El Segundo Unified School District

New and Returning Student Enrollment
Welcome to El Segundo Unified School District.  Registration requirements, procedures and guidelines are detailed below. 

For additional questions, please contact Laurie Meyer in the Educational Services Department at (310) 615-2650, Ext.1233 or email at lmeyer@esusd.k12.ca.us 

All Registration and Permit related inquiries/paperwork will only be accepted between 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday.  If you are unable to come in during the set walk-in hours, please email lmeyer@esusd.k12.ca.us to schedule an appointment.


Two-Year Extended Kindergarten Eligibility:  Children who turn five between September 2 and December 2 will automatically be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) per the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 -- a one-year prekindergarten program followed by a year of traditional kindergarten. For questions regarding our TK program go to: Transitional Kindergarten (TK) FAQ.

Traditional Kindergarten Eligibility:  Children must turn five years of age on or before September 1. 

Resident TK/Kindergarten Registration:  Current Resident Kindergarten Registration will begin on April 27th through May 22, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.  By registering during this period, this allows us to ensure time for the purposes of planning, ordering supplies and applicable staffing needs.

Returning Permit Students for 2015-2016:  If your child is already attending an ESUSD school and continues to meet eligibility criteria while on a permit, there is no requirement to reapply to your home district for a release with the following exceptions -- if your student is moving from 8th to 9th grade and your home district is Lawndale, Lennox or Hawthorne, you need to apply for a permit release from the Centinela Valley Union High School District. Current ESMS students in good standing will receive a letter of acceptance in mid to late February to include with the permit release application.  

New Student Registration Procedures of El Segundo Residents:
  • 2015-2016 school year - Follow the steps listed below:
Step 1:
Visit the Educational Services Department located at 641 Sheldon Street, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m for walk-ins or email lmeyer@esusd.k12.ca.us to schedule an appointment between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. to establish proof of residency.

All residents MUST have the following documents prior to completing the registration paperwork.
  • Homeowners must provide a grant deed to the resident property AND the most recent property tax payment receipt indicating the name of student’s parent/guardian as owner of the property.  You must provide an original copy of a current gas, electric, telephone/cell, water OR cable bill reflecting the name of the student’s parent/guardian that has been mailed to the home address. You must also provide a current driver’s license or state ID card for photo identification purposes only.
  • Renters must provide the original lease/rental agreement AND current payment receipts including the names of all residents who reside at said property, as well as the name and phone number of the property manager.  ESUSD may contact the management company to verify residency and to require the management company to provide evidence of ownership of the property.  In the event the rental property is not owned/operated by a management company/corporation, the owner of the property will sign a Declaration under Penalty of Perjury indicating ownership of the property and validity of the lease.  You must provide an original copy of a current gas, electric, telephone/cell, water OR cable bill reflecting the name of the student’s parent/guardian that has been mailed to the home address. In addition, you must also provide a current driver’s license or state ID card for photo identification purposes only.
  • If your child is receiving Special Education services including, but not limited to academic, social-emotional, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adapted physical education, etc., please be prepared to provide a copy of the most recent IEP and all current assessment reports at the time of residency verification. 
Step 2 (Grades K-12):

Once your residency has been verified you will complete an enrollment packet (Permit to Register form and a Home Language Survey) which will then be taken to the appropriate school immediately or held until the individual school site registration begins for the upcoming school year.  In addition, you must bring the following documentation for each child you are registering:
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record (refer to the California School Immunization Law below)
  • If the registration is taking place in the summer for an August enrollment, you must provide a final transcript/report card issued in June as well as the official withdrawal/drop notice from the previous school.
  • If the registration is taking place after the start of school, you must provide an unofficial transcript (high school only) and/or report card with work in progress indicated as well as an official withdrawal/drop notice from the previous school.
  • If your child has been GATE Identified, please bring a copy of their GATE certification.
Step 3 (Required Testing):

The California Education Code Sections 313, 60810, and 60812 require districts to test students with the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) when the Home Language Survey form indicates that the child speaks a language other than English in the home. Students will be tested once school begins. Parents may not opt their child out of being tested.

Step 4 (On-Line Registration)

After Steps 1-3 are completed, based on your registration date, you will be provided a password later in the summer or if registration takes place after mid-August, you will be provided a password on the day of registration, to access the ESUSD online registration system to complete the registration process.    

New Inter-District Permit Process Guidelines:

We strongly suggest you start the permit application process at the first opportunity your home district opens that window. Waiting until late spring to apply might delay the processing of your student's permit until late August, resulting in a greater uncertainty about where your child will ultimately attend school. All permit families please refer to the steps below to obtain a permit release.

Step 1: 

ESUSD is currently accepting paperwork to initiate the Inter-District permit process for the 2015-2016 school year.  

To begin the process for students applying for Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten it is necessary to only complete the Preliminary Permit Application and for students applying for grades 1-12, ESUSD requires the most recent student report card, the prior year's final report card reflecting the entire year's grades, and the most recent standardized test  (i.e. - STAR, Iowa, Stanford) scores, along with a "Preliminary Permit Application Request." Students submitting a permit application in any grade must have a minimum of a cumulative 3.0 GPA along with excellent attendance and exemplary behavior. 

The Preliminary Permit Application Request is posted at the bottom of this page.  Once it is filled out, it can be scanned and emailed (along with required copies of the report cards and standardized test scores) to Laurie Meyer at lmeyer@esusd.k12.ca.us or FAX'd to (310) 322-7939, or it can be dropped off to the Educational Services office at 641 Sheldon, El Segundo CA. 90245, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Once your permit application materials have been reviewed and it has been determined your child meets ESUSD criteria, and space is available, you may be contacted for an interview with the site principal. 

