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CVHS charter registration/MDUSD transfer information

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 10:53 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The district has sent the following letter to families in the Clayton Valley attendance area, informing them that Clayton Valley High will convert to a charter school in the fall. A letter from the charter was also enclosed. I have posted it below the district’s letter, along with some other information from the charter’s website.

“February 7, 2012

Dear Clayton Valley High School Families,

On January 11, 2012 the Contra Costa County Board of Education approved the conversion of Clayton Valley High School to a charter school.

Effective June 30, Clayton Valley High School will close and convert to Clayton Valley Charter High School. As a result of this conversion, parents will have the option of which high school they would like their child(ren) to attend in fall 2012.

We are pleased to announce that on February 6, 2012, the Board of Education approved the option for Clayton Valley High School students to attend any Mt. Diablo Unified School based on space and program availability. Once the high school is selected and approved, the high school becomes the student’s resident school. They will remain at the school for the remainder of their high school career.

Our District’s Student Services Office established a new open enrollment transfer period February 9 – March 9 to accommodate the Clayton Valley High School students. Enclosed are the Option Transfer Form and Question & Answer sheet. I strongly encourage you to consider your option of having your child(ren) attend one of our high schools.

Option Transfer Forms are due March 9 and must be submitted to your child’s school office or the Student Services Office located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord 94519. Parents will be notified by April 30 of their child’s new resident school.

Thank you for considering the educational options for your high school child(ren).

Steven Lawrence, Ph.D.

Along with the letter, the district included a Frequently Asked Q & A. Here is the link:

Here is the letter from the Clayton Valley Charter High School:

“Clayton Valley
Charter High School
Date: January, 2012

To: Current and Prospective Clayton Valley Families
From: CVCHS Governing Board

Re: Enrollment for the 2012-2013 Academic Year

Dear CV Students and Families:

At their January 11, 2012 meeting, the Contra Costa County Board of Education approved the conversion of our school to a charter school. Admission to Clayton Valley Charter High School is governed by the California Education Code, and, by law, all students in California are entitled to attend a charter school. No student is required to attend CVCHS, however, and enrollment should be an informed, carefully considered decision.

This letter and the attached Enrollment and Authorization to Release Information form indicates your intent to attend CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year and beyond to graduation. Upon receiving the Enrollment and Authorization to Release Information form, current CVHS students will be automatically enrolled in the new CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year. Enrollment will be complete upon receipt of a full registration packet by April 19, 2012. Failure to submit the full registration material may result in a forfeiture of your space.

In addition, upon receiving the Enrollment and Authorization to Release Information form, all incoming freshmen from the current CVHS feeder pattern schools and living within the CVHS attendance area will be automatically enrolled in the new CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year. Students new to CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year residing in the attendance area will need to fill out registration forms in the front office of Clayton Valley High School. Proof of Residence is required. Enrollment will be complete upon receipt of a full registration packet by April 19, 2012. Failure to submit the full registration material may result in a forfeiture of your space.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this change. If you have questions or concerns about the enrollment process, please go to our website at You may also email questions to

Completed and signed forms may be dropped off no later than February 24, 2012, in the front office of Clayton Valley High School, 1101 Alberta Way, Concord, CA. Forms may also be faxed to 925-825-7859.

CVCHS Governing Board

CVCHS does not charge tuition and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance or any other characteristic described in Education Code section 220. CVCHS is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices and in all other operations.”

Here is the CVCHS proposed calendar information, which is posted on its website:

“The CVCHS Governing Board is soliciting community input on the following school calendar for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.

Under the proposed calendar, school would begin for students on Wednesday, August 15, with the fall semester ending with Christmas break on December 21, 2012.

The spring semester would begin January 14, 2013 and end on May 31. The calendar also includes mandatory summer transition for incoming 9th graders and sessions for those students needing remediation before the school year begins and just before the spring semester begins.

The proposed calendar, as outlined in more detail below, can be found here. The Governing Board will be soliciting input at the CVCHS Celebration on Saturday, February 11 and will make a final decision at a special meeting that evening. Comments on the proposed calendar can also be directed here.

