Blanche Reynolds Elementary School

  450 Valmore Ave.   Ventura, CA  93003                         

  Phone (805) 289-1817    Fax (805) 289-1814

Open Classroom is a K-5 open and innovative public school and parent cooperative,

“Where students reach their full potential in a supportive family atmosphere.” 

Open Classroom Admissions Policy and Procedures

Admissions Policy:

Open Classroom is an alternative educational program within Ventura Unified School District. As a special program within our district, we find that the following are indicators of a successful integration into the Open Classroom program:

Adaptability  Cooperation Independence

Evidence of Adaptability:

Transitions easily between activities

Transitions easily between adult leaders

Works well with a variety of students

Shows flexibility with adjustments in an activity


Evidence of Cooperation:

Shares with others

Listens to the teacher

Allows others to speak

Listens to others’ input

Allows others to contribute  

Speaks politely & respectfully

Include others

Shows patience in letting other students think through their answers

Evidence of Independence

Stays on task

Gets back on task without help

Starts on work quickly

Tunes out distractions

Takes responsibility for his/her work

Takes responsibility for his/her actions


Evidence of a Struggle with Adaptability:

Has difficulty transitioning between activities

Has difficulty transitioning between adult leaders

Has difficulty working with other students

Has difficulty showing flexibility


Evidence of a Struggle with Cooperation:

Takes/keeps materials from others

Talks while the teacher talks

Speaks over others

Speaks/acts impolitely and/or disrespectfully

Excludes others

Shouts out answers while others are thinking


  Evidence of a Struggle with independence:

Is off task

Requires reminders to get on task

Loses focus on task at hand

Gets easily distracted

Places his/her work onto others

                                                                                                                                    Admissions Procedures:

1.       Family contacts Blanche Reynolds Elementary School office at 805-289-1817
2.       Principal or Open Classroom parent volunteer invites prospective parent/guardian to upcoming OC orientation and tour.
3.       Prospective parent/guardian attends orientation and tour to learn more about the Open Classroom program, OC indicators of success and upcoming “mock school day” or classroom visit.
4.       Prospective parent/guardian and student attend a “mock school day” or classroom visit.
5.       Principal and staff observe prospective student in OC classroom to determine if student’s classroom experience indicates a positive integration into the Open Classroom program.
6.       Principal or Open Classroom parent volunteer follows up with parent/guardian to share outcome of visit.

7.       If the student met the indicators of successful transition into Open Classroom, parent/guardian would fill out intra-district transfer paperwork (if home school is within VUSD) or inter-district transfer paperwork (if home school is outside of VUSD).

Open Classroom Mock School Days 

Dec.1, 2017- 1:30-3:30           January 12, 2018 - 5:30-7:30            Feb.9, 2018- 5:30-7:30

March 9, 2018 0 5:30-7:30          April 16, 2018- 1:30-3:30                 May 21,2018 - 1:30-3:30



The VUSD Governing Board is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status. physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or expression, or genetic information;  the perception of one or more of such characteristic; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all District activities. (BP0410)