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Summer School Options for Middle School Students

The CUSD College and Career Advantage Program will be offering the following CTE course for middle school students (grades 6-8 in school year 2019-20):  

  • Engineering Bootcamp

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Space is limited in this course.

New Incoming Students

Incoming Student Tour and Parent Information Dates

5th Grade Feeder School Tours - Las Flores Elementary, Tijeras Creek Elementary, and Wagon Wheel Elementary schools will visit our campus on Thursday, March 5, 2020.  Students will be given tours of the campus and attend an Informational Assembly during the school day.  This event is for STUDENTS ONLY.  Students will be given elective forms and instructions by their teachers after they return to school.

9:00 am Students will arrive at LFMS from feeder schools

9:00-9:25 Student tours led by LFMS ASB and WEB leaders

9:30-10:30 Assembly for all feeder schools

10:30 Students will load their buses and return to their respective school campuses.


Private School and School of Choice Tours -

Students and parents from non-feeder schools and private schools may attend a tour to be held on the following dates during the 2020 open enrollment period:

  • Tuesday, February 4th 2:00 - 2:30
  • Thursday, February 13th 10:30 - 11:00
  • Wednesday, February 19th 4:30 - 5:00
  • Thursday, February 27th 10:00 - 10:30

If you would like to attend, please contact Deb Powers at (949) 589-6543 to reserve your space.

For more information on School of Choice please go to the CUSD Website by clicking here.

CUSD School of Choice Application Window is open from 2/3/20 - 3/6/20.

Incoming Parent Information Night - Parents from feeder schools or from school of choice or private schools may attend our Open Parent Information Night to be held in the Multi-purpose room on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6 pm.  No reservation is required for this event.  For more information on this, please see the flyer here.


We look forward to seeing you at one of the above events.

6th Grade Elective Choices

Las Flores Middle School parents and students will use the Parent Portal to register for the 2020-21 Elective Choices. However, we also completion of an online elective preference (Google) form to confirm your portal selections for which a copy of your submission will be sent to the parent email provided in the form.  Information about how to register for elective choices will be provided to all feeder school students on March 5th from their current 5th grade teacher. Students not coming from feeder schools but who are pre-enrolled and students registering from outside current CUSD schools may access the forms from this page in the Enrollment and Registration Locker on the left. Each student will be able to choose their first choice plus an alternative elective on the portal.  Your primary choice on the portal should be the same as your 1st choice on the online elective form and your alternate on the portal should be the same as your 2nd choice on your online elective form.  The portal choices will override the online form choices if they are not the same so please choose carefully.   


Note: All 6th grade students are automatically enrolled in the Fine and Practical Arts Wheel.  If this is your first choice, you will only need to add an alternate choice next to it on the Parent Portal.  If your first choice is one of our music electives, you may delete 'The Wheel' and reselect your first choice and an alternate choice for your 2nd choice. If there is not enough space available, in 'The Wheel', we will use your elective form to place you into your 2nd choice.


The school curriculum guide with course descriptions can be found by clicking here: School Curriculum GuideElective choices to be used for the Portal are as follows:


Incoming 6th Grade

All 6th grade elective choices are year-long commitments.  Students will not be able to change electives mid-year.

  • Choral  #0530 a full year course, no prior music experience required.

  • Band  #0510 –  this is a full year course, no prior music experience required.

  • Orchestra  #0520 – a full year course, no prior music experience required.

  • Fine and Practical Arts Wheel  #8071 - This is a year-long elective with quarterly rotations.  Quarterly classes may include introductory courses including any four of the following: Study Skills, Intro to Home Arts, Intro to Music, Intro to Art, Intro to Foreign Language, Intro to Technology, Intro to Digital Photography, Intro to Robotics or other introductory courses as staff availability may provide. Rotations vary annually and are dependent on final staffing needs and availability thus students may not choose specific classes - they will be randomly assigned to a fixed quarterly rotation.

New Incoming 7th and 8th Grade Students

Please refer to the Elective page for 7th/8th Grade Elective Registration for more information about Elective Options and the Parent Portal.

Middle School Class Placement Criteria

Placement criteria for accelerated courses in middle school English and Social Science classes is available here on the district website.  The performance criteria for accelerated placement is available on the district website.  Only GATE identified students and students who meet the performance criteria will be placed into accelerated ELA and SS course placement.   Check this link for a Special Edition Newsletter from your Guidance department about gifted and high achiever students.

Math placement criteria is located here. Placement for incoming students will be determined by Math Placement Testing. One retake opportunity will be allowed for all students but this will only be held during the summer at the district office. For more information on placement criteria, please see the  Math Placement Criteria for Students New to the CUSD in the Resources File on the left of this page. For additional information on testing including study guide materials, please refer to the CUSD Math Department website here.

Entering Course Requests on Parent Portal

Middle School parents will enter their student’s course requests through their Parent Portal Accounts. The window for elective registration will open on March 5th and close on March 12th for incoming 6th grade students.

Click here to find instructions on entering Elective Course Requests for Middle School on the Parent Portal:


Middle School Elective Choices or review the 6th Grade Power Point Presentation for step by step instructions or Parent Portal Illustration document attached in the Locker on this page.  Instructions are also illustrated on the district portal page here.

6th graders need to choose 1 elective and 1 alternate. Once you select your 1st choice there will be an option to 'select alternate' next to this choice.  This will be your '2nd choice'.


Please contact your Academic Advisor for any questions regarding courses and the date range in which you are allowed to add/change your course requests.


Math Placement Test Dates for Incoming Students

Incoming 6th Graders

From any CUSD school

  • Test date is April 20, 2020 at your current elementary school.
  • Retake Date - July 22, 2020 or July 28, 2020 at the Capistrano USD offices.

Students/Parents will be notified of a student's Grade 6 math course placement via email during the week of June 29-July 3, 2020.


From outside CUSD

  • Test dates available May 27, June 11, June 22, or July 6 at the Capistrano USD offices.
  • Retake Date - July 22, 2020 or July 28, 2020 at the Capistrano USD offices.

New Incoming 7th/8th Graders (not currently at CUSD schools)

  • Dates available before school year begins  May 27, June 11, June 22, or July 6, July 16 August 4 or August 10 at the Capistrano USD offices.
  • Dates available after school year begins are August 20 and August 27 or September 3. All retakes must be completed by September 3 September 5th (only 1 retake allowed).

To register for a test date, please refer to the district Math Department webpage shown in the QuickLinks below or click here to go directly to the online registration form.