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School of Choice Window Allows Students and Families to Seek Best Academic Fit

Capistrano Unified Offers a Variety of Schools, Programs


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—Beginning Wednesday, February 1, students in the Capistrano Unified School District can apply to one of 43 different academic programs during the annual School of Choice period.


The School of Choice process provides parents with the ability to apply to a school outside of their child’s attendance area on a space-available basis. This year, there are 43 schools with space to accept School of Choice students. Detailed information describing each school and its academic offerings is available online at, and many of our schools participate in social media. Parents are also encouraged to contact their schools of interest and make an appointment to tour the campus and visit the classrooms.


School of Choice applications will be available online at, at local schools, and at the District Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. The application period begins Wednesday, February 1 and ends Friday, March 3.

Completed applications must be turned in between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. either at the school to which the child is applying or at the District Education Center, 33122 Valle Rd., San Juan Capistrano, CA. Online applications must also be submitted by March 3. In the event there are more applicants than openings at a particular school, students will be selected by lottery. Notifications will be received by May 1, 2017.


There are many educational options in CUSD, including Orange County’s only Mandarin language immersion program; the county’s only public International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school for students in kindergarten through 8th grade; innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs and partnering with local industry and federal government agencies; and online schools for students who may thrive in an independent setting.


The District’s online programs are not part of the School of Choice process, but are still accepting applications. Those programs include California Preparatory Academy, the District’s online independent study high school; Capistrano Virtual School, which offers online curriculum to students in kindergarten through 8th grades; and Capistrano Home School for families who prefer to educate their children with the support of credentialed teachers. Applications for the online programs are only accepted at those schools.


Parents of high-school student athletes are urged to learn more about California Interscholastic Federation sports eligibility requirements prior to pursuing the School of Choice process. Transportation to any school other than the home school is the responsibility of parents.


For more information, please go to the District website at or call the School of Choice Hotline at (949) 234-9335.


Schools Accepting
School of Choice Applications

Ambuehl Elementary
Arroyo Vista Elementary
Bathgate Elementary
Benedict Elementary
Bergeson Elementary
Carl Hankey Elementary
Castille Elementary
Chaparral Elementary
Clarence Lobo Elementary*
Concordia Elementary
Del Obispo Elementary*
Hidden Hills Elementary*
John Malcom Elementary
Kinoshita Elementary*
Las Flores Elementary
Las Palmas Elementary
Marblehead Elementary*
Moulton Elementary
Oak Grove Elementary
Palisades Elementary
Phillip Reilly Elementary
R.H. Dana Elementary*
San Juan Elementary
Tijeras Creek Elementary
Viejo Elementary
Wagon Wheel Elementary
George White Elementary
Wood Canyon Elementary*
Arroyo Vista K-8
Bernice Ayer Middle
Carl Hankey Middle
Aliso Viejo Middle
Don Juan Avila Middle
Las Flores Middle
Marco Forster Middle
Newhart Middle
Niguel Hills Middle
Shorecliffs Middle
Vista del Mar Middle
Capistrano Valley High
Dana Hills High
San Clemente High
San Juan Hills High

*Represents a CapoForward school offering unique, thematic educational programs.





Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District Published:1/24/17
Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

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Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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(949) 234-9200

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