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SVUSD Fundamental Schools:
Hollow Hills Elementary School and
Vista Elementary School

Two of the 18 elementary schools (Hollow Hills Elementary and Vista Elementary) in the Simi Valley Unified School District are designated as Fundamental Schools. 

Our Fundamental Schools provide equal access to all elementary (grades Kindergarten to 6th) students of the District regardless of neighborhood boundaries. These are NOT neighborhood schools and they are now included in the School of Choice program. The Fundamental Schools are unique because families choose to enroll their students on these campuses based on the schools' areas of focus, programs and expectations, as established at each Fundamental School. Both Fundamental Schools teach the same California State Standards as our other elementary schools, and use the same classroom materials designated by Simi Valley Unified School District for all elementary schools.

Each Fundamental School holds a lottery for incoming Kindergarten students in mid-February. All SVUSD students are eligible to participate in the Kindergarten lottery for one of the two Fundamental Schools. A student may not participate in the lottery for both Fundamental Schools. Parents are required to attend a MANDATORY information meeting before their lottery application is submitted. (This year's information meeting will be held virtually.) Classes are staffed according to SVUSD's student-teacher ratio. If a student is not selected through the lottery process, he/she will be placed on a waiting list for potential future openings, and the student will be able to look at the many other School of Choice options we have within the SVUSD. There is no obligation to remain on the waiting list. Each January, a letter is mailed to the families of any student still on the waiting list. (This will happen at each grade level.) The letter includes a postcard asking if you wish your child to remain on the waiting list or to be removed.

Hollow Hills and Vista Elementary schools will hold lotteries for Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Only students who live in the SVUSD are eligible for this lottery. Interested families need to decide on ONE fundamental school and then submit ONE application to that school’s office. Families may participate in only ONE fundamental school lottery. We will not honor dual requests or accept transfers between the schools. Fundamental school information and lottery applications will be available beginning February 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will need to be submitted by 3:30 p.m. on February 10, 2021 at the following locations (Parents/Guardians must come to the school office to pick up forms. They are not available online or by fax.):

Vista Elementary School
2175 Wisteria Street, Simi Valley
(805) 520-6750

Hollow Hills Elementary School
828 Gibson Avenue, Simi Valley
(805) 520-6720

The School of Choice program (link HERE) in the SVUSD allows families to enroll at any of our schools (except for Hollow Hills Elementary School, Santa Susana High School and Vista Elementary School) through School of Choice as long as there is space available. Information about each of our schools is posted HERE

Fundamental Schools are NOT the only path to educational excellence in the SVUSD. Students excel at ALL of our elementary schools. No District transportation is provided to the Fundamental Schools and some parents find that the daily commute to and from the school is not manageable for their family. Families are urged to consider these factors when considering if a Fundamental School is a good choice for their children. 

California law for Traditional Kindergarten enrollment states that a child must be five-years-old by September 1, 2021. The Simi Valley Unified School District offers Junior Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten (JK/TK) programs for qualifying students under the age requirements. For more information about these programs, click HEREHollow Hills Elementary and Vista Elementary Schools do NOT offer Junior or Transitional Kindergarten (JK/TK) programs. 

Students will be selected for enrollment by lottery on February 11, 2021. Numbered postcards will be mailed to all applicants the week of February 15. Results will not be given over the telephone. There will be a Mandatory Parent Presentation and Questionnaire available on each fundamental schools’ websites. These presentations will provide information to help you make a decision about the fundamental school program. Students enrolled may not return to their home school during that school year. A parent Q&A will be hosted virtually for all applicants.

Vista Elementary School: February 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Hollow Hills Elementary School: February 9 at 6:00 p.m.


If you are not selected in the Fundamental School lottery, applicants will be placed on the Fundamental School waiting list, in the order of the lottery selection. Parents may also apply to another school via School of Choice during the open enrollment period (January 4 to February 26, 2021):

  1. Decide if you want your child to attend your neighborhood school or another school in the district for Kindergarten (which requires you to submit a School of Choice application online by February 26.)
  2. If you want your child to attend Kindergarten at your neighborhood school, enroll your child at that school starting March 1, 2021. Enrolling your child as early as possible will help us to plan for the coming year.