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Board approves changes to Folsom secondary school choice

Students at a Folsom Middle School change classes on afternoon The Folsom Cordova Unified Board of Education on Jan. 19 approved a series of changes to interdistrict transfers and school choice applications to alleviate overcrowding at Folsom secondary schools and accommodate families living in the district’s and schools’ boundaries as enrollment continues to grow. 
Effective for the 2017-18 school year, the following modifications will be implemented: 
School Choice: (Students residing within the Folsom Cordova Unified School District boundary.) 
  • Limit School Choice at Folsom Middle, Sutter Middle, Folsom High and Vista del Lago High Schools as capacity allows. Currently enrolled School Choice students at secondary Folsom schools would be allowed to continue at their current school.
Interdistrict Transfer Permits (ITP): (Students living outside the Folsom Cordova Unified School District boundary)
1) Eliminate new interdistrict transfer permits (ITP) into the following secondary schools:
  • Folsom Middle
  • Sutter Middle
  • Folsom High 
  • Vista del Lago High 
Secondary students on an ITP during the 2016/17 school year at the schools listed above will be allowed to finish at their current school, as long as they continue to meet the criteria of the ITP agreement. 
Students on an ITP at Folsom Middle and Sutter Middle during the 2016/17 school year will be permitted to attend Folsom High School based on space available.
Students on an ITP at Folsom elementary schools will be allowed to continue at their current elementary school, but will not be granted admission based on an ITP to Folsom secondary schools.
2) Allow interdistrict transfer permits for residents within the Folsom City limits but residing within the San Juan Unified School District boundary into Sutter Middle and Folsom High Schools only.
3) Students of district employees (certificated and full-time classified) may be admitted based on space available. 
A number of factors are creating the school capacity challenges: Vista del Lago High School has seen an increasing number of approved transfers of students from both outside and inside of the FCUSD boundaries, as well as new students within its own attendance boundaries. 
We understand that any discussion of school choice and capacity must consider the impact to students and families, and we recognize that some members of our school communities may have questions or concerns as we enter this year’s registration period. District staff members recommended these solutions to minimize the impact to our families while ensuring there is enough room in our schools to accommodate those who live in our school and district boundaries. 
If you have questions or would like to offer feedback, please feel free to contact our office of Business Services at or (916) 294-9004.