M‐TH July 23 ‐ 26, 2012 Mandatory 9th Grade Summer Transition
M‐TH July 30 ‐ Aug. 2, 2012 Remediation
W‐Th Aug. 8 ‐ Aug. 9, 2012 Registration
Wednesday August 15, 2012 First Day of School for Students
Monday September 3, 2012 Labor Day ‐ No School
Monday November 12, 2012 Veteran’s Day ‐ No School
Th‐Fri Nov. 22 ‐ Nov. 23, 2012 Thanksgiving Break
T‐Fri Dec. 18 ‐ Dec. 21, 2012 Fall Finals
M‐F Dec. 24, 2012 ‐ Jan. 11, 2013 Winter Break
M‐F Jan. 7 ‐ Jan. 11, 2013 Remediation
Monday January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King Holiday ‐ No School
Monday February 11, 2013 Lincoln’s Birthday ‐ No School
Monday February 18, 2013 President’s Day ‐ No School
M‐F Apr. 1 ‐ Apr. 5, 2013 Spring Break
Monday May 27, 2013 Memorial Day ‐ No School
T‐F May 28 ‐May 31, 2013 Spring Finals
Friday May 31, 2013 Last Day of School”

Here is a link to information about the CVCHS Governing Board meetings:

The district board will vote Feb. 27 on a proposal to allow the school to keep equipment purchased by boosters and other parent organizations.

Are you satisfied with the information you have received from the district and the charter committee regarding the transition of Clayton Valley High from a district-run school to a charter campus in the fall?

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41 Responses to “CVHS charter registration/MDUSD transfer information”

  1. g Says:

    If I’m reading this right, a CV kid could decide to put in a transfer to “x” school, then, after time has run out, he could be told “We received your request, but sorry, “x” is full, so we have arbitrarily registered you at “y”, too bad, so sad”.

    That’s it, the kid looses his chance for a seat at Clayton Valley Charter AND the school he chose.

    They also make it sound like this decision is forever.

    If you stay at CV, or if you transfer to “x” school in 2012-13 you cannot change your mind in a year or two.

  2. Doctor J Says:

    Exactly, Lawrence thinks the CVHS kids are stupid. Everyone will be led to believe they have a chance for Northgate, but in reality very few will have. The smart choice will be to choose CVCHS and then if they don’t like it, they know what their alternative is.

  3. Just j Says:

    From what I have been reading all along it is obvious that Yv is the school
    That most kids would be placed. They have the most room. What parents
    Need to understand is that it is a failing school. The district is trying
    To fool everyone.

  4. g Says:

    I have no doubt several kids will apply to Northgate. Then, based on sports ability first, and academic records second, McMorris and Morones will be given the list and allowed to bargain with each other and cherry-pick a few. Most of the rest will just find themselves at Ygnacio Valley, and Morones will be thrilled to also get the left-overs, since his school has been sitting at less than 60% capacity.

    I would expect outrage from some North area parents who have asked for transfers in the past, but been denied, and some current transfers who may be bumped out of Northgate in favor of Lawrence enticing as many away from CV as he possibly can.

  5. Doctor J Says:

    Why March 9 deadline ? Oh, March 15 is Teacher Lay-off notice day and MDUSD is once again behind the eight ball because it spent all of its time and tens of thousands of dollars fighting a losing battle against the Charter.

  6. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Stuckey-Smith said transfers will be chosen by random lottery, with seniors getting preference over juniors, who will get preference over sophomores, who will get preference over freshmen. She said students currently attending other schools on transfers would not be bumped.
    Also, I believe the assurance that students would remain in their new schools is meant to reassure parents that they don’t need to worry about being bumped in subsequent years. However, if they are unhappy in their new schools, I believe they could request to transfer to a different school the following year, just like any other student at any school.
    Dr. J: Ironically, the thing that could save MDUSD from the financial impact it has been decrying all along is the waiver — which CVCHS lawyers repeatedly told the district it could apply for — even though the district’s own lawyers and superintendent insisted it was impossible.

  7. Clayton Squirrel Says:

    The new schedule looks just like my daughter’s private high school’s calendar. It is so much better to finish finals before winter break. My CVHS student had finals in January. Students will be more prepared for the May AP tests when the school year finishes at the end of May instead of mid-June.

  8. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Also, those students could get first crack at summer jobs.

  9. Wait a minute Says:

    Yes, the (post charter-battle) games have begun!

    TH@6, it is ironic isn’t it that Lawrence anc Co chose to not to apply for the waiver because it undermined their weak and illegal case against the charter on financial reasons.
    I guess those chickens will now come home to roost!

    Meanwhile, the MDUSD will now find itself in the unusual position of having to COMPETE for HS students with CVCHS.
    Sure the competition is limited based on the finite physical capacity of CVCHS, but it will cause the district much angst as they continue to try and undermine CVCHS.

    Unfortunately for the district, the more they shuffle students and teachers around the other high schools the more they will make it attractive to families and HS staffs to go charter themselves and thats just based on movement and disruption.

    I have a feeling that it won’t take CVCHS long to start kicking some serious butt in options, academics, test scores and sports.

