence staff must sign the document manually, or electronically, authorizing the application to be processed by CVESD. Applications without a signature cannot be processed.
  • Completed Interdistrict Transfer applications may be mailed or submitted in person to the Student Placement Office service window located at:

    Chula Vista Elementary School District
    Attn: Student Placement
    84 East J Street
    Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Parent/guardian will be notified regarding the outcome of the transfer by email or US Mail.
  • When a preferred school cannot accommodate the transfer, another school location may be offered as an alternative placement.
  • Once a NEW transfer is approved, the parent/guardian may register with the school. RENEWAL transfers do not need to re-enroll.
  • Interdistrict Transfers are not eligible for waitlist status.
  • No transportation is provided for Interdistrict transfer placements.

For Outgoing CVESD Applications:

  • Applications may be mailed or brought to the Student Placement Office service window located at:

    Chula Vista Elementary School District
    Student Placement Office - Building 200
    84 East J Street
    Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Student Placement staff will sign your application while you wait. Once signed you may submit the transfer to your desired district of attendance.


The District may provide transportation for students whose residence is beyond the designated walking distance to their neighborhood school. Transportation must be provided by parents/guardians for students approved to attend a school outside their neighborhood school attendance area.

Transfer Back To The Neighborhood School

Students approved for zone transfer or interdistrict transfer shall abide by school rules and procedures. Students may be returned to their neighborhood school or to the district in which they live for any of the following reasons:

  • Continual disruption of the educational program at the school or inappropriate behavior on the bus.
  • Poor attendance, excessive tardiness, or children are not picked up after school in a timely manner.
  • Failure to participate in the program for which the transfer was approved.
  • A student's return to the neighborhood school may take place at any time during the year upon request by the parent/guardian when space is available.
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