We know that you have many choices in selecting the best education for your child and we thank you for making PUSD your first choice.

While every child living within PUSD boundaries is guaranteed placement in their neighborhood school, a different campus might offer a specialized program or focus that better meets the interests and needs of the individual student.

PUSD's annual winter Open Enrollment process offers families an opportunity to apply to attend a school other than their assigned neighborhood school in the next academic year.

Coming Up: Open Enrollment General Application Period

January 12 — February 2, 2016

Make PUSD Your First Choice.

The next phase of PUSD's annual Open Enrollment gets underway in January 2016.

Starting Tuesday, January 12 and continuing through Tuesday, February 2, 2016, families with children currently residing in PUSD who will be entering Kindergarten-12th grade can apply during the general phase.

Projected openings in schools and programs will be available in early January.

Families can submit an online application with up to five choices.

A random lottery determines placements with notification taking place in early March.

Transportation Options

Pasadena Unified School District currently offers students bus transportation to many of its signature programs at elementary and middle schools and plans to continue this service next school year.

Please see the district's Transportation Department 2016-17 Schedule of Bus Stops (PDF).

The schedule confirms route numbers, pick up/drop off sites, and times.

Important Dates

January 12 — February 2, 2016 Applications, including Employees, Submitted Online
February 29 First Lottery Results Mailed and Posted Online
March 6 — 25 Registration for Students Selected in Lottery
April 4 — 8 PUSD Late Applications and Applications of Interest (Out-of-District Families) Accepted Online
April 18 Second Lottery Results Mailed and Posted Online
April 25 — 29 Registration for Students Selected in Final Lottery
April 29 2016-2017 Open Enrollment Concludes
May 2 — June 10 Interdistrict Permit Requests to Enter/Exit PUSD
June 6 — August 12, 2016 Transfers to School of Residence and New-to-PUSD Intradistrict Requests Accepted at District Office Only

* This calendar reflects recent changes to PUSD Board Policy 5116.1 and is subject to change.

Informational Sessions & Presentations

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 7 p.m.

Informational Session with Pasadena Education Network
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, 9 a.m.

Informational Session
Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., Pasadena

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, 6 p.m.

Informational Session with District Advisory Council
District Office Board Room, 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, 9 a.m.

Informational Session
Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Pasadena

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2106, 6 p.m.

McKinley School
325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena

Get Help — Computer Lab Sessions

If you need assistance, or internet access, you can also complete an application at:

District Office Computer Lab, Rm. 240

January 13 & 29, April 6, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Computers at School Sites

January 21 & 28, April 7, during school hours

Wherever there is Internet

Home, Libraries, Community Centers, etc.

District Office Location

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena

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2016-2017 Open Enrollment Presentation

Expanded Transitional Kindergarten

Expanded Transitional Kindergarten, a full-day program, will be offered in Pasadena Unified School District starting January 4, 2016.

Children turning five years old between December 3, 2015 and June 2, 2016, are eligible and invited to enroll in Expanded Transitional Kindergarten.

The District's Office of Enrollment, Permits & Student Records, Room 210, at 351 South Hudson, Pasadena, will accept requests from all PUSD resident families.

Parents and guardians interested in registering a child for ETK may visit the Office of Enrollment, Permits & Student Records between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. noon on the following dates to coordinate placement:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, December 8-10, 2015, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, December 15, 16, 17, 2015, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Office of Enrollment, Permits & Student Records, not school sites, will accept requests and offer Expanded Transitional Kindergarten placement based on campus capacity.

Transitional Kindergarten Information

Who can enroll in Kindergarten?

Children who turn five years old on or before September 1, 2016 are encouraged to enroll in Kindergarten. September 1st is the state and District's established cutoff date for Kindergarten.

Who can enroll in Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Transitional Kinder is for children with birthdates between 9/2/2011 and 12/2/2011.

Who can enroll in Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (ETK)?

Children born between 12/3/2011 through to June 1, 2012 can enroll in Expanded Transitional Kindergarten.

Does PUSD make placement exceptions for children with birthdays close to the cutoff dates?

PUSD strongly supports the Kindergarten Readiness Act. State funding guidelines are based on adherence to prescribed birth dates. The District may consider enrolling a Transitional Kindergarten student in Kindergarten if the child turns five years old by September 20, 2011 and meets all requirements stated in BP/AR 5111.

What distinguishes Transitional Kindergarten from Kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and gives children an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social needs. TK provides the gift of time that will help students build a strong foundation for success in elementary school.

What is Expanded Transitional Kindergarten?

Expanded Transitional Kindergarten is an early learning-school readiness program to prepare younger children for success in school exemplifying PUSD's commitment to serve more four year olds as they develop into life-long learners.

After Transitional Kindergarten and Expanded Transitional Kindergarten, do students advance to Kindergarten or First Grade?

Both Transitional and Expanded Transitional Kindergarten mean the student will be in a Kindergarten program for two years. Students attend the assigned school for one year; after that, they go to Kindergarten at their school of residence or the family applies via Open Enrollment for another PUSD campus or program.

What PUSD schools have Transitional Kindergarten?

Seven PUSD schools host Transitional Kindergarten: Jefferson, Longfellow, Madison, McKinley, Norma Coombs, Washington and Willard. Children are assigned to one of the seven schools based on their home address.

What schools have Expanded Transitional Kindergarten?

The District is still considering the number and locations for 2016-17 Expanded Transitional Kindergarten.

How long is the class day for Transitional and Expanded Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional and Expanded Transitional Kindergarten, like Kindergarten, are a full school day.

Is transportation provided for Transitional Kindergarten?

There is only bus transportation for Kindergarten.

Are there afterschool options for Transitional and Expanded Kindergarten children?

Pasadena LEARNs provides afterschool programming for PUSD students in all grades, including Transitional and Expanded Transitional Kindergarten. Registration occurs at the school site.

How do families register for Kindergarten? Transitional and Expanded Transitional Kindergarten?

Families are invited to register children beginning March 7, 2016 at their school of residence. To confirm the school of residence, see the School Locator.

What documents are needed to register in Pasadena Unified School District?

To register a child for the first time, the following documents need to be presented at the school office:

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Proof of current immunizations
  • Proof of rent/ownership within PUSD boundaries (deed of trust, property tax bill, lease agreement, rental payment receipt) in the parent/guardian name
  • Current utility bill in the parent/guardian name (the following are accepted: gas, electric or water)

For more information, please call the Office of Enrollment, Permits & Records (626) 396-3600, x. 88340 and visit the California Department of Education.

If you are interested in PUSD Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) programs, please call or visit Burbank Early Education Center, 2046 North Allen Avenue, Altadena CA, (626) 396-5762.