San Marino Unified School District

INTERDISTRICT TRANSFER PROCEDURES
SAN MARINO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
INTERDISTRICT TRANSFER PROCEDURES
(Education Code Sections 46600 and 48204(b))


The following procedures must be followed when requesting an Interdistrict Transfer Permit to attend school in the San Marino Unified School District.  (See Board Policy 5117 -  BP 5117 InterdistrictAttendanceFinal092215.pdf and Administrative Regulation 5117 - AR5117 FINAL 12_4_15.pdf

Parent Employment-related Requests (Release from District of Residency not required): please include the following items in the application packet.
  1. Proof of Employment: In order to apply for a Parent Employment-Related Transfer, one or both parents must be one of the following:
    • an employee of San Marino Unified School District (parent must provide a recent paycheck stub and letter of verification from San Marino Unified School District verifying employment)
    • an employee of the City of San Marino (parent must provide a recent paycheck stub and letter of verification from the City of San Marino verifying employment)
    • a registered business owner with a physical business located in the District, with a valid business license issued by the City of San Marino and physically employed a minimum of 10 hours per week in a commercial space within San Marino Unified School District boundaries (parent must provide a copy of San Marino business license and lease agreement for commercial space)
    • “physically” employed a minimum of 10 hours per week in a commercial space within the boundaries of San Marino Unified School District (parent must provide a recent paycheck stub and a letter from the parent/guardian’s employer verifying employment)
  2. 2019-2020 Parent Employment-Related Interdistrict Permit Application (PDF), completed and signed.
  3. Report card/transcript from the previous school year and current standardized test scores.
  4. A brief written statement explaining why you would like to attend San Marino Schools. Indicate the level of commitment the parent/guardian and student intend to make toward fulfilling the obligations of the transfer.

Regular Interdistrict Permit Requests:
please include the following items in the application packet.
  1. Signed and approved interdistrict release (permit) from the student’s district of residence.
  2. 2019-2020 Regular Interdistrict Permit Application (PDF), completed and signed (be sure to sign the contract portion of the form as well).
  3. A brief written statement explaining why you would like to attend San Marino Schools.  Indicate the level of commitment the parent/guardian and student intend to make toward fulfilling the obligations of the transfer.
  4. Report card/transcript from the previous school year and current standardized test scores.

Permit Facts:

  • Permit applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted from May 1, 2019.
  • Parents/guardian must apply for the permit in person at 1665 West Drive, San Marino. No appointment is required. No email, fax or mail-in applications will be accepted or considered.
  • All required supporting documents need to be included with the permit application at the time of submission.
  • Priority categories for non-resident students are as follows:
    1. Children of full-time SMUSD employees
    2. Siblings of continuing permit students already enrolled in SMUSD
    3. Children of full-time San Marino City employees
    4. Students whose parents are a registered business owner with a valid business license issued by the City of San Marino, and physically work a minimum of 10 hours per week in a commercial space within the San Marino USD boundaries.
    5. Students whose parents physically work a minimum of 10 hours per week within the SMUSD boundaries
    6. Regular Interdistrict Transfers (Signed and approved release form is required) 
  • Your application will be carefully reviewed, but admission is not guaranteed. The application will only be considered if space is still available at the school and grade level requested and all conditions have been met. 
  • Interdistrict permit requests are approved based on available classroom space and whether the admission would result in additional cost to the District.
  • Parents should have a “Plan B” in mind, in the event that SMUSD is not able to grant a permit to attend SMUSD. If your “backup school” begins prior to the SMUSD First Day of School, and you have not heard back from us, you should plan on attending your “backup school”.
  • We cannot predict how many students we will accept. All residents of SMUSD get priority for placements and they usually register their children between March and August. 
  • Please be advised that you may not receive a reply to your application for transfer until 14 calendar days before the First Day of School in the school year for which the transfer is sought.  
  • We will notify you of the status of your application as soon as possible. Please do not make multiple calls to the District Office or call the school, as this will only slow the process.
  • When a permit application is received during the “current school year” or less than 15 calendar days before the First Day of School in the school year for which the transfer is sought, the family will be notified within 30 calendar days.
  • Upon acceptance by the appropriate school, the parent/guardian must complete the Online Registration Form on the District website as instructed. An appointment is required to submit enrollment documents and complete registration.
  • When a permit request is denied by the SMUSD, Education Code 46601 provides that you have the right to appeal the decision within 30 calendar days to:
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Division of Student Support Services
9300 Imperial Highway,
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 922-6233