Parents may choose any school within the district for their children to attend, with certain restrictions. Most magnet programs have some admission criteria, for example, and the desired school must have space available.
In general, neighborhood children have first priority in enrolling in a specific school. (When a school is overcrowded, however, neighborhood children may have to attend another school.)
School of Choice applications are generally available at each school in January. At that time, application can be made for the next school year. Deadlines for applying to the various schools or magnet programs are usually in early February each year. Check with your school for specific deadline dates during that time period.
Information about the educational programs in each LBUSD school is available on each school's website.
If you do not live in Long Beach and want to attend a Long Beach school:
The Long Beach Unified School District is accepting interdistrict permit applications from students in Transitional Kindergarten through 7th grade who live outside of LBUSD boundaries and wish to attend a school in Long Beach.
Parents should first contact their district of residence for an interdistrict permit application. Once obtained, the form should be submitted to the Long Beach school in which the parent is requesting enrollment. Acceptance or denial of the interdistrict permit is determined by the requested school. You may send an email to CometoLongBeach@lbschools.net if you would like assistance.
Click here for a list of school starting times and child care information.
If you live in Long Beach and want to attend a school in another school district:
Parents or guardians may apply for transfer to a school outside the Long Beach Unified School District. The submission period for applications for the next school year begins on March 1st of the current school year. Interdistrict Permit Applications for Kindergarten through 8th grade may be printed by clicking on the following link**:
or may be picked up at:
Completed applications and required documents may be scanned and sent via email to:
Kindergarten – 5th grade: ElementaryIDP@lbschools.net
6th – 8th grade: MiddleIDP@lbschools.net
Completed applications may also be returned in person to the Elementary & Middle/K-8 Schools Office at the address listed above. They may also be mailed to the same address.
Although we process applications as quickly as possible, processing time can take up to 7-10 days. Incomplete applications/documentation will delay processing time. You will be notified by phone of the approval or denial of your application. Once notified, approved applications may be picked up from the Elementary & Middle/K-8 Office at the address listed above. You may also mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Elementary or Middle K- 8 Offices to receive the approved application via U.S. Mail. We cannot email or fax approved applications.
High School Applications must be picked up in person at the following location:
The Education Code allows school districts to enter into interdistrict attendance agreements. Either the district of residence or the district of choice may deny the application, but if a permit is granted for employment or child-care reasons, the student has the right to remain in that district’s schools through the twelfth grade, subject to the availability of classroom space.