    All of this will further prove the inherent advanages in having site-based control over LEADERSHIP, programs and being able to keep the district from siphoning off a huge percentage of your money to subsidize their ineffecient and incompetent district administration!!!

  10. Doctor J Says:

    @TH#6 — MDUSD produce the waiver ! Your ten day notice is about up ! BTW, when is the QEIA waiver for Mount going to be heard ?

  11. Theresa Harrington Says:

    WAM: The district is going to apply for a waiver after all. The public hearing is set for Feb. 22, but the district hasn’t posted the waivers yet. It will be hard to hold a public hearing on waivers that aren’t disclosed to the public, so I’m assuming they’ll post them before the meeting.
    Dr. J: Every time I ask that question, I’m told: “I don’t know.” But, I’ll ask again. It will also be interesting to see the CDE recommendation on the QEIA waiver.

  12. Doctor J Says:

    @TH#11 Is the MDHS QEIA Waiver hearing before CDE in March or May ?

  13. School Teacher Says:

    Shouldn’t the district already have an idea, at least with the present numbers, which high schools are “impacted”, and therefore won’t have room for transfers?

  14. Doctor J Says:

    The MDHS Waiver will be heard by the SBE in March.

  15. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, they said College Park is impacted and MDHS is impacted due to QEIA. They said that Northgate and Concord don’t have much room, but they already take between 100 and 200 transfers. YVHS is the one with more than enough room to accommodate all comers.

  16. Anon Says:

    The whole discussion of whether a particular school
    Is impacted or not may be essentially irrelevant. There’s probably not a whole lot of kids wanting to avoid CV in the first place.

  17. School Teacher Says:

    @ Anon #16,

    I agree with your comment. I get the impression that there isn’t some large contingency chomping at the bit to get away from CV, so all the blustering from the district about how complicated this will make life for them is overblown. Just another opportunity to badmouth the charter. As it stands, doesn’t CV take a decent amount of transfers of students who don’t live in their attendance area in the first place? And, for those people who decide to leave, if there are that many of you, don’t be surprised if those first choice schools (aka NHS and CPHS)are not available, which will leave Concord or YV.

  18. Flippin' Tired Says:

    Nice way to badmouth CHS and YVHS. I keep hearing that the charter isn’t going to be a snobby school, but the posts I’m reading certainly read otherwise.

  19. MDUSD Board Watcher Says:

    Hi Flippin (I mean Paul),

    Still up to your pot stirring I see. Why such a sour person?

  20. School Teacher Says:

    @Flippin’ #18

    If you’re not willing to acknowledge there is a pecking order/preference in the high schools, and especially where most parents would “prefer” to transfer/send their children to if they didn’t want to stay with CV, you have your head buried in the sand. It doesn’t mean teachers aren’t doing great teaching at those schools, or that students aren’t doing a lot of learning at those schools, and they should be applauded for that, but you’re silly if you think that the general public has the belief that all high schools are considered to be equal. If you believe that then maybe you also believe that MDUSD is a place where “kids come first”.

  21. Jim Says:

    The wording of the MDUSD FAQ is outrageously misleading. In answer to the very first question about why parents are being asked to choose a high school, it says:
    “The Contra Costa County Board of Education approved the conversion of Clayton Valley High School to a charter school. They will no longer be a Mt. Diablo district school. Parents must select another school for their child to attend.”

    It is not true, of course, that “parents must select ANOTHER school”. They can simply select CVCHS and stay with the school they have always had. But many recipients of the letter may interpret the wording to mean that their child is somehow no longer eligible to attend CV. What a miserable slimy thing to imply. Is there no limit to what this district is willing to do to undermine the charter, even now that the decision has been made?

  22. School Teacher Says:

    I would hope that a follow up announcement, either from the charter or the district (which would be more appropriate), correcting this statement, would be made. As for the district, I would like to know who is responsible for this statement. (Or do we already know who?) They’re either a very poor writer, or purposely misleading the public. I doubt they would be both.

  23. Clayton Squirrel Says:

    Jim, thank you!

  24. g Says:

    MDUSD Board Watcher; you’re convinced Flippin’ is Paul, and I’m convinced it’s Sherry. How can we settle this dispute?

    Jim: Exactly correct! Every answer indicates or at least hints that students ‘must’ change schools, since CVCh. is now somehow ‘outide’ of the district!

  25. CVCHS Parent Says:

    I just spoke with a parent of an 8th grader at DVMS that tossed the package in digust with the district’s language befoe even seeing the charter forms! I think the district should have to re-mail the charter forms, and only the charter forms, to every single family. Again, wasting tax payer’s money due to incompetence.

