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Residents that live north of Houston Avenue live within the Fullerton Joint Union High School District boundaries. The City of La Palma has been working for many years to work towards allowing La Palma students to attend La Palma schools. The City continues to work with our legislators at the state level regarding legislation that would allow for this to occur. In the meantime, we want to assist residents in transferring their students to a school in La Palma, if they choose.
Planning for the 2019/2020 School Year is beginning to occur. There is a process that allows a student that lives in one district to attend a school in another district, which is called an Interdistrict Transfer. This process is not difficult to complete; however, it does require time. The first step in the process is to contact your home school, either Buena Park Junior High School (7-8 Grade) or Buena Park High School (9-12 Grade), and request a transfer to Walker Junior High School (7-8 Grade) or Kennedy High School (9-12 Grade) due to the school being closer to your home. Once you receive approval, you will need to take the approval form to either Walker or Kennedy for acceptance. Anaheim Union High School District has confirmed the deadline to transfer in is February 15. It is important to note that Interdistrict Transfers also applies to elementary schools.
Last year Orange County Department of Education issued new guidelines, instructing School Districts to release students to attend other districts, particularly for transportation and child care needs. This means your request to transfer should be approved if it meets these reasons. However, if either School District denies your transfer request, you can still appeal the decision with the Orange County Department of Education. If you do file an appeal, please inform the City so that we can assist you in your efforts.
Anaheim Union High School District is well aware of the issue and has informed the City that they will accept La Palma students whom apply for the transfer into Walker Junior High School or Kennedy High School if they have room to do so. Additionally, if you or your child is interested in a tour of either school, please contact Silvia Vasquez Van Wye at (714) 220-4104.
The City will continue to work with the school districts, our local legislators and you, our residents, to address this issue. For more information or to stay up to date on information related to this issue please call (714) 690-3337 or visit our website at www.cityoflapalma.org/schools