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Transfer Information

Mt. Diablo Unified School District provides school options for all students, K-12.  Our schools offer various programs and services that may be the best fit for your child.  We encourage parents / guardians to fully research the school options available, starting with the school of residence.   For more information about individual schools, please click on the link below. 

MDUSD - Our Schools

School transfer options are described below. MDUSD will attempt to accommodate all requests for school transfer, based on program and classroom space availability.

For information about Interdistrict Transfer Requests (transfers between Districts) scroll down on this page. 

Intradistrict Transfers

   Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting to transfer to another MDUSD school.


Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-2020 school year (TK/Kg)

Online Application Request Period:

February 18, 2019 - March 18, 2019


*Please note: TK students entering MDUSD for the 19-20 school year are only eligible for Intradistrict Transfers to the Two Way Dual Immersion or Bilingual Programs

February 18, 2019 - March 18, 2019 (Incoming K) Incoming Kindergarten students must be registered at their home school before submitting an application. 


Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-2020 school year (Grades 1-12)

Intradistrict Transfer applications for the 2019-2020 school year (grades 1-12) are now considered late. You may continue to apply using the link below, however applications received after November 15, 2018 will NOT be part of the regular lottery.

Late Intradistrict Transfers for grades 1-12 APPLY HERE

Online Application Request Period for Grades 1-12:

October 15, 2018 - November 15, 2018


At some schools there is not enough space available for every student who applies. In order to assign these seats fairly, applications submitted during the transfer window are given "priority", and all applications received during this time period are randomly sorted in order of "priority" placement.

The following is the order of priority for students applying for an intradistrict transfer. The priorities are ranked 1 through 6, with priority 1 receiving the highest placement on the enrollment list. 



Enrollment Priorities Table








Students residing in a neighborhood where attendance has been established by agreement (such as Monte Gardens Elementary, Sequoia Elementary and Sequoia Middle)


Cohorts moving from one level to another


Academic Programs




The following explanations and points are for consideration:

  • All of these are based on space availability and only resident status is guaranteed.

  • Siblings: Intradistrict Transfer Requests from siblings of students currently enrolled in a school of request. Siblings must share a year at the same school.

  • Employees: Employees are currently defined in board policy as follows: Students whose parent/guardian is assigned to that school as his/her primary place of employment. Priority criteria will only apply for the duration of the parent/guardian's employment at that site. Employees to be eligible hereunder must have a regular assignment of 10 hours per week or more.

  • Cohort: A cohort is defined as a group of students moving from one level to another. For example, Riverview to Mt. Diablo High, Valley View to College Park, El Dorado to Concord High, and Foothill to Northgate. It also includes the various feeder patterns traveling from elementary school to middle schools.

  • Academic Programs: Academic Program Pathways are currently in development, but include a continuation of a specialized program such as International Baccalaureate, Dual Immersion, or Bilingual.

  • Space available will be determined by current enrollment and will be reviewed annually. A district-wide facility plan will assist in determining the capped number. The goal is to enter into a cohort (resident, cohort only, program) in Elementary school and to stay K-12. 

Please note: Intradistrict Transfers for Current Grades K-12 for 2018-2019 School Year are Now Closed.


Types of Transfers for the 2019-2020 School Year

  • School Choice (K-12)

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

    • Ygnacio Valley High - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Magnet 

    • Monte Gardens Elementary (apply at school)

    • Sequoia Elementary (apply at school)

  • Regional Magnet Schools

    • Holbrook Language Academy

    • Sun Terrace Elementary (STEM)

    • Wren Avenue Elementary (Arts)

  • Two-Way Dual Immersion (TWDI) / Bilingual (BL)

    • Bancroft Elementary (TWDI)

    • Holbrook Language Academy (TWDI)

    • Cambridge (BL)

    • Meadow Homes (BL)

    • Shore Acres (BL)

    • Ygnacio Valley Elementary (BL)

Procedures 2019-2020 School Year:

Online Application Request Period:

October 15, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (For students who are currently enrolled in Grades K-11)

February 18, 2019 - March 18, 2019 (Incoming K) Incoming Kindergarten students must be registered at the home school before submitting an application. 


Lottery: Student Services conducts a public lottery for vacant spots at all schools. All vacant spots are filled in lottery order. Only applications received by the deadline dates are entered into the lottery. The lottery for middle and high school will take place in February 2019 and the lottery for elementary school will take place in  April 2019. 


