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Enrollment and Waitlist Procedures

Lottery and all Waitlist requests are processed by email or appointment. Please read the procedures below for all required documentation and contact the main office at 925-685-3834 to request paperwork or schedule your appointment.

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Enrollment and Waitlist Procedures

Lottery and all Waitlist requests are processed by date received in the Monte Gardens office (Date all correct documents received).  Please email the office secretary for the paperwork to complete.

All documents can be submitted by email.  When documentation has been received and verified, a receipt will be sent to you.


Documentation required to put a child on the wait list is the same required to enroll a student.  Information regarding enrollment may be found on the MDUSD website and also listed on the Request for Placement paperwork provided upon request.


Monte Gardens Elementary School is a neighborhood and district-wide school of choice. Enrollment is open to students who reside in the Monte Gardens boundaries or students who reside in the MDUSD attendance boundaries. 


Residents Enrollment

Families that reside in the Monte Gardens Attendance Area may enroll their student(s) at the Monte Gardens School Office Monday-Friday during office hours by appointment only.  When calling to schedule your appointment, you will be asked for information in order to send the packet to you via email.


Kindergarten Lottery

Children must be five years of age on or before September 1 of the year they start Kindergarten.  To be placed on the lottery waitlist, parents must sign up their student(s) through the Monte Garden Office the year prior to starting Kindergarten.

This includes neighborhood residents, siblings of students currently attending Monte Gardens and students who reside in the MDUSD attendance boundaries.

The Monte Gardens Kindergarten Lottery is held each year in December for children who will start Kindergarten the following August. Subject to the priorities described below, all students who sign up by the deadline will be randomly assigned a lottery number and the available Kindergarten spaces will be filled in lottery number order.  Written confirmation of students selected is mailed home in late December and will provide information about next steps for Kindergarten registration.  Only children from the lottery wait list who have received written confirmation will be registered.


The lottery number also dictates a student’s placement on the choice wait list for future openings kindergarten through 5th grade. Twins will be given the same lottery number. If there is only one space available, one space will be offered. If that space is declined, twins will remain on the wait list and be offered the first opportunity to attend our program when two spaces are available. Students that are not in a priority category and that sign up after the Kindergarten lottery in December will be placed at the end of the wait list based on the date paperwork and all required documents is received.


Priority for Kindergarten

The following criteria are applied as priority placement in the lottery:

  • Reside within the neighborhood.  Please call the office to verify if Monte Gardens is your school of residence. 
  • Enrollment/attendance with an older sibling for a minimum of one year.  It is the responsibility of the parents to notify the office of any sibling relationships.
  • Parent/Guardian is an employee of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District assigned to Monte Gardens Elementary.
  • Residence within the MDUSD boundaries


Student Wait List Grades 1-5 (Non-Residents)
1. Please contact the Monte Gardens school office at 925-685-3834 to request paperwork to place your child on the Monte Gardens Elementary School waitlist.
2. The number of openings each year may change depending upon the number of student retentions, program changes, mobility, or those names on the neighborhood or sibling priority list.
3. You will be contacted for enrollment when space becomes available. If the school cannot reach you, your place will not be held. Inform the school office of any changes in your phone number, address, movement out of the district, or change of plans to attend our program. We are unable to provide waitlist status over the phone or by email.  
4. If you are called to enroll and decline, your child's name will be removed from the waitlist. Should you decide to put your child's name back on the list, you must reapply and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list. All forms, immunizations, birth certificate, proof of residency, etc. must be verified at the time of enrollment.