Step 2:

Obtain an Inter-District Permit from your home District. 

For all school districts other than LAUSD, you will need to  inquire about the application dates for their permit release process.

LAUSD will begin their permit releasing process February 1, 2015 through April 30, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.  All applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted. Please visit the LAUSD web site for additional information or call (213) 241-5255.

For parents employed in El Segundo, permit requests from LAUSD continue to be available after the April 30, 2015 deadline -- however -- we strongly suggest you begin the process at the earliest possible date to expedite the process. Parents must provide proof of employment in El Segundo. LAUSD requires parent employment to be west of Sepulveda Boulevard in order to attend ESUSD schools.   Documentation consists of:
  • recent pay stub and a letter on employer's stationery verifying work schedule (days and hours) and location of employment
  • If self-employed, a copy of a valid current business license and a letter on business' stationery verifying work schedule (days and hours) and location of employment
The parent must present proper documentation to LAUSD before being allowed to apply for a parent employment permit.  Click here for LAUSD information.

**Please note that parent employment only helps you to be released from your home district.  ESUSD still has to have the space available and a work permit is no guarantee your child will be able to attend ESUSD.

After April 30th at LAUSD the only outgoing applications that will be processed will be PARENT EMPLOYMENT.  A parent employment permit may be issued if at least one parent/guardian is physically employed in the requested district.

Parent employment permits will continue to be processed on line. Click here for LAUSD information. If you have any additional questions, you may contact their office @ (213) 241-5255.

Should any form of permit request be denied, you must file an appeal with LAUSD via regular mail within 14 calendar days. LAUSD Appeal Forms.  If this appeal is denied you may file an appeal with LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education) within thirty (30) days of receiving your appeal denial.  You may NOT file an appeal through LACOE until you have exhausted all appeals with LAUSD. Click on http://www.lacoe.edu/StudentServices/AppealsandResolutions/InterdistrictAttendance.aspx for LACOE appeal information.

All Districts:  Should you be denied a permit application from your home district after going through their permit application process, you have the right to appeal to LACOE.  Please click on the LACOE link above. 

Step 3: 

Once the permit release has been obtained, please submit the permit to Laurie Meyer via email, fax or in person at the Educational Services Office at El Segundo Unified School District, 641 Sheldon, El Segundo CA 90245. If you receive a permit release but have not yet submitted your child's report cards and STAR scores, please bring the release with the Preliminary Permit Application, report cards, and standardized test scores to Educational Services to begin the permit application process.  

For questions regarding the permit process, please call Laurie Meyer at (310) 615-2650, Ext.1233 or email at lmeyer@esusd.k12.ca.us.


  • Early Bird/Later Gator All Day Kindergarten  --  A full-day kinder program which dedicates 60 minutes a day to extremely small class sizes where students benefit from small group literacy coaching, math/numbers support, or enrichment activities geared to individualized modalities of learning.
Grades 1 – 5:
  • Integrated programs designed to develop academic, social, and civic skills through environmental learning gardens, recycling & composting programs, character education, literacy coaches, art & music programs, fitness and technology (iTouches, Mac Carts, Computer Lab, Smart Boards, Document Cameras), after-school enrichment programs,  as well as a rigorous standards-based curriculum emphasizing team teaching to celebrate each child’s individual strengths and talents.
  • Additional curricular emphasis:  hands-on scientific experiments in state-of-the-art labs, emphasis on Latin/Greek suffixes/prefixes, leveled/differentiated reading instruction, writers’ workshops taught by UCLA literacy coaches, grade level community service projects, beach water safety programs, lower grade/upper grade mentor programs, high school mentor program, student council, peer conflict & resolution teams, Lakers’ “Read to Achieve” program, Math Olympiads, March Madness Math.
  • The Learning Connection (TLC) is a before-and-after school child care program open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. available to students enrolled in grades TEDDE – 5. The Learning Connection is fee-based and taught by qualified ESUSD employees who emphasize positive social interactions amongst students.  The program is located on both the Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary School campuses. 
Grades 6 - 8:
  • International Baccalaureate: El Segundo Middle School is an International Baccalaureate school, a very rare program offered in only one other public middle school in the surrounding region (Eagle Rock).  For an overview go to the International Baccalaureate web site or the ESMS web site or download the ESMS IB Information flyer below.
  • CMAST (Center for Math & Science Teaching -- LMU): An innovative math program offered in partnership with Loyola Marymount University for grades 6 - 8.
  • Project Lead the Way (Gateway to Technology): A STEM program offered to 7th and 8th grade students with an interest in careers in engineering, science and math.
Grades 9 - 12
  • Boys/Girls Aquatics Program: Water polo, swimming for all grades
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country Program: Girls placed 4th in State, open for grades 9 - 12
  • Project Lead the Way: 4-year STEM Career Pathway Program for students interested in science, math & engineering (Download attached flyer)
  • CyberPatriot Program: A premiere national defense program designed to inspire students towards careers in cybersecurity, science, math or engineering. http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/about/Pages/FAQ.aspx
  • Internships with Fortune 500 Companies: Internships for class credit (Download attached flyer)
  • SoCalROC: Transportation and class credits for students attending SoCalROC classes on Torrance campus (Download attached flyer)
Please see additional program comparisons below. Please call your home school site to see if they have the programs you want your child to be enrolled in. Choosing several programs offered exclusively by ESUSD in your initial home school permit application will strengthen your case upon appeal at the LACOE level.