AVUHSD Open Enrollment

Antelope Valley Union High School District Open Enrollment Happening Now - Deadline March 15, 2019

If you would like to attend a high school within the Antelope Valley Union High School District other than your school of residence, you will need to apply for "Open Enrollment" no later than Friday, March 15, 2019. 

During the last week of February 2019, Open Enrollment application packets for the new 2019-20 school year were mailed to the homes of current eighth grade public school students, returning high school students, and to the principals of charter and private junior high schools. Application packets are also available at all local high schools, in the AVUHSD Student Services office located at 548 W. Lancaster Blvd. in Lancaster, and on the AVUHSD website at .

Open Enrollment applications for the 2019-20 school year must be received by the deadline of Friday, March 15, 2019 in the Student Services office at 548 West Lancaster Boulevard, Suite #102, Lancaster, CA 93534-2571 (note that the office closes at 4:30pm). Applications may be submitted by mail, in person, or by fax to 661-949-6292. They may also be scanned and e-mailed to: According to Board Policy, late applications will not be accepted with the exception of students who have a sibling attending the school requested. However, late applications from students who moved into the area after the deadline may be considered based on available space. Result letters will be mailed in April 2019. 

There will be a limited number of 2019-20 Open Enrollment spaces available at each high school: Antelope Valley, Eastside, Highland, Knight, Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, and Quartz Hill High Schools. These include general Open Enrollment spaces as well as some spaces specific to particular academies: AVHS Engineering/Green Enterprise Academy, EHS Biomedical Sciences Academy, HHS Public Service Academy, KHS Digital Design & Engineering Academy, Lancaster HS Multimedia and Engineering Academy, Littlerock HS Agribusiness Academy, PHS Engineering Academy, and PHS Health Careers Academy. Also, qualified students entering 11th grade may apply for the QHHS International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students interested in career academies must also submit a separate academy application through the Academy Coordinator at the requested school. According to California Education Code 35160.5, Open Enrollment approvals will be on a lottery basis (random selection—not first come, first served). In addition to these spaces, all qualified sibling Open Enrollment applications to all schools will be approved.

Exterior of a high school building

Please join us for an informative night on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 to learn more about your child's high school options.

Attention 8th grade students and parents:

  • Do you know your options for high school?
  • Did you know that each of our high school houses have specialized academies?
  • Did you know that our academies offer small learning communities with a career focused curriculum?

If not, this info session is for you!

Please join us for an informative night to learn more about your child's high school options.

Joining an academy improves a high school student's experience by:

  • Showing improvement in attendance, credit completion, and grades
  • Students are more likely to stay in school and feel connected to their school
  • Students complete college prep requirements seamlessly
  • Students learn to exhibit professional skills

Presentation begins Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Palmdale High School Health Career Academy will start with a special presentation for our Health Career students interested in the program.

All other Academies information will begin at 6:00 PM.

Academy Prep Palmdale Campus
2270 East Ave. Q, Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 274-4619

SOAR High School logo

A parent information meeting for all prospective SOAR students will be taking place on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 in the Antelope Valley College Cafeteria at 6:00 PM.

As many of you are already aware, SOAR High School has opened up their application process for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will be recruited from schools across the Antelope Valley. Detailed requirements are listed on the SOAR High School's Future Students page.

Here are 4 basic tips to help you get the process started with your student:

  1. Attend one MANDATORY parent information meeting with your student. Applications will not be accepted at this meeting.
  2. Download, print and fill out the application from their website.
  3. Gather documents required for the application.
  4. Submit your application to the SOAR High School office no later than Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 2PM.

Please note: If you need to request any documents from SOAR Prep, please fill out the request form that students received in their AVID classes on Monday, January 14th, and have them submit it to our office. We will process that request within five days of receiving the signed request from you or your student, so make sure to allow for processing time. This info is NOT required in order to attend the information meeting for SOAR High School.

For Teacher Recommendation Forms: Please have your student submit these requests directly to your teachers. SOAR Prep office staff will not process these requests. Remember, ONLY the two required teacher recommendations will be accepted with each application.

If you have any further questions about the application process, please visit the SOAR High School website or contact their staff directly.

Student writing down design for a project

embARC brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.

A UC Berkeley program for high school students beginning July 8th to August 2nd, 2019

embARC is a 4-week summer design intensive that brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design through four main components: an Architecture + Urban Design Studio, a Sustainable City Planning Workshop, a Digital Workshop and a Community Build project.

Why should I attend?

  1. Explore architecture, urban design and city planning as possible college majors and careers
  2. Immerse yourself in design studio culture and the college experience
  3. Work in a team environment with peers who have similar interests
  4. Build a design portfolio to use when applying to college
  5. Get exposure to actual public policy issues and make a real impact on your world
  6. Earn a certificate of completion and 1 unit of credit on an official UC Berkeley transcript

Today’s students have inherited unprecedented global challenges that require radically new ways to fashion the buildings, places and landscapes that harbor our diverse ways of life. UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design guides creative and skilled students to craft built environments that are ecologically sustainable and resilient, prosperous and fair, healthy and beautiful. We show students the art and science of designing well-loved places that both nurture our senses and challenge our imaginations.

embARC’s home is Wurster Hall, a hub for an exceptional array of activities and resources, and participants in the program become a part of one of the world’s leading academic institutions. The University of California, Berkeley is ranked as the No. 2 public university in the nation, and fourth in the world, according to U.S. News and World Report (2018).


  • High school students entering their senior year of school and exceptional students entering their junior year
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (recommended)
  • English proficiency (international students are required to submit exam scores)

Four main program components

  • Architecture + Urban Design studio: Instruction in freehand sketching, drafting and model building will teach students how to conceptualize and communicate two and three-dimensional design ideas.
  • Sustainable Planning Workshop: Students will engage as genuine stakeholders and participants in a community change process by developing solutions to an authentic urban planning question.
  • Digital Workshop: Building skills in digital representation, this series of workshops focuses on preparing students for techdriven college-level design curricula.
  • Community Build project: Students will work alongside trained fabrication shop staff to build out sustainable infrastructure for the benefit of a local non-profit community partner.

Important embARC deadlines

  • December 15, 2018 Online application opens
  • April 1, 2019: Scholarship request deadline. Send requests to:
  • May 1, 2019: Final application deadline for domestic students

How to apply

Students must submit the following by the May 1, 2019 deadline:

  • A completed online application with a brief statement of intent.
  • High school transcripts that include all grades from 9th grade through the fall 2018 semester.
  • A letter of recommendation from a high school guidance counselor, teacher, principal or community leader.

Tuition and Fees

  • The program cost is approximately $4,350 for domestic students and $6,880 for international students.
  • The housing cost is approximately $4,200 for non-commuters.
  • Need-based scholarships are available.
  • Tuition and fees cover instruction, computer lab fees, Digital Fab Lab and Fab Shop training, basic materials and supplies, catered welcome and commencement events, and transportation to and from site visits.
  • The housing cost includes four weeks of on-campus housing, a meal plan, weekend field trips, SFO airport shuttle service, and chaperone services for students under 18.

Enrollment is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early!

Apply online by May 1, 2019

Visit to apply

For more information, contact: | 510.643.1188