  26. Wait a Minute Says:


    More like some blatantly slanted propaganda from Lawrence/Rolen/Eberhart/Whitmarsh/Mayo.

    If it wasn’t so pathetically misguided it would almost be funny but since its just more falsity perpetrated by these losers its really another violation of the publics’ trust.

    This from people so incompetent they can’t even stop the hourly flow of more scandals on their watch like the MDHS’s now national “Toilet Gate”, vote of no confidence in the incompetent “Principal” McClatchy, and the imminent loss of millions in QEIA funds, etc plus Rolen’s undisclosed “relationship” with the district’s contractor for translation (Marisol Padilla-owner of Advanced Interpreting Services)

    I can’t wait to here from Shoe and other real leaders in the Clayton community about this latest attack by the MDUSD’s almost-fallen “leaders”.

    I literally can’t wait until next November to vote EberMarsh out so others like Brian Lawrence can do what they so failed to do like hire a competent Superintendent, General Counsel and other real leaders.

  27. 5th grader parent Says:

    I am a parent of a 5th grader. We recently moved into the CV attendance area. Does anyone know how the enrollment will go in the years beyond 2012? Will there no longer be a CV attendance area which means that all students in 2015 will be chosen by lottery as is done at Eagle Peak? There is no information on this that I can find.

  28. 2busymom Says:

    @27, 5th grade parent,
    ALL students who now live withing the current CVHS boundaries are grandfathered in to go to CVCHS, so no worries, you are clear!

  29. Anon Says:

    @wam 26
    Brian Lawrence was Eberhart/Strange/Whitmarsh”s handpicked replacement for Paul Strange in the last board election

  30. anon Says:

    Bottom line: in the upcoming election, don’t vote for whitmarsh, eberhart, or Brian lawrence-(As anon #29 explained-brian Lawrence was and is made from the same cloth as eberhart and whitmarsh). Currently, Brian Lawrence is romancing all the unions in this district to gain their vote. So WAM, if you want a board that truly cares about our students–DON’T VOTE OR ADVOCATE FOR BRIAN LAWRENCE, or you’ll get more of the same secret meetings and misinformation that has placed this district in the same untrustworthy position that has left all of us who care about our children, under the same powerless position as constituents that we’ve been facing.

  31. Sue Berg Says:

    Jim #21,
    As Theresa’s article states, the District sent two letters in the same envelope to all families in the Clayton Valley High attendance area. 1) Lawrence’s letter, with the FAQ attached, is information for students in the attendance area who choose to remain in MDUSD. It outlines the process and timeline for selecting one of the district’s other high schools. 2) The CVCHS Governing Board’s letter, with an enrollment form and records release attached, is information for students who plan to attend the charter high school. I’m not sure how the District is undermining the charter in this communication.

  32. Clayton Squirrel Says:

    I have a current CVHS senior and a 14 year old 2011 Diablo View student who now attends a private high school. She is labeled as an “inactive student” on MDUSD’s Homelink. I did not get a letter from the district on how to enroll at CVCHS, so I wouldn’t say that letters were sent to all families in the attendance area.

  33. Sue Berg Says:

    Clayton Squirrel, a correction then. It seems letters were sent to families of students who are currently actively enrolled in MDUSD schools and who are not graduating in June.

  34. Doctor J Says:

    CVCHS waivers? Anyone seen the required newspaper publication TEN DAYS before the 22nd ? I’ve been watching — haven’t seen it. Still haven’t seen the “waivers” posted either ! Looks like Lawrence has blown it again ! I wonder if they would say they did, when they didn’t ? Nah, they are “trusted school officials”.

  35. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I have learned that the district is required to share the waivers with a board advisory committee. But, instead of holding a special meeting of an advisory committee to review the waivers, it has sent copies of the draft waivers to the BAC asking for questions or feedback. I will post the waivers shortly. It’s unclear whether the district intends to include the responses from the BAC in the board agenda packet, but it should.

  36. Doctor J Says:

    Who’s requirement is the BAC ? Who is on the BAC ?

  37. Theresa Harrington Says:

    CDE requirement.

  38. Doctor J Says:

    When did the MDUSD Board appoint a Board Advisory Committee ?

  39. Theresa Harrington Says:

    It can be any of the advisory committees, such as CAC, PAC and BAC.

  40. Doctor J Says:

    They didn’t do that for the QEIA waiver. Just the Mount Site Council.

    So since they haven’t published the notice in the newspaper and its less than ten days prior to the “public hearing” how are they going to get around that ? Remember Sue Berg’s verification that Public Hearings require ten days notice.

  41. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s the blog post with info sent to the BAC:

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