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Sequoia Elementary School is a District School of Choice. Enrollment is open to students who reside in the MDUSD boundaries. 


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 wait list, parents must sign up their student(s) in the Sequoia School Office between January and the second Wednesday in November in the year prior to starting Kindergarten. This includes siblings of students currently attending Sequoia. 


We accept Lottery signups on Wednesdays, between 8:30 AM and 3PM. Please note there is no public parking in our parking lot – you must park on the street.


The Sequoia 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 second Wednesday of November will be randomly assigned a lottery number and the available Kindergarten spaces will be filled in lottery number order. The lottery number also dictates a student’s placement on the choice wait list for future openings in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Twins will be given consecutive lottery numbers. 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 who 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.


Lottery Notification

Written confirmation of students selected is mailed home before Winter Break.


Priority for Kindergarten

The Kindergarten Lottery provides priority, according to Board Policy, for siblings of current Sequoia students and children of employees working 10 hours or more per week at Sequoia Elementary School. The following criteria must be met in order for an incoming kindergartener to have priority:

  • A kindergarten student must attend Sequoia Elementary with their 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 Sequoia Elementary, and currently working 10 hours or more per week.

Grade Placement

Based on School Board Policy and California Education Code, a child shall be eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten if the child will have his/her fifth birthday on or before September 1. A student who does not meet the age eligibility criteria may not be enrolled in Kindergarten.  

  • A child shall be eligible for enrollment in Transitional Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if the child will have his/her fifth birthday between the following dates:  September 2 and December 2. Sequoia Elementary School does not offer a Transitional Kindergarten Program.
  • A child shall be admitted to first grade if the child will have his/her sixth birthday on or before September 1.

Call our office if you have questions about these procedures: (925) 935-5721



Student Wait List Grades 1-5
1. Please visit the Sequoia school office any Wednesday, between 8:30AM-3:00 PM, to place your child on the Sequoia Elementary School wait list.
2. The number of openings each year may change depending upon the number of student retentions, program changes, mobility, or sibling/employee priority list.
3. You will be contacted for enrollment when a space becomes available. If the school cannot reach you or
you no longer reside in the MDUSD boundaries, 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.
4. If you are called to enroll and decline or
you no longer reside in the MDUSD boundaries, your child's name will be removed from the wait list. Should you decide to put your child's name back on the list, you must come to the office on a Wednesday to fill out a new request for placement.
5. All classes will be filled by the last workday in August before the first day of school. All forms, immunizations, birth certificate, proof of residency, etc. must be verified at the time of enrollment.

Documentation required to put a child on the wait list:  
1. Original birth certificate of child
2. Parent’s photo ID: driver's license, state issued ID, passport, consulate issued picture ID, voter credential, or military ID.
3. Two of the following documents (one from each category) with your current home address on them:


       Category A

  • Current valid vehicle registration
  • State or Federal tax return with W-2 forms attached
  • Current voter registration receipt
  • Other forms of identification or communication from a government agency

       Category B

  • Property tax bill with homeowner's exemption
  • Current rental/lease agreement
  • Payroll stub/check with address



Additional information regarding enrollment may be found on the MDUSD website at: 


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