Notification:  Parents/guardians are notified in writing of the outcome of the transfer request by:

  • April 30, 2019 for grades 6th – 12th 

  • June 30, 2019 for grades K - 5th 

Denial of Requested Transfer Appeal Process:

Choice - If parents/guardians are denied a transfer due to space availability, they may appeal this decision by submitting a letter in writing to the Assistant Superintendent by the date indicated in the denial letter. Appeals will be accepted only for students denied a transfer. Notification of the results of an appeal will be made in a timely manner. No appeals will be accepted for those students who were offered a school. The decision of the Assistant Superintendent is final and no additional appeals will be accepted. 

Enrolling in the approved school: Parents/guardians must enroll the student at the approved school within two weeks or as indicated in the notification letter. Once enrolled, the transfer is in effect through the 5th grade for elementary, 8th grade for middle school and through 12th grade for high school. Intradistrict Transfers can be revoked if the student does not maintain satisfactory attendance (tardies), behavior, and academics. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Students on Intradistrict Transfers can be displaced prior to September 15 of the current year by students who reside in the school’s attendance area.(BP & AR 5116.1)

Students in 5th grade and 8th grade who wish to apply for an Intradistrict Transfer to middle or high school other than their school of residence must apply for a new Intradistrict Transfer for the next grade level. 


Monte Gardens and Sequoia Elementary School have a separate admission process. Please contact those schools directly to be placed on a waiting list. 

Sequoia Middle School is a district wide school and enrollment is based on an approved transfer. 


1. Staff reserves the right to change or adjust the types of transfer to align to the California Department of Education (CDE) recommendations. 

2. The transfer may be revoked if the student fails to demonstrate good attendance, satisfactory behavior and/or satisfactory academic progress. 

3. Parents/Guardians provides transportation

Click here for California Department of Education (CDE) Updates.


Interdistrict Transfer 2019-2020

Request Period March 15, 2019 – August 2, 2019

This type of transfer is for students who reside within MDUSD boundaries and are requesting a RELEASE from MDUSD to attend a school in another district or students who reside outside MDUSD boundaries and want to attend a MDUSD school.

We are no longer accepting Interdistrict Transfer Applications for the current school year (18-19). 

Send form and necessary documents to: 

MDUSD - Interdistrict Transfers

  1936 Carlotta Dr

                                     Concord, CA 94519                                   



Fax: 925-825-2970


Please only one submission per student.

Procedures 2019-2020 School Year

Application Request Period:

March 15, 2019 - August 2, 2019


Types of Transfers that may be Released from MDUSD: 

  •  Employment (Grades TK - 12) Parent/Guardian must work within the boundaries of the District you are requesting enrollment. Proof of Employment is Required. 

  •  Child Care (Grades TK - 8) Child care provider must be located within the boundaries of the District you are requesting enrollment. Proof of Child Care is Required. 

  •  Choice (Grades TK - 12) The requested district provides a specific program that is not offered through MDUSD. 

**Please note this is not a priority list. 

Types of Transfers that may be Enrolled in MDUSD: 

Note: Parent/Guardian's request to enroll in MDUSD is based on enrollment capacity and space availability.

  •  Employment (Grades TK - 12)  You must work within MDUSD boundaries. Proof of Employment is Required.    

  • Child Care (Grades TK - 8) Child care provider must be located within MDUSD boundaries. Proof of Child Care is Required. 

  • Choice (Grades TK - 12) MDUSD may offer a specific program that your home district may not offer. Approval is based on space availability in requested in program.

**Please note this is not a priority list. 


****The following schools are not accepting Interdistrict Transfer Requests from Students that live outside of MDUSD boundaries: 

Delta View Elementary, Monte Gardens Elementary, Sequoia Elementary, Foothill Middle, Sequoia Middle, College Park High School, Northgate High School


Parents/Guardians Responsibility:

1. Complete the appropriate MDUSD Interdistrict Transfer Application

2. Provide Proof of Employment/Child Care

  • Current Payroll Stub (work location address must be on the stub)


  • Letter from Employer on Employer's Letter Head

  • Letter from Child Care Provider (address must be included on the letter)

3. If requesting enrollment in MDUSD, you must obtain a Release from your District of Residence and submit the Release with your application. 


4. To ensure your student has a school placement, please enroll in your home school district.

Incomplete Applications Cannot be Processed.

This includes the following:

  • Failure to provide proof of employment

  • Failure to provide proof of child care

  • Failure to obtain an approved Release from your District of Residence

Reminder: Only one transfer per student per school year will be processed.

Parents/guardians may only apply for one transfer per student during a school year. If parents/guardians applied for an Intradistrict Transfer (a transfer within MDUSD), then a subsequent Interdistrict transfer (a transfer between MDUSD and another school district) will not